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Tiny computer module boasts 1.65GHz AMD APU, Linux

Mar 12, 2013 — by Rick Lehrbaum 3,670 views

CompuLab is shipping a miniature computer-on-module (COM) based on a dual-core 1.65GHz AMD G-Series APU. The CM-iGT provides rich graphics and multimedia capabilities and is supported with embedded Linux.

The CM-iGT’s AMD G-Series APU integrates a dual-core, 64-bit x86 CPU clocked at up to 1.65GHz (depending on board model). The module also supports up to 4GB DDR3 DRAM and up to 32GB flash onboard memory.

AMD’s APUs combine both CPU and GPU functions. In the case of the CM-IGT, the AMD G-Series APU includes a UVD 3 video processing engine that provides native H.264, VC-1, MPEG2, and DivX 1080p Blu-Ray playback capabilities. The G-Series APU also integrates a Radeon HD 6250 GPU (graphics processing unit), which supports DirectX 1.1, OpenGL 4.0, and Open CL.


Two configurable display ports support simultaneous operation with DisplayPort or HDMI 1.4 interfaces with up to 1920 x 1200 resolution at 60 Hz. The module also provides LVDS and VGA outputs, plus stereo audio I/O (audio output is available on both HDMI and S/PDIF ports).

CM-iGT computer-on-module top and bottom views
(click images to enlarge)

Other CM-iGT I/O and bus interfaces include:

  • 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • 6 PCIe lanes
  • 5 SATA ports
  • 8 USB ports
  • RS232, CAN, I2C ports
  • 29 GPIO lines

Block diagram
(click image to enlarge)

The block diagram at the right tells the whole story.

The module measures 75 x 65 x 8 mm, operates from a single +5V DC source, and is available in commercial, extended, and industrial operating temperature ranges (as wide as -40 to +85 deg. C).

Operating system support for the CM-iGT includes Linux, Windows 7, and Windows Embedded Compact 7.

The CM-iGT connects to a baseboard via two 140-pin high-density connectors on its bottom It can optionally be used with an off-the-shelf SB-iGT mini-ATX format carrier board, enabling rapid evaluation and development. Typically, users of the module will develop a customized carrier board suited to the specific end product’s size, functionality, and connector constraints.

Pricing for the CM-iGT is shown to be “as low as $89,” which probably assumes an OEM quantity discount. For further details, visit CompuLab’s website, here.

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One response to “Tiny computer module boasts 1.65GHz AMD APU, Linux”

  1. earl says:

    one correction, direct x 1.1 should be dx 11 and sidenote, uvd doesn’t work under linux

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