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October 18, 2010

Advantech Releases Embedded Boards on New Intel Atom E6xx Series

By Erin Monda, TMCnet Contributor

Advantech (News - Alert), a provider of embedded platform and integration services, announced the availability of a new range of embedded boards based on the latest generation of Intel (News - Alert) Atom processors E6xx series.

The new platforms from Advantech range from Computer On Modules (COM) and PC/104 CPU modules, to 3.5" Single Board Computers (SBC). This is also the first architecture by Intel to adopt the open PCI (News - Alert)-Express standard to connect to any third party chips.

Apart from offering greater flexibility for adding greater functionality, these low-power platforms provide energy-efficient and environmentally responsible solutions.

Advantech platforms serve a wide range of applications targeted at compact portable devices, hand-held devices, and ultra low power applications.

The company offers a range of products that provide modularity, scalability and flexibility to engage with today's diverse set of embedded application requirements, the company said.

For example, the addition of a standard PCIe interface enables embedded designers to easily add a variety of different chips to the Intel Atom processor E6xx series to create flexible embedded designs with minimal cost.

Among Advantech’s flexible and modular platforms include the super compact Advantech's SOM-7564 (COM-Ultra) with built-in Advantech iManager for ultra low power designs.

SOM-3564 (QSeven) 70 x 70 mm (2.76" x 2.76"), and SOM-6764 (COM-Express Compact) at 95 x 95 mm (3.74" x 3.74") also target at compact portable devices and are suitable for all kinds of extended temperature environment applications.

Stackable single board computers like PCM-3364 (PC/104 in 96 x 90 mm), and PCM-9364 (3.5" SBC in 146 x 102 mm) integrate all functions including: LVDS, CRT, Ethernet, USB client, Mini-PCI express, UART, GPIO, CFast and CAN bus onto one small form factor.

PCM-3364 and PCM-9364 designs feature fanless thermal solutions for easier system integration and are suitable for vehicle, medical, POS, CNC, and extended temperature applications.

The SOM-AB5500 is a 3.5" carrier board (for SOM-7564) with smart battery manager for hand-held devices.

Built as rugged and compact, these E6xx-based platforms enable greater density with ultra low power consumption, and meet the diverse I/O demands of today's carrier boards.

Recently Advantech announced a partnership with NetLogic Microsystems to deliver advanced 40-Gbps AdvancedTCA (News - Alert) platform using NetLogic Microsystems’ XLP multi-core, multi-threaded network processors with 64 NXCPUs, knowledge-based processors, and 10GE PHY solutions, TMCnet reported.

Erin Monda recently graduated from W.C.S.U. with a degree in professional writing. She primarily writes about network technologies, including cloud computing, virtualization and network optimization, however she also has a focus on E911 technologies and legislation.

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