ADLINK Technology Announces Low Cost COM Express Module

Express-AT offers the latest Intel Atom processor ('Diamondville') with Intel 945GSE Express Chipset.

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- ADLINK Technology, Inc. (TAIEX: 6166), a global provider of trusted embedded products, announces the Express-AT Computer-on-Module (COM) based on Intel Atom N270 processor at 1.6GHz, code name "Diamondville". The Express-AT is a full function, low power consumption COM with a product life of seven years and offers the cost-effective mobile Intel 945GSE Express chipset. The Express-AT module provides relief against the high-priced COM Express modules on the market. It conserves space, measuring just 125 x 95 millimeters and is fully COM Express, type 2 compatible.

The Express-AT is an entry level COM Express module for systems that require a full set of graphics features. The module comes with integrated support for high resolution CRT, single/dual channel LVDS and TV-Out (SDTV and HDTV). In addition to the onboard-integrated graphics, the chipset's SDVO bus can connect to DVI, TMDS, or additional LVDS or TV-Out device controllers on a custom designed carrier. Primary focuses for graphics applications include medical diagnostics, medical imaging, gaming, industrial automation, test and measurement, video preprocessing and industrial control.

The Intel Atom processor, N270 (Diamondville) features a thermal design power of just 2.5 watts at peak levels while supporting Intel SpeedStep technology. Although much smaller, Intel Atom processors share the same architecture as Intel Core2 Duo processors. Atom processors support Hyper-Threading technology -- earlier introduced with the Intel Pentium 4 processor -- which allows more than one code thread to be executed at the same time on a single core.

"The combination of Intel Atom, N270 and 945GSE allows us to design a COM Express module that supports both a modern feature set and entry level pricing," explained Henk van Bremen, product director for ADLINK Embedded Division. "The Express-AT actually complements an existing product range that is based on the very popular Mobile Intel 945GME Express chipset paired with Intel Core Duo and Core2 Duo processors," said van Bremen.

"The low-power Intel Atom processor, N270 combined with the Mobile Intel 945GSE chipset, enables ADLINK to deliver products with power-saving features and embedded functions that are requested by system designers for next-generation mobile applications and low power platforms," said Jonathan Luse, director of marketing, Low Power Embedded Products Division, Intel.

The Express-AT supports up to 2 GB of DDR2 667MHz memory on a single SODIMM socket. The Mobile Intel 945GSE Express chipset integrates an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator, 950 that provides CRT, single/dual channel LVDS, and TV-Out (SDTV and HDTV). The board also allows connection of up to three additional PCI Express x1 devices on the Intel I/O Controller Hub, 7-M (ICH7-M) Southbridge.

Rounding out the features of Intel's "Navy Pier" platform, the module adds an onboard Gigabit Ethernet port and two SATA ports. It has legacy support for a Parallel IDE channel, 32-bit PCI bus, and an LPC bus. The Express-AT comes equipped with an AMIBIOS8, supporting embedded features such as Remote Console, CMOS backup, CPU and System Monitoring, and a Dual Watchdog Timer for NMI or RESET.

For more information, please visit: http://www.adlinktech.com/products/ETX/comexpress.htm