Rugged CompactPCI/PICMG 2.16 Core™2 Duo Single Board Computer


  • CPCI and PICMG 2.16 compatible
  • Intel® Core™2 Duo Mobile Processor L7400 @ 1.5 GHz or T7400 at 2.16 GHz
  • Supports two PMC sites, one of which optionally supports XMC modules
  • E7520 Chipset for PCIe support and high memory bandwidth
  • Bootable CompactFlash
  • Conduction-cooled
  • Extended temperature options
  • Conformal coating options

The CRD is a 6U single-slot Compact PCI (PCMG 2.16 compatible) platform based on either the Intel® low-power Core-Duo (Yonah) processor or the Intel® Core™2 Duo Mobile Processor L7400. The CRD takes advantage of the Core-Duo’s low 15 W power consumption (Core 2 Duo at 17W)as a rugged Single Board Computer (SBC).and it is optionally available as a conduction-cooled Compact PCI module with wedge locks and a full-board heat sink for high shock/vibration environments and temperature extremes. For the conduction-cooled version, see CRD..

The E7520 Memory Controller Hub (MCH) and 6300ESB I/O Controller Hub (ICH) chipset supports PCI-X and PCIe expansion, USB 2.0, ATA/100, and Serial ATA (SATA). Two Gb Ethernet ports and two USB 2.0 ports are accessible from the front panel in addition to two PMC bezels. On-board CompactFlash permits single-slot booting. Two PICMG 2.16-compliant, 10/100/1000BaseTX ports are routed to the backplane. Two SATA ports, VGA video,up to four COM ports, an optional IDE interface, PS/2 mouse & keyboard, and two more USB 2.0 ports are routed to the backplane. Two PMC-X site is provided for additional I/O expansion. One of the sites is XMC compatible and supports x8 PCIexpress. Conventional PC I/O is accessible with industry-standard connectors on optional rear I/O modules.


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CRD Block Diagram

CRD Rear I/O Module




Technical Specifications
Core™2 Duo Mobile Processor L7400

1.5 or 2.16 GHz, 479-pin uFC-BGA Core 2 Duo manufactured with low-power 65 nm process

4 MB L2 Cache

667 MHz front side bus

64-bit OS and application support

Single-slot Operation Single-slot CompactPCI operation with an on-board CompactFlash disk for bootable mass storage
E7520 & 6300ESB Chipset

Two x4 PCI Express interfaces are routed to two dual Gb Ethernet controllers

One x8 PCI Express interfaces is routed to an XMC site

DDRR2-400 DRAM interface with a max memory bandwidth of 6.4 GB/second

Four USB 2.0 Ports

PATA/100 and SATA/150 support

PCI-X 64/66 for the two PMC sites


2 or 4 GBytes of DDR2-400 memory

Two banks that are each 64 bits wide with 8 bits for ECC support

CompactPCI PICMG 2.0 R3.0 Compliant
PLX non-transparent PCI-PCI bridge provides 64-bit CompactPCI transfer rates at 66 MHz
Universal bridge lets the CRD operate as a system
controller or a peripheral slot module
Supports Hot Swapping according to PICMG 2.1 R2.0
Connectors J3 and J5 are used for I/O expansion - J4 is not populated
PMC Expansion

Two PMC sites based upon PCI-X bus with 64-bit 66 MHz

One of PMC sites also supports XMC modules with x8 PCIe

PICMG 2.16

Two Intel 82571EB dual PCI express Ethernet controllers provides a total of four 10/100/1000BaseTX Ethernet ports. Two are routed to the J3 connector in compliance with PICMG 2.16 for back plane fabric switching or for alternate routing to an optional rear I/O card. Two ports are optionally routed to front.

The Silicon Motion SM 712 ultra low-power display controller with 4 MB on-chip memory.

VGA routed to J5


Primary ATA/100 DMA IDE interface is optionally accessible from the J5

Secondary IDE port is routed to a Type II-compatible CompactFlash connector for on-board booting

BIOS General Software's flash-based system BIOS with a
variety of boot options including CD-ROM, USB, and PXE over Ethernet
Customized versions can be provided
Watchdog Programmable watchdog timer for system recovery
I/O interfaces accessible from the front Special cold plate design allows dual 10/100/100BaseTX available from the front
I/O interfaces routed to optional rear plug-in board

VGA, IDE, COM1/2/3/4, dual Serial ATA, keyboard/mouse, and dual USB 2.0 ports (routed through J5)
Access to both PMC sites
Two Gb Ethernet ports in compliance with PICMG 2.16 (routed through J3)


Optional rear I/O interface board with:
• USB connector
• 40-pin IDE connector
• Two RJ-45 connectors for Gb Ethernet
• Two SATA connectors
• COM 1,2,3,4 connector (two are MDSM)
• PS/2 keybpard mouse

