System-on-Module targets rugged, embedded applications.

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Based on 1.5 GHz PowerQUICC III MPC8548 processor, ESMexpress®-based XM50 accommodates 2 GB of soldered DDR2 SDRAM memory with ECC, in addition to non-volatile SRAM and FRAM. Interfaces are comprised of 3 Gigabit Ethernet channels, 6 USBs with host function, 1 USB with client function, and 3 SATA connections. PCI Express link can be configured with 1, 2, 4, or 8 lanes. With max total power dissipation of 12 W, XM50 operates from -40 to +85°C with conduction or convection cooling.

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MEN Micro Unveils First PowerPC-based ESMexpress® Module For Low Power, High Processing in Rugged Embedded Applications

AMBLER, Pa. May 2008 - MEN Micro Inc., a world-renowned provider of embedded computing and I/O solutions for demanding industrial, mobile and harsh environment applications, now offers the ESMexpress®-based XM50 that provides COMs-style cost and time saving benefits tailored specifically for rugged, mobile and mission-critical embedded systems. ESMexpress is currently in the process of ANSI-VITA standardization (ANSI-VITA 59, RSE Rugged System-On-Module Express).

With the PowerQUICC III MPC8548 processor operating at up to 1.5 GHz and a multitude of high-performance integrated interfaces, the new XM50 is ideal for communication-intensive applications for the railway, avionics, medical engineering and industrial automation markets.

The XM50 accommodates up to 2 GB of soldered DDR2 SDRAM memory with error-correcting code (ECC), in addition to non-volatile SRAM and FRAM. Further memory elements such as USB Flash are supported on the carrier board.

The interfaces implemented on the XM50 are comprised of three Gigabit Ethernet channels, six USBs with host function and one USB with client function as well as three SATA connections. The PCI Express link supported by the processor can be flexibly configured with 1, 2, 4 or 8 lanes. Legacy I/O interfaces like COM or PATA can be used alternatively on a standard carrier board.

A watchdog for temperature and voltage and a real-time clock complete the functionality of the ESMexpress module.

Having a maximum total power dissipation of 12 Watts, the XM50 is specified for an operating temperature of -40°C to +85°C with conduction or convection cooling. Like all ESMexpress modules it is installed in a closed housing that provides 100% EMC protection. To ensure shock and vibration resistance, MIL- and railway-compliant connectors are used and all components are soldered. In addition, the board is coated to protect against humidity and dust.

For testing of all XM50 functions and for developing the application, the XC1 universal carrier board in ATX format from MEN Micro can be used. The XM50 can also be plugged onto COM Express carrier boards (basic form factor type 2) via MEN Micro's AE12 adapter board.

About ESMexpress
Similar to computers-on-modules (COMs), ESMexpress modules are complete computers on a plug-in module. By configuring the I/O on an individual carrier board, the functionality can be tailored to the application, significantly saving costs and time-to-market.

The ESMexpress standard was developed for applications requiring highly robust electronics to ensure safe and reliable operation even in harsh environmental conditions, particularly in the fields of railway, avionics, industrial automation and medical engineering as well as mobile applications.

Pricing for the XM50 is $1,432. Delivery is two weeks ARO.

For additional information, visit: or contact Stephen Cunha, MEN Micro Inc., 24 N. Main Street, Ambler, Pa. 19002; Phone: 215-542-9575; Fax: 215-542-9577; E-mail:

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About MEN Micro Inc.
Since 1982, MEN Micro has focused on innovation, reliability and flexibility to develop standard and custom board-level solutions that are used throughout industrial embedded applications and harsh environments.

The company provides a robust offering of highly reliable embedded computing and I/O solutions that employ the highest technology and innovations. In addition, MEN Micro offers exceptional custom development and environmental qualification services in accordance with industry standards. The company's standard product range contains more than 100 different computer boards and systems with corresponding BIOS, BSP and driver software based on different PowerPC and Pentium platforms.

The company has nearly 200 employees and is a member of several industry associations, consortiums and alliances.

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