MSC Vertriebs Joins Qseven Consortium

MSC Vertriebs GmbH has joined the group of founder members of the Qseven(tm) consortium, thus underlining their active support of the small form-factor 70 mm x 70 mm. The Qseven(tm) platform was developed especially with respect to highest performance capability with the most possible flexibility in the choice of processors. The compact dimensions and extremely low power consumption of the powerful Qseven(tm) module technology is possible thanks to new, highly integrated and low power processors such as the recently announced Intel® Atom(tm) processor Z5xx series. The Qseven(tm) standard defines a maximum power consumption of 12 watts. Therefore, the modules are especially suited for fanless systems. If required, a thermal cooling interface transfers any heat generated to a heat sink.

Part of the Qseven(tm) initiative is the utilization of connector technology from established MXM graphics modules, which are already used in large volumes in laptops. The established connector format is especially designed for high transmission speeds and is only assembled to the base board. The costs, compared to connector pairs, can therefore be further reduced and PCI Express assemblies can be fully automatically manufactured using latest technology.

The companies congatec AG, SECO, MSC Vertriebs GmbH and recently the Swedish company Hectronic, who support the Qseven(tm) form-factor, invite other embedded computer manufacturers to join the open Qseven(tm) consortium. Publication of a general specification and a design guideline are planned for the end of the second quarter of 2008.

“Qseven(tm) offers the best prerequisites for implementation of fanless, mobile and battery powered systems,” says Wolfgang Eisenbarth, Director of Marketing – Boards & Systems at MSC Vertriebs GmbH. “With strong support from the Qseven(tm) community we will open new, as yet undeveloped markets.”

To comply with the requirements of embedded applications, the Qseven(tm) form-factor defines an API software interface for the watchdog timer, I2C Bus, LCD backlight control, BIOS user memory area and the temperature control. For connection of external devices, a broad range of industry standard interfaces are available: 4x PCI Express, 2 x SATA, six USB 2.0 ports, a 1000Base-T Ethernet interface, 2x SDIO (8 Bit), a video input port (VIP), high definition audio (HDA), I2C Bus and LPC. An onboard graphics controller with 2 x 24-bit LVDS, SDVO, DisplayPort(tm) and HDMI(tm) offers sophisticated graphics characteristics. Furthermore, the new VESA DisplayID(tm) standard to automatically detect the attached flat-panel display is supported.

About MSC Vertriebs GmbH
MSC Vertriebs GmbH is a European-wide service company in the field of electronic components, board-level products, and customer specific development of industrial hardware. Founded in 1982, the MSC Vertriebs GmbH operates today as a pan-European distributor and manufacturer in a consolidated company with over 1600 employees. Products requiring intensive technical support, such as COM Express(tm), ETX® components, EXM 32, Qseven(tm) and microcontrollers & tools, programmable logic & tools, ASICs, industrial motherboards, power and linear products, displays, optoelectronics, as well as memory modules are our specialty and make MSC one of the leading companies for high-tech solutions. MSC distinguishes itself distinctly from its competitors with its competent applications and development engineers, as well as its design capacity for hardware, ASICs, and BIOS. The regional location to its suppliers and the consistent approach toward new technologies guarantee a high level of competency for its customers.

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