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DDC Announces New Multi-I/O MIL-STD-1553 / ARINC 429 PCI Card

A new multi-I/O PCI Card provides up to four dual redundant MIL-STD-1553 channels, sixteen ARINC 429 receive channels, four ARINC 429 transmit channels, six user programmable Digital Discrete I/Os, two RS-232 Serial I/O Channels, two RS-422/485 Serial I/O Channels, and an IRIG-B time synchronization input. With the BU-65590I from Data Device Corporation, each 1553 channel can emulate a bus controller, remote terminal, or a bus monitor. The card includes a combined RT/Monitor mode to monitor all 1553 communications on the bus including the 1553 channel’s own RT address. The card has an intelligent hardware offload DMA architecture that dramatically reduces host CPU and PCI bus utilization while storing 1553 monitor data in a convenient and portable IRIG-106 Chapter 10 file format. Each ARINC 429 channel supports high/low speed operation, message scheduling, label filtering and full error detection. A standard version of the card is available with just ARINC 429 to interface with up to sixteen receive and four transmit ARINC 429 channels.

The card is available with C Software Development Kits (SDKs) for 1553 and 429 along with optional Windows-based graphical bus monitoring and analysis software (dataMARS). The dataMARS monitoring software allows for advanced monitoring through real-time displays and provides post analysis capability through recorded data replay, report generation, and advanced search capability for ARINC 429 and MIL-STD-1553 data buses. The SDKs allow users to develop C source code to simulate, monitor, or troubleshoot 1553 and/or 429 data buses simultaneously or independently with support for the latest versions of operating systems including Windows 2000/XP, Linux 2.6 with SMP support and VxWorks 6. A common SDK exists across all operating systems allowing the programmer portability across different platforms.

Data Device Corporation, Bohemia, NY. (631) 567 5600. [www.ddc-web.com].

Module and Development Kit Support Turnkey ZigBee Development

A 32-bit ARM7 ZigBee radio module along with an enabling development kit is based on the Freescale MC13224V 802.15.4 Platform-in-Package (PiP). FreeStar Pro from California Eastern Laboratories combines extensive processing capability with expansive on-chip memory and extremely low power consumption. The FreeStar Pro module enables designers to eliminate the external host processors typically required by 8- and 16-bit solutions, which helps simplify board designs, reduce component count and lower overall system costs. Consequently, the module enables product designs that benefit from high performance but require low costs to make economic sense.

System designers will be able to take advantage of the new evaluation and development kit for the FreeStar Pro. The kit includes three individual evaluation boards with mounted FreeStar Pro modules, plus all the peripheral accessories necessary to simulate a point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, or mesh network. Also included is Freescale’s BeeKit wireless connectivity software. BeeKit provides developers an easy-to-use graphical user interface, plus a comprehensive code base of networking libraries, application samples and templates. These code libraries enable development of applications in ZigBee and ZigBee PRO, as well as Simple MAC (SMAC) and IEEE 802.15.4. Developers already using BeeKit can easily port existing designs to the FreeStar Pro platform. FreeStar Pro evaluation kits include a quick-start software package developed by LS Research, CEL’s ZigBee design and development partner. This software allows system designers to quickly set up and configure a network, then run tests for range and packet error rates.

California Eastern Laboratories, Santa Clara, CA. (408) 919-2500. [www.cel.com].

SBC Breathes New Life into Low-End PC/104

Who says there is no market for low-end, moderate performance and especially low-cost PC/104 modules? Adlink Technology has released the Ampro by Adlink CoreModule 430 single board computer (SBC) to continue its line in the PC/104 market. The CoreModule 430 shows confidence that the venerable PC/104 ISA bus will be viable for years to come. With the highly integrated DM&P Vortex86 processor, the CoreModule 430 combines a wealth of legacy I/O interfaces with onboard video, DDR2 RAM, USB 2.0 and 10/100 Ethernet on a single 90x96 mm module. This announcement offers the broad installed base of 386 and 486 PC/104 users a path forward for continued production of existing medical, industrial control and avionics systems.

CoreModule 430 offers a choice of 300 MHz or 800 MHz Vortex86 processors for Extreme Rugged environments including temperatures from -40° to +85°C, vibration up to 15 Grms, and shock up to 50 Grms. CoreModule 430 offers 2D graphics with a TTL flat panel interface along with legacy CRT. CoreModule 430 also touts a full 16-bit ISA bus and an Intel Ethernet controller for consistent performance over temperature.

Onboard I/O includes one UDMA IDE port, Compact Flash socket, four serial ports, two with RS-422/485 capability, two USB 2.0 ports, Intel 10/100 Ethernet, parallel port, PS/2 keyboard/mouse, and 8 general-purpose digital I/O pins. In addition, the module brings out SPI and LPC Bus interfaces to offer more flexibility for attaching custom I/O. Prices start in the $200s for the CoreModule 430 in production quantities with 256 Mbytes of onboard DDR2 RAM. QuickStart Kits include embedded board support packages (BSPs) such as Windows CE 5.0 and 6.0, QNX 6.3, and a complete embedded Linux 2.6 distribution.

ADLINK Technology,
San Jose, CA.
(408) 360-0200.
[www.adlinktech.com].

PC/104 SBC with Low Power, Operates Fanless Up to 800 MHz

A new PC/104 form factor single board computer running the Vortex86SX/DX CPU at up to 800 MHz offers mid- to high-end computing power in a compact, low-power consumption and low-cost PC/104 single board computer. Ruggedized and operating fan-less over the extended temperature range of -40° to +85°C, Helios from Diamond Systems is a suitable choice for low-cost, embedded applications operating in harsh environments.

Helios combines a low-power, highly integrated x86-based CPU with Diamond Systems’ high-accuracy autocalibrating data acquisition circuitry on a single PC/104 board. Helios utilizes the DMP Vortex86SX/DX single chip processor operating at up to 800 MHz and has up to 256 Mbytes of RAM soldered on board. The module offers standard PC peripheral features, including four USB 2.0 ports, one 10/ 100Base-T Ethernet interface, four RS-232 ports (two with RS-232/422/485 capability), an IDE interface and VGA/LCD graphics.

