Avalue Technology, a company specialized in industrial and embedded single board computers, has recently announced ECM-DX2 3.5” single board computer (SBC) micro module powered by DM&P Vortex86DX2 SoC with up to 1GB RAM, support for LVDS, TTL, and VGA video outputs, SATA, dual Ethernet, and more. The board targets embedded applications such as industrial controls & automation, the railway industry, cleantech, transportation/vehicle construction and aviation applications.
- SoC – DM&P Vortex86DX2 single core @ 800 MHz with integrated graphics and chipset
- System Memory – 1GB DDR2 Memory
- Storage – 1 x SATA II, 1x CompactFlash Type I/II socket, and 2MB SPI (Flash BIOS).
- Expansion – PC/104 Expansion (8/16-bit ISA), 1 x Mini PCIe Card
- MIO – 2 x RS-232, 2 x RS-232/422/485, 1 x PS2 K/B & Mouse
- USB – 2 x USB 2.0
- DIO – 4-bit GPI, 4-bit GPO
- Resolution – VGA Mode: 1280 x 1024 @ 60Hz, LVDS Mode: 1024 x 768 @ 60Hz
- Multiple Display – VGA + LVDS, VGA + TTL
- LVDS – Single-channel 24-bit LVDS (Optional 18-bit)
- Optional touchscreen – Chipset: PenMount 6000, Interface with 9-pin 2.0mm header supporting 4/5/8 wire touch screens
- Audio – Realtek ALC892 Support 5.1-CH Audio. Audio Interface: Mic-in, Line-in, Line-out
- Connectivity – 1x 10/100 Mbps Ethernet on DM&P Vortex86DX, 1x 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet on Realtek RTL8111E
- H/W Status Monitor – Monitoring System Temperature, Voltage with Auto Throttling Control
- Misc – Watchdog Timer Reset: 1sec. ~ 512sec, CR-2032 battery, buzzer
- Power – +12V ~ 26V. Type: AT/ATX
- Operating Temperature – 0 ~ 60°C or -40 ~ 75°C for wide temperature model
- Storage Temperature – -40 ~ 75°C
- Operating Humidity – 0% ~ 90% Relative Humidity, Non-condensing
- Dimensions – 146mm x 101mm
- Weight – 200 grams
The board is said to support Windows 2000, Windows XP and Linux. ECM-DX2 SBC ships with a Quick Installation Guide, AUX-032 daughter board , a DVD-ROM (User’s Manual, and Ethernet / VGA / Audio drivers), a PS/2 keyboard & mouse U cable (mini DIN), an Audio cable, a USB cable, a SATA cable, and a flat cable (9P(M)-PHD 10P/2.0mm), as well as 3M foam tape.
Since I’ve never written about DM&P Vortex86DX2 SoC, let’s have a closer look. The company describe the processor as follows:
The Vortex86DX2 is a high performance and fully static 32-bit X86 processor with the compatibility of Windows based, Linux and most popular 32-bit RTOS. It also integrates 32KB write through 4-way L1 cache, 256KB write through/write back 4-way L2 cache, PCIE bus in at 2.5 GHz, DDR, ROM controller, ISA, I2C, SPI, IPC (Internal Peripheral Controllers with DMA and interrupt timer/counter included), Fast Ethernet, FIFO UART, USB2.0 Host and IDE/SATA controller within a single 720-pin BGA package to form a system-on-a-chip(SOC). It provides an ideal solution for the embedded system and communications products (such as thin client, NAT router, home gateway, access point and tablet PC) to bring about desired performance.
So it’s a fully integrated embedded x86 SoC before Intel launched Quark, and Bay Trail-I processors. You may also remember 86Duino Zero a low cost cost development board based on DM&P Vortex86EX, which is a lower performance version of the Vortex86DX2.
Pricing and availability information is not available publicly. You can find more information, including the files included in the DVD on Avalue ECM-DX2 page. You could also visit DM&P Vortex86DX2 page for more details about the processor.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.