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22 April 2010

The New MM50 ESMini Module – PowerPC® and Low Power Dissipation for Mobile Applications

The world is becoming faster, harsher, more critical and more space saving. So are the demands for modern technologies, and these demands are just right for MEN. The MM50 is the second ESMini module in an ultra-small form factor to hit the market. Based on the MPC5121e or the MPC5123, the module has an extremely low power dissipation, which is ideal for use in mobile applications.

Keep a cool head with ESMini

The MM50 is MEN’s latest ultra-small computer-on-module. The ESMini module is based on the MPC5121e or MPC5123 PowerPC processors, which have an MMU and FPU and come with a powerful 760 MIPS using clock frequencies of up to 400 MHz. The e300-core processors pair a display interface unit, with or without a 3D graphics engine, and integrated I/O features with low power up to 3W maximum and unparalleled price/performance. This makes MEN’s MM50 ESMini module an ideal solution for industrial, mobile and mission-critical applications.

The DDR2 SDRAM with a size of up to 512MB is soldered against shock and vibration. At its side, the module provides non-volatile FRAM and the option of mass storage expansion through SDHC on the carrier board.

Apart from serial I/O such as USB, the MM50 also has legacy interfaces like CAN bus, COM, Fast Ethernet, I2C and GPIO. In addition, the MM50 is equipped with an excellent graphics controller and audio. Together with its low power dissipation, this makes it an ideal platform to build up compact control systems with the need for visualisation. Six individually programmable controllers give further flexibility to implement serial I/O.

As all ESMini modules, the MM50 is also tested and released for use in operating temperatures from -40 to +85°C. The module can also be equipped with a conduction-cooling enclosure. To test all of the MM50’s functions and to develop your application, you can use the XC4 evaluation carrier board in microATX format.

About ESMini modules

An ESMini module measures only 95mm x 55mm. It is specified for an operating temperature of -40°C to -85°C. An optional version with a conduction-cooling frame also gives the module full EMC protection. The module can even be used without an enclosure without any problems.

ESMini modules are firmly screwed to a carrier board and come with rugged, industry-proven and railway-compliant connectors with differential signals. By standard, only soldered components are used to withstand shock and vibration, and the design is optimized for conformal coating.

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