Helios’ optional onboard data acquisition circuitry includes sixteen 16-bit analog inputs, four 12-bit analog outputs, up to 40 digital I/O lines, a 512-sample FIFO and two counter/timers. The analog I/O circuit includes Diamond Systems’ industry-leading autocalibration circuitry, which ensures accurate analog I/O performance to within +/- 2LSB over the entire industrial operating temperature range of -40° to +85°C. Helios features 256 Mbytes of soldered DRAM, -40°C to +85°C fan-less operation and low power consumption under 5 watts. Optional hardwired jumpers and latching connectors are available for increased resistance to shock and vibration.

The Helios single board computer is available immediately both with and without data acquisition priced from $225 to $550 depending on processor speed and options. For large volumes, customized versions of Helios are also available, produced to meet the customer’s specific requirements.

Diamond Systems, Mountain View, CA. (650) 810-2500. [www.diamondsystems.com].

AMC Communication Modules Join Lineup of Integrated Hardware and Software

Two new AdvancedMC communication controllers are targeted at deployments in telecommunications, aerospace and defense, as well as commercial markets needing time-division multiplexing (TDM) communication controllers in an AMC form factor. The AMC304 and AMC305AMCs are part of Performance Technologies’ product strategy to increase the number of supporting AMCs with integrated software to its customer base who use the company’s MicroTCA platform, the MTC5070.

Each AMC module features four individually selectable T1/E1/J1 connections and provides the ability to deliver a wide range of Voice-over-IP, wireless, and IP Multi-media Subsystem (IMS) infrastructure application elements. Both feature a Freescale MPC8560 PowerQUICCIII processor running at 833 MHz and up to 1 Gbyte of SDRAM. PCI Express and Gigabit Ethernet enable rapid exchange of payload information. TDM traffic can be transmitted to other modules in a system via an I-TDM-over-Ethernet interface that is available on the AMC305 model only.

Both AMCs are fully integrated with the company’s NexusWare, a Carrier Grade Linux OS and development environment, as well as a complete suite of integrated communications protocols including MTP2 (SS7), HDLC, ISDN, X.25 and Frame Relay. The combination of the company’s tightly integrated hardware and NexusWare provides equipment manufacturers with a highly cost-effective approach to rapid product integration and deployment that can help improve bottom-line results.

Performance Technologies, Rochester, NY.
(585) 256-0200. [www.pt.com].

Isolated, Embedded USB Data Acquisition Board Has 16-Bit Resolution

A new USB data acquisition board is aimed at embedded applications rather than the more common USB approach of connecting externally to the PC. Importantly, users do not need an external power supply since the module runs completely on USB power while at the same time offering ±500V galvanic isolation, a critical feature for industrial embedded systems. The DT9818 from Data Translation offers all the features of a high-performance data acquisition module without any limitations.

The DT9818 board provides 8 or 16 analog inputs, 2 analog outputs, 16 digital I/O lines, 2 counter timers and allows simultaneous operation of all subsystems at throughput rates up to150 kHz. This board-only OEM version allows the user to embed data acquisition capability directly into their USB system. Many software choices are available for application development from ready-to-measure programs like Measurement Applets and quickDAQ, to full graphical programming with Measure Foundry rapid application development builder.

Key Features include high flexibility with 16 analog inputs, 2 analog outputs, 16 digital I/O (8 in / 8 out) and two 32-bit counter timers, all running on USB power. All subsystems run simultaneously at throughput rates up to 150 kHz. The module boasts 500-volt galvanic isolation to prevent ground loops and maximize analog signal integrity and protect the computer. Ultra-smooth sine, rectangle, triangle, or other waveforms can be generated with the analog outputs with less than 1.0nV/sec glitch energy. Resolution is true 16-bit for both the analog input and analog output subsystems. And independent clocking and triggering is supported for input and output subsystems for maximum flexibility.

Data Translation, Marlboro, MA.
(508) 481-3700. [www.datx.com].

Reconfigurable FPGA AMC Module Features SFP/SFP+ Compact Optical Transceivers

A new AMC module features four small form factor pluggable-plus (SFP/SFP+) transceivers that enable support of virtually any serial communication standard. The four SFP/SFP+ SerDes channels are connected directly to the onboard Altera Stratix II GX FPGA, which handles the higher level communications protocols. The SF/GXAM enables BittWare’s customers to meet their increased bandwidth needs while also maintaining a small board footprint and low power consumption.

The SF/GXAM is a full-size, single wide AdvancedMC that can be attached to AdvancedTCA carriers or other cards equipped with AMC bays, and also used in MicroTCA systems. The four-cage SFP/SFP+ connector on the front panel with each transceiver provides support for virtually any serial communication standard, including: Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet, SONET, CPRI and OBSAI. The four SerDes channels are connected directly to the Stratix II GX FPGA. In addition, the SF/GXAM provides BittWare’s Atlantis framework implemented in the FPGA, a front panel I/O interface, a control plane interface via BittWare’s FINe interface bridge, an IPMI system management interface, and a configurable 11x SerDes AMC interface supporting a variety of protocols. It also provides 10/100 Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, two banks of DDR2 SDRAM, one bank of QDR2 SRAM and flash memory for booting the FPGA and FINe.

The onboard Altera Stratix II GX was specifically designed for serial I/O-based applications requiring high-density, reconfigurable logic. The FPGA provides up to 15 full-duplex high-performance, multi-gigabit transceivers supporting Serial RapidIO, PCI Express, 10GigE, Gigibit Ethernet and SerialLite II standards. It contains up to 132,540 equivalent logic elements, over 6700 Kbits of embedded memory, 252 embedded 18x18 multipliers (63 DSP blocks) and 8 PLLs.

