Advantech's SOM-6761 CPU module works smart to improve reliability

Advantech has unveiled its smallest Computer On Module (COM). The SOM-6761 CPU module is only 95 x 95 millimeters in dimension and is powered by the Intel Atom N270 processor. The low power rating of the Atom architecture consumes only 11 Watt of power, yet offers full I/O functionality and an integrated graphic engine with multiple display support. SOM-6761 also works smart to improve reliability of applications through “Smart & Secure” features which monitor CMOS battery voltage and system fan temperatures to prevent overheating.

The combination of SOM-6761’s small board size and Intel’s 45nm Atom N270 processor with 945GSE and ICH7M chipset makes it suitable for small, low power, portable devices and applications. Both CMOS battery voltage detection and smart system fan control can be implemented via Advantech’s Secure & Unified Smart Interface (SUSI) API suite. Because the Atom N270 is designed for embedded applications, Intel provides longevity support until at least 2015.

SOM-6761 with Intel Atom N270 processor supports Speed Step voltage and frequency functions to reduce workload and throttling which lowers power use. The 945GSE chipset with integrated Intel GMA950 graphic engine and Microsoft DirectX 9.1 supports multiple displays consisting of VGA, 36-bit LVDS, SDVO and TV-out. SOM-6761 supports Windows Vista, XP, XPe and CE. In addition, Advantech SUSI API supports Watchdog timer, GPIO, SMBus and Hardware Monitoring.

SOM-6761 supports up to 2GB of DDR2 memory and comes with full I/O functions like:

  • 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN
  • 3 x PCIe x1 or 1 PCIe x4 (non-LAN)
  • 4 x PCI masters
  • 2 x SATA ports
  • 8 x USB 2.0 ports
  • HD or AC97 Audio interface
  • 1 x EIDE interface
  • Eight-bit GPIO
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