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Posted by jenzickel_radisys Oct 20, 2008

Are you keeping up with the latest news on the world wide economic crisis? 3rd quarter growth rate was 9\%, down from 10.8\% in the first half 2008, and down from 12.25\% in the the first three quarters of 2007. The Dutch banking and insurance company, ING is receiving a €10 billion bailout. The UK government net borrowing hit a record amount of £8.029 billion in September. The German government just approved a €500 billion bailout plan for its banking system, Sweden is working on a €152 billion bailout and the United States is in the process of implementing its $700 billion bailout.


In volatile times such as these, equipment manufactures often implement a different strategy in taking products to marketing. The pressure to insure the product fits the market need and is successful grows. There cannot be project overage and or last minute changes to meet a lower cost market. Your product must have the utmost flexibility designed in up front to take advantage of these changing market needs - and the ability to persevere through multiple generations of technology enhancements. That is why so many design engineers are choosing RadiSys COM Express.


RadiSys COM Express provides the processor and price point options for your equipment without the design and re-design time of a single board computer. Your custom carrier or baseboard contains your specific IO - and the COM Express module provides processor, chipset and memory is an ultra-small modular form factor. Your equipment can be released with multiple processor price-points while forward designed to utilize the next generation processor upgrade. RadiSys takes the processor churn out of your design equation.


Check out the Procelerant™ CE GM45 - the latest RadiSys COM Express module to be released. It is based on the high performance 2.53GHz Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T9400 processor and is one of the few modular products that offer this performance point. The Procelerant CE GM45 family also includes multiple performance to low power processors, from the 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SP9300 to the 1.2GHz Celeron M 722. Check them out.


Jennifer Zickel

Product Manager, COM Express Product Line

Message Edited by serenajoy on 03-11-2009 07:56 PM
Message Edited by serenajoy on 03-11-2009 08:01 PM

Did you know that the RadiSys Procelerant™ CEGM45 COM Express family supports both the Intel® GM45 and Intel GS45 chipsets? The chipsets have the same functionality, but the GM45 was released in July with the larger 35mm x 35mm package while the GS45 was released August in the smaller 22mm x 22mm package. The GM45 is validated with the high performance 2.53GHz Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T9400 processor while the GS45 is validated with the Intel® 1.86GHz SL9400, 1.2GHz SU9300, 2.26GHz SP9300 Core™ 2 Duo and Intel® Celeron® 722 processors.


Why does this matter? It matters if you need the performance of the T9400 processor. The GM45 and GS45 require different board designs due to the package size. The RadiSys Procelerant CEGM45 family contains two board designs so you can have the option of choosing the processor that best meets your price / performance / power needs. From a user perspective - I don't care if it is a small or large package – I just want the processor module that optimizes my system.


We couldn't ignore the T9400 processor. The combination of the T9400 processor and GM45 chipset hit the higher end processing needs of processing-intensive applications such as medical and machine imaging, test and measurement, and communications platforms. Feature such as 8GB DDR3 memory, 6MB cache, and SSE4 SIMD instruction enhancements, four SATA ports, and Gigabit Ethernet combine with the T9400 processor to maximize the performance vector of the Procelerant CEGM45 product family.


So, small package, large package, what ever package – know that RadiSys has already taken care of it for you. Your processor options are wide open.


Jennifer Zickel

Product Manager, COM Express Product Line

Message Edited by serenajoy on 03-11-2009 07:57 PM
Message Edited by serenajoy on 03-11-2009 08:01 PM

We’ve been waiting for the transition to DDR3 memory in embedded chipsets since the new memory became available in 2007. Unlike the move from DDR to DDR2, this transition is expected to be speedy as the performance gains and the lower power requirements outweigh the price differential. I am happy to say the newly released RadiSys Procelerant CEGM45, based on Intel’s Core 2 Duo T9400, has DDR3 memory.


Not every COM Express module based on the GM45 Express will have DDR3 memory - the chipset can support DDR2 or DDR3, but not both. The module supplier must choose the memory type during design – something to look for when choosing a next generation



RadiSys is big on DDR3. Data rates are twice as fast and use a clock rate of 800-1600 MHz rather than the 400-800MHz on DDR2. The chips run 20-30\% cooler due to the 1.5V supply voltage versus the 1.8V supply on DDR2. These are BIG gains in the

performance/power trade-off of a COM Express module.


Price is always an issue – and DDR3 is higher at this point – but we believe that the price crossover point is going to be here soon, likely before you have carrier prototypes in-hand, so now is the time to make the jump. Technology, as you know, moves fast. Half the work is in determining where this price-performance crossover point is ahead of your competitors. We’re betting on DDR3 now.


Check out what memory vendors have to say:


Jennifer Zickel

Product Manager, COM Express Product Line


Message Edited by serenajoy on 03-11-2009 08:06 PM

Our customers are asking about it constantly. It has been gaining momentum for the past year and we believe it is a market changing product. It's incredibly small, fast, and low power. "It is going to change the face of embedded computing as we know it today," stated one long-time engineer.


"It" is the newly released ATOM processor from Intel that is unlike any processor Intel has produced before. A compact 13mm x 14mm processor complemented by the small 22mm x 22mm Intel system controller hub US15W. This processor-chipset combination consumes an astonishingly low 4.6W of power. Our COM Express design engineers lined up for early access to prototypes. But as we defined one of the first ATOM processor based COM Express designs- we realized this innovation required a balance of giving up features to match the gains in technology.


Intel has used its 45nm process technology and creative design techniques to shrink the chip size and reduce leakage and thereby the power, while keeping performance levels high. Even with these breakthroughs, chipset and power hungry features had to be cut to meet the power and size goals of the chips. The US15W doesn't contain the minimum IO to make a COM Express compliant module - it lacks SATA, PCI, x16 PCI Express, Ethernet, VGA, and TVOut. If Intel had included all these features, the resulting COM would be equivalent to an existing 965 Celeron-M COM Express module - big and power hungry.


Instead, the ATOM processor and US15W have enabled us to produce a micro-sized 85mm x 70mm COM module based on the ATOM processor that uses the Type 2 COM Express pin-out. The RadiSys Procelerant Z500 module adds Ethernet and SATA options plus a MicroSD socket and up to 1GB memory down - keeping the critical goals of size and power to a minimum. I believe the Procelerant Z500 is the most innovative approach to pairing the ATOM processor with the COM Express architecture. Our engineers kept the design focus aligned with the intent of the ATOM processor -size and power - enabling a new generation of ultra-small handheld applications using the x86 architecture. Check it out and see for yourself:





Jennifer Zickel

Product Manager, COM Express Product Line




Message Edited by serenajoy on 03-11-2009 08:11 PM

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