WARMINSTER, Pa, April 2006 – MEN Micro, Inc., a world-renown provider of embedded computing and I/O solutions for demanding industrial, mobile and harsh environment applications, now offers a 6U CompactPCI (CPCI) single board computer (SBC) specifically designed for embedded systems that require high computing performance. The new D6 enables a wider variety of applications with high communication speed and computing performance requirements to employ newer technologies like SATA and PCI Express, which can support up to 12 Gigabit Ethernet connections with no loss in performance.

The new SBC is used for Windows or Linux applications in a wide range of telecommunication and data communication equipment throughout the medical engineering, transportation, aviation and defense industries. Other typical applications for the D6 range from testing, diagnosis and processing of complex real-time algorithms to safety-critical equipment such as railway control.

The single-slot D6 is a 64-bit, 66 MHz system board based on a high performance Pentium M processor with up to 2 MB of L2 cache, up to 533 MHz front-side bus frequency and up to 2 GHz clock frequency. Its new Intel 7520 Intel server chipset offers four PCI Express lanes (four x4 or two x4 and one x8) for fast communication needs. The D6 also uses one PCIe lane for each of the two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces at the front, while the other PCIe lanes are used to connect one or two XMC modules.

MEN Micro’s new SBC is equipped with two SATA connections for mass storage, as well as with an onboard PATA interface for connecting a hard disk or CompactFlash drive. Its various memory options include 2 GB DDR2 DRAM with ECC. For safety-critical applications, the D6 is equipped with non-volatile FRAM and SRAM as well as a CPU-independent IPMI controller for control of all management and monitoring functions on the board, including temperature supervision.

The D6 provides typical PC functions like USB, UARTs, and GPIO, in addition to an FPGA, which enables the configuration of customer-specific I/O functions such as serial interfaces, graphics, field buses and digital I/O, eliminating the need for a short-lived graphics controller. The board’s standard IP core offers 2D graphics with a resolution of up to 1280 x 1024 pixels accessible through a VGA connector at the front or by a LVDS connector via the rear I/O panel.

When using a Celeron M 1 GHz processor combined with a specifically developed heat sink, the D6 can be used in an extended temperature range from 0C to 60C (32°F to 140°F). In addition, the new SBC can be conformally-coated for use in humid and dusty environments, and provides high resistance to shock and vibration because all components are soldered.

The RoHS-compliant D6 uses components from the Intel Embedded Line and will be available for a minimum of five years.

Pricing for the D6 is $3,320. Delivery is two weeks ARO.

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or contact Stephen Cunha, MEN Micro, Inc., 750 Veterans Circle, Warminster, PA 18974; Phone: 215-956-1583; Fax: 215-956-1585;


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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 more than 160 employees and is a member of several industry associations, consortiums and alliances.

Contact Information

MEN Micro, Inc.

860 Penllyn Blue Bell Pike
Blue Bell, PA, 19422

tele: 215.542.9575
fax: 215.542.9577

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