New Radisys Procelerant Z500 Module Drives Performance up and Cost Down for Small, Low-Power Devices
A smaller, pin-out compatible variation of COM Express® from Radisys® delivers manufacturing and size efficiency with the energy-efficient performance of the tiny but mighty new Intel® Atom(tm) processor
HILLSBORO, Ore.-April 3, 2008 --Radisys Corporation (NASDAQ: RSYS), a leading global provider of advanced embedded solutions, announced today the introduction of the Radisys Procelerant® Z500 module, a 85mm x 70mm module compatible with the Type 2 COM Express pin-out. Manufacturers of handheld and mobile equipment for industrial automation, gaming, test & measurement, and military applications now have an ultra low power module, based on the high-performance Intel® Atom(tm) processor Z500 series. This new module enables equipment manufacturers to shrink devices, stretch battery life, and increase processing performance while also cutting manufacturing costs.
"Our customers can now base their handheld and mobile products on an extremely compact, high-performance, and rugged computer-on-module that is compatible with the Type 2 COM Express pin-out," said Wade Clowes, vice president, Radisys commercial segment. "The Radisys Procelerant Z500 module will also provide existing COM Express users the benefit of adding a lower power yet high performance offering to their product line while retaining the time-to-market advantage of COM Express. Coupled with the Radisys heatspreader/mechanical adapter, the Radisys Procelerant Z500 module can be a drop-in replacement for existing Basic Form Factor designs."
The Procelerant Z500 module is loaded with feature support specifically for handheld and mobile applications, such as 1GB memory down, a MicroSD socket, a slim line profile, and an extended input voltage range for battery power. In addition, the module incorporates General Software Embedded BIOS® with accompanying design tools that supports fast and effective implementation of a smart battery subsystem and thermal management, further enhancing flexibility for mobile designs. The Procelerant Z500 module also adds capabilities to the highly integrated processor and chipset, such as SATA storage support and Gigabit Ethernet network connectivity. The size and price point of the Procelerant Z500 module also provides an attractive crossover point for customers looking for alternatives to legacy ETX designs.
"Radisys has extended the capabilities of standards-based COMs again with the Procelerant Z500 module," said Eric Heikkila, Director of VDC's Embedded Hardware Practice. "Radisys has zeroed in on the key module features required to stand out in handheld and mobile applications, such as the focus on battery support and ACPI implementation. In addition, they shrunk the module form factor while keeping it electrically compatible with Type 2 COM Express products. That gives device makers the best of two worlds - they can improve the power/performance profile in existing designs, as well as make future handheld and mobile devices smaller and more thermally efficient."
"The small size, low power requirements, and great performance of the Intel Atom processor pave the way for device manufacturers to consolidate functions onto a smaller piece of equipment," said Ton Steenman, vice president and general manager, Low Power Embedded Products Division, Intel. "Using the Intel Atom processor, the Radisys module delivers this design shift to COM Express customers, with an ultra-small board that improves on both performance and value."
About Radisys Computer-on-Module Products
The Radisys Procelerant Z500 module joins an industry-leading line of computer-on-module products designed for embedded applications that require a standard processor and memory subsystem, but also modular flexibility to retain key design level Intellectual Property on a separate carrier board. The Radisys Procelerant Z500 modules are compatible with the Type 2 COM Express pin-out, a standard that provides a bridge from legacy interfaces such as PCI and IDE to new serial differential signaling technologies such as PCI Express®, Serial ATA, USB 2.0, LVDS, and Serial DVO.
Because they are modular and standards-based, Radisys Procelerant Z500 and COM Express products help equipment manufacturers shorten their time to market and reduce development costs. By removing the processor, chipset, and memory from the rest of the design, manufacturers can focus engineering resources on developing differentiating features and avoid the design churn that comes with implementing new processor generations. Radisys also provides a wide range of custom carrier services that further accelerate customer time-to-market by supplying carrier concept definition and design, carrier schematic reviews, BIOS customization, and thermal design.
Radisys (NASDAQ: RSYS) is a leading provider of advanced solutions for the communications networking and commercial systems markets. Through intimate customer collaboration and combining innovative technologies and industry-leading architecture, Radisys helps OEMs, systems integrators, and solution providers bring better products to market faster and more economically. Radisys products include embedded boards, application enabling platforms, the OS-9 operating system, and turn-key systems, which are used in today's complex computing, processing, and network-intensive applications. For more information, visit www.Radisys.com