The BittWorks software tools provide host interface libraries and a wide variety of diagnostic utilities and configuration tools. BittWare’s FPGA Developers Kit provides modules for Atlantis (I/O, routing and processing), memory interfacing and DMAs. Many third-party tools are also available to support BittWare’s embedded boards, including Altera’s Quartus II FPGA design flow tool and SOPC builder system-level design tool. The SF/GXAM is priced under $4,000 in OEM quantities.

BittWare, Concord, NH. (603) 226-0404. [www.bittware.com].

4267-4442 MHz VCO Targets Digital Radio, SatCom

A Voltage Controlled Oscillator (VCO) operates from 4267 MHz to 4442 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.1V~16V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -104 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +5.0 dBm. The model CVCO55CC-4267-4442 from Crystek is packaged in the industry-standard 0.5-in. x 0.5-in. SMD package. Input voltage is 8V, with a max current consumption of 40 mA. Pulling and Pushing are minimized to 3.00 MHz and 0.50 MHz/V, respectively. Second harmonic suppression is -20 dBc typical.

The CVCO55CC-4267-4442 is targeted for use in applications such as digital radio equipment, fixed wireless access, satellite communications systems and base stations. Pricing will start at $18.46 each in volume.

Crystek, Ft. Meyers, FL. (239) 561-3311. [www.crystek.com].

Extreme Rugged System Features Core2 Duo and GME965 Chipset

An rugged computer system based on the Intel Core2 Duo processor and GME965 chipset integrates dual-core processor, RAM, graphics, networking, and PCI Express expansion in an Extreme Rugged enclosure that operates from -40° to +75°C. Designed from the start for extreme rugged environments, RuffSystem 840 from Adlink Technology provides the lowest total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) while improving time-to-market by integrating rugged designed boards and validating the complete system, saving customer efforts in trial and error integration and validation on their own wasting time and money.

The RuffSystem 840 showcases the Intel Core2 Duo L7500 1.66 GHz 45nm processor with support for 4 Mbytes of on-chip L2 cache, 800 MHz front side bus (FSB), and two SODIMM sockets for up to 4 Gbytes of DDR2 RAM. The board’s built-in graphics display subsystem utilizes Intel’s GMA950 with 224 Mbytes of 64-bit video RAM, and can drive CRTs, flat panels, and wide screen digital TVs at resolutions of up to 2048x1536 including 1920x1080 at 85 Hz (HDTV) on CRTs. An onboard video encoder adds TV-out capabilities such as HDTV (420p, 720p and 1080i), Component and S-Video.

The highly integrated RuffSystem 840’s complement of I/O, includes two gigabit Ethernet ports, eight USB 2.0 channels, DVI, VGA, Multiple LVDS, HD audio, 4 serial ports, 2 supporting RS232/422/485, parallel interface, and two SATA II and one UDMA EIDE interfaces. The system also provides flexible expansion via CompactFlash socket, PCI Express Mini Card and Mini-PCI slot. The RuffSystem 840 is available at competitive prices with a range of popular embedded and desktop operating systems including a full Linux distribution (from Ubuntu), Windows XP Embedded, Windows CE 6.0 and VxWorks 6.x.

ADLINK Technology, San Jose, CA.
(408) 360-0200. [www.adlinktech.com].

Fanless Extended Temperature EPIC SBC for Wired and Wireless Communications

An EPIC-compatible 1 GHz ultra-low-power single board computer (SBC) provides an open and powerful platform for management of geographically distributed machinery and sensors used in industrial environments. The EPX-855-G from WinSystems has two Ethernet and four USB ports plus four COM channels on board. As a population option, it supports 802.11 wireless Ethernet, GSA/GPRS cellular modem, CDMA cellular modem, ZigBee wireless RF modules, and 56Kbph global-compliant dial-up modem. The board measures 115 mm x 165 mm (4.5” x 6.5”) and is compatible with the Embedded Platform for Industrial Computing (EPIC) board standard. It provides a processor- and I/O-intensive solution for demanding applications in robotics, COTS/ military, transportation, pipeline and machine control.

The EPX-855-G is a full-featured SBC based on Intel’s 855GME chipset with the ICH4 communications controller and integrated Extreme Graphics 2 video 3D controller. The EPC-855-G features an Intel 1 GHz Celeron-M. An optional 1.8 GHz Pentium M processor with a fan is available for very high-performance applications. Both CPU and system controllers are supplied from Intel’s Embedded Architecture Division for long-term availability. In addition to one Gigabit and one 10/100 wired Ethernet port, it also has SVGA and dual channel LVDS flat panel video, CompactFlash socket, Ultra-ATA disk interface, 24 lines of digital I/O, AC97 audio (5.1 codec), LPT interface and a PS/2 port for keyboard and mouse. The software-programmable 24-line digital I/O controller provides input, output, or output with readback for each I/O line. Also included on the board are PC/104 and PC/104-Plus connectors that support both off-the-shelf or user-designed specialty I/O modules.

Since the EPX-855-B architecture is PC-compatible, it supports Linux, Windows XP embedded and a vast software development tool set including device drivers and libraries. It also supports other x86-compatible real-time operating systems, such as QNX and VxWorks. The module uses the Phoenix Trusted core BIOS. It supports advanced features such as a custom splash screen, APM 1.2 and ACPI 1.0b power management modes, PXE boot and multi-language support. It requires only +5 volts and typically draws 1.9 amps (typical) with 1 Gbyte of DDR SDRAM installed. The board is RoHS compliant. Quantity one pricing starts at $695.

WinSystems, Arlington, TX.
(817) 274-7553. [www.winsystems.com].

Mid-Range PC/104 CPU with Onboard I/O for Harsh Environments

A ruggedized PC/104-Plus form factor single board computer runs the AMD Geode LX800 CPU fanless at 500 MHz. Pegasus from Diamond Systems offers mid-range computing power in a compact, low power consumption PC/104-Plus single board computer. Operating fanless over the extended temperature range of -40° to +85°C and ruggedized, Pegasus is a good choice for demanding embedded applications operating in harsh environments.

