Thursday, June 29, 2017

First ARM Based COM Express Type 7 module for Telco networking

By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk

Israeli embedded module developer SolidRun has launched the industry's first COM Express Type 7 module based on the ARM architecture. 

With two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports, the $300m CEx7 A8040 module targets high-speed network applications in data centres, internet protocol appliances, network function virtualization (NFV), unified control and data planes, software defined networking, secured routers, and virtual customer premises equipment.

The module is based on the Armada 88F8040 quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 processor from Marvell and supports up to 2GHz CPU clock speed with symmetrical multiprocessing operation modes. This supports two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and one standard Gigabit Ethernet port with on board 64-bit DDR4 (up to 16GB) and ECC for mission critical applications. 

The module also supports on board NOR Flash and NAND Flash eMMC based storage and has four PCIe 3.0 lanes, two SATA ports and two USB 3.0 ports. For integration of additional peripherals, the board features eight GPIO/SDIO interfaces, two serial communications interfaces and supports both SPI and i2C bus protocols.

SolidRun is using the module and carrier card for the ClearFog 8040 that provides networking and connection features, including dual 10GbE, two M.2 connectors supporting both SATA and NVME SSDs, MicroSD socket and two USB 3.0 connectors. This is the highest bandwidth single board computer in its category, says the company.

"Our new CEx7 8040 COM module is a powerful addition to the range of solutions we provide," states Dr. Atai Ziv, SolidRun's CEO. "The combination of robust processing abilities with strong networking capabilities offers a variety of applications with a focus on network infrastructure. Also, the COM Express Type 7 form factors allows for simpler deployment options."

The CEx7 A8040 will initially be offered in two form factors; CEx7 A8040 Basic (125mm X 95mm) and the CEx7 A8040 Mini (84mm X 55mm), alongside the ClearFog 8040 Single Board Computer.

www.solid-run.com

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