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PowerPC “COM Express Compact” module runs Linux

May 4, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 6 views

Actis Computer claims to be shipping the first “COM Express Compact” module to be based on a PowerPC processor. The highly-compact XCOM-9347 integrates a low-power, Freescale MPC8347E PowerQUICC II Pro processor, along with graphics, networking, and other interface ports, and is supplied with Linux support.

(Click for larger view of the XCOM-9347 module)

The XCOM-9347 conforms to the 3.74 x 3.74 inches (95 x 95mm) Com Express Compact format, which is derived from the Kontron-developed microETXexpress form-factor and is now standardized as “PICMG COM.0.” Like the Basic and Extended COM Express formats, the “Compact” variant plugs into application-specific baseboards via a pair of high density connectors, designated rows “AB” and “CD.”

XCOM-9347 block diagram
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Key features and specifications of the XCOM-9347, as listed by Actis, include:

  • Processor:
    • Freescale MPC8347E PowerQUICC II Pro, clocked at 400 MHz
    • Integrated floating point unit (FPU) and security engine
  • Memory:
    • SO-DIMM socket for up to 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM
    • Up to 1 GB on-board NAND flash
    • 8 MB boot flash; 8 KB NVRAM; 8 kilobit serial EEPROM
  • Storage — dual SATA ports
  • Display controller:
    • 128-bit 2D/3D graphics engine
    • XGA resolution (1280 x 1024 pixels)
    • 24-bit LVDS; 18-bit LCD; analog RGB monitor
  • Networking — 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • Other input/output ports:
    • 2 x USB 2.0 host/device ports
    • dual RS232 serial ports
    • I2C bus
    • 8 x GPIO signals
    • JTAG debug interface
    • Local bus connector
  • Expansion bus — 32-bit 33/66 MHz PCI
  • 3.3V environment

Software support for the module includes Linux and VxWorks BSPs (board support packages), Actis said.

The XCOM-9347 appears to be available now. Pricing was not disclosed.

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