COM Express carrier has four I/O modules for data acquisition and control

There are four I/O module slots on the ACEX4041 AcroPack mPCIe I/O module carrier card. It mixes processing functions on a Mini-ITX platform for data acquisition and control applications, says Acromag.

The ACEX4041 hosts a COM Express Type 10 processor module. The Mini-ITX form factor board interfaces four plug-in AcroPack I/O modules to an Intel Atom E3950 (Apollo Lake) CPU module with provisions for both M.2 and SATA SSD data storage and a variety of peripherals on-board. There are also ports for two RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0, two RS232, one Mini-DisplayPort, and audio connections.

The four AcroPack I/O slots provide a reliable PCIe mini card interface for a mix of analogue, digital, serial, FPGA, avionics and other I/O functions. Four 68-pin VHDCI connectors securely route the field I/O to the AcroPack modules without any loose internal cables, assures Acromag. AcroPack I/O modules support conduction-cooling and are rated for -40 to 85 degrees C operation. Power is sourced from a 10 to 36V DC and/or ATX supply with redundant, auto-switch power capability.

Acromag also offers a development system package to simplify evaluation and proof-of-concept engineering efforts in a lab.

The ACEX4041 is designed for defence, industrial, and mobile embedded computing systems as well as for small form factor test and measurement, data acquisition and control, communication, avionics, simulation, and signal processing applications.

Over 25 AcroPack modules are available to perform ADC, DAC, discrete I/O, RS232/485, MIL-STD-1553, CAN bus and Gigabit Ethernet functions. Third-party mPCIe modules are supported for use in the AcroPack slots.

The COM Express Mini Size Type 10 slot can also host Intel Core i7 processors and other compatible computer-on-module processors, says Acromag.

AcroPack mezzanine modules improve on the mini PCI Express architecture by adding a down-facing 100-pin connector that securely routes the I/O through a carrier card to its integrated external connectors thus eliminating internal cables and metalwork modifications. More than 25 models are available for data acquisition, signal processing, test and measurement, command/control and network communication applications. Software tools support embedded applications running on Linux, Windows, or VxWorks operating systems.

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