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Updated: January 12th, 2011 09:49 AM CDT

CERN Taps MEN Micro for Embedded Functionality in Particle Acceleration Program

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MEN Micro Inc., (Ambler, Pa.) a world-renowned provider of embedded computing and I/O solutions for demanding industrial, mobile and harsh-environment applications, now provides the rugged A20 6U VMEbus single board computer (SBC) to be used in the world's largest particle accelerator developed by the Swiss-based research organization, CERN.

The powerful combination of ruggedization and data processing makes the A20 ideal for a number of harsh industrial applications with intense communication and system reliability requirements such as those found in industrial automation, multimedia, transportation, aerospace, shipbuilding, medical engineering and robotics.

The new low-power, single-slot board provides exceptional shock and vibration resistance as well as 2eSST functionality via a Tundra TSI148 bridge controller, doubling the theoretical VMEbus transaction bandwidth to up to 320 MB/second.


The A20 offers exceptional computing flexibility tailored to an application's specific requirements. Not only does it support a number of Intel processors from the Core 2 Duo to the Celeron M, but the SBC is also one of the few available 6U computers that provides space for either two PMC or two XMC modules. Its fast 64-bit/66-MHz PMCs give the SBC particularly high communication strength. Users with a need for even more speed can use the up to six PCI Express lanes to connect XMC modules.

Standard front I/O includes graphics via VGA in addition to a Gigabit Ethernet port and a USB 2.0 port or an optional COM interface on RJ45. The rear side provides access to the PMC's I/O functions as well as to seven USB interfaces and one SATA port. Up to 4 GB of DDR2 RAM main memory is firmly soldered for resistance against shock and vibration. The board also offers a CompactFlash slot and a second SATA port.



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