MEN Mikro Elektronik Announces EM05 Embedded System Module (ESM)
using the Transmeta TM5900 Crusoe Processor
MEN Mikro Elektronik
today announced that its new EM05 Embedded System Module (ESM) will use
Transmeta’s new ultra-compact, highly efficient TM5900 Crusoe processor. The
EM05 ESM was developed for use in cost-critical, deeply embedded industrial PCs
and is ideally suited for harsh industrial environments. The EM05 is fully x86
compatible and runs either Windows or Linux-based software applications, such as
infotainment applications in trains, planes, buses and other mobile areas.
The EM05 ESM uses an 850Mhz Transmeta Crusoe TM5900 processor with impressive
performance. The TM5900 includes a fully integrated Northbridge, allowing for
the implementation of a complete PC utilizing a very small form factor at an
attractive price point. The TM5900 processor used in conjunction with the EM05
offers an extremely energy efficient solution, which can support an extended
industrial temperature range making it a great choice for a wide variety of
embedded applications. Additionally, Transmeta offers an extended availability
program for the TM5900 for up to five years.
"The new Embedded System Module from MEN is a compelling design ideal for use
in rugged environments and is based on our new ultra-compact Crusoe TM5900
processor," said Chris Russell, European operations manager for Transmeta.
"MEN’s embedded solutions closely mirror the features that have made Crusoe
successful, a robust compact design and long-term availability combined with a
great price/performance ratio."
The EM05 comes with two fast Ethernet channels and two serial interfaces and
comes with options for RS232, RS422 or RS485, which can be made available on the
front of the board. The ESM comes with an SO-DIMM slot for up to 512MB of the
new 133-MHz DDRAM and a CompactFlash slot for application software. The ESM
graphics as well as other functions are made available through the EM05’s J2
system connector to the carrier card. Software support on the EM05 includes full
compatibility with Windows, Linux and VxWorks.
FPGAs offer a more flexible configuration
Thanks to Altera’s 250,000-gate
Cyclone FPGA, the EM05 can be enhanced by a wide variety of application-specific
I/O. The standard version of the EM05 starter kit includes additional
functionality such as a TFT connection, USB and IDE interfaces, and floppy drive
and keyboard/mouse implementation through the FPGA via connectors on the carrier
The FPGAs can accommodate two additional CAN controllers, multiple UARTs and
audio functions. All FPGA components can be used in VHDL and are internally
linked using a standardized Wishbone bus. All physical interfaces for the FPGA
functionality are available on a carrier card.
About ESM – Embedded System Modules
ESM modules are complete computers on
a plug-on module. The ESM consists of a computing core (x86 or RISC CPU, chipset
and memory), board-specific I/O, an FPGA that can be used for a range of
application-specific functions, and board support packages for various operating
systems. A complete embedded control consists either of a stand-alone ESM (the
power supply connection is sufficient to operate the module), an ESM with an
application-specific carrier card and/or an ESM with an additional plugged