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13 March 2012

In Top Form: ESMexpress® Computer-on-Module With PowerPC® QorIQ™

MEN’s latest computer-on-module complying with ANSI-VITA 59 (standard in preparation) excels by its extremely high performance in addition to the usual ruggedness and flexibility of the ESMexpress standard. The XM51 is equipped with processors of the Freescale PowerPC QorIQ family, with up to eight processor cores featuring up to 1.5GHz being accommodated on the space-saving form factor.

Based on the QorIQ P4080, P4040 or P3041 at clock frequencies between 1.2GHz and 1.5GHz, the XM51 takes the performance and speed of common computer-on-modules to a new level. Paired with the robust and space-saving design of ESMexpress modules from MEN, this powerful CPU is the perfect basis for safety-critical and demanding applications, especially in avionics, railways and medical engineering.

All three processor types of the QorIQ family used, come with multi-core architecture and advanced computing functions. Depending on your requirements, you can select the processor that fits best: Do you need a strong, number-crunching P4080 with eight cores or a cost-efficient and energy-saving P3041?

The computer-on-module supports four USB 2.0 interfaces with host function and one USB client port, two Gigabit Ethernet channels, two 3-Gigabit SATA ("gen 2") and two PCI Express x1 links with 5 Gb/s each (PCIe 2.x), which can be made accessible on any ESMexpress carrier.

The XM51 offers 16GB of soldered DDR3 SDRAM memory with ECC, which owing to QorIQ technology is controlled by one or two controllers and can then be assigned to the processor cores as desired. Onboard non-volatile FRAM and Flash provide more memory options, expandable via USB on the carrier board, for example.

As all ESMexpress modules, the COM is installed in a closed housing for conduction cooling, which despite its high performance allows operating temperatures of -40°C to +85°C and at the same time guarantees 100% EMC protection. All components are soldered against shock and vibration and prepared for coating against humidity or dust.

 

 

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