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Fanless ETX module targets industrial applications

Sep 26, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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Avalue is shipping a module using Kontron's ETX “computer-on-module” form-factor, targeting industrial applications. The Linux-compatible ESM-910ETX supports dual-channel LVDS for simultaneous display from two sources, has an Intel Celeron M processor clocked at 600MHz, and uses dual-channel DDR2 memory, the… company says.

(Click for larger view of the ESM-910ETX)

Touted as an upgrade replacement for previous modules that were based on Intel's 852GM chipset, the ESM-910ETX offers higher component integration, greater bandwidth, and better power efficiency than these older designs, claims Taiwan-based Avalue. Applications are said to include industrial automation, medical, transportation, measurement, point-of-sale (POS), kiosk, thin client, and digital control devices.

The fanless ESM-910ETX uses Intel's 910GMLE chipset, which supports dual-channel DDR2 400MHz system memory. The use of DDR2 RAM improves peak memory bandwidth by over 20 percent, and reduces memory power consumption by 50 percent, claims Avalue.

The 4.5 x 3.7-inch ESM-910ETX adheres to Kontron's familiar ETX format, and apparently complies with the ETX 3.0 revision, since it incorporates dual SATA ports. The device also includes a 600MHz Intel Celeron processor, four USB 2.0 ports, and dual serial ports.

Features listed for the ESM-910ETX by Avalue include the following:

  • Processor — Intel Celeron M 600MHz or Intel uFC-BGA 479 Celeron M 600MHz; 512K L2 cache
  • Chipset — Intel 910GMLE with ICH6-M
  • Memory — 200-pin SODIMM socket, supporting up to 1GB DDR2 333/400MHz SDRAM
  • Display memory — Intel DVMT 3.0, supporting up to 128MB video memory
  • Display resolution — CRT mode 2048 x 1536 @ 16bpp (75Hz); LCD/simultaneous mode 1600 x 1200 @16bpp (60Hz)
  • LVDS - dual-channel 18/24-bit LVDS
  • Audio — Intel NH82801FBN ICH6-M with Realtek ALC203 AC97 codec; line in, line out, and Mic in
  • Expansion — 4 x PCI; 1 x ISA
  • Networking — 10/100Mbps (Realtek 8101E)
  • USB — 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • Serial — 2 x TTL serial
  • IrDA - 115Kbps, IrDA 1.0 compliant
  • Storage I/O — 2 x SATA; 1 x EIDE (Ultra DMA 100); 1 x FDD/LPT
  • Watchdog timer — Reset 1 sec. to about 255 min.
  • Dimensions — 4.5 x 3.7 inches (114 x 95mm); ETX format
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 140 degrees F (0 to 60 degrees C)
  • Operating system — Linux, Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded (XPe),

Availability

The ESM-910ETX appears to be available now for an undisclosed price. More information may be found here.


 
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