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FPGAs are now powerful enough to be used alongside general-purpose CPUs as coprocessors. MEN Micro offers a 3U CompactPCI SBC that combines low-power Intel Atom XL processors with an onboard FPGA for user-defined functions, the first SBC available to offer this capability. Depending on the application, the board can be equipped with various 45nm-based Intel Atom XL processors, which offer a maximum power dissipation of 7W at a speed of up to 1.6 GHz. The board’s specially designed heat sink enables operation across an extended -40° to +85°C (-40° to +185°F) temperature range.
The onboard FPGA also allows for customer-specific interfaces, such as serial interfaces, CAN bus, binary I/O, protocol converters or touch controllers to suit a user’s specific application. The F11S can accommodate up to three SA-Adapters for additional I/O. The memory configuration contributes to the board’s flexibility with the incorporation of up to 2 Gbytes of soldered DDR2 SDRAM, 2 Mbytes of non-volatile SRAM, a CompactFlash card and a microSD card slot in addition to the 512 Kbyte of L2 cache integrated in the processor. Pricing for the F11S starts at $1,443.