Adlink unveiled a rugged x86-based PC/104 SBC with shock and vibration resistance, extended temperature support, and legacy ISA bus support. The 3.6 x 3.8-inch CoreModule1-86DX2 is equipped with a DMP 1GHz Vortex86DX2 system-on-chip, and features I/O including graphics, Ethernet, SATA, USB, serial, and A/D, and offers mini-PCIe and modular PC/104 expansion.
The CoreModule1-86DX2 is designed for embedded applications that require compact design, longevity, ruggedness, and power efficiency. Like Advantech’s new PCM-3356 PC/104 board, Adlink’s single board computer (SBC) offers full ISA bus support. This makes it a good choice as a “performance boost for legacy PC/104 systems that continue to utilize real ISA bus,” says Adlink, citing applications including transportation, automated manufacturing, and aviation.
Adlink CoreModule1-86DX2 top and bottom
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The CoreModule1-86DX2 is an upgrade from the CoreModule 435, a rugged PC/104 board that offers a choice of two DMP x86-based system-on-chips (SoCs): a 300MHz Vortex86SX or an 800MHz Vortex86DX. Compared to the Vortex86DX, the new Vortex86DX2 SoC found in the CoreModule1-86DX2 boosts the clock rate to 1GHz, integrates a 2D graphics processing unit (GPU) on-die, and doubles RAM support, among other changes.
Block diagrams: CoreModule1-86DX2 SBC and Vortex-86DX2 SoC
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The 96 x 90mm (3.78 x 3.55-inch) CoreModule1-86DX2 is primarily notable for its rugged construction. The SBC can withstand 11.95 Grms vibration and 40G shock, and operate at a temperature range of up to -40 to 85°C, says Adlink. Built-in Smart Embedded Management Agent (SEMA) functions are said to include a watchdog timer, temperature monitoring, and fail-safe BIOS support.
The CoreModule1-86DX2 is available in two versions based on the allotment of soldered DDR2 RAM. Compared to the 512MB model, the 1GB model offers several options:
- 8MB of SPI flash
- microSD socket
- HD audio
- Second Ethernet port, which can be gigabit instead of the standard 10/100Mbps speed
- Four RS232/485 ports instead of the standard two
Power consumption also differs slightly between the two models, with the 512MB version operating at 6 to 6.5 Watts and the 1GB version rated at about 7 Watts, according to Adlink. Standard ports on both models include three USB ports, and LVDS, VGA, PS/2, GPIO, and A/D interfaces. A SATA or mSATA port is also available.
Specifications listed for the CoreModule1-86DX2 include:
- Processor — DMP Vortex86DX2 SoC (1x x86 core @ 800/1000MHz); 16K I-Cache, 16K D-Cache, 256KB L2 Cache; integrated 2D GPU
- Memory — 512MB DDR2 RAM or 1GB DDR2 models, both soldered; optional 8MB SPI flash (1GB model only); optional microSD slot (1GB model)
- Display — VGA; 18-bit, single-channel LVDS
- Networking — 10/100 Ethernet; optional second 10/100 or 10/100/1000 Ethernet (1GB model)
- Other I/O:
- 3x USB 2.0
- SATA 1.5Gb/s or mSATA
- 2x RS232/485; optional 2x additional RS232/485 (1GB model)
- PS/2 (keyboard and mouse)
- 8x GPIO or TTL level COM or PWM
- 8x A/D input
- Expansion — PC/104 (ISA compatible); Mini-PCIe slot
- Other features — speaker; optional HD ALC886 audio (1GB model); SEMA (timer, temp. monitor, fail-safe BIOS)
- Power — 5VDC or ATX or Stack; consumption about 6-6.5 W (7W on 1GB model)
- Shock resistance (non-operating) — 50G peak-to-peak, 11ms duration, MIL-STD-202G Method 213B
- Vibration resistance (operating) — 11.95 Grms, 50-2000 Hz, each axis, MIL-STD-202G Method 214A
- Operating temperature options:
- standard — 0 to 60°C
- industrial — -20 to 70°C
- extended — -40 to 85°C (requires 800MHz operation)
- Dimensions — 96 x 90mm (3.78 x 3.55 inches); PC/104 form-factor
- Operating system — Linux; Windows XP/XPe; Windows CE 6.0; DOS
The CoreModule1-86DX2 will ship “very” soon, according to Adlink, priced at $345 (quantity one). More information may be found at the CoreModule1-86DX2 product page.