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Core2 Duo COM Express Module

Ampro Computers Inc. (San Jose, CA) has released a computer- on-module (COM) based on Intel’s Core2 Duo processor and GME965 chipset. The COM 840 integrates a single- or dual-core processor, Ram, graphics, networking, and PCI Express expansion in a 3.7 × 4.5-inch module that operates from - 40 to +85°C. The COM 840 has a 1.66Hz Intel® Core2 Duo L7500 processor with 4 MB of on-chip L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB (front side bus), and two SODIMM sockets for up to 4 GB of DDR2 RAM.

The board’s built-in graphics display subsystem utilizes Intel’s GMA950 with 224 MB of 64-bit video RAM, and can drive CRTs, flat panels, and wide screen digital TVs at resolutions of up to 2048×1536 including 1920×1080 at 85 Hz (HDTV) on CRTs. An onboard video encoder adds TV-out capabilities such as HDTV (420P, 720P, and 1080I), Component, and S-Video. The highly integrated COM 840 has I/O including gigabit Ethernet port, eight USB 2.0 channels, an AC97/HD audio controller, and two SATA II and one UDMA EIDE interfaces.

To satisfy the ruggedness and reliability demands of applications in military, transportation, aviation, and other harsh environments, the COM 840 has a 0.093-inch-thick printed wiring board. The module has a temperature range of -40 to +85°C and withstands stringent shock, vibration, and HALT (highly accelerated life test) requirements.

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