Pegasus also has 256 Mbytes of SDRAM soldered on board and offers advanced I/O features including four USB 2.0 ports, one 10/100 Mbits/s Ethernet interface, one RS-232 port, one RS- 232/422/485 port, an Ultra DMA 33 IDE hard drive interface that supports two devices, CompactFlash, VGA/LCD graphics and PC/104-Plus stackthrough expansion. Pegasus also offers a 2 Gbyte IDE flashdisk soldered on the board for highly reliable storage.

Pegasus features 256 Mbytes of soldered SDRAM, an onboard IDE flashdisk and -40° to +85°C fan-less operation. Hardwired jumpers and latching connectors are also available for increased resistance to shock and vibration. Diamond Systems’ Pegasus single board computer is available immediately. Quantity one pricing starts at $575.

Diamond Systems, Mountain View, CA.
(650) 810-2500. [www.diamondsystems.com].

Ruggedized MicroTCA ATR Chassis with Dual Cooling

A new MicroTCA chassis is an ARINC 404A Full-Size ATR Long Enclosure, used in commercial and military aviation. The 19” subrack chassis is 5U in height with a depth of 200 mm. Two MicroTCA Carrier Hubs (MCH), two power modules for – 48 V / – 60 V and two cooling units enable the tested system platform to be fully redundant. The cooling units feature 5 high-performance fans and have PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) control. The Blu!box MicroTCA chassis from Elma Electronic can hold a maximum of 12 single module AMCs–8 full size and 4 compact size modules. All components are hot-swappable and Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) controlled.

The backplane has a 20-layer structure that guarantees optimum signal integrity and supports all FRU (Field Replaceable Unit) functions. It holds six AMCs, one MCH and one power module. Dual Star technology with high-speed connectors specially developed for high-speed data transfer ensures high-speed routing. Blu!box meets the MIL-STD-810E shock/vibration requirements and MIL-STD-461 for electromagnetic interference. The Chassis has also undergone the IEC 61587-1 and VITA 47 standards vibration and shock tests in six axes. Shock absorbers/dampers can be added for extra protection. Thermal management is also possible to achieve either convection or conduction-cooling.

Elma Electronic, Fremont, CA. (510) 656-3400. [www.elma.com].

Kit Provides Higher Performance for Microchip’s Low-Cost Development Platform

A new development and embedded programming kit makes it easy to explore the world of embedded control and to learn quickly, using the free MPLAB Integrated Development Environment from Microchip Technology. Connected to and powered by any personal computer via USB, the plug-and-play kit provides in-circuit debugging functions such as halt, single step, breakpoint on data or address, and a stopwatch for measuring target application performance. The PICkit3 can supply target power to the 44-pin demo board, hence no external power is required. Additionally, with a 6-pin ICSP connector, the PICkit 3 probe is compatible with PICkit 2 demo kits and with Microchip’s MPLAB ICD 2 and 3-compatible demonstration/evaluation kits using an optional RJ-11 to ICSP adapter. The new kit includes:

• PICkit 3 debugger and programmer probe

• 44-pin demo board populated with a PIC18F45K20 MCU

• the free MPLAB Integrated Development Environment

• free version of the MPLAB C Compiler for PIC18 MCUs

• easy-to-understand lessons and tutorials

• a host of other software utilities, examples with source code and full documentation

The PICkit 3 debug express works with 8- and 16-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) and dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs), and will support 32-bit PIC MCUs at a later date. Support for new PIC MCUs and DSCs, as well as the PIC32 MCUs, will be available as free firmware upgrades in future releases of the MPLAB IDE. The PICkit 3 debug express kit comes complete with the PICkit 3 probe, a 44-pin PIC18F45K20 flash MCU demo board, a USB cable and CDs containing the MPLAB IDE, tutorials and a user’s guide. It is priced at $69.99 and will be available January 2009.

Microchip Technology, Chandler, AZ. (888) 628-6247. [www.microchip.com].

USB-Compatible Zigbee Transceiver Thrives in Harsh Environments

A new rugged Zigbee wireless transceiver paves the way for this wireless communication standard to be added to embedded systems and still meet the reliability demands of volatile environments. The “no strings/cables” benefit with the USB 1320 from Micro/sys is achieved by using the rugged StackableUSB electrical specification, which does not require a cable to access USB technology. As a result, industrial-grade shocks and vibrations are more easily tolerated. The very compact footprint of 1.85” x 1.78”, one-quarter the size of the form factor, makes the USB 1320 suitable for demanding applications confined to small, tight spaces and for reception in challenging environments.

This RoHS-compliant board can be configured with any of three Digi XBee modules: the XBee ZB, XBee-Pro ZB, or XBee-Pro 900/DigiMesh. Each comes equipped with four 10-bit A/D converters, seven digital I/O lines and two pulse width modulators. The USB 1320 supports point-to-point, point-to-peer, point-to-multipoint and mesh topologies, and operates in extended temperatures. The USB 1320 can connect to desktop PCs and laptops via a Type B mini-USB connector for easy development. And with designers in mind, Micro/sys offers an easy-to-use development kit that includes the board with all options installed, a complete cable set, sample software, full documentation and more. Pricing starts at $135 in single quantity with significant OEM discounts available.

Micro/sys, Montrose, CA. (818) 244-4600. [www.embeddedsys.com].

Module Provides Digital I/O Expansion for Pico-ITXe SBCs

A new Pico-I/O module is designed for expansion on Pico-ITXe SBCs. The PCO-UIO48-G from WinSystems is a 48-point digital I/O interface with interruptible event sense. An important feature of the card is that it can monitor 24 of the rising and falling digital edge transitions, latch them and then signal the host processor that a change of input status has occurred. This is the most efficient way of sensing and signaling a CPU of real-time events without the burden of continuous polling of the digital I/O points. Pico-I/O modules are designed to offer low-cost I/O expansion for Pico-ITXe single board computers from VIA and other manufacturers.

The PCO-UIO48-G’s I/O controller is based upon a Lattice FPGA programmed to support various input/output and interrupt configurations. Each I/O line is programmable for input, output, or output with read-back operation. Each line’s transition is latched so that even short duration pulses will be recognized. The module requires only +3.3 volts; however, an optional onboard regulator is available to allow it to be powered from +5VDC. Operational temperature range is from -40° to +85°C.

