Rugged PCI/104-Express SBC hosts Intel N2800 CP

January 24, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Diamond Systems’ Atlas is a rugged PCI/104-Express single board computer (SBC) based on Intel’s dual core “Cedar Trail” N2800 CPU; features include extensive I/O Capabilities; dual-core CPU processing and advanced cooling for harsh environments

Running at 1.86 GHz and with dual core hyperthreading technology that enables applications to run in parallel, the new SBC provides efficient processing. The Atlas SBC has a rugged design that makes it reliable in harsh applications including industrial, on-vehicle and military environments.

Available I/O includes USB 2.0, RS-232/422/485, Gigabit Ethernet, SATA and digital I/O. Atlas supports I/O expansion with PCI-104, PCIe/104, PCI/104-Express and PCIe MiniCard I/O modules.

Atlas uses a new miniature, cost-effective, high-speed expansion connector that supports most PCIe/104 I/O modules. This design helps keep cost low, while increasing the PCB area available for other I/O features.

A dual-use PCIe MiniCard/mSATA socket allows the board to accommodate newer I/O modules in the PCIe MiniCard form factor featuring WiFi, Etheret, analogue I/O, digital I/O and CAN. These modules provide compact expandability without increasing the total height of the system. For rugged applications, mSATA disc modules up to 64 GB are available in SLC and MLC technologies and with wide temperature operation.

Atlas SBCs run Linux, Windows Embedded Standard 7 and Windows Embedded CE operating systems. A Linux software development kit is available with bootable images and drivers enabling fast design starts.

The Atlas SBC was designed for rugged applications, with operating temperature of -40°C to +75°C and on-board DDR3 SDRAM plus an integrated conduction cooling heat spreader and a high tolerance for shock and vibration. The bottom-mounted heat spreader provides a convenient mounting platform for the board, reduces case interior temperatures for improved system reliability, and simplifies the installation of I/O modules and cables by eliminating interference from heat sinks.

Two models of the Atlas PCI/104-Express SBC are available. The ATLN2800-4G has 4 GB of on-board RAM, and the ATLN2800-2G has 2 GB of on-board RAM. Single unit pricing starts at US $645.

Diamond Systems; www.diamondsystems.com