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Rugged PC/104-Plus SBC uses Atom E600 SoC

Nov 16, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Adlink announced a rugged, extended-temperature PC/104-Plus single board computer (SBC) with an Intel Atom E600 clocked at up to 1.6GHz. The CoreModule 720 includes up to 2GB of soldered DDR2 RAM and an optional solid state drive up to 16GB, an SDIO/MMC socket, SATA connectors, plus gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, serial, DVI, LVDS, and CAN connectivity.

The CoreModule 720 is said to be designed for applications in harsh environments such as transportation, self-service, digital signage, and video surveillance. It's the latest in Adlink's line of "Extreme Rugged" branded CoreModule SBCs; previous entries include last year's dual-core Atom-based CoreModule 745 and single-core Atom CoreModule 740.

Adlink CoreModule 720

Like these models, the CoreModule 720 is a rugged SBC that adopts the stackable PC/104-Plus form factor. This time, Adlink moves to the Intel Atom E600 ("Tunnel Creek"), which unlike most Atoms is a full-fledged system on chip (SoC). This low-power heir to the original Z5xx Atom line incorporates a GMA600 graphics controller, a memory controller, and an audio chip.

The CoreModule 720 is available with three extended-temperature models, selected from among the eight E600 choices Intel offers. These range from the 600MHz, 2.7-Watt TDP E620T, to the 1.3GHz, 3.3 TDP E660T, on up to the 1.6GHz, 3.9 TDP E680T, says Adlink.

On the CoreModule 720, all three SoCs support extended temperatures up to -40 to 185 deg. F (-40 to 85 deg. C), says the company. This appears to be an option, however, as a standard temperature range of -4 to 158 deg. F (-20 to 70 deg. C) is also listed.

The 3.77 x 3.54-inch printed circuit board (PCB) is said to be 50 percent thicker than a typical SBC, for greater robustness. Shock and vibration resistance is also cited (see spec list below).

Top-down view of the CoreModule 720

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The CoreModule 720 can be equipped with up to 2GB of soldered DDR2 SDRAM, and offers an SDIO/MMC memory expansion socket, says Adlink. In addition, two SATA connectors are available, one of which can be stocked with an optional onboard solid state drive (SSD) with 4GB or 16GB capacity, says the company.

The CoreModule 720 provides a gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 2.0 ports, and four serial ports, including two RS232/422/485 ports, says Adlink. Other I/O is said to include a CAN bus, as well as DVI and LVDS video connections. PC/104-Plus expansion connectors are said to support ISA and PCI bus connectivity.

Features and specifications listed by Adlink for the CoreModule 720 include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom E620T (600MHz, 2.7-Watt TDP), E660T (1.3GHz, 3.3-Watt TDP), or E680T (1.6GHz, 3.9-Watt TDP)
  • Chipset — Intel EG20T
  • Memory — up to 2GB soldered DDR2 600/800MHz RAM
  • Storage:
    • SDIO/MMC socket
    • 2 x SATA II ports
    • optional 4GB or 16GB onboard SATA SSD
  • Expansion — PC-104/Plus connectors
  • Networking — gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • DVI (up to 1280 x 1024 pixels)
    • LVDS (24-bit single-channel. up to 1280 x 768 pixels)
    • 4 x USB 2.0
    • 2 x RS232
    • 2 x RS232/422/485
    • CAN bus (single-channel)
  • Power requirements — AT mode input (5 V +/- 5%)
  • Operating range — -4 to 158 deg. F (standard); -40 to 185 deg. F (extended)
  • Shock resistance (non-operation) — 50G peak-to-peak, 11ms duration (MIL-STD-202G Method 213B)
  • Vibration resistance (operation) — 11.95 Grms, 50-2000 Hz, each axis (MIL-STD-202G Method 214A)
  • Dimensions — 3.77 x 3.54 inches (99 x 90mm)


No pricing or availability information was provided on the CoreModule 720, which is said to support Linux, Windows CE 6.0, Windows XPe, VxWorks 6.8, and QNX 6.4. More information may be found on the Adlink CoreModule 720 product page.

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