Ampro's embedded PC modules support new class of embedded systems - Embedded.com

Ampro’s embedded PC modules support new class of embedded systems

Ampro Computers, Inc. has announced a pair of high-performance Core™ 2 Duo embedded PC modules. The COM 840 computer-on-module (COM) product offers dual-core processors with the Intel 965 chipset in the Type 2 pinout of the official PICMG COM.0 COM Express form factor up to Core 2 Duo L7500 CPU at 1.6 GHz. It also features 4 MB of on-chip L2 cache, an 800-MHz front side bus (FSB), and two SODIMM sockets for up to 4 GB of RAM. The COM 840 provides the bandwidth of the PCI Express™ x16 (“by 16”) interface to the baseboard.

The XTX 840 is an industrial grade module with the same chipset, processors, and a single RAM socket for up to 2 GB of RAM for easy upgrades to existing ETX and XTX baseboards. XTX provides PCI Express x1 lanes, additional USB ports, LPC bus, and Serial ATA (SATA) to the baseboard so that new system designers can locate peripherals and connectors where they prefer.

Together, these two pluggable modules are designed to support a new class of embedded systems with ACPI power management for next-generation portable computing, imaging, gaming, signage, and streaming media applications.

Measuring 95mm x 125mm (3.7″ x 4.5″), the COM 840 contains all of the PC-compatible subsystems except for the I/O connectors. The I/O and bus signals are passed through high-density surface-mount connectors to a custom carrier board, according to the official COM.0 Type 2 pinout. I/O includes (2) Serial ATA (SATA) ports, (8) USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, (1) legacy IDE channel, and AC'97 audio. Southbridge PCI Express™ x1 (“by one”) lanes and the Northbridge x16 lane are brought to the baseboard for additional I/O and external graphics controller expansion, respectively. In addition, the x16 lanes can be configured as (2) SDVO channels for dual displays. High performance DDR2 667 RAM is supported with (2) SODIMM sockets, providing up to 4 GB total RAM. Ampro uses AMI BIOS with ACPI 2.0 support, including S3 suspend-to-RAM for fastest resume time with long battery life.

Click here for product information on the COM 840.

The XTX 840 is a mechanically- and electrically-compatible upgrade for hundreds of thousands of ETX baseboards in production, without having to redesign power supply circuits from +5V to +12V and change connectors and baseboard signal routing. For new designs, XTX offers a lower-cost approach with legacy peripherals such as serial ports for customers who do not need PCI Express x16 lanes on the baseboard.Both products are fully RoHS compliant. QuickStart Kits for these products include a reference design COM Express baseboard with baseboard schematics and bill of materials, heatspreader and 1GB DDR RAM installed, plus device drivers and Board Support Packages (BSPs) for Windows® XP, Windows XP Embedded, Windows CE, and a full Linux® 2.6 distribution.

Click here for product information on the XTX 840.

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