Operating temperature

The CPM1 has a standard operating temperature range of 0°/+70° C
Extended temp versions to -40°/+85°C are available

Net Weight Approximately 15 oz with convection-cooled heatsink and no CF installed

Stiffener bar enables high shock/vibration immunity per MIL-STD-810F
Conformal coating option
Extended temperature option

Power Consumption


Core™2 Duo Mobile Processor L7400
Delivering breakthrough energy efficient performance for embedded platforms. 65 nm process technology makes it possible to integrate two complete execution cores in one physical package, providing advancements in simultaneous computing for multi-threaded applications and multitasking environments. While incorporating advanced processor technology this processor remains software compatible with previous IA-32 processors. Executes four instructions per cycle to improve execution speed and efficiency using 14-stage pipeline. Supports 64-bit instructions, providing flexibility for 64-bit and 32-bit applications and operating systems.
E7520 Memory Controller Hub
The Intel E7520 chipset acts as the central hub for all data passing between the core system elements including processor, memory, PCI Express I/O, and legacy I/O subsystems. The Intel® E7520 chipset enables a variety of high-performance, low-power designs with improved platform reliability and system manageability. This chipset utilizes revolutionary PCI Express1 serial I/O technology and next-generation DDR2 memory technology to help increase I/O bandwidth and reduce system latency for data-intensive applications. The 533 MHz bus allows this chipset to support Intel® Core-Duo processors.
6300ESB I/O Controller Hub
The Intel® 6300ESB I/O Controller Hub (ICH) supports legacy and more cutting edge I/O. It is designed for use with the Intel® E7520 Memory Controller Hub (MCH). Intel has integrated features into the 6300ESB ICH that offer the performance, stability and reliability customers require for embedded computing applications. It improves bandwidth via PCI-X 64/66 and PCI 32/33 support. It also provides port 60/64 emulation, dual UARTs, four USB 2.0 ports, two SATA ports, primary and secondary IDE, and a two-stage watchdog timer. The Intel 6300ESB ICH and associated drivers help reduce support and validation costs.
The CRD supports supports 2 or 4 GBytes of DRAM and its DDR2-400 memory technology is ideal for memory-intensive applications, providing up to 20 percent increase in memory bandwidth, and up to 40 percent decrease in power consumption over DDR 266 memory. The memory subsystem interface to E7520 is dual channel, supporting two registered DIMMs per channel—depending on memory technology—for a total system bandwidth of up to 6.4 GB/second. ECC error correction is supported.
Four Gb Ethernet Ports
Two are accessible from the front panel while the other two are routed to the J3 connector in compliance with PICMG 2.16. The CRD gets its four Ethernet ports from two Intel® 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet Controllers. The 82571EB provides two fully integrated Gigabit Ethernet Media Access Control (MAC) and physical layer (PHY) ports. This device uses the PCI Express architecture (Rev. 1.0a) as a host interface. The Intel 82571EB supports Ethernet interfaces for 1000BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 10BASE-T applications. In addition to managing MAC and PHY Ethernet layer functions, the controller manages PCI Express packet traffic across its transaction, link, and physical/logical layers.
CRD I/O Routing
I/O Front Panel**
Through J3
Through J5
PS/2 Mouse/Kybd     1
1 Gb LAN (4 total) 2 (option) 2 (PICMG 2.16)  
COM Ports     COM1/2, COM3/4 *
VGA Graphics     1
USB 2.0     2
Serial ATA     2
IDE Interface     1 *
PMC I/O**  

PICMG 2.3 R1.0 PMC


* represents optional routing. XMC/PMC routed to J5 may conflict with either IDE, COM 3/4, or IDE routing to J5

** Although front panel I/O not normally available on conduction-cooled boards, a special configuration allows 2x Gb ENET ports on front panel

Ordering Information
Part# Description
CRDxRS Conduction-cooled version of CPDxRS with 2 GB DDR-400. With CompactPCI, PICMG 2.16, IPMI. With no CompactFlash installed. With wedgelocks
xxxRxx 512 MB Flash for CPD
xxxSxx 1 GB Flash for CPD

2 GB Flash for CPD

xxxUxx 4 GB Flash for CPD
xxxVxx 8 GB Flash for CPD
xxxWxx 16 GB Flash for CPD
xxxxSx Upgrade to 4 GB DDR2-400
xxxxxT Upgrade to 2.16 GHz Core2Duo
xxxxxx-ER Extended operating temperature
XPDDRIO Optional rear I/O interface board with:
• USB connector
• 40-pin IDE connector
• Two RJ-45 connectors for Gb Ethernet
• Two SATA connectors
• COM 1,2,3,4 connector (two are MDSM)
• PS/2 keybpard mouse


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