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PC/104-Plus SBC Features On-Board TPM Security

Versalogic is now shipping the “Liger”-a new high-performance PC/104-Plus single board computer (SBC). Based on Intel’s Kaby Lake processor, Liger combines high performance processing and high performance video with moderate power consumption (12 to 14 W typical). It features hardware-level security using an on-board Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security chip, and backwards compatibility with systems using PC/104-Plus (ISA or PCI) expansion.

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Liger is designed for applications which require extreme CPU and video processing performance in a compact 108 x 96 mm (4.3 x 3.8″) PC/104 footprint.The Liger’s on-board TPM security chip can lock out unauthorized hardware and software access. It provides a secure “Root of Trust” processing environment for defense, medical, and industrial applications that require hardware-level security functions. Additional security is provided through built-in AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) instructions.

Versalogic | www.versalogic.com

Client Profile: SCIDYNE Corp.

About SCIDYNE
SCIDYNE has been designing and manufacturing electronic products for more than two decades. Headquartered in the United States, SCIDYNE serves both domestic and international OEM customers by being a trusted and reliable source of high-quality embedded system products. SCIDYNE’s line of PC/104 peripherals can be found in many diverse and demanding applications (e.g., industrial automation, medical equipment, and aerospace). Recent trends in the embedded market including the growing maker culture, powerful low-cost development platforms, and collaborative development has provided additional opportunities to offer new products designed especially for these segments.

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Why Should Circuit Cellar Readers Be Interested?
The XMEM+ plugs onto an ordinary Arduino MEGA2560 and boosts available SRAM to over 512K. By increasing SRAM, the MEGA becomes much more capable in sophisticated applications. The SRAM is organized as 16 banks of 32K each. On-board high-speed logic simplifies bank-switching management. The active 32K bank seamlessly follows the internal 8K SRAM making 40K available at any time. Also included is a fixed 23K expansion bus for prototyping off-board parallel circuitry. Buffered control, data, and address signals are fully accessible. The operating logic level for all buffered signals is configurable as 3.3 or 5 V for proper translation when working with modern mixed voltage circuitry. The XMEM+ operates at the full 16-MHz system clock speed. Additional details are available at: www.scidyne.com/hpb7699.html.

Low-Power Micromodule

The ECM-DX2 is a highly integrated, low-power consumption micromodule. Its fanless operation and extended temperature are supported by the DMP Vortex86DX2 system-on-a-chip (SoC) CPU. The micromodule is targeted for industrial automation, transportation/vehicle construction, and aviation applications.
The ECM-DX2 withstands industrial operation environments for –40-to-75°C temperatures and supports 12-to-26-V voltage input. Multiple OSes, including Windows 2000/XP and Linux, can be used in a variety of embedded designs.

AvalueThe micromodule includes on-board DDR2 memory that supports up to 32-bit, 1-GB, and single-channel 24-bit low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) as well as video graphics array (VGA) + LVDS or VGA + TTL multi-display configurations. The I/O deployment includes one SATA II interface, four COM ports, two USB 2.0 ports, 8-bit general-purpose input/output (GPIOs), two Ethernet ports, and one PS/2 connector for a keyboard and a mouse. The ECM-DX2 also provides a PC/104 expansion slot and one MiniPCIe card slot.

Contact Avalue Technology for pricing.

Avalue Technology, Inc.
www.avalue.com.tw