NXP i.MX6-Based Boards Boast Extended Temp Operation

Versalogic has announced the Zebra, its latest in their new line of production-ready ARM-based embedded computers. Featuring models with either the NXP i.MX6 Solo (single core), or the i.MX6 DualLite (dual core) processors, the Zebra is rated for full industrial temperature operation (-40°C to +85°C). The compact 95 mm x 95 mm computer board typically consumes less than 3 W of power when operating.

Unlike many ARM-based “modules,” Versalogic’s new ARM-based products are complete board-level computers. They do not require additional carrier cards, companion boards, connector break-out boards or other add-ons to function. For ease of mounting and future upgrades, the Zebra product conforms to the size and mounting points of the industry standard COM Compact format. Unlike proprietary-format ARM products, Versalogic ARM boards provide a standardized mounting pattern for simplified upgrading in the future.
The Zebra embedded computer board is ready for off-the-shelf deployment into demanding industrial, defense and aerospace applications requiring rugged, long-life, power efficient, industrial temperature rated (-40°C to +85°C) solutions.

Both Zebra models include soldered-on memory, and a variety of I/O. The on-board I/O includes a Gigabit Ethernet port with network boot capability, two USB 2.0 Ports, serial I/O (RS-232), CAN Bus, I2C, and SPI. An on-board 6-axis e-compass is optional.

Many applications that require lower power or lower heat dissipation still need very high levels of reliability. Designed and tested for industrial temperature (-40° to +85°C) operation, VersaLogic’s Zebra also meets MIL-STD-202G specifications to withstand high impact and vibration.

ARM-based Zebra products, part numbers VL-EPC-2701, are in stock at both Versalogic and Digi-Key. with OEM pricing starting at $168.

Versalogic | www.versalogic.com

Rugged COM Express Module Sports AMD V1000

MEN Micro has announced the CB71C, a rugged COM Express module for rail, public transportation and industry applications like data acquisition, infotainment, transcoding and live 3D. It is 100% compatible with COM Express Type 6 pin-out and conforms to the VITA 59 standard, which specifies robust mechanics to ensure reliable operation even under the harshest environmental conditions.

The CB71C is based on AMD’s V1000 APU family. It is equipped with a Radeon Vega next-generation 3D graphics engine with up to 11 compute units, and supports up to 4 displays with a resolution of up to 4k without the need for additional graphics hardware. With up to four high-performance processor cores, the CB71C is also suitable for virtualization. Based on the Rugged COM Express standard, the CB71C is embedded in a closed aluminum frame, which ensures optimum EMC protection and efficient conduction cooling supporting a temperature range of -40°C to +85°C. To withstand serious shock and vibration, only soldered components are used.

The CB71C can be equipped with a wide range of long-term available processors with scalable performance, all supporting ECC. Passive cooling is possible with low-power versions. The CB71C can also be equipped with up to 32 GB of directly soldered DDR4 main memory and a 16 GB eMMC. Available high-speed interfaces include PCI Express 3.0 links, DDI (DP, eDP, HDMI), SATA 3.0, Gbit Ethernet and USB 3.0.

The board features an advanced board management controller with monitoring functions for safety-relevant applications. In addition, the CB71C has a Trusted Platform Module and supports hardware memory encryption, providing protection against both physical and inter-VM storage attacks. This is essential for security-critical applications such as payment and ticketing terminals, fleet management or monitoring.

MEN Micro | www.menmicro.com

COMe Mini GbE Card for Harsh Environments

Diamond Systems has unveiled the EPSM-10GX Gbit Ethernet switch module with managed Layer 2/3 switch capabilities in an ultra-compact COM Express Mini 2.2″ x 3.3″ (55 mm x 84mm) form factor. Featuring 24 10/100/1000 Mbps copper twisted pair ports and two 10 Gbps SFI ports, the EPSM-10GX is a well suited for use as a building block for creating custom Ethernet switch solutions in a variety of space-critical applications, such as drones, ground and underwater vehicles and robots.

The EPSM-10GX offers managed layer 2+ performance (layer 3 capable with software upgrade) via its built-in 500 MHz MIPS processor and comprehensive suite of software features. All features are manageable via any Ethernet port or an auxiliary “out of band” serial interface. The switch operates at non-blocking wire-speed performance, meaning all ports can operate at full speed simultaneously, resulting in a 44 Gbps total throughput capability.

Like a Computer-on-Module, the EPSM-10GX provides the complete core Ethernet switch functionality in a proven solution, vastly simplifying the effort required to design a complete Ethernet switch. The module is intended to be mounted on a carrier board, which requires only the necessary power supplies and “final inch” of magnetics, I/O connectors and SFP+ sockets for the ports.

For a complete off-the-shelf solution, Diamond Systems also introduced the EPS-24G2X (EPSM-10GX combined with carrier board) which provides access to all features of the module to create an off-the-shelf complete solution in the industry standard 3.5 inch form factor. For rapid development of custom solutions, Diamond offers under NDA a complete design package for the EPS-24G2X, enabling customers to quickly and easily design a custom solution with minimum risk.

The EPSM-10GX is designed to meet the demands imposed by harsh environments and is tested and guaranteed to MIL-STD-202G shock/vibration levels and can be operated in temperatures from -40°C to 85°C.

The EPSM-10GX includes the following key features and functionality:

  • 24 10/100/1000Mbps copper Ethernet ports
  • Integrated 500 MHz MIPS 24KEc CPU
  • Serial port for out of band management and software updates
  • IEEE802.1Q switch with 4K VLANs and 32K MAC table entries
  • Multiple protocol support: IEEE 802.1d, IEEE 802.1w, IEEE 802.1s, and IEEE 802.1X
  • Flexible link aggregation support based on Layer-2 through Layer-4 information (IEEE 802.3ad)
  • Multicast and broadcast storm control, as well as flooding control
  • COM Express Mini, Type 10 Form Factor (2.2” x 3.3″ / 55 mm x 84 mm)
  • Power input: 5VDC
  • -40°C to +85°C (-40°F to +185°F) operating temperature

EPSM-10GX is supplied with all required firmware pre-installed and pre-configured, enabling immediate operation without any software development effort. The EPSM-10GX managed 26-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module is shipping now.

Diamond Systems | www.diamondsystems.com