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Tiny COM Express module runs Linux on quad-core Atom

Feb 26, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 951 views

Aaeon launched a transportation-focused “NanoCOM-BT” COM Express Type 10 Mini module based on Atom E3800 SoCs, with optional industrial temperature support.

The Linux-friendly NanoCOM-BT supports a variety of automation, medical, ticketing, kiosk, surveillance, and communications applications, but is primarily being promoted for use in public transportation devices. The 84 x 55mm COM Express Type 10 Mini module supports the full range of Intel Atom E3800 system-on-chips, as well as two related Celeron SoCs. Other Linux-ready Type 10 Mini modules that run the E3800 include the Arbor EmNANO-i2300.

NanoCOM-BT, front and back
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Aaeon touts the NanoCOM-BT for its “shock resistant nature,” but offers no specs to back that up except to say the board’s components are “industrial graded” and its RAM is soldered directly onto the board. The 84 x 55mm module is, however, available with optional -40 to 85°C support — but only with the E3800 SoCs, not the Celerons.

The NanoCOM-BT supports up to 2GB DDR3L RAM, and there’s optional, onboard eMMC flash memory ranging up to 16GB. An Intel gigabit Ethernet controller is also available. Dual displays are supported with the available DDI and LVDS interfaces.

NanoCOM-BT block diagram
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The module provides one USB 3.0 and six USB 2.0 ports. Other I/O expressed via the COM Express connectors includes dual SATA, dual serial, audio I/O, and GPIO. The module provides three PCIe lanes, as well as LPC Bus and SMB expansion buses.

You can choose between the standard, wide-range 7V to 20V power supply, or an optional 5V model. Both Linux and Windows are available, and Aaeon’s Hi-Safe Software coordinates watchdog timers, digital I/O control, and system monitoring.

Specifications listed for the NanoCOM-BT include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom E3800 (Bay Trail-I); Intel HD Graphics:
    • Atom E3815 (1x core # 1.46GHz, 5W TDP
    • Atom E3825 (2x cores @ 1.33GHz, 6W TDP)
    • Atom E3826 (2x cores @ 1.46GHz, 7W TDP)
    • Atom E3827 (2x cores @ 1.73GHz, 8W TDP)
    • Atom E3845 (4x cores @ 1.91GHz, 10W TDP)
    • Celeron N2807 (2x cores @ 1.58GHz, 4.5W TDP)
    • Celeron N9230 (4x cores @ 1.83GHz, 7.5W TDP)
  • RAM — 2GB DDR3L; optional eMMC flash up to 16GB
  • Display:
    • DDI port (DP, HDMI) up to 2560 x 1600
    • LVDS 18/24 bit, single-channel, up to 1920 x 1200
    • Dual independent displays
  • Networking — gigabit Ethernet (Intel i210/i211) via PCIe with Wake-on LAN
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 3.0
    • 6x USB 2.0
    • 2x serial TX/RX
    • 2x SATA
    • HD audio
    • 8x GPIO (4x in, 4x out)
  • Expansion — 3x PCIe lanes; LPC Bus; SMBus
  • Other features – Watchdog; HW monitoring; optional heat spreader, heatsink; optional ECB-920A-A10 carrier board
  • Power:
    • +7V to 20V AT/ATX
    • Optional +5V, AT/ATX
    • [email protected], 8.4W typical consumption with quad-core E3845
  • Operating temperature — -0 to 60°C; optional -40 to 85°C (not available with Celerons)
  • Dimensions — 84 x 55mm (COM Express Mini Type 10)
  • Weight – 0.2 k
  • Operating system – Linux; Windows 8.1

ECB-920A carrier board

An Aaeon ECB-920A [PDF] carrier board is available for the NanoCOM-BT. Coastline ports include dual USB 3.0, dual USB 2.0, dual DisplayPort, and VGA, GbE, and audio ports.

ECB-920A carrier board port detail
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The board also provides five PCIe x1 slots, as well as PCIe x4, PCIe x16, and mini-PCIe slots. Four SATA ports, dual serial ports, an I2C interface, and a debug port are also on board.

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the NanoCOM-BT module. More information may be found at Aaeon’s NanoCOM-BT product page.

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