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Rugged PC/104 and EPIC SBCs run Linux

Apr 28, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Adlink announced two rugged “740”-branded single board computers (SBCs) based on Intel's “Pineview” Atom processors. The CoreModule 740 is a PC/104-Plus board equipped with the Atom N450, while the ReadyBoard 740 is an EPIC-format SBC that uses either a dual-core D510 or single-core D410 Atom, plus a Broadcom Crystal HD H.264 video decoder.

Adlink did not indicate what the "740" refers to in either product, which are officially branded as "Ampro by Adlink" to indicate the contribution of the pioneering embedded firm acquired by Adlink in 2008. However, the ruggedized CoreModule 740 and the ReadyBoard 740 both run Linux, Windows CE, or Windows XP Embedded on Intel's "Pineview" Atom processors.

CoreModule 740

Designed for "extreme rugged and space-constrained applications," the 3.8 x 3.6-inch (96 x 90mm) CoreModule 740 incorporates what Intel calls a "Luna Pier" platform. This signifies an ICH8M I/O Control Hub combined with a Pineview Atom.

CoreModule 740
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In this case, Adlink uses the 1.6GHz Atom N450 CPU, accompanied by 512MB of soldered DDR2 RAM. The N450 is equipped with an integrated DirectX 9 graphics controller clocked at 200MHz, and supports single-channel 18-bit LVDS and analog VGA displays, says Adlink.

In addition to PC/104 expansion, the CoreModule 740 provides bus interfaces for single-channel IDE, LPC, and parallel devices, says the company. No Ethernet support is provided, but the SBC supports up to four USB 2.0 ports. The CoreModule 740 also provides interfaces for two serial ports, as well as PS/2 and floppy-drive connectivity.

Extended temperature support is offered as an option, supporting temperatures between -40 to 185 deg. F, says Adlink. The CoreModule 740 also provides MIL-STD-202G-rated vibration and shock resistance, says the company.

Specifications listed for the CoreModule 740 include:

  • Processor — 1.6GHz Intel Atom N450 with 512KB L2 cache; ICH8-M I/O Control Hub
  • Memory — 512MB soldered DDR2 RAM
  • Bus interface:
    • PC/104-Plus
    • IDE
    • LPC
    • Parallel
  • I/O:
    • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
    • 1 x floppy
    • 2 x RS232
    • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse interface
  • Hardware monitoring — DC voltages; CPU temperature
  • Power — AT mode (12 V +/- 5%), ATX mode (12 V and 5 Vsb +/- 5%) input; supports S0, S1, S3, S4, and S5 power states
  • Dimensions — 3.8 x 3.6 x .093 inches (96 x 90 x 2.36mm); PC/104-Plus form factor
  • Operating temperature — -4 to 158 deg. F (-20 to 70 deg. C) standard; -40 to 185 deg. F (-40 to 85 deg. C) extended
  • Shock resistance — Non-operation: 50G peak-to-peak, 11ms duration, MIL-STD-202G Method 213B
  • Vibration resistance — Operation: 11.95 Grms, 50-2000Hz, each axis, MIL-STD-202G Method 214A
  • Operating system — Linux, Windows CE 6.0, Windows, XPe, VxWorks 6.6, QNX 6.4

ReadyBoard 740

The ReadyBoard 740 is designed for use in devices that work in harsh environments and require high-end video performance, says Adlink. Targeted applications include in-vehicle computers, self-service kiosks, digital signage, and video surveillance, says the company. Adlink did not list the dimensions, but the EPIC format calls for a 6.5 x 4.5-inch (165 x 115mm) board.

ReadyBoard 740

The ReadyBoard 740 offers customers a choice between an Intel Atom D410 or the dual-core version, the D510, both clocked at 1.66GHz, says Adlink. Both models also supply the ICH8M chipset, as well as the new Broadcom Crystal HD H.264 video decoder, says the company. Combined with the video decoder, the integrated Atom-based graphics engine supports VGA, LVDS, and DVI output, as well as 1920 x 1080 video playback, say Adlink.

The ReadyBoard 740 is equipped with a single SODIMM slot said to accept up to 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 RAM. Expansion is supported via a PCI-104 bus, as well as  dual SATA ports. An optional onboard solid-state drive (SSD) is also available, says the company.

I/O is said to include a gigabit Ethernet port, six USB 2.0 ports, four serial ports, and four COM ports. A parallel port and a PS/2 port are also said to be supplied.

The ReadyBoard 740 is notable for offering an optional "MiniModule PWR" power protection module for in-vehicle designs. The module provides a wide input voltage range, reverse battery protection, overvoltage protection (OVP), and DC/DC conversion, says the company.

Standard ruggedization features include an operating temperature range of -4 to 158 deg. F (-20 to 70 deg. C), says Adlink. The ReadyBoard 740 also offers MIL-STD-202-rated vibration resistance up to 11.95Grms, and shock resistance up to 50Grms. The board is said to be certified for the ISO 7637-1, -2, -3 standards for road vehicles, as well as for electrical disturbances from conduction and coupling.

Operating system support is said to include Ubuntu Linux, Windows CE 6.0, Windows XP Embedded, VxWorks 6.6, and QNX 6.3.


Pricing or availability was not provided for the CoreModule 740. The ReadyBoard 740 will begin sampling in June, starting at $410 in a single-unit list price, says Adlink.

Adlink's product pages for the CoreModule 740 and ReadyBoard 740 may be found here and here, respectively.

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