Rugged server with AMD Geode processor introduced by Acromag for military, transportation, and industrial applications

WIXOM, Mich., 23 June 2010. Acromag in Wixom, Mich., is introducing the AMD Geode-powered IOS-7200 Industrial PC as an alternative to PC/104 or CompactPCI embedded computing boards. The fanless rugged box computer and conduction-cooled I/O modules provide an integrated system for measurement and control in military, transportation, and industrial applications.

Jun 23rd, 2010
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WIXOM, Mich., 23 June 2010. Acromag in Wixom, Mich., is introducing the AMD Geode-powered IOS-7200 rugged server as an alternative to PC/104 or CompactPCI embedded computing systems. The fanless rugged box computer and conduction-coole I/O modules provide an integrated system for measurement and control in military, transportation, and industrial applications.

The rugged server has an embedded AMD Geode LX800 500 MHz processor with 512 megabytes of DDR400 DRAM that runs on Windows Embedded Standard or Linux. Standard interfaces include VGA graphics, two Ethernet ports, two serial ports, four USB ports, a CompactFlash slot, and audio input/output jacks. An internal 2.5-inch PATA hard disk or solid-state drive is optional.

The Geode chip processes the I/O signal data and manages interface connections for peripherals and networking. Inserting a mix of as many as four mezzanine IOS modules on the slide-out carrier card enables A/D and D/A, as well as discrete monitoring/control, counter/timer, serial communication, and FPGA computing functions. High-density connectors on the front panel provide cable access for 192 channels of field I/O. Thermal management allows -40 to 75 degrees Celsius operation without open vents or fans.

More than 20 IOS modules are available to provide analog, digital, and serial I/O processing. A reconfigurable FPGA module executes custom logic routines and algorithms on TTL, differential or LVDS I/O signals. As many as four IOS modules can combine on the carrier card. The IOS modules have advanced heat sinks, and a thermal pad wicks heat from the module to a conductive cover attached to a large heat spreader plate. Heat then moves to the enclosure walls where it is dissipated by external cooling fins.

Acromag offers programmer support tools such as a Windows development package with API development software and Win32 DLL drivers, plus examples for C, Visual Basic, .Net, and LabVIEW environments. The Linux software includes a library of I/O function routines to speed code development. Both packages include demonstration programs with C source code to test and exercise the I/O module operation.

For more information contact Acromag online at www.acromag.com.

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