A Pico-I/O module is small and measures only 60 mm x 72 mm, which is half the area of a PC/104 module. Pico-I/O is based upon the Stackable Unified Module Interconnect Technology (SUMIT) connector that was developed and standardized by the Small Form Factor Special Interest Group last year. SUMIT is an electromechanical connectorization specification that enables stacking of common serial and legacy chipset expansion buses on I/O modules for next-generation embedded systems products. Single unit pricing starts at $59.

WinSystems, Arlington, TX.
(817) 274-7553. [www.winsystems.com].

StackableUSB Flash Boards for Increasing Storage in Embedded Systems

Two new boards address the needs of OEMs for maximum storage at high-speed data transfer rates. At only 1.85” x 1.78”, one-quarter the size of the PC/104 form factor, the USB1411 and the USB1410 from Micro/sys fill the role as true space-saver devices. Built with ruggedness in mind, the USB1411 is a RoHS-compliant, solid-state version of a hard drive that provides OEMs with up to 2 Gbytes of NAND Flash storage at transfer speeds up to 30 Mbytes/s and operates from -40° to +85°C (ET version). The StackableUSB technology combined with the onboard flash ensures that the USB1411 delivers enhanced shock and vibration performance on a small form factor. The USB1411 is ideal for data logging and application programs.

An alternative way to provide mass storage for embedded systems is the USB1410. Designed for slightly less hostile environments, this RoHS-compliant board can accommodate micro SD removable media cards of up to 32 Gbytes while still maintaining transfer speeds up to 35 Mbyte/s. Powered by SMSC’s USB2240 Flash media controller, the USB1410 can support 4-bit microSD cards. Both the USB1410 and USB1411 can connect via StackableUSB, or the traditional Type B mini-USB connector, making them ideal desktop solutions.

To ease interfacing into embedded systems, the USB1411 and USB1410 support the USB mass storage function and, when included in BIOS, they support the USB boot function. Compatible software includes many Microsoft Windows applications, Apple OSx and Linux. With designers in mind, Micro/sys offers easy-to-use development kits that include the board installed with all options, a complete cable set, sample software, full documentation and more. The basic USB1411 starts at $85 in single quantity. An extended temperature (-40° to +85°C) version of the USB1411 is also available. The basic USB 1410 starts at $105 in single quantity.

Micro/sys, Montrose, CA.
(818) 244-4600. [www.embeddedsys.com].

Rugged Workstation Boasts 5.7-inch VGA TFT LCD

The spread of network operations into the outdoors and rugged environments has boosted the demand for all manner of display-based computer terminals. Along just such lines, the Industrial Automation Group of Advantech launches the IACP-4000D, a 4U 19-inch rackmount industrial workstation with a 5.7-inch VGA TFT LCD display that supports a Pentium 4/Celeron D processor. This design reduces the interconnections between the backplane and the CPU card, which enhances the platforms reliability.

Features include: shock-resistant disk drive bay designed to hold up to three 5.25-inch and one 3.5-inch disk drives, front accessible USB interface for easy data transferring, dual front-accessible filtered cooling fans providing optimal airflow, front LEDs indicating system health, lockable front door, and supports 300W single PS/2 and redundant ATX power supplies. The IACP-4000D is compact and has a reliable design catered for use in limited space environments, such as test and measurement stations.

Advantech, Irvine, CA. (949) 789-7178. [www.advantech.com].

NAND Flash Solid-State Drive Provides Up to 32 Gbytes of Storage

A new high-performance, rugged solid-state drive card is offered in both XMC and PMC form factor versions and is suitable for use in legacy and latest rugged deployed applications. The XMC/PMC-550 from Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing uses a standard Serial ATA interface that enables it to be easily supported and integrated into VME VPX, and CompactPCI systems. Its rugged small form-factor packaging makes it useful in space-constrained deployed applications and technology refresh opportunities. It speeds the integration of large quantities of media storage in harsh environments where operation while subjected to shock and vibration are critical.

The XMC/PMC-550 NAND Flash solid-state drive provides up to 32 Gbytes of disk space in an XMC (VITA 42.3) or PMC (IEEE1386.1) form factor. It is available in configurations of 8, 16, or 32 Gbytes, and is visible to the system as two independent SATA drives. Using multi-tasking technology, the XMC/PMC-550 delivers data transfer rates of up to 30 Mbytes/s for simultaneous read to each drive. The XMC/PMC-550 also comes with RAID 0 support that stripes data across the two independent SATA drives for maximum performance. With RAID 0, the 550 can achieve read transfer rates of up to 50 Mbytes/s

The card supports industry standard ECC NAND Flash correction. Error correction codes can correct up to 8 random single-bit errors per 512-byte sector. It also supports wear leveling that spreads program/erase cycles evenly across the media to mitigate premature device failure due to frequent erase cycles on the same block of flash memory. The XMC/PMC-550 can also support hardware write protect as an enhanced level of security to prevent unintentional data overwrite. The XMC/PMC-550 is interoperable with most host and carrier cards that feature support for XMC or PMC cards for popular operating systems, including VxWorks and GPPLE Linux. Pricing starts at $2,495.

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, Leesburg, VA. (613) 254-5112. [www.cwcembedded.com].

Pico-ITXe Board with Stackable I/O Expansion First with SUMIT Connectors

What is claimed to be the world’s first single board computer based on the new Pico-ITXe specification of the Small Form Factor Special Interest Group (SFF-SIG), is aimed at providing a more rational approach to system design. Supporting up to four customizable I/O expansion modules, the EPIA-P710 Pico-ITXe from Via Technologies enables a highly flexible and affordable implementation of serial connectivity options. Designed as the perfect baseboard, the Via EPIA-P710 uses an intelligent board layout to allow efficient module stacking and to aid heat dissipation.

