Concurrent Technologies Unveils VP A45/01x VME Single Board Computer

Concurrent Technologies introduces their first ultra-low power VME critical embedded single board computer based on an Intel® Atom processor with a power consumption of under 20W. The board uses the 1.6 GHz Intel® Atom[tm] processor N270 and the Intel® 945GSE Express chipset both from the Intel® embedded roadmap, ensuring long term availability. With 2 Gbytes DDR2-533 SDRAM this ultra-low power board also supports a variety of peripheral I/O ports, Flash drive, CompactFlash[tm] site and PMC/XMC modules. Commercial and extended temperature versions are now available and ruggedized, conduction-cooled or air-cooled (to VITA 47), versions will be available shortly. The VP A45/01x VME SBC is well suited to ultra-low power applications for embedded market segments such as defense and industrial automation.

Concurrent Technologies VP A45/01x VME Single Board ComputerThe 1.6 GHz Intel® Atom[tm] processor N270 (soldered), based on Intel’s 45nm process technology, provides 512 Kbytes L2 cache and supports Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel® Virtualization Technology. The Intel® GS45E Graphics Memory Controller Hub and Intel® ICH7-M IO Controller Hub are used to complement the processor to deliver a good performance-per-watt.

With a wide range of flexible I/O the VP A45/01x supports a PMC/XMC site with front I/O and P2 rear I/O (VITA35 P4V2-64ac) plus a second 33MHz PMC site with front I/O and rear I/O via the optional P0. The first PMC site supports up to 100MHz PCI-X operation as well as a x1 PCI Express® XMC interface. A range of onboard I/O is available to the user: two Ethernet interfaces, a USB 2.0 port and an RS232 interface via the front panel, whilst the rear panel I/O includes digital 3D graphics (2048 x 1536), keyboard, mouse, four GPIO signals, two USB 2.0 ports, an RS232/RS422/RS485 port, and two SATA150 interfaces. The optional P0 also supports two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Other features provided are a PC real-time clock, watchdog timer and long duration timer and LAN boot firmware. Optional rear transition modules are also available.

For embedded applications, the board supports an option for an onboard 2.5-inch SATA150 mass storage drive and as standard, a removable Flash Drive Module and onboard CompactFlash socket, both via an EIDE interface.

The VME64 Interface supports A32/A24/A16/D64/D32/D16/D8(EO)/MBLT64 and includes support for fast hardware byte-swapping.

For ease of integration the VP A45/01x supports many of today’s leading operating systems, including Linux®, Windows® XP, Windows® XP Embedded, QNX® and VxWorks®.

About Concurrent Technologies
Concurrent Technologies is an international ISO 9001:2000 company specializing in the design and manufacture of commercial-off-the-shelf and custom designed industrial computer boards for critical embedded applications. The company, which was founded in 1985, has offices in the UK, USA, India and China as well as a worldwide distributor network. The company has a wide range of high performance Intel® processor based VME, VXS, CompactPCI® and AdvancedMC[tm] products, which are complemented by an extensive offering of PMC (PCI Mezzanine Card) and XMC (Express Mezzanine Card) products. Concurrent Technologies is an Affiliate Member of the Intel® Communications Alliance (ICA), a community of communications and embedded developers and solution providers.