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Computer-on-module duo boasts Core 2 Duo, 3-D graphics

Aug 10, 2007 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

Ampro has just added two related products to its computer-on-module (COM) product line. The COM Express-based COM840 and XTX-based XTX840 both feature Core 2 Duo processors and Intel GMAX3100-based graphics.

Both the COM840 and XTX840 are said to feature the Core 2 Duo L7500 processor clocked at 1.6 GHz. Using the Intel GME965 chipset, both also have a 1 MB second-level cache and a 800 MHz front-side bus.

The Intel GMAX3100 chipset offers 384 MB of memory, eight fully programmable execution cores, and full DirectX 10 compliance. Ampro says this makes the modules “suitable for ultra-high-performance applications that require high-end graphics.”

Apart from the form-factors — one being compatible with the COM Express standard, and the other with the XTX specification — there are some differences between the two modules, as noted in the specification lists below. For example, the COM840 has Gigabit Ethernet and RAM expansion up to 4 GB, whereas the XTX840 has 10/100 Ethernet and accepts up to 2 GB of RAM.


Ampro's COM840
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Specifications for the COM840 include:
  • Processor — Core 2 Duo L7500 clocked at 1.6 GHz
  • Memory — 4 GB maximum, standard complement not specified
  • Video:
    • Intel GMAX3100 chipset with 384 MB of dedicated RAM
    • 3-D and 2-D engine with hardware rotation
    • MPEG-2 and WMV9 hardware acceleration and decoding
    • dual-panel display support with independent pipes
    • HDTV support
    • supports PCIe x 16 graphics
    • CRT resolution up to 2048 x 1546 pixels
  • Audio — AC '97
  • Networking — 1 x 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • Other I/O ports:
    • 1 x Enhanced UltraDMA 66/100 IDE interface, supports two drives
    • 2 x SATA II ports
    • 8 x USB 2.0
  • Expansion — PCI Express:
    • 5 x 1-lane
    • 1 x 16-lane
    • PCI and LPC (low pin count) interface
  • Power requirements — “to be determined,” but ACPI power management is supported “for portable computing”
  • Dimensions — 3.7 x 4.9 inches (95 x 125 mm) COM Express form-factor, type 2 pinout
  • Operating temperature: 0-60 degrees C


Ampro's XTX840
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Specifications for the XTX840 include:

  • Processor — Core 2 Duo L7500 clocked at 1.6 GHz
  • Memory — 2 GB maximum, standard complement not specified
  • Video:
    • Intel GMAX3100 chipset with 384 MB of dedicated RAM
    • 3-D and 2-D engine with hardware rotation
    • MPEG-2 and WMV9 hardware acceleration and decoding
    • dual-panel display support with independent pipes
    • HDTV support
    • supports PCIe x 16 graphics
    • CRT resolution up to 2048 x 1546 pixels
    • Multiple display support
  • Audio — AC '97
  • Networking — 1 x 10/100 Ethernet
  • Other I/O ports:
    • 1 x Enhanced UltraDMA 66/100 IDE interface, supports two drives
    • 2 x SATA II ports
    • 6 x USB 2.0
    • ECP/EPP bidirectional parallel port
    • Floppy disk interface shared with parallel port
    • 3.5 mm audio input and output, speaker connector
    • PS/2 keyboard/mouse connector
  • Expansion — PCI Express:
    • 4 x 1-lane
    • PCI and LPC (low pin count) interface
  • Power supply — “to be determined,” but ACPI power management is supported “for portable computing”
  • Dimensions — 3.7 x 4.5 inches (95 x 114 mm); XTX form-factor
  • Operating temperature: 0-60 degrees C
Both modules appear to be available now, though pricing was not announced. The modules are supported under Linux as well as Windows CE and Windows XP Embedded, among other OSes, Ampro said.



 
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