Small form factor boards embrace new generation of the Atom family
By Burkhard Specht, AAEON
This article describes the PC/104 form factor CPU board and a type 2 COM Express CPU module based on the Intel Luna Pier and Luna Pier Refresh platforms.
The features and performance of embedded systems have been progressing steadily for several decades. The processors adopted must meet the demands of higher performance with more functions and features, while using less space and lower power consumption. Where active cooling is suitable, system engineers may choose from performance levels of very high such as the Xeon and Quad Core to the scalable levels of Core 2 Duo. However, in many embedded applications, a fan is not desirable, such as in medical, transportation, military and certain industrial applications. The reasons for rejecting active cooling vary by industry but the most common issues are reliability of moving parts, accumulation of dust and noise...