The Cool RoadRunner-Atom with Intel N270 processor: Low power consumption and Solid State Disk for mobile embedded computing

LiPPERT Embedded Computers offers a new processor board using the Intel® Atom™ processor N270. With 1.6GHz, up to 2GB RAM and 2GB Solid State Disk, the board is particularly suitable for mobile embedded systems where lowest power consumption is indispensable.

With the Cool RoadRunner-Atom, LiPPERT adds another cleverly designed PC/104-Plus board to its product range. The used Intel Atom N270 processor, clocked at 1.6 GHz, supports Hyper-Threading and features a thermal design power (TDP) of just 2.5 watts, leading to very low power requirements for the complete single board computer. The board can be equipped with a maximum of 2 GB soldered down DDR2-533 RAM.

The graphics and memory controller 82945GSE with integrated GMA950 graphics controller works in conjunction with the Atom processor and supports 3D rendering, significantly speeding up graphics intensive applications. UXGA displays with up to 2048x1536 pixels can be connected via VGA or LVDS interfaces.

An ICH7M I/O controller hub with PCI Express provides most of the Cool RoadRunner-Atom’s interfaces. There are Gigabit Ethernet LAN and eight USB2.0 host ports available for the application. A SuperIO chip features two flexibly configurable serial interfaces. RS232, RS422 or RS485 can be independently selected.

Also integrated on-board, a large 2 GB solid state disk (SSD) featuring more than 100.000 write cycles and wear leveling can be used to build systems without moving parts. Two SATA ports with standard connectors allow connection of conventional hard disks.

If needed, the Cool RoadRunner-Atom can be functionally extended using the PC/104 (ISA) bus or the PC/104-Plus (PCI) bus.

The board's total power consumption is just a mere 5 watts.  The Cool RoadRunner-Atom is available for operation in the industrial temperature range of -20°C…+60°C. Optionally available are variants qualified for extended ambient temperature ranges of -40°C…+85°C.

The Cool RoadRunner-Atom comes with LiPPERT Enhanced Management Technology (LEMT). Its functions are implemented with an integrated micro controller. Among them are housekeeping tasks like power sequencing as well as utility functions for the application software. There is, for instance, write/delete protected flash memory. Several counters of various operating states make the board usable for remote condition monitoring.

The Cool RoadRunner-Atom runs Windows XP, XP Embedded, Windows CE, Linux, and QNX operating systems.

Project pricing is available on request.

About LiPPERT Embedded Computers
LiPPERT Embedded Computers develops and sells embedded PC modules. We supply system integrators and OEM’s in markets as diverse as automotive, automation, medical devices, military, as well as aerospace. The company is headquartered in Mannheim, Germany. The sales office in Atlanta, Georgia, assures short reaction times and competent support for customers in the USA and Canada.

Embedded PC’s from LiPPERT use the latest technologies and feature high integration levels. We have standard products in CoreExpress®, Mini-ITX, EPIC, PC/104, PC/104-Plus and PCI/104 formats. Most of these modules are available extended ambient temperatures. Rated for rough environments, they are particularly suitable for mobile and outdoor applications. Long product life cycles assure long-term availability and a predictable supply situation.

Special requirements can be met using our expertise to develop custom solutions.

LiPPERT Embedded Computers, Inc.
Brant Lardie
5555 Glenridge Connector, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: +1 (404) 459 2870
Fax:     +1 (404) 459 2871
E-mail: ussales@lippertembedded.com