American Portwell Technology, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Portwell, Inc., a world-leading innovator in the embedded computing market and a member of the Intel® Embedded and Communications Alliance (Intel ECA), announces its new Qseven family of embedded system solutions based on Intel’s Atom processor and Portwell’s know-how. The new Qseven module was initiated by Congatec AG and SECO, and enhanced by Portwell in response to market demand for an even smaller form factor to take advantage of the Intel® Atom(tm) processor’s already compact design. At a mere 70mm x 70mm and a power consumption under 12W (+5V input), Portwell’s new Qseven could be the best module form factor to implement the Intel Atom processor Z5xx series and Intel System Controller Hub (SCH) US15W in terms of space, power consumption and thermal and expansion interfaces.
American Portwell Technology’s new Qseven family-which consists of the PQ7-M100G module and the PQ7-C200 carrier board-is the perfect solution to enhance applications in the medical device, industrial control, gaming machine, portable device and COTS military markets.
The smallest Atom-based board yet
“At a space-saving 70mm x 70mm-which is 30 percent smaller than the COM Express form factor-Portwell’s new Qseven is the smallest Atom-based board yet,” says Jimmy Chang, American Portwell Technology’s product marketing manager.
“The interconnection between the Qseven module board and the carrier board is the MXM (Mobile PCI Express Module) edge connector. Introduced by NVIDIA and leading notebook manufacturers, MXM provides faster time to market for the latest notebook graphics,” Chang explains. “Common signals between the two boards include PCI Express x1, LVDS, SATA, SDVO, HAD, Gigabit Ethernet, Low Pin Count bus, Secure Digital I/O, SMBus and I2C bus.
“With its low power consumption-under 12W (+5V)-and low heat, Portwell’s new Qseven module enables devices to work longer hours with less running costs, and can be battery-operated or used in a fanless configuration,” Chang confirms. “The Qseven module board is installed on top of the carrier board for improved mechanical stability. This means a small keep-out zone that leaves more space on the carrier board for additional devices. It also means that the carrier board itself can be smaller. Either way, it makes the Qseven an even more economical solution,” he adds.
The Qseven family
Portwell’s Qseven family consists of the PQ7-M100G (Intel® Atom(tm) Z5xx CPU module board) and PQ7-C200 (Mini-ITX carrier board). The PQ7-M100G features Intel’s Atom Z510 or Z530 processor and SCH US15W integrated GMA 500 Graphic, and supports LVDS/SDVO and LVDS/VGA dual independent display. The PQ7-C200, based on Mini-ITX form factor, serves as a development kit carrier board to the PQ7-M100G and includes all the necessary connectors, such as VGA and PCI-E x1.
Keeping it compact
“Since the introduction of Intel’s Atom processor, everything about the embedded systems board industry is getting smaller,” says Frank Shen, product marketing director, American Portwell Technology. “In addition to the COM Express modules, Portwell now offers an even more compact solution, the new Qseven module, for the OEMs of medical instrument, gaming machine, industrial control and many other embedded applications,” explains Shen. “Portwell believes that the Qseven standard not only meets these demands, but we have also exceeded them by enhancing the Qseven module ourselves,” Shen adds. “Our customers can gain cost savings from the smaller components used to make the physical boards and peace of mind from the long life cycle support inherent with every Portwell product,” he confirms.
About American Portwell Technology
American Portwell Technology, Inc., is a world-leading innovator in the Embedded Computing market and a member of the Intel® Embedded and Communications Alliance. American Portwell Technology designs, manufactures and markets a complete range of PICMG computer boards, embedded computer boards and systems, and rackmount systems for both OEMs and ODMs. American Portwell is both an ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 13485:2003 certified company. The company is located in Fremont, California. For more information about American Portwell’s extensive turnkey, and private-label branding solutions, call 1-877-APT-8899, email firstname.lastname@example.org.