The XM2 from MEN Micro (Ambler, PA) is based on the latest Intel Core 2 Duo SP9300 processor with a clock frequency of up to 2.26 GHz. The advanced Intel processor, combined with the ruggedization and low development costs of the ESMexpress standard, make the XM2 a costeffective choice for a variety of harsh, mobile, and mission-critical environments found in the railway, avionics, industrial automation, and medical engineering industries.

The XM2 is equipped with a new Intel GS45 graphics controller that provides a x16 PCI Express graphics link or up to two SDVO interfaces, a DisplayPort, and two HDMI ports. The Core 2 Duo-based module also features a host of I/O functions, including four x1 or one x4 PCI Express links, as well as two Gigabit Ethernet ports, eight USB ports, three SATA ports, and one HD audio port. The fixed pin assignment guarantees that ESMexpress modules remain interchangeable. A board management controller supervises temperature and power consumption. The included Insyde H2O EFI BIOS is configurable for the final application.

The XM2’s standard 4 GB of DDR3 DRAM memory combined with other memory capacities, such as USB Flash on the carrier board, creates virtually unlimited space for data storage. Screened operating temperature is 0°C to +60°C (+32°F to +140°F) for both convection and conduction cooling. The XM2 dissipates up to 40 Watts via the advanced fanless cooling system defined by the ESMexpress standard. Because the populated PCB is mounted to a frame and completely enclosed in an aluminum housing, the board provides 100 percent EMI protection.

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