ADLINK introduces COMs, SBC, motherboard and CPCI blades

25th March 2014
Nat Bowers

Based on the latest Intel Atom and Celeron processors for intelligent systems, ADLINK Technology has introduced an array of new products in various form factors. The Intel Atom and Celeron processors feature a significant performance per watt improvement over previous generations, high integration of both low speed and high speed IO’s, an advanced graphics engine and virtualisation support on a sub-10W SoC that enables small, light, and reliable embedded designs.

ADLINK’s latest offerings include: low power and ultra low power computer-on-modules (COMs) supporting COM Express, Smart Mobility Architecture (SMARC) and Qseven form factors; two fanless solutions in a 3U CompactPCI (CPCI) blade and a rugged I/O platform; an industrial smart touch computer; a PC/104-Plus single board computer (SBC); and a mini-ITX industrial motherboard. The products run on a single-, dual- or quad-core Intel Atom E3800 series or Intel Celeron N2920/J1900 processor, with clock rates of 1.33-2.2GHz and power envelops from 5-10W.

ADLINK’s COM Express offerings include the cExpress-BT2, cExpress-BT, and nanoX-BT - PICMG COM.0 Rev.2.1 Type 2, Type 6 and Type 10 form factors, respectively - with I/O features typical of x86 architecture: up to three PCIe, two SATA and eight USB ports are provided for scalability in application system layouts. To ensure reliability and stability, all of the modules are verified with international standards for shock and vibration and have operate over a temperature range from -40 to +85°C.

ADLINK is also offering embedded modules following the Qseven and SMARC standards. These smaller profile modules can be used to develop ultra low power applications for small, thin form factor mobile or stationary devices, such as instrumentation, emergency medical devices, industrial tablets and HMIs. The ADLINK Q7-BT is a 70x70mm off-the-shelf COM for OEM embedded systems customers who are looking to outsource custom core logic and embedded software efforts in order to get to market quickly. It is suitable for power-efficient mobile applications typically covered by high-end ARM-based designs. ADLINK’s ultra low power SMARC-based LEC-BT comes in two sizes: 82x50 or 82x80mm. The ADLINK LEC-BT provides both legacy PC interfaces such as PCIe, SATA, and HDMI and modern ARM interfaces such as SPI and I2C; this hybrid mix is expected to usher in more creative and diversified embedded applications across verticals.

ADLINK also offers the cPCI-3620 3U CPCI processor blade with quad-core 1.9GHz performance in a fanless design. The blade incorporates an industrial grade Intel Atom processor which operates over a temperature range from -40 to +110°C, providing added reliability at extreme temperatures. Aimed for railway applications, the cPCI-3620 has reinforced anti-vibration and anti-electromagnetic, wide temperature range support and has been designed for EN50155, the European standard for electronic equipment used on rolling stock.

The Matrix MXC-2300 series of rugged and fanless I/O platforms features a superior price/performance ratio with excellent computing and graphics performance, versatile I/O function, low power consumption, and configurable PCI/PCIe slots. It is a good fit for a wide range of applications, including factory, machine and maritime automation environments.

ADLINK’s latest Smart Touch Computer ‘STC’ series is designed to support mission-critical applications operating in harsh environments. With an initial design featuring a 10” high-brightness LCD and projected capacitive touch screen, the STC series will offer multiple display sizes, resistive touch screen, easily customisable I/O configuration and superior connectivity options, including dual Ethernet, WiFi, 3G/LTE and NFC. This flexibility makes the STC suited for transportation, factory automation and healthcare.

The versatile CM2-BT2 is a PC/104-Plus SBC; a PC/104 (CM1-BT1) variant for ISA bus-only support and PCI-104 (CM3-BT1 or CM3-BT4-8G) variants for PCI bus-only support are also offered to service diverse design and budget requirements. The CMx-BTx SBCs support up to 4GB -1066/1333MHz DDR3L SODIMM memory and feature interfaces for DisplayPort and LVDS, GbE (optional 2x GbE), one SATA 6Gb/s (optional 2x SATA 6Gb/s), one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 and eight GPI/O.

Finally, the versatile ADLINK IMB-T11 mini-ITX industrial motherboard offers VGA, HDMI and LVDS display output; PCI for flying cable/riser cards; a mini-PCIe/mSATA card slot; and ten COM ports.

“Utilising Intel’s core computing strengths, their recent innovations in graphics capabilities and the power efficiency that comes with the SoC design of the latest Intel Atom and Celeron processors, ADLINK has developed embedded solutions that contribute to end applications that can better address the spreading demand for intelligent automation across markets,” commented Dirk Finstel, Executive Vice President, Global Module Computer Product Segment, ADLINK.

“Our latest Intel Atom and Celeron platforms provide a compelling power/performance ratio,” added Sam Cravatta, Product Line Manager, Intelligent Systems Group, Intel. “In addition to excellent computing and graphic capabilities, our leading-edge 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture incorporates error correcting code and a built-in security engine in a low power profile that is suitable for many intelligent systems, such as automated factory equipment that typically runs 24/7.”

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