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LiPPERT Extends Its CoreExpress® Family With Intel® Atom™ Processor E6xxT

In parallel with the release of the latest members of Intel's Atom family, LiPPERT Embedded Computer introduced the new CoreExpress-ECO2 Advanced Computer on Module. It is especially suitable for portable, battery-powered devices and can be easily integrated into industrial networks using the built-in CAN-bus interface.

The CoreExpress ECO2 module utilizes Intel's newest offspring of the Atom family to gain a wide variety of functions with only few building blocks. The Intel Atom Processor E6xxT Series is Intel’s first system-on-a-Chip (SOC) that is designed specifically for the embedded PC market. Compared to the current CoreExpress generation with Intel's Z5xxT processors, graphics performance has been significantly increased. A built-in hardware-accelerated video encoder within the E6xxT processor opens up entirely new applications.

Very low power consumption is a distinctive feature of these SOCs. Depending on the available models with clock frequencies of 0.6, 1.0, 1.3, and 1.6 GHz, their specified Thermal Design Power figures only range from about 2.7 to 3.9 watts.

With these values, the CoreExpress-ECO2 is especially well suitable for battery-operated systems requiring long operating times. Cooling requirements are minimized, too. The highly integrated SOC uses the PCI Express bus (PCIe) as the chipset interface. This allows the processor to work with any PCIe-compatible device, such as proprietary ASICs, FPGAs, or application-specific I/O hubs. Intel calls the combination of the SOC with the Intel Platform Controller Hub EG20T the “Queensbay platform”.

The Queensbay platform is the foundation for the CoreExpress-ECO2, a tiny module with a size of only 58mm x 65 mm. The Advanced COM board features:

  • Intel Atom E6xxT, 0.6 GHz to 1.6 GHz
  • 2 GB DDR2 RAM max. (soldered)
  • SDVO and LVDS graphics interfaces
  • 2 SATA ports
  • 3 x1 PCIe ports
  • 7 USB 2.0 ports (including a client port)
  • Gigabit LAN Controller with IEEE1588
  • CAN bus (external transceivers required)

These hardware features are complemented by a Fail-Safe BIOS and integrated LiPPERT Enhanced Management Technology (LEMT). LEMT is implemented in all current LiPPERT products and offers functions for Condition Monitoring. Developers can embed LEMT into their applications using the provided source code interface. A special feature offered by the CoreExpress-ECO2 is the ability to measure its supply current in real time and thus to determine the power consumption of the CPU in different operating states. Like all LiPPERT products, the CoreExpress-ECO2 is also available in the extended temperature range from -40°C to 85°C.

As a member of Intel’s Early- Leader-Access Program, LiPPERT Embedded Computers was able to develop the Toucan-TC just in time to meet Intel’s product launch timeline. Thus, developers can use the new processor as soon as it becomes available in quantity.

About CoreExpress®
CoreExpress modules are complete computer-on-Module (COM). These are highly integrated, small and compact PCs, which can be used similar to an integrated circuit in an embedded computer board design. COMs integrate processor, memory, graphics, and BIOS as well as general purpose I/O ports. These interfaces are legacy-free and use only digital buses such as PCI Express, Serial ATA, Ethernet, USB and HD Audio. All signals are available on a high-speed 220-pin connector.

CoreExpress modules are mounted on a carrier board that contains the necessary peripherals for the application. In this way, small, highly specialized embedded computer systems can be built.

CoreExpress is an open standard that was defined by the Small Form Factor Special Interest Group (SFF-SIG) in March 2010. The current specification from February 23, 2010 is available from www.sff-sig.org.

About LiPPERT Embedded Computers
LiPPERT Embedded Computers is a leading global provider of modular, rugged, high quality, embedded computing solutions for OEMs and Systems Integrators. LiPPERT's mission is to provide time saving solutions for embedded systems designers that accelerate the product deployment process. Supporting a broad range of open embedded standards such as several PC/104 family derivates, COM-Express and mini-ITX, LiPPERT also invented the latest small form factor embedded Standard CoreExpress®. With a strong focus on developing and specifying their products for extreme temperature and shock environments, LiPPERT enables customers to obtain all the benefits of an off-the-shelf CPU solution even in uncommon applications. The company is headquartered in Mannheim, Germany. Customers in the USA and Canada are supported by a sales office in Atlanta, Georgia. System integrators and sales partners handle sales for the rest of the world.

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