Intel Atom powers compact, versatile compute board

December 14, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
EmCORE’s i230G offers choice of low-power dual-core or quad-core processor, provides industrial temperature options, and includes wide offering of I/O interfaces.

The 3.5-in. EmCORE-i230G features either an Intel low-power dual-core Atom E3825 1.33 GHz or quad-core E3845 1.91 GHz processor soldered on board. It presents an economical compact board adapted to extreme temperatures environment (-40~85° C).

"The EmCORE-i230G is one of our most versatile computer boards yet," commented Brian Yurkiw, Arbor Technology’s (Levallois Perret, France) vice president. "Its wide array of I/O interfaces allows the board to serve as an anchor for communications and control boxes. These extensive options offer system integrators tremendous flexibility. Even if a project does not require using all of the I/O interfaces, keeping options available help 'futureproof' a system by allowing room for replacement or redesigned components."

Among the over-one-dozen I/O connections the Arbor Solution EmCORE-i230G comes with are: six USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0/2.0 port; two RS232/485 selectable serial ports; mini PCI Express, micro SDXC, and micro SIM expansion sockets; and one each LVDS, VGA, and HDMI display outputs. It also comes with one SATA3 port; one CFast socket; two independent LAN controllers; HD audio; and DIO.

The combination of heat and cold tolerance and extensive I/O offerings - especially its atypically large USB count - make the EmCORE-i230G suitable for installations such as outdoor kiosks, which are exposed to a wide-temperature variance and depend on a large array of devices that interface with the computer board. Applications such as gas, oil, and mining, which are exposed to both high and low temperature extremes, are other possible areas.

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