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Apr 23, 2018

Rugged COM Express Module with ARM i.MX6

The CC10C is a Rugged COM Express module (RCE) built around the NXP (formerly Freescale) ARM i.MX 6 series of processors with a Cortex-A9 architecture. Supporting different types of the i.MX 6Solo, 6DualLite, 6Dual and 6Quad families, the computer-on-module is widely scalable, e.g., to processing or graphics requirements. Where less performance is needed, you can optimize costs by choosing a single- or dual-core processor instead of a quad core.

Rugged COM Express modules are 100% compatible to COM Express but conform to the new VITA 59 standard (in process) which specifies the mechanics to make COM Express modules suitable for operation in harsh environments. The CC10C is based on the "Compact", 95 x 95 mm form factor and Type 6 connector pin-out, and can even be semi-customized to become a standard COM Express module, without much additional design effort.

With RCE-compliant mechanics for conduction cooling, the module's size extends to 105 x 105 mm. It is embedded in a covered frame ensuring EMC protection and allowing efficient conductive cooling. Air cooling is also possible by applying a heat sink on top of the cover. Its optimized mechanics let the CC10C support an extended operating temperaturerange of -40 to +85°C.

The exclusive use of soldered components ensures that the COM withstands shock and vibration. The design is optimized for conformal coating. Adding to its rugged design, the computer-on-module's range of supported functions leave almost nothing to wish for. With a maximum of 4 GB DDR3 RAM and an onboard eMMC device, the CC10C covers all basic memory needs. 3-Gbit SATA is provided for external mass storage.

One of the biggest strengths of the CC10C lies in its I/O flexibility. The i.MX 6 provides an abundance of onchip controllers and interfaces, including Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0 (also with OTG/client support) and PCI Express. Different video outputs like LVDS and HDMI/DVI, audio and an optional camera interface make the cardfit for multimedia applications. Other serial ports provide UARTs or CAN bus.

Where the processor's standard functions are not a perfect match, an onboard FPGA opens up 140 signal pins for user I/O. As IP cores are easy to integrate, the CC10C becomes asemi-custom solution with the suitable functionality even for more specialized applications. The resulting I/O functionality in the ordered version depends on the customer's requirements and will always be a tailored combination of i.MX 6 and FPGA-basedI/O, without the need for a completely new design.

For evaluation and development purposes a microATX carrier board, the  XC15, is available.

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