ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) has introduced the Express-ATC, a “Compact” COM Express module that is compatible with the Type 2 pin-out of the PICMG® COM Express specification. The module is suitable for systems that require a full set of graphics features in a small package (95mm × 95mm), including medical diagnostics, medical imaging, gaming, industrial automation, test and measurement, and industrial control.

The module is based on the Intel® AtomTM N270 processor and Mobile Intel 945GSE Express chipset. It includes integrated support for high resolution CRT, single/dual channel LVDS, and TV out (SDTV and HDTV). The chipset’s SDVO bus can be used to connect to DVI, TMDS or additional LVDS device controllers by extension to a custom designed carrier.

The Express-ATC supports up to 2 GB of DDR2 533 MHz memory on a single SODIMM socket. It also supports three PCI 48-Channel PCIe Digital I/O Card Express® x1 lanes via the Intel I/O Controller Hub 7-M (ICH7-M) Southbridge, one gigabit Ethernet connection, and two SATA channels. Legacy support is provided for a single parallel ATA channel, 32-bit PCI and Low Pin Count bus (LPC).

The module supports onboard IDE-based solid state drive (SSD) of up to 8 GB, and comes with an integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) that provides secure storage of encryption keys for system and data protection. It is equipped with AMIBIOS8 supporting embedded features such as Remote Console, CMOS backup, CPU and System Monitoring, Watchdog Timer, and OEM Splash Screen. Designed for portable and mobile applications, the Express-ATC BIOS supports ACPI-based Smart Battery for single or dual smart battery sub systems.

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