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Atom-powered PC/104 module supports dual displays

May 26, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Aaeon announced a PC/104 CPU module equipped with the Intel Atom N450 processor. The PFM-LNP supports simultaneous dual-view displays, has an 18-bit single channel LVDS interface, provides PCI/104 and Mini-PCIe expansion, and offers gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, and serial connectivity, says the company.

The PFM-LNP module is designed for transportation devices, kiosks, building automation, factory automation, and instrumentation, says Aaeon. Like the company's COM-LN COM Express module introduced earlier this month, the PFM-LNP is equipped with an Intel "Pineview" Atom, in this case the N450 clocked to 1.66GHz. The processor is mated with Intel's ICH8M chipset, as well as up to 1GB of DDR2 667Mhz memory, says Aaeon.


Thanks to the N450's inherent graphics processing capabilities, the PFM-LNP offers simultaneous dual-view displays, and includes an 18-bit single channel LVDS interface, says Aaeon. Display resolutions are said to range to up to 1400 x 1050 (SXGA) for CRT displays and 1366 x 768 for LCD.

A SATA 2 interface and a Type I CompactFlash slot are provided for storage, and expansion is said to be supported via a PCI-104 slot as well as a Mini-PCI Express slot. The PFM-LNP offers a gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 2.0 ports, and three RS-232 serial ports, says Aaeon. There is also said to be a fourth serial port that can be configured for RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485.

PFM-LNP detail
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Adhering to the PC/104 board format, the PFM-LNP measures 3.55 x 3.77 inches, says the company. Operating temperature support is said to range from 32 to 140 deg. F.

Specifications listed for the PFM-LNP include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom N450 @ 1.66GHz with ICH8M
  • Memory — Up to 1GB DDRII 667MHz RAM
  • Flash expansion — 1 x Type I CompactFlash slot
  • Storage — 1 x SATA2 interface
  • Expansion — PCI-104; Mini-PCI Express
  • Display:
    • Supports CRT/LCD simultaneous/dual view displays
    • CRT resolution up to 1400 x 1050 (SXGA) @ 60Hz
    • LCD resolution up to 1366 x 768
    • Shared system memory up to 384MB
    • 18-bit single channel LVDS
  • Networking — 1 x gigabit Ethernet port (Intel 82567V)
  • Other I/O:
    • 4 x USB 2.0
    • 3 x RS-232
    • 1 x RS-232/422/485
    • 1 x PS/2 port
  • Additional features — Wake on LAN; watchdog timer; hardware monitoring
  • Power — 12V; typical consumption 1.3A
  • Dimensions — 3.55 x 3.77 inches (90 x 96mm)
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 140 deg. F (0 to 60 deg. C)


Aaeon did not offer pricing or availability information on the PFM-LNP. Only Windows XP drivers are listed, but the module should be adaptable to Linux, other Windows versions, and additional x86-compatible operating systems. More information on the PFM-LNP may be found here.

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