Hurricane-QM57 – Intel® Core™ i7 Processor For Embedded PC Applications

The new processor on Intel’s Embedded Roadmap is fabricated using an advanced 32 nanometer process with second generation High KMetal Gate transistors, allowing much higher clock frequencies.  At the same time, power consumption is significantly reduced. These processors support Hyper Threading and feature an integrated graphics processor.

The Hurricane-QM57 integrates this potent processor with a matching Mobile Intel QM57 Express Chipset, which not only handles flexible display connections using Display Port and LVDS but also often required standard interfaces. Among them are 8 PCI Express x1 lanes, 10 USB2.0, and 4 SATA ports.  An Ethernet MAC is integrated, as well as LPC, SPI, and SMB buses. The chipset also handles sound output.

The Hurricane-QM57 comes with 4 GB soldered down DDR3 ECC memory, which can be expanded using a new developed Rugged SODIMM module (RSOMM) to a total of 8 GB. The embedded PC is specified for the industrial temperature range of -20°C to +60°C. Using an advanced cooling concept allows the board to be passively cooled, even if the most powerful processors are utilized. This concept permits operation under extreme shock and vibration conditions. Hurricane-QM57 configurations for the extended temperature range of -40°C to +85°C are optionally available.

All the processor’s and chipset’s interfaces are utilized on the Hurricane-QM57, to give the developer a wide choice of relevant connections. The board features a flexibly configurable PCIe x16 lane and 4 PCIe x1 lanes, which all can be use to connect peripherals. The x16 lane also can handle external graphics processors. The ten USB ports are grouped into 4 internal ones and 6 external accessible ports. Of the latter, 2 are designed as “Power USB” ports, capable of supplying up to 1 amp to the device. All 4 SATA ports are available for the application, as well as sound via SPDIF and a 7.1 audio header. There are LVDS and 2 Display Port connectors, and a PCI Express MiniCard slot. A second Ethernet PHY and MAC are integrated, giving a total of two LAN ports.

The board features an LPC debug port, Flash BIOS, and a system management controller running LiPPERT Enhanced Management Features (LEMT). These not only take care of internal housekeeping but also provide functionality to the application. Among these are things like secure Flash area and supervision functions.  Various operational status counters serve remote condition management.

The Hurricane-QM57’s functionality can be extended either using commercially available PCI/104 boards or EPIC Express peripheral boards.

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