MEN bases COM Express Type 10 module on Intel Apollo Lake-I 

The space-saving CM50C is a low-power rugged COM Express module developed around the Intel Atom E3900 series of processors by MEN. The module’s low power consumption, the virtualisation support of the processor and the safe board management controller, are claimed to make the robust module suitable for use in harsh environments and safety-critical applications.    

The CM50C is a rugged COM Express Mini module for rolling stock, public transportation and industry applications. It is compatible to COM Express Type 10 pin-out and conforms to the VITA 59 standard which specifies the mechanics to ensure reliable operation in harsh environmental conditions.

Based on the Intel E3900 CPU series, the CM50C has a low power dissipation of seven to 16W. It also provides a scalable performance up to four cores and integrated graphics in addition to Intel VT-x virtualisation support. This allows the module to run multiple applications on a single hardware platform, saving physical hardware and costs, explains MEN.

The board management controller provides enhanced reliability, reduced downtime and is certifiable up to SIL 2. The Trusted Platform Module and the secure/ measured booting features fast cryptographic execution. There is also a variety of interfaces available, including digital display interfaces, HD audio, PCI Express and Gigabit Ethernet to enable the implementation of many functions on a very small form factor, advises MEN.

In accordance with the Rugged COM Express standard, the CM50C is embedded in a solid aluminium frame that protects the electronics from environmental influences such as humidity, dust, vibrations or EMC radiation and also enables operation in the extended temperature range from -40 to +85 degree C via conduction cooling.

The processor’s 15 year long-term availability ensures an extended product life and future-safety for a wide range of applications.

For less demanding applications, a standard COM Express variant without frame is also available.

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