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Rugged SBC based on Intel ATOM processor

Posted: 14 Feb 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PCI/104-Express  single board computer  SBC  ATOM  harsh environments 

Advanced Digital Logic (ADL) launched a single board computer, the ADLD25PC that can run under Microsoft Windows 7, CE 6/7 or XP, and Wind River's VxWorks RTOS designed for applications in harsh environments including transportation, military and aerospace.

 ADLD25PC single board computer

The SBC operates in the standard temperature range from -20°C to +75°C, with an option for the SBC to operate at the extended temperature range from -40°C to +85°C.

The ADLD25PC-series PCI/104-Express board is based on Intel's latest D525 ATOM dual-core processor, which has a 2x 1.8GHz clock speed and offers a 1MByte L2 cache. The ADLD25PC is also optionally available with the ATOM D425 single-core processor with 1x 1.8GHz and a 512KB L2 cache. The processors feature an integrated graphics core and a memory controller. The highly integrated design corresponds to the latest advances in dual-chip technology, which eliminates a large portion of the power loss associated with traditional three-chip approaches. Intel specifies a thermal design power between 10W and 13W for the processors. An additional advantage provided by these processors is support of DDR3-800 DRAM for memory. Here, up to 2GB of pro SO DIMM are currently available.

The ADLD25PC uses the Intel ICH9M-E SFF I/O controller hub and boasts a wide range of interfaces. This includes eight USB 2.0 and four COM ports (two RS232 and two RS232/422/485 ports), a 10/100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet connection as well as interfaces for a printer, a PS/2 keyboard and a mouse. These are joined by a 16bit GPIO port and a 7.1-channel HD audio interface as well as an expansion slot for PCI/104 express cards with 4 x1 lanes on the bottom of the module.

This SBC uses the video controller that has been integrated into the processor and supports a range of options from 8MB UMA up to a maximum of 256MB dynamic video memory technology for video storage. For video output, VGA analogue monitors with a resolution of up to 2,048 x 1,536 pixels and/or 18bit LVDS displays with 1,600 x 1,200 pixels are available.

Further technical features include a hardware monitor and a watchdog timer as well as advanced ACPI 3.0 and APM 1.2 power management functions. For data storage, two S-ATAII 3-GB/s channels that support Intel Rapid Storage Technology with RAID 0/1 are available.

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
EE Times

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