Single-board computers: COM-Express module said to be smart, powerful

The new COM Express module from Advantech is ready to go, says the company. “SOM-5781 will alter perceptions about how to integrate COM Express products,” it says. With a high speed AMD CPU and integrated graphic engine, performance is high and power consumption, less.
By Control Engineering Staff December 16, 2008
Advantech SOM-5781 COM Express SBC

Irvine, CA — The new COM Express module from Advantech is ready to go, says the company. “SOM-5781 will alter perceptions about how to integrate COM Express products,” it says. With the high speed Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Turion CPU with integrated ATI graphic engine and chipset, customers no longer have to choose between high performance and power consumption.

The module also works smart to maintain application reliability through the company’s “Smart & Secure” utility feature.

The module’s “Smart and Secure” onboard chip dynamically adjusts fan speed to regulate the CPU’s temperature. Because the CPU fan runs at high speed only when the system is under high loading, power consumption and noise can be drastically reduced. Using Advantech’s “SUSI” API tool, a “reduce CPU speed” command can be immediately executed to prevent a system crash when SOM-5781 detects an abnormal status from the CPU fan. At the same time, an alarm message can also be issued to the system administrator via Ethernet.

The AMD M690E integrated chipset with high performance ATI graphic engine, and an additional external 128 MB graphic memory (Side Port) can be added for an extra 20% graphic performance boost. The module also supports 48/24bit LVDS TFT LCD panels, DVI and PCIe x8 for external graphic cards, and it provides several different kinds of multi-display configuration options for customer applications. With AMD S1 CPU socket on board, SOM-5781 provides flexible CPU support options for customers. From extreme low power consumption Sempron 2100+ 1 GHz at 8 watts, to Turion 64 TL-62 at 2.1 GHz with dual core engine.

The COM module’s I/O capabilities include: four PCIe x1 and one PCIe x 8 or 1 x DVI interface, 1 x GbE LAN, 4 x SATA, 1 x EIDE, 8 x USB 2.0 ports and High Definition audio.

Advantech says the COM (Computer On Module) series is backwardly compatible with existing hardware and software systems. They are fully scalable for upgrades or changing application needs and feature long life support so important to embedded developers. The company says it’s own SUSI (Secure and Unified Smart Interface) API library speeds software development, and global logistics and support streamline the product development process.

— Edited by C.G. Masi ,
Control Engineering
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