PMC/XMC module, Intel Atom Z530 Processor
Ultra Low power Intel Atom Z530 Processor PMC/XMC module
News Release from:
Concurrent Technologies Plc
06 November 2009
Concurrent Technologies has introduced an ultra low power processor PMC/XMC module, the XP A40/x03. The board features the 1.6 GHz Intel® Atom™ processor Z530 and the integrated Intel® System Controller Hub US15W, both chosen from the Intel® embedded roadmap to ensure long term availability of supply. Additional features include up to 2 Gbytes DDR2-533 SDRAM, 4 Gbytes of NAND Flash, graphics and a variety of I/O interfaces including a CANbus controller and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports.
The board has a typical power consumption of less than 10 Watts and is available in commercial and extended temperature variants, with a rugged conduction cooled board being released in the near future. The board can be used on either a PMC/XMC carrier board, or on a host CPU board where it can be used to off-load some of the host CPU’s functions. Potential applications are wide ranging but are typically expected to be within the defense, security, aerospace and telecommunication markets.
The 1.6 GHz Intel® Atom™ processor Z530 is manufactured using 45nm technology and provides 512 Kbytes L2 cache. It supports Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel® Virtualization Technology. The Intel® System Controller Hub US15W is a memory controller, I/O controller hub and graphics controller combined in a single chip package.
The XP A40/x03 Processor PMC/XMC module is supplied configured as either a PMC or XMC module. It interfaces to a variety of base boards via a 64-bit PCI/PCI-X (up to 133MHz) interface (PMC option) or via a x1 PCI Express® interface (XMC option). The PMC option supports monarch and non-monarch modes of operation and the XMC option supports Root Complex and Endpoint operation. A shared memory interface driver is available, supporting inter-board communications between an XP A40/x03 board and either a host board CPU or another PrPMC/PrXMC on the same host board. Customer applications can build on this driver to implement higher-level protocols for inter-processor communications, or to allow the XPA40/x03 to act as an intelligent I/O controller which offloads the host board's CPU, or even to allow the XPA40/x03 to be a node in a multi-CPU platform involving intelligent or dumb XMC or PMC carrier cards.
The XP A40/x03 Processor PMC/XMC module supports, via the Pn4 rear panel connector, a 1600 x 1200 DVI-D graphics interface, a high speed CANbus controller, four USB 2.0 ports (with a fifth USB port to the front panel), two
RS-232/422/485 ports (one switchable to the front panel as RS-232), and two Gigabit Ethernet channels (one switchable to the front panel).
Other features provided are a PC real-time clock, watchdog timer, long duration timer, three GPIO signals and a legacy speaker interface.
For applications requiring easy access to the rear I/O connections, an optional PIM module is available for mounting on a suitable rear transition module. For ease of integration the XP A40/x03 supports many of today’s leading operating systems, including Linux®, Windows® XP, Windows® XP Embedded, QNX and VxWorks®.