Strategic Test Announces 'Monahans P' Embedded SOM

Strategic Test has announced the world's smallest Intel/Marvel 'Monahans P' System on Module (SOM). Called the TRITON-290, it measures just 67.6 x 26 x 4.2 mm (2.6" x 1" x 0.16") and contains an 806 MHz PXA290 processor coupled with 64 MB SDRAM and 128 MB Flash. The module uses a 200 pin SODIMM connector and as standard has an extended temperature range of 25 degC to +85 degC. First shipments are slated to start in November, together with a complete Development Kit running Linux 2.6.17 and Microsoft Windows CE 5.0.

Using 1.8V ultra low power the module consumes only 2mW in sleep mode. As with the PXA270 and PXA255 TRITON modules, the TRITON-290 includes a high-efficiency programmable cpu power supply that together with Intel Wireless SpeedStep Power Manager technology ensures minimum power consumption while maintaining the highest levels of processor performance.

Other notable features include: RoHS lead-free compliance, 16-bit A/A/D multiplexed external memory interface so that additional memory can be placed on the carrier board and a DS1339 Real Time Clock. The module can be driven by a single 3.3V to 5V power supply and includes a regulator onboard to supply 3.3V components located on the carrier board to further simplify carrier design.

The TRITON-290 uses a 200-pin SODIMM connector to bring out most of the PXA290's internal signals. Through a combination of software and firmware, the user is able to choose fron one of seven different signal mappings to obtain the required processor features. These peripherals include: Mobile Scalable Link (a new Intel technology designed for high-speed serial data exchange between handsets and mobile devices), Quick Capture Interface, USB 1.1 Host, USB 2.0 Client, PWM (4), 4-bit SD I/O, USIM card, keypad controller, UART (3), AC97/I2C, SSP (3), enhanced LCD controller for direct connection to a display, I2C and JTAG.

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