Keysight Technologies M9037A PXIe Embedded Controller

Keysight Technologies M9037A PXIe Embedded Controller
Keysight Technologies
M9037A PXIe Embedded Controller
2.4 GHz Quad-Core
Data Sheet
Product Description
The Keysight Technologies, Inc. M9037A is a four-slot PXIe embedded PC controller with Windows
Embedded Standard 7 operating systems designed for high-performance and complex, multi-chassis
systems. It is also well-suited for secure environments due to its front-panel, removable solid state
drive (SSD).
The embedded controller is built upon a high-performance, low power Intel i7-4700EQ 2.4 GHz
processor with 8-threads supported through 4 cores and hyper-threading. It is ideal for product
validation and manufacturing test.
–– Aerospace and defense
–– RF semiconductor
–– Wireless communications
–– General purpose applications
–– Electronic functional test
–– Intel i7-4700EQ 2.4 GHz processor
–– 4-slot PXI controller module
–– Front removable 240 GB solid state drive
–– Up to 16 GB RAM Memory
–– Gen 3 PCIe ®, 4- or 2-link (up to x24) configuration providing up to 16 GB/s max data bandwidth
from CPU to PXIe backplane
–– Front panel connection connections: four USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, two LAN (10/100/1000), two
DisplayPort, one GPIB, one SMB trigger
–– x8 Gen 3 PCIe IPASS connector on the front for controlling a second PXIe or AXIe chassis or
connection to RAID storage
Customer values
–– High performance, extended life CPU
–– Controller supports connections to multi-chassis and RAID storage directly from controller
without using high value instrument slots
–– Intel i7 Hyper Threading and multi-core technology provides performance required for
multi-threaded applications
–– Preloaded with operating system, drivers and Keysight IO libraries for reduced startup time
–– The removable solid state drive (SSD) offers faster boot time and mechanical reliability
–– SSD can be easily removed from the front panel and secured when not in use
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High Performance Hardware Platform
Based on the high performance Intel i7 processor with hyper-threading technology, the
M9037A is ideal for multi-threading environments found on multi-chassis systems.
Figure 1. Keysight M9037A block diagram.
Quad-Core Processor
The Intel i7-4700EQ quad-core processor offers superior CPU, graphics, enhanced
security and media performance. Built into the M9037A, it provides:
–– Lower power consumption, higher performance per watt, faster loading times for
demanding applications, with best multitasking performance
–– Intel Hyper-Threading Technology offers a total of 8 simultaneous threads
–– Direct media interface (DMI) with 5 GT/s data bandwidth in each direction
–– GPU acceleration, accessible for integration with your applications, offers the benefit
of significantly faster application run times.
–– Security and management functions are supported by Intel’s vPro Technology
The provided Microsoft Windows Embedded 7 operating system takes full advantage of
the processor’s capabilities.
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The M9037A has two 204-pin SODIMM memory sockets which support
DDR3L-1333/1600 RAM. Each socket can support 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB (when available)
memory modules for a total memory capacity of 32 GB. The standard configuration
utilizes a single 4 GB memory module.
Solid-State Drive
Secure environments benefit from the easily accessible, front removable 240 GB solid
state drive (SSD) that is secured with front panel thumb screws. The SSD provides a faster
boot time and is immune to vibration damage that mechanical drives may experience.
The two DisplayPort++ front panel connectors offer high band-width, built-in cable
retention and multiple monitor support. Each Dual Mode DisplayPort++ connector can
support either a DisplayPort or DVI-D monitor. Optional DisplayPort cables include
Y1261A DisplayPort to DVI adapter, Y1262A DisplayPort cable, and Y1263A Display Port
to VGA adapter. Customer supplied DVI, VGA, and HDMI adapters may also be used.
Peripheral I/O
The M9037A front panel connections include four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 connections,
two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and GPIB. A Gen 3 x8 PCIe connector is also available for
external RAID drives and multi-chassis operation. This allows PXI system expansion
without requiring an additional expansion card in the host PXI chassis. Gen 3 operation
is available on M9307As with a Serial Number of TW57010001 and greater. It is Gen 2 on
earlier controllers.
PXI Trigger
The front panel includes a bi-directional trigger connector for routing an external trigger
signal to/from the PXI backplane.
PXIe Backplane Configuration
Experience large backplane data bandwidth utilizing the x16 Gen 3 PCIe connection from
the CPU to the PXIe chassis backplane. The embedded controller PCIe backplane switch
provides a flexible backplane connection that can operate in a 2- or 4-link configuration.
–– The PCIe x16 Gen 3 link between CPU and backplane provides up to 16 GB/s
theoretical, 14.2 GB/s practical.
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Multi-Chassis Configurations
The M9037A PXIe controller with 64-bit Windows Embedded 7, can be used to control
up to 4 M9018A chassis in either a cascade or star configuration. It is recommended
that the controller is configured with 8 GB or more of RAM for multi-chassis operation.
Embedded controllers with 32-bit operating systems will only support two chassis.
The x8 PCIe connector on the front panel can be used for cascading to a second chassis
or connection to RAID storage (Gen 3).
The M9037A with Windows Embedded Standard 7, 64-bit (option WE6) is pre-loaded
with the required software for maximum multi-chassis capability. For additional
information regarding multi-chassis configuration, go to
Easy maintenance and support
The M9037A can easily be updated. The SSD drive can be installed or removed via the
front panel without the need for tools or to remove covers. The SSD includes a recovery
partition that can be used to restore the drive to factory default conditions. With the
controller uninstalled from a chassis, SODIMM memory is easily accessed and requires
no tools to remove or replace.