The Via EPIA-P710 board features two Stackable Unified Module Interconnect Technology (SUMIT) connectors that integrate common high and low speed, legacy and serial expansion buses, including, most notably, PCI Express, LPC, SPI and USB 2.0. This extensive support sets Pico-ITXe apart from competing standards, facilitating an off-the-shelf solution to power the next generation of embedded devices. SUMIT is an open standard administered by the SFF-SIG.

Measuring a mere 10 cm x 7.2 cm, the Via EPIA-P710 uses a 1 GHz Via C7 processor and the latest Via VX800 advanced all-in-one media system processor, which features the integrated Via Chrome9 IGP with DX9 Graphics and MPEG-2/4, WMV9 and VC1 video decoding acceleration. The board supports up to 2 Gbytes of DDR2 system memory, one IDE channel, two S-ATA channels and the Via Vinyl HD Audio. I/O configurations include two SUMIT QMS connectors that provide I/O support for up to three USB, one LPC, two PCIe x1, a PCIe x4, SMBus and SPI buses. Pin headers provide Gigabit LAN, VGA, LVDS, audio and front panel LED.

VIA Technologies, Fremont, CA. (510) 683-3300. [www.via.com]

AdvancedTCA Blade with Dual Quad-Core AMD Opteron and 10 Gigabit Throughput

A quad-core AMD Opteron processor-based PICMG 3.0-compliant processor blade combines low price with high performance for wireless access/edge, telecom fiber transport, media gateways, soft switches and Internet IP-based applications. The ATC6239 from Diversified Technology is equipped with dual AMD Opteron Socket F (1207) 1.8 GHz quad-core processors, each with 2 Mbyte L2 cache (1 Mbyte per core) and support for up to 16 Gbytes of memory. It utilizes a high I/O bandwidth Broadcom HT2100 and HT1000 server-class HyperTransport link interface chipset.

I/O peripherals located on board are a 10/100/1000 Mbits/s auto-negotiating with dual-port Ethernet controller for the Base interface, a 10G dual port Ethernet controller for the Fabric interface, a 10/100/1000Mbits/sec auto-negotiating with dual-port Ethernet controller for one front panel interface, one AMC site for user configuration (the Fabric is x4 PCI-Express, Common Options Region supports a SATA drive port), and other peripherals designed for high-performance Telco needs.

The board fully supports the AdvancedTCA concept of separate data and control plane traffic when paired with DTI’s ATCA switch boards. The ATC6239 is compliant with the ATCA 3.1 specification via Option 9. The ATC6239 utilizes an AMI Embedded BIOS with boot from USB, HD, CD-ROM, or the network. Console redirection, PnP and PCI auto configuration are also supported. Operating systems supported include Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, SuSE and Fedora.

Diversified Technology, Ridgeland, MS.
(800) 443-2667. [www.diversifiedtechnology.com].

Low-Cost COM Express Module Runs 1.6 GHz at 2.5W

A full function, low power consumption COM module based on the Intel Atom N270 processor at 1.6 GHz is code named “Diamondville.” With a product life of seven years, the Express-AT module from Adlink Technology offers the cost-effective mobile Intel 945GSE Express chipset. The Express-AT is an entry level COM Express module for systems that require a full set of graphics features. The module comes with integrated support for high resolution CRT, single/dual channel LVDS and TV-Out (SDTV and HDTV). In addition to the onboard-integrated graphics, the chipset’s SDVO bus can connect to DVI, TMDS, or additional LVDS or TV-Out device controllers on a custom designed carrier. Primary focuses for graphics applications include medical diagnostics, medical imaging, gaming, industrial automation, test and measurement, video preprocessing and industrial control.

The Intel Atom processor, N270 (Diamondville) features a thermal design power of just 2.5 watts at peak levels while supporting Intel SpeedStep technology. Although much smaller, the Intel Atom processors share the same architecture as Intel Core2 Duo processors. Atom processors support Hyper Threading technology–earlier introduced with the Intel Pentium 4 processor–which allows more than one code thread to be executed at the same time on a single core.

The Express-AT supports up to 2 Gbytes of DDR2 667 MHz memory on a single SODIMM socket. The Mobile Intel 945GSE Express chipset integrates an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator, 950 that provides CRT, single/dual channel LVDS, and TV-Out (SDTV and HDTV). The board also allows connection of up to three additional PCI Express x1 devices on the Intel I/O Controller Hub, 7-M (ICH7-M) Southbridge. The module also adds an onboard Gigabit Ethernet port and two SATA ports. It has legacy support for a Parallel IDE channel, 32-bit PCI bus and an LPC bus. The Express-AT comes equipped with an AMIBIOS8, supporting embedded features such as Remote Console, CMOS backup, CPU and System Monitoring, and a Dual Watchdog Timer for NMI or RESET.

ADLINK Technology, San Jose, CA.
(408) 360-0200. [www.adlinktech.com].

Rugged 6U VPX SBC Features Intel 45nm x86 Processor and Chipset

A new rugged 6U VPX single board computer is based on the Intel Core2 Duo processor T9400, which delivers significantly enhanced energy-efficient performance, making it an ideal x86 platform for space, weight and power (SWaP)-limited aerospace and defense applications. The VPX6-1952 from Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing uses the Intel Core2 Duo processor T9400, which integrates two complete execution cores in one physical package, providing advancements in simultaneous computing for multi-threaded applications and multi-tasking environments. Intel’s hafnium-based 45nm Hi-k silicon process technology enables even more processor performance by doubling transistor density and increasing cache size by up to 50 percent.

The Intel Core2 Duo processor T9400 is validated with the Mobile Intel GM45 Express chipset, providing graphics core performance up to 533 MHz and up to 8 Gbytes of 800 MHz DDR3 system memory. This platform is suitable for a broad range of embedded applications such as interactive clients, embedded platforms and industrial automation equipment.

The Intel Core2 Duo processor T9400 and its Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset feature faster cores @ 2.5 GHz improvement over 1.5 GHz Intel Core2 Duo, an SSE4 Floating Point Unit, 6 MB cache and a 1066 Front Side Bus improvement over 667 MHz FSB on 1201/1901. The Mobile GM45 Express Chipset offers DDR3 memory at 800 MHz, which is twice the performance from 1201/1901, plus built-in graphics core performance up to 533 MHz.

