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Acromag’s new XCOM-6400 is a ruggedized COM Express module offering high-performance, low-power multi-core processors and the ability to upgrade memory.

Acromag’s XCOM-6400 COM Express module provides a high-performance processor in a small, light and very power-efficient package. A Type 6 Basic COM Express module that is available with a choice of Intel’s 4th generation Core i7 or i5 Haswell CPU and Intel’s 8-Series QM87 PCH chipset, formerly known as Lynx Point, the XCOM-6400 also features an innovative SODIMM hold-down mechanism that ensures secure connections while still allowing users to remove or upgrade the memory.

Acromag’s XCOM-6400 COM Express module is ruggedly designed for use in defence, aerospace, and industrial applications; this COM Express module features an extra-thick circuit board, advanced thermal management, and extended operating temperature ranges.

Featuring heat sink capabilities not available on traditional COM Express designs, the XCOM-6400 also incorporates conduction-cooled rails and additional heat management technologies including heat spreader plates plus options such as cooling fins and a fan.

The SODIMM hold-down mechanism eliminates the need to solder down the memory while setting a new standard for shock and vibration. A screw-down latch securely fastens the memory in place to prevent it from shaking loose and also serves as a conduction plate to help wick away heat. Removing the latch provides the user access to two memory slots that support up to 16GB of high-speed DDR3L available in 1 x 4GB, 2 x 4GB, and 2 x 8GB configurations.

The 4th generation of Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processors (codename Haswell) delivers many enhanced capabilities for media, graphics, security, and power management. Huge performance improvements have been made for floating-point-intensive computations, which are critical for digital signal and image processing applications such as radar and sonar. Enhanced graphics enable smoother playback of high-quality images while better power efficiency reduces heat and allows smaller, lighter, more portable designs.

Key features of Acromag’s XCOM-6400 COM Express modules include a high-performance quad core i7 CPU (2.4GHz, 47W) and more efficient dual core i5 CPU (1.6GHz, 25W); Intel’s 8-Series QM87 PCH chipset (codename Lynx Point) as the platform controller hub, providing faster connectivity and flexibility with integrated I/O technologies; Intel integrated graphics processor with support for a 3x digital display interface (DVI or Display Port) and eDP interface (x2); audio supported through an HDA interface; and a Gigabit Ethernet MDI as the LAN port.

I/O interfaces also include four SATA III ports (6 Gb/s), a PEG/ general-purpose PCIe x16 interface with bifurcation/trifurcation support, four USB 3.0/2.0 ports, and four USB 2.0 ports. Users can access the SPI bus, LPC bus, SMBus (system), and I2C (user). There are also four general-purpose outputs and four general-purpose inputs. Security and encryption capabilities are facilitated through use of a Trusted Platform Module (TPM).

Acromag is represented in Australia and New Zealand by Metromatics

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