IDF 2011 San Francisco, KIRCHHEIM/TECK, GERMANY: Dialog Semiconductor plc, a provider of highly integrated innovative power management, audio and short range wireless technologies, has announced its DA6011 companion IC for the Intel Atom processor E6xx series has been adopted by Taiwan-based ADLINK Technology for its mini size COM Express type 10 module, the nanoX-TC. Measuring just 84x55mm the nanoX-TC is among the smallest computer-on-modules available.
"The market for Intel Atom processor E6xx-based devices is growing quickly with a rapid global adoption, and ADLINK's nanoX-TC is a prime example of what can be achieved. It joins a wide range of Dialog design wins for applications in the industrial, embedded computing, media phone, green power generation, in-vehicle infotainment and medical markets," said Udo Kratz, VP, GM of the Audio and Power Management Business Unit at Dialog.
"The integration, flexibility and efficiency inherent in the Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor E6xx series enables designs, such as ADLINK's nanoX-TC, that are very small, dedicated and energy efficient," said Jonathan Luse, marketing director, Low Power Embedded Products Division at Intel. 'Having a compatible power management IC solution for the Intel Atom processor E6xx series, such as the Dialog DA6011, helps developers to minimise platform part count and reduce BOM cost and design complexity.'
The nanoX-TC is a rugged, robust PC module capable of enduring up to 15G peak to peak shocks and 1.88Grms vibration. It uses the full processing capabilities of the Intel Atom processor E6xx and consumes just 5W at 5V (3W idle), making it ideally suited to a wide range of industrial applications.
Henk van Bremen, product director at ADLINK, added: 'The tiny, 4600mm2 board means we have to be as efficient as possible, both in terms of layout and power. In addition, battery size shouldn't be the limiting factor for a computer and therefore properly managed power usage is vital. It was essential to use a single chip power management solution to further cut board space, BOM, cost and power consumption to the lowest possible levels without compromise, and the DA6011 precisely regulates the heart of the nanoX-TC.'
Dialog's DA6011 integrates both power management and clock driver functionality for the Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor E6xx; it is the industry's only single chip solution and was designed as part of Dialog's Processor Partner Programme. To maximise efficiency, the DA6011 precisely regulates power and provides the clock source to core system components: Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor E6xx, flash memory, RAM and I/O hubs.
In addition, Dialog has implemented a new feature so that the DA6011's latest version can use AT & ATX power supplies, and is able to continuously support Intel's dynamic voltage control of the core and graphic processor.
Dialog Semiconductor will be demonstrating the DA6011 companion power management IC at the three-day Intel Developer Forum (IDF), San Francisco beginning 13th September.