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Credit card-sized module runs Linux on Braswell

Aug 29, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 1375 views

Axiomtek’s credit card-sized “CEM300” module runs Linux on Intel Braswell SoCs at 4-6W TDP and offers HD graphics, dual SATA III ports, and four PCIe lanes.

Like Axiomtek’s Atom E3800 “Bay Trail” based CEM846 computer-on-module, its new CEM300 supports Linux and Windows, and uses the 84 x 55mm COM Express Type 10 Mini form factor. The CEM300 advances to 14nm Intel Braswell SoCs, which offer much improved Intel HD Graphics Gen8, while reducing TDPs to a 4W to 6W range. Supported models include the quad-core 1.6GHz (2.4GHz burst) Pentium N3700, the quad-core Celeron N3160, and the dual-core Celeron N3060.

The CEM300 is designed for applications including industrial IoT automation controllers, medical imaging, and retail/POS/kiosk. The module offers 3.5Grms vibration resistance and supports temperatures of 0 to 60°C.

CEM300, front and back
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The CEM300 ships with 4GB or 8GB of DDR3L RAM, and offers dual SATA-600 interfaces and a GbE controller with Wake-on-LAN and PXE boot. For displays, you get a DDI port supporting HDMI/DVI/DisplayPort, and either an 18/24-bit, single channel LVDS or an optional embedded DisplayPort (eDP).

The module provides 2x USB 3.0 ports, 8x USB 2.0 ports, 4x DIO channels, and 2x serial TX/RX interfaces. You’ll also find LPC, SPI, SMBus, smart battery, and HD audio interfaces. Three PCie lanes are supported, or four if you’re not using the Gigabit Ethernet port. Options include a heatspreader and heatsink with fan.

The CEM300 supports wide-range 4.75V to 20V power n AT mode and adds +5VSB power in ATX mode. A watchdog and hardware monitoring are onboard, and you can also use Axiomtek’s AXView 2.0 intelligent remote management software.

CEB94008 carrier

The CEM300 is supported with a COM Express Type 10 CEB94008 carrier board. The 291 x 244mm board offers a -40º to 85ºC range, although that’s not going to help out much with this commercial temperature module.

CEB94008 (left) and detail view
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The main coastline panel offers a VGA port, audio I/O, 2x GbE ports (one with WOL and PXE), 2x USB 3.0 port, and 2x USB 2.0 ports. Four more USB 2.0 ports are available internally, adding up to a total of 10 USB ports.

CEB94008 differs from most carriers in that it offers a bank of eight DB9 COM ports along the side of the board. Four are RS-232 ports, and there’s a pair each of RS-232/422/485 and TX/RX ports.

The CEB94008 is further equipped with a single SATA port, a CFast storage slot, and LVDS and DDI interfaces. You also get 2x PCIe x1 slots, a mini-PCIe slot, 8-channel DIO, and an SMBus connector. The board’s power supply was not disclosed, although the detail diagram shows ATX and DC connectors. The board also provides a 3V/195mAH Lithium battery.

Further information

The CEM300 module will be available in September at an undisclosed price. More information may be found at Axiomtek’s CEM300 product page. More on the CEB94008 carrier board may be found here.

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One response to “Credit card-sized module runs Linux on Braswell”

  1. Mike Wilsher says:

    Credit card sized in two dimensions not three, as it is thicker than a credit card. Still very neat though. I still remember my first. I called her Motorola MC 6800, she didn’t have much memory, and she could process instructions with a relatively slow clock. I remember I once asked her to CMOS and she said no she couldn’t so that as she was all MOS. Ha her pi outs, oh boy dedicated address and data, no need to demux her address lines, she was uncomplicated for sure.

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