CompactPCI serial SBC exploits quad-core ARM Cortex A72

The G40A is a low power, multi-core CPU platform based on an ARM Cortex A72 processor. It has been developed by MEN, for communications-intensive applications in harsh environments, which need high data bandwidth and computing performance, e.g. in data collection applications onboard trains, in industrial or heavy-vehicle applications.

The full-virtualised G40A is an NXP ARM Cortex A72 LS1046A CPU module in a CompactPCI (cPCI) serial form factor. In addition to the quad-core CPU with NXP data processing accelerators, it has fast PCI Express 3.0, future-ready USB 3.0, SATA Gen. 3 interfaces, Ethernet interfaces on front and an integrated Ethernet switch. MEN believes that the G40A provides unprecedented power, speed, and communication advantages.

The G40A is full-virtualisation ready and its memory and I/O sub-systems can be virtualised. The MEN proprietary board management controller (BMC) monitors the G40A optional parameters such as voltages, temperature and provides a user-configurable watchdog, making it ready for applications where functional safety is required.

The memory configuration of the G40A includes a fast DDR4 DRAM with ECC soldered to the board to guarantee optimum shock and vibration resistance. A non-volatile SRAM, an eMMC NAND flash device and a microSD card can also be assembled offering space for user applications or usable as a local boot medium.

The G40A is prepared for use in harsh environments, and is suitable for use where space is limited but high-processing capabilities are needed. It is equipped with a tailored heatsink, and all components are soldered for protection against shock and vibration. It is also coated for use in humid and dusty environments.

Founded in 1982, MEN Mikro Elektronik produces standard and custom computing products. The company has approximately 300 employees worldwide and provides embedded COTS boards and devices widely used in extreme environmental conditions found in mobile, industrial and safety-critical applications.

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