Software platform
The controller supports Microsoft Windows Embedded 7 (32-bit or 64-bit) which is
installed along with drivers (for the M9018A PXIe 18-slot chassis and M9037A embedded
controller), Keysight I/O libraries, VISA, Keysight Connection Expert, and the I/O
monitor software.
The external trigger can be controlled by either the IVI driver or soft front panel which
are also pre-installed on the controller.
PXI trigger in/out
Status LEDs
Dual display port
LAN (2)
USB 3.0 (2)
USB 2.0 (4)
PCIe bus for
multi-chassis for
RAID connection
Figure 2. Front panel connections for M9037A.
Figure 3. Removable SSD, included with M9037A.
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Technical Specifications and Characteristics
General characteristics
Controller characteristics
Intel i7-4700EQ quad-core processor
CPU threads
CPU clock frequency
2.4 GHz
Mobile Intel QM57Express
Maximum resolution
Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 1
DP: 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz
DVI: 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
DisplayPort adapters to other display standards are available in the market. Maximum resolution
achieved is dependent on the adapter chosen.
RAM typeRAM capacity
6 MB
Two DDR3L 1600 204-pin SODIMM sockets
4 GB standard, 8 GB or 16 GB optional for up to 32 GB maximum when
16 GB RAM becomes available 2
2.5” SATA
240 GB SSD
Operating system
Windows Embedded 7 (32- and 64-bit)
Pre-loaded software
Operating system, trigger driver, Keysight I/O libraries,
PXIe chassis and M9037A drivers
Mechanical characteristics
3U/4-slot PXI/CompactPCI standard
Chassis slot
PXIe system module slot (with three controller expansion slots)
1 kg (2.2 lbs)
DC power requirements
DC supply
+3.3 V
+5 V
+12 V
+5 VSB Mean
Total (Watts)
Idle (SATA, Mice & KB)
3.0 A
2.1 A
1.6 A
0.13 A
40.3 W
3.0 A
3.9 A
5.3 A
0.13 A
93.7 W.
I/O characteristics
Front panel connections
Four USB 2.0 (type A), Two USB 3.0 ports
Two 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ45)
Dual Mode DisplayPort++ (DVI-D, VGA, HDMI with an adapter)
Micro-D 25-pin
PCIe connector
x8 PCIe connector (Gen 3 3)
PXI trigger
SMB (programmable direction)
PXIe backplane I/O
PCIe link
PXI trigger bus
Data bandwidth
Two-link (x8 and x16) and four-link (4x4) automatically configured based on chassis configuration
16 GB/s max to/from the processor to PXIe backplane (Gen 3 chassis)
Selectable routing to/from all 8 PXI_TRIG lines
1. VGA, DVI, HDMI require adapters
2. 32-bit Windows 7 can only access a maximum of 4 GB of memory (physical + virtual)
3. Front panel PCIe connector is rated up Gen 3 with M9037A Serial Number TW57010001 and greater
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Technical Specifications and Characteristics (continued)
Environmental characteristics 3. 4
Operating and storage conditions
0˚C to 55˚C
-40˚C to 70˚C
Type-tested at 95%, +40˚C (non-condensing)
Operating altitude
Up to 3048 m (10 kft)
Storage altitude
15 kft (4572 m)
Operating random vibration: type-tested at 5 to 500 Hz, 0.21 g rms
Survival random vibration: type-tested at 5 to 500 Hz, 2.09 g rms
Regulatory characteristics
IEC/EN 61010-1, 3rd Edition
Canada: CSA C22.2 No. 61010-1-12
USA: UL std no. 61010-1, 3rd Edition
Complies with European EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
IEC/EN 61326-1
CISPR Pub 11 Group 1, Class A
This ISM device complies with Canadian ICES-001. Cet appareil ISM est conforme
Cet appareil ISM est conforme a la norme NMB-001 du Canada
3. Samples of this product have been type tested in accordance with the Keysight Environmental Test Manual and verified to be robust against the
environmental stresses of storage, transportation and end-use; those stresses include but are not limited to temperature, humidity, shock, vibration,
altitude, and power line conditions.
4. Test methods are aligned with IEC 60068-2 and levels are similar to MIL-PRF-28800F Class 3.
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Configurations and Ordering Information
Software information
Ordering information
Supporting operating
Microsoft Windows Embedded 7
PXIe embedded PC controller, Intel I7
Memory upgrade from
4 GB RAM to 8 GB RAM
Memory upgrade from
4 GB RAM to 16 GB RAM
Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7
operating system (32 bit)
Windows Windows Embedded Standard 7
operating system (64 bit)
Keyboard and optical mouse
GPIB cable *
Display Port to DVI adapter
DisplayPort cable
Spare SSD with carrier: WES 7/32 *
Spare SSD with carrier: WES 7/64 *
Standard compliant drivers IVI-COM, IVI-C, LabView
Supported application
development environments
Visual Studio (VB.NET, C#, C/C++),
Keysight IO Libraries
Includes: VISA Libraries, Keysight
Connection Expert, IO Monitor
Definitions for specifications
Specifications describe the warranted performance of calibrated
instruments that have been stored for a minimum of two hours
within the operating temperature range of 0 to 50 °C, unless
otherwise stated, and after a 45 minute warm-up period. Data
represented in this document are specifications unless
otherwise noted.
* Characteristics describe product performance that is useful
in the application of the product, but that is not covered by
the product warranty. Characteristics are often referred to as
Typical or Nominal values.
–– Typical describes characteristic performance, which 80% of
instruments will meet when operated over a 20 to 30 °C
temperature range. Typical performance is not warranted.
–– Nominal describes representative performance that is useful
in the application of the product when operated over a
20 to 30 °C temperature range. Nominal performance
is not warranted.
Note: All graphs contain measured data from several units at room temperature
unless otherwise noted.
Will not work with M9036A controller
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Published in USA, June 28, 2017
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