The VPX6-1952 is available with 4 Gbytes or 8 Gbytes of high-bandwidth SDRAM and comes with a complement of high-speed I/O, including dual Gigabit Ethernet, three serial ports, ten USB 2.0 ports, and an XMC site with 20 differential and two single-ended signal pairs mapped to the backplane. The board’s integral high-speed SERDES Gigabit Ethernet and XMC mezzanine module connectivity enable high-bandwidth data flows. Data can also flow from the VPX backplane to the XMC site to support demanding high-bandwidth applications.

Operating support for the VPX6-1952 includes Wind River’s GPP Linux Edition 2.0. The GPP Linux Edition distribution provides a well tested and embedded distribution that is ideal for typical aerospace and defense applications. Also available for the VPX6-1952 is Windows XP Embedded. Other operating system support is under development and announcements will be made as they become available. Pricing for the VPX6-1952 starts at $13,500. Availability is 20 weeks ARO.

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, Leesburg, VA. (613) 254-5112. [www.cwcembedded.com].

Rugged StackableUSB Accelerometer Includes Analog & Digital I/O

A new accelerometer can be incorporated into an embedded system with USB and still meet the reliability demands of rugged and harsh environments. The RoHS-compliant USB 1600 from Micro/sys is a tri-axial accelerometer solution that can be configured for sensing ranges from 1.5g – 200g making it a suitable solution for a wide range of motion sensing applications. Simple software algorithms can be used in conjunction with the module to determine linear as well as rotational motion, eliminating the need for an expensive gyro. Furthermore, the USB 1600 comes equipped with an RS232 level UART, SPI interface, I2C interface and 20 pins that are user-configurable as analog input or digital I/O. All of these features are packed into a footprint measuring only 1.85” x 1.78”, one-quarter the size of the PC/104 form factor.

The USB 1600 communicates with a host through the USB interface via an onboard 48 MIPS microcontroller, which comes pre-programmed with firmware for use straight out of the box. The USB 1600 can also serve as a stand-alone module for applications where space may be limited. Micro/sys offers an easy-to-use development kit that includes the board with all options installed, a complete cable set, sample software and full documentation. The USB 1600 does not require a cable to utilize the USB technology, although one can be added if needed. Instead, the module uses the rugged StackableUSB connector. The StackableUSB technology ensures that the USB 1600 easily tolerates industrial grade shocks and vibrations. The basic USB 1600 starts at $275 in single quantity.

Micro/sys, Montrose, CA.
(818) 244-4600. [www.embeddedsys.com].

Clamshell-Style Modular Instrument Case

A modular instrument case enclosure in a two-piece clamshell configuration allows access to the interior with a design that provides easy assembly and serviceability.

The Type 33 case comes in standard, EMC and compact styles. The instrument case line features a sturdy extrusion-based modular design, making customization quicker, easier and more cost-effective. The chassis has mounting panels and grooves, optional tilt-up feet and carrying handle. The screws to assemble the enclosure are not visible and plastic bezels protect panel components and improve cosmetics. Applications for the Type 33 include test and measurement, laboratory, maintenance and control designs. Pricing starts under $100.

Elma Electronic, Fremont, CA. (510) 656-3783. [www.elma.com].

Single-Core SoC-Based, VMEbus Processing Blade Runs at 1.3 GHz

A fast, single-core, next-generation VMEbus processing blade features a 1.3 GHz processor and a host of best-in-class I/O options. The MVME4100 from Emerson Network Power enhances the company’s existing PowerPC technology roadmap and provides a number of migration options for legacy VME products. Specifically designed to allow users to bolster performance and features for competitive advantage, Emerson’s VMEbus computing blades also provide backward compatibility to protect their investment in existing VMEbus technologies.

Equipped with expanded processing power for I/O and data-intensive applications, the MVME4100’s 8548E system-on-chip PowerPC processor features a double-precision embedded scalar and vector floating-point APU that delivers next-generation, floating-point processing performance for today’s demanding high-precision applications. The processor’s best-in-class supplementary encryption engine also allows users to address the industry’s ever-growing demands for network privacy and security.

The MVME4100 also offers a range of storage capabilities including 4 Gbytes of fully programmable NAND Flash memory, 2 Gbytes of onboard DDR2 SDRAM and 512 Kbytes of cutting-edge, non-volatile MVRAM memory. The blade’s I/O capabilities include advanced 2eSSR protocol availability capable of bandwidth up to 320 Mbytes/s, 4 GigE ports, 3 serial ports, USB 2.0 compatibility and PCI-E expansion options for maximum performance and flexibility. In addition, the board’s I/O and firmware are fully backward compatible with existing MVME3100 & 7100 models to ensure easy interoperability with legacy hardware.

Emerson Network Power, St. Louis, MO. (314) 553-2000. [www.emerson.com].

High-Performance Image Fusion Solution for Harsh Environments

Designed to significantly increase the ease with which images from multiple sensors and cameras can be assimilated and interpreted, the IMP20 video processing mezzanine card from GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms adds image fusion capabilities to the GE Fanuc ADEPT104 and AIM12 automatic video trackers. It allows the design of highly integrated, high-performance graphics capabilities in any environment where the input from multiple devices needs to be fused in order to provide a complete, easy-to-interpret image. When configured with the IMP20, the ADEPT104 and AIM12 automatic video trackers provide a powerful system for detection, tracking, stabilization and fusion that delivers better performance than existing software-based solutions and can be used in harsher environments than other hardware-based solutions.

The IMP20 offers intelligent, real-time, full-frame, multi-resolution image fusion, which aims to maximize scene detail and contrast in the fused output, producing superior fused image quality with maximized information content. The image fusion algorithm embedded into the IMP20 is a new approach to multi-scale fusion that benefits from much faster execution times and reduced memory overheads. The algorithm gives significantly improved results over the baseline weighted average algorithm while still performing in real time on live imagery.

