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Embedded board for industrial temperatures

14 April 2010 Computer/Embedded Technology

With the new microETXexpress-XL featuring the Intel Atom processor Z520PT and Intel system controller hub US15WPT, Kontron offers a compact form factor COM Express Type 2 computer-on-module (COM) specifically designed for use in the industrial temperature range from -40°C to +85°C.

The board, with the robust COM Express Type 2 connector, is designed for applications under severe environmental conditions ranging from very high to very low temperatures, and especially stressful cycling thermal conditions such as in UAVs, which experience high temperatures on the ground and extremely low temperatures at their operational altitude. Other possible applications include rugged manpack PCs for networked field operators, electronic flight bags for pilots and in-vehicle PCs for navigation and fleet management (telematics). Furthermore, the board benefits indoor and outdoor infotainment applications, since it can cope with the heat dissipation of large displays as well as the environmental challenges faced by outdoor POS systems.

The microETXexpress-XL features a shock- and vibration-resistant design with soldered processor, chipset and RAM. An optional, onboard solid state drive (SSD) also ensures reliable storage in extreme conditions. Thanks to its low power consumption of only 5 W on average (8 W maximum), the module enables passive cooling without fault-prone fans.

Within the dimensions of its compact footprint (95 x 95 mm), the board offers a comprehensive feature set. Based on the Atom processor, it supports up to 2 GB of soldered DDR2 system memory and offers room for an optional onboard 2 GB SSD. Furthermore, taking advantage of the full bandwidth of the COM Express Type 2 connector, it offers 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x Serial ATA, 1x PATA and 8x USB 2.0, as well as two PCI-Express x1 Lanes and PCI for customer-specific extensions. With the SDVO port for DVI, SDTV and HDTV along with 24-bit single channel LVDS, the microETXexpress-XL offers extensive connectivity options for various displays and monitors. Intel High Definition audio rounds out the feature set.



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