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CompactPCI boards adopt Pineview Atoms

Mar 10, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Adlink is shipping a series of 3U CompactPCI processor blades with Intel Atom N450, D410, or dual-core D510 processors. The cPCI-3610 Series blades come in 4HP, 8HP, and 12HP versions, offer gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, and serial connectivity, and provide power consumption ranging from 15.2 to 19.35 Watts.

Adlink's 3U CompactPCI blades support Linux, Windows XP Professional, and VxWorks, and are aimed at mission-critical markets such as military, transportation, and automation, says the company. The cPCI-3610 Series offers various combinations of "Pineview" Atom processors, slot widths (HP), and I/O configurations, including two models that provide a rear transition module (RTM) for rear-facing I/O. In addition, Adlink says it can further mix and match configurations on request.

Adlink's 3U CompactPCI blades in 4HP, 8HP, and 12HP versions (left to right)

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Three models use the Atom N450 1.6GHz: the 1-slot (4HP) cPCI-3610/N45, the dual slot (8HP) cPCI-3610D/N45, and the triple-slot (12HP) cPCI-3610P/N45, says Adlink. In addition, the two RTM models are based on the cPCI-3610/N45, with depth being the only apparent difference between them: The cPCI-R3610 measures 50mm in depth while the cPCI-R3610T measures 80mm. In addition, there is a D410 (1.66GHz) model, the 8HP cPCI-3610D/D41, as well as a blade running the dual-core D510 (1.66GHz), the 8HP cPCI-3610D/D51.

The Pineview processors integrate on-chip graphics, providing power savings compared to earlier Atom processors. Adlink says its blades use 15 Watts with the single-core CPUs (N450 or D410) and 19 Watts with the dual-core CPU (D510) at 100 percent loading. The N450-based blades can run fanlessly, and extended temperature versions of all the boards are available, says the company.

Adlink 3U CompactPCI
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All the blades are equipped with 1GB of soldered onboard DDR2-667 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB, and they all offer an Intel 82810HM I/O controller, says Adlink. Intel Hyper-Threading Technology is said to be supported, delivering thread-level parallelism with two threads per core. The blades also support analog display resolutions up to 2048 x 1536, as well as Intel DVMT 4.0, DirectX9, and IntelClear Video Technology, says the company.

Port detail for the 4HP, 8HP, and 12HP versions (left to right)
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I/O differences depend largely on the slot width, with the 8HP and 12HP blades offering more I/O than the single-slot 4HP model. They all offer dual gigabit Ethernet ports, however, and either two or four USB 2.0 ports, with the RTM models adding an extra port. Other I/O includes serial ports, PS/2, SATA, and CompactFlash. The 12HP cPCI-3610P, meanwhile, is said to be available with an optional PMC (32-bit, 33/66MHz) or PCI Express x1 XMC site.

The cPCI-R3610T model with rear transition module
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Specifications listed for the Adlink 3U CompactPCI blades include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom "Pineview" CPUs:
    • N450 1.6GHz (cPCI-3610/N45, cPCI-3610D/N45, cPCI-3610P/N45)
    • D410 1.66GHz (cPCI-3610D/D41)
    • D510 1.66GHz (cPCI-3610D/D51)
  • L2 cache — 512KB (N450) or 1MB (D410/2510)
  • Chipset — Intel ICH8M I/O Controller Hub
  • Memory — 1GB (expandable to 2GB) single-channel DDR2-667 SDRAM (soldered)
  • Flash — 1 x CompactFlash socket onboard
  • Storage — 1 x SATA direct connector for 2.5-inch onboard HDD (cPCI-3610D or cPCI-3610P); 2 x 7-pin SATA signal connectors on cPCI-R3610(T)
  • Expansion (cPCI-3610P only) — optional 1 x PCI 32bit/66MHz PMC site or PCI-Express x1 XMC site
  • Display — Up to QXGA (2048 x 1536) @75Hz, 32-bit on analog monitor; 1 x VGA port on faceplate; switchable to rear on cPCI-R3610(T)
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet (Intel 82574L) ports; front-facing, but switchable to rear on cPCI-R3610(T)
  • Other I/O:
    • USB — 2 x USB 2.0 ports (cPCI-3610); or 4 x USB 2.0 ports (cPCI-3610D or cPCI-3610P); 1 x additional RTM port on cPCI-R3610(T)
    • Serial — 1 x RS-232/422/485/485+ selectable serial ports (cPCI-3610D or cPCI-3610P); 2 x additional serial ports on cPCI-R3610(T); none on cPCI-3610
    • PS/2 — 1 x front-panel PS/2 port (cPCI-3610D or cPCI-3610P); none on cPCI-3610
    • Audio — Line In and Line Out (cPCI-3610D or cPCI-3610P); none on cPCI-3610
  • Other features — Power/WDT LEDs; coin Li-Ion battery; watchdog timer; hardware monitor
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 158 deg. F (0 to 70 deg. C); ext. temp version -40 to 185 deg. F (-40 to 85 deg. C); fanless operation on N450 models
  • Shock resistance — 15G peak-to-peak, 11ms duration, non-operating
  • Vibration resistance — 1.88 Grms random vibration, 5-500Hz, each axis, operating
  • Power consumption — 15.2 Watts for N450 (cPCI-3610/N45, cPCI-3610D/N45, cPCI-3610P/N45); 19.35 Watts for D510 (cPCI-3610D/D51)
  • Dimensions/form factor:
    • 3U CompactPCI; 3.94 x 6.30 inches (100 x 160mm)
    • 4HP (cPCI-3610/N45)
    • 8HP (cPCI-3610D/N45, cPCI-3610D/D51, cPCI-3610D/D41, cPCI-R3610, or cPCI-R3610T)
    • 12HP (cPCI-3610P/N45)
    • PCI 32-bit, 33MHz
    • 3.3V or 5V universal V (I/O)
    • PICMG 2.0 CompactPCI R3.0
    • PICMG 2.1 Hot Swap R2.0
  • Operating system — RedHat Enterprise Linux; Wind River Linux; VxWorks; Windows XP Professional

Stated Eric Kao, Senior Manager of Adlink's Modular Computing Product Center, "Adlink's cPCI-3610 Series CompactPCI processor blade with the Intel Atom processor D510 provides an optimal combination of dual-core performance, 3D-rich graphics features, extremely low overall power consumption and cost effectiveness."


The cPCI-3610 is available for a list price starting at $1,049 with processor and memory, says Adlink. More information may be found here.

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