Low-power COM based on ARM processor technology

3rd March 2014
Mick Elliott

Based on the new VITA 59 - Rugged COM Express standard and equipped with the ARM i.MX 6, the CC10C not only has a leading role in terms of robust COM Express compatible modules, but is also the first standard product from MEN in the low-power COM area using ARM processor technology.

The Freescale ARM i.MX 6 processor with a Cortex-A9 architecture forms the core of the CC10C Rugged COM Express (RCE) module. Users can select from the different families of the i.MX 6 series – 6Solo, 6DualLite, 6Dual and 6Quad – to find a specific solution for different demands in calculation and graphics power.

Since the i.MX 6 not only provides scalable CPU performance, but also a wealth of on-chip controllers and interfaces – e.g., Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0 or 5-Gigabit PCI Express, UART and CAN bus or interfaces for multimedia applications such as LVDS, DVI, audio and a camera connection –, the CC10C excels by its nearly boundless I/O flexibility.

If further I/O exceeding the multiple standard functions is needed, the integrated FPGA with 140 available pins offers additional options for customisation.

The selection of memory comprises up to 4 GB DDR3 RAM, a soldered eMMC and 3-Gigabit SATA for external mass storage.

Due to the Rugged COM Express standard, this flexibility is now enclosed in a robust conduction-cooled cover and frame with a thermal connection to the CC10C's PCB. Apart from securing an extended temperature range of -40 to +85°C, this massive and tightly screwed aluminum frame also makes the CC10C 100% EMC tight, shock and vibration resistant and protects against dust, humidity or chemicals.

The CC10C complies with the basic dimensions of the COM Express "Compact" form factor and uses a Type 6 pin-out. By being embedded in the aluminum frame specified by the VITA 59 standard, the module grows to 105 x 105 mm. The new module is also available without a frame and in the standard PICMG COM.0 dimensions of 95 x 95 mm, and is then called CC10.

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