A significant reduction in development time of systems when using computer-on-modules is achievable with the industrial platform MSC CX-MB-IP1 from MSC Vertriebs GmbH. The motherboard in Mini-ITX format (170 mm x 170 mm) is designed for the acceptance of COM Express[tm] modules in basic and compact form factors in compliance with Type 2 of the COM Express[tm] specification. MSC offers its powerful COM Express[tm] modules in different performance classes, for example with Intel® Pentium[tm] M, Intel® Atom[tm] or Intel® Core[tm] 2 Duo processor, and therewith enables a simple upgrade or scaling of the respective application.
The industrial platform MSC CX-MB-IP1 has a broad range of interfaces available, which are particularly required in industrial applications. In addition to USB 2.0, two LAN interfaces are provided, whereby only one connection exists on the COM Express[tm] Type 2 module and the other is implemented on the baseboard. In order to allow serial communication, which is important for industrial applications, two 9-pin D-Sub connectors are located on the platform. The bus interfaces can be extended by raiser cards on PCI and PCI Express x1. A total of four different raiser cards are available from MSC: 2 x PCI or PCI Express plus PCI and 4 x PCI or 3 x PCI plus PCI Express. Furthermore, a MiniPCI card holder is implemented on the board for integration of e.g. wireless LAN or Bluetooth extensions.
Thanks to the broad availability of SATA interfaces for mass storage and DVD/CD drives, the still existent IDE interfaces in COM Express[tm] Type 2 were designed to accept CompactFlash cards directly on the baseboard. Therewith, the platform can also be used in applications where rotating mass storage should be completely abandoned.
For integration of a variety of different displays, the platform provides a JILI30 connector and a backlight connection via which the COM Express[tm] module is directly controllable. Appropriate display kits and cable sets are available from MSC. Because modern computer-on-modules consistently include High Definition Audio (HDA), a HDA codec has been implemented on the baseboard.
The Board Support Packages (BSPs) for the operating systems Windows® Vista, Windows® XP and Linux can be downloaded from MSC COM Support Website.
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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