Rugged PC/104 single board computer from Advantech aims at low-power legacy industrial applications in harsh environments

IRVINE, Calif., 25 June 2010. The Advantech USA Embedded & Network Computing Division in Irvine, Calif., is introducing the rugged system on chip (SoC) PCM-3343 PC/104 computer board based on the low-power DM&P Vortex86DX 1.0 GHz processor for harsh-environment applications that need only basic CPU performance at very low power, such as those that have older carrier boards and PC/104 modules for electrical power stations and factory automation.

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IRVINE, Calif., 25 June 2010. The Advantech USA Embedded & Network Computing Division in Irvine, Calif., is introducing the rugged system on chip (SoC) PCM-3343 PC/104computer board based on the low-power DM&P Vortex86DX 1.0 GHz processor for harsh-environment applications that need only basic CPU performance at very low power, such as those that have older carrier boards and PC/104 modules for electrical power stations and factory automation.

The PCM-3343 CPU board measures 96 by 90 millimeters in a fanless architecture, supporting graphic output including VGA and 24-bit LVDS or TTL in resolution as fine as 1024 by 768 pixels. The PCM-3343 single-board computer consumes less than 5 Watts under full load, and extended temperature support between -40 and 85 degrees Celsius.

These SoC computer boards are for systems integrators developing applications based on DOS, WinCE, WinXP Embedded, and Linux-based operating systems in factory automation and industrial instrument fields as well as medical devices. The DM&P's Vortex86DX 1.0 GHz x86 compatible processor in this embedded computer uses a 90-nanometer process, and comes with hardware floating point unit and 256 kilobytes of L2 cache. The single-board computer can provide a passive cooling solution for enclosed embedded computing applications.

APIs are included for configuring I2C, watchdog timer, panel backlight on/off, brightness control, and GPIO. It has three RS-232, one RS-422/485, one IDE, four USB 2.0, and two 10/100 LAN ports, plus one CompactFlash socket, and 16-bit GPIO. Supported operating system software include DOS, Windows CE 5.0/ 6.0, Linux Ubuntu 9.10, QNX Neutrino 6.3.2, Windows XP, and XP Embedded. Linux Ubuntu 10.04 and QNX Neutrino 6.4.1 are under development.

For more information contact Advantech online at www.advantech.com.

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