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Hurricane-QM57 – Embedded Computer with Intel® Core™ i7 Processor withstands extreme vibration

Especially well suited for automotive and industrial applications is LiPPERT Embedded Computers’ ruggedized, EPIC-formatted CPU board.

Automotive appliances usually need to cope with high levels of shock and vibration. For instance, accelerations up to 50 g are not uncommon. This makes building computers for the automotive environment difficult. Especially high performance machines are affected by shock and vibration. They utilize fast and powerful processors, which in turn require sophisticated cooling solutions. Such solutions are not easily designed for rough environments. Using standard active processor coolers usually result in rather complicated setups, difficult to assemble and to maintain. Another problematic area is memory extension, where the usual off-the-shelf DIMM or SODIMM modules just feature simple direct PCB edge connectors and are secured by simple clip-on clamps only.

LiPPERT Embedded Computers addresses these issues with its Hurricane-QM57 embedded PC single board computer. The EPIC sized processor board features a powerful Intel Core i7 processor and QM57 chipset, delivering enough computing power for even the most demanding video processing tasks. In order to achieve high levels of vibration resistance, the processor and chips are placed on the bottom of the PCB, thus allowing attachment even of large heat-sinks without obstructing the connectors on the top side. The memory issue is mitigated for the Hurricane-QM57 with the newly devised RSOMM (Rugged Small Outline Memory Module) modules. RSOMM memory features a rugged indirect high pin count connector and can firmly be attached to the computer board using screws.

The Hurricane-QM57 has been tested in a test lab in order to verify its ANSI/VITA47 compliance. The tested configuration was a standard CPU board with the heat-spreader mounted on the bottom side. Three such systems were subjected to stringent examinations. Tortures involved 12g RMS vibration in all 3 directions, with frequencies from 5 to 2000 hertz, 50g shock tests, and bench drop tests. Apart from a loose screw and a connector cover, which were considered to be non critical, the boards all brilliantly held themselves.

The board comes with a maximum of 4 GB soldered down DDR3 ECC memory. Using an RSOMM module, this can be expanded to a total of 8 GB.

The Hurricane-QM57 is specified for the standard temperature range of -20°C to +60°C. Models qualified for the extended temperature range of -40°C to +85°C are optionally available. A suitable heat spreader comes with the board.

With its Mobile Intel QM57 Chipset, the Hurricane-QM57 sports 2 Gigabit LAN ports, 10 USB ports, 4 RAID capable SATA ports, as well as audio, LVDS, and DisplayPort interfaces. PCIe MiniCard slot, PCI Express x16 and x1 Lanes are available for extensions.

The board features an LPC debug port, Flash BIOS, and a system management controller running LiPPERT Enhanced Management Technology (LEMT) features. These not only take care of internal housekeeping but also provide functionality to the application. Among these are things like secure Flash area and supervision functions. Various operational status counters are available for remote condition management.

More information is available at http://www.lippertembedded.de/en/lipperts-hurricane-qm57.html

About LiPPERT Embedded Computers LiPPERT Embedded Computers develops and sells embedded PC modules. It supplies 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. Customers in the USA and Canada are supported by a sales office in Duluth, Georgia.

Embedded PC’s from LiPPERT use the latest technologies and feature high integration levels. Most of the products are available for extended ambient temperatures and rated for rough environments. Custom designs are available on request. For more information about LiPPERT, visit www.lippertembedded.com, or e-mail info@lippertembedded.com.

LiPPERT Embedded Computers, Inc.
Website: http://lippertembedded.com/
Email: ussales@lippert-at.com
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Atlanta, GA, 30342
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