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Atom-based Qseven module ships with optional SSD

Apr 19, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Aaeon announced a Qseven-format CPU module with an Intel Atom N450 processor as well as PCI Express, LPC, and SMBus expansion. The AQ7-LN module ships with up to 1GB of DDR2 memory and up to 4GB SSD storage, and offers dual display capability, plus SATA, gigabit Ethernet, and USB connectivity, says the company.

The AQ7-LN's low power consumption makes it well-suited for a variety of battery-operated applications up to a 12-Watt limitation, says Aaeon. The 2.75 x 2.75-inch (70 x 70mm) module uses the Qseven form-factor, expressing I/O to a carrier board via the standard golden finger connector, says the company.


The AQ7-LN adopts the 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, says Aaeon. The module offers up to 1GB of DDR2 memory, as well as an optional solid-state drive (SSD) up to 4GB, says the company.

Dual SATA interfaces are said to be supplied, as are four PCI-Express (PCIe) interfaces. Additional expansion is supported via an SMBus and LPC Bus interface, says the company.

The AQ7-LN supports dual display capability via an 18-bit, single channel LVDS interface and VGA connector, and it offers HD audio, says Aaeon. A gigabit Ethernet port is supported, as are eight USB 2.0 ports, says the company. Extended temperature support is also said to be provided.

AQ7-LN detail

Drivers are listed for Linux, Windows 7, and Windows XP.  Aaeon also provides carrier board design services and performs free schematic review and BIOS customization, says the company.

Features and specifications listed for the AQ7-LN include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom N450 @ 1.66GHz with ICH8M chipset
  • Memory — Up to 1GB DDR2 667MHz memory
  • Storage:
    • PATA port with optional SSD up to 4GB
    • 2 x SATA ports (3Gbps)
  • Display:
    • 18-bit single-channel LVDS up to 1366 x 768 or 1280 x 800 pixels @ 60Hz
    • CRT (VGA) connector up to 1400 x 1050 pixels @ 60Hz
    • Dual display capability, simultaneous or independent
    • 384MB shared system memory (DVMT 4.0)
  • Expansion:
    • 4 x PCIe x1
    • LPC bus
    • SMBus
  • Networking — gigabit Ethernet (Intel 82567V) with wake on LAN
  • USB — 8 x USB 2.0
  • Other features — HD audio interface; watchdog timer; hardware monitoring
  • Power — [email protected]+8.5V with TF-ECB-930G-A10; RTC battery
  • Operating temperature — -40 to 176 deg. F (-40 to 80 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 2.75 x 2.75 inches (70 x 70mm) or 3.35 x 2.75 inches with SSD; Qseven form-factor
  • Weight — 0.44 lbs (0.2 k)

Stated Cindy Lu, Sr. product specialist of Aaeon's Embedded Computing Division, "The low power consumption is an advantage that allows the AQ7-LN to work longer in battery powered applications, while the onboard memory and SSD satisfy the demands of high vibration and harsh environment operation."


No information was provided on the pricing or availability of the AQ7-LN. More information on the module may be found on Aaeon's AQ7-LN page.

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