The unit’s built-in warp engine provides rotation, scaling and translation for each video source to compensate for image distortion and misalignment between the imagers, reducing the need for accurate matching of imagers with a resulting reduction in overall system cost.

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, Charlotteville, VA. (800) 368-2738. [www.gefanuc.com].

Ethernet Copper-to-Fiber Media Converter with Flexible SFPs

A new Ethernet Media Converter family performs copper-to-fiber conversion and features a versatile design that allows different combinations of fiber and copper LAN port. The TX2FX from MPL is an Ethernet media converter that translates transmission signals from a twisted-pair 10/100/1000BASE-TX cable to a 100BASE-FX or 1000BASE-X fiber optic cable. It expands network data transmission distances beyond the 100 meter limitation of copper wire to over ten kilometers by using single-mode fiber optic cable.

For the optical port the TX2FX supports Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) transceivers. SFPs enable adaptability to different fiber types, distances and wavelengths, providing maximum flexibility across a variety of network architectures and topologies. SFP ports are ideal for flexible choices of the transceiver distance needed. On the copper side the TX2FX offers a 10/100/1000 Mbit port accessible on a standard RJ45 connector. Of course, the port supports “auto-crossover” and “auto-negotiation” to enable attaching any 10 Mbit, 100 Mbit, or 1 Gigabit device to them.

The products are available in two basic versions that differ in the mechanical port adjustment. Either the copper and fiber optical ports are placed side by side or opposite each other. The compact design of the module is suitable for industrial network edge installations. The single wide power supply input ranges from 5V to 28V, which further simplifies the integration of the module into a system.

MPL AG, Dättwil, Switzerland.
+41 56 483 34 34. [www.mpl.ch].

Compact 4GbE and 5GbE LAN Platforms with Intel EP80579 SoC

Two desktop platforms feature the Intel EP80579 Integrated Processor with Intel QuickAssist Technology. The EP80579 is the Intel system-on-chip (SoC) purpose-built for the embedded and communications market with highly integrated security features. The PL-10549 and PL-10550 platforms from WIN Enterprises are designed for SOHO/SMB network management and network security applications, such as firewall, VPN, anti-spam, anti-virus, and intrusion detection & prevention.

The PL-10540 and PL-10550 support 4GbE and 5GbE LAN capability, respectively. OEMs are offered a scalable selection of 600 MHz, 1.066 GHz or 1.2 GHz versions of the Intel EP80579 Integrated Processor. Support for Intel QuickAssist high-bandwidth and low-latency accelerator technology is available on select Intel EP80579 SoC processors.

The Intel EP80579 processor is significant for the embedded industry because combining the functions of four chips into one, Intel has simplified and sped up platform design while bringing the benefits of smaller footprint, lowered power consumption, enhanced performance and comprehensive I/O to the device. The Intel EP80579 Integrated Processor SoC was designed specifically for embedded market segments that depend on long product lifecycles. This SoC has a 45% smaller footprint with 34% lower power usage than traditional 4-chip board-level designs. Integration of the CPU, North Bridge, Southbridge and security coprocessor on a single die optimizes packet processing and enables the reduced-footprint design of the new WIN Enterprises networking platforms. Linux, Windows Embedded XP and FreeBSD are supported. Pricing in OEM quantities begins at $425 per unit for the PL-10540 and $455 for the PL-10550.

WIN Enterprises, North Andover, MA.
(978) 688-2000. [www.win-ent.com].

Family of 14 Data Acquisition Devices Leverages USB

Thanks to USB, test engineers can craft instrumentation systems on the desktop instead of piecing together racks of boards and backplanes. Feeding such needs, Measurement Computing has announced 14 new high-performance, multifunction and special-purpose USB-based data acquisition products, targeting applications requiring high accuracy, measurement repeatability and high throughput. The list includes: high-channel-count and high-accuracy analog input and thermocouple measurement devices; several high-speed, simultaneous sampling, multifunction devices; and an eight-channel, simultaneous input quadrature encoder counter.

The new devices are supported by the Universal Library, programming libraries and drivers for most popular Windows-based programming languages. In addition to the Universal Library, all the new USB DAQ modules ship with an impressive array of software, including TracerDAQ, a full-featured, data logging, viewing and analysis application; Universal Library for LabVIEW, VIs and program examples for LabVIEW; InstaCal installation, calibration and test utility; and support for DASYLab, icon-based data acquisition, graphics, control and analysis software, and Measurement Studio MCC Edition, Visual Studio 2005/2003 components and controls optimized for test, measurement, analysis and presentation–powerful software solutions for programmers and nonprogrammers alike.

Measurement Computing, Norton, MA.
(508) 946-5100. [www.mccdaq.com].

COM Express Module with Graphics, Power Management and CPU Options

A new COM Express CPU harnesses the high-speed AMD Turion CPU with integrated ATI graphic engine and chipset to balance high performance and power consumption. The SOM-5781 from Advantech also works smart to maintain the reliability of applications through a “Smart & Secure” utility feature.

The SOM-5781 has an onboard chip that will dynamically adjust the fan speed to regulate the CPU temperature. Because the CPU fan runs at high speed only when the system is under high loading, power consumption and noise created by the fan can be drastically reduced. Using Advantech’s “SUSI” API tool, a “reduce CPU speed” command can be immediately executed to prevent a system crash when SOM-5781 detects an abnormal status from the CPU fan. At the same time, an alarm message can also be issued to the system administrator via Ethernet.

SOM-5781 uses the AMD M690E integrated chipset with high-performance ATI graphic engine, and an additional external 128 Mbyte graphic memory (Side Port) can be added on SOM-5781 for an extra 20% graphic performance boost. SOM-5781 also supports 48 / 24-bit LVDS TFT LCD panels, DVI and PCIe x8 for external graphic cards, and it provides several different kinds of multi-display configuration options for customer applications. With AMD S1 CPU socket on board, SOM-5781 provides flexible CPU support options for customers. From extreme low power consumption Sempron 2100+ 1 GHz at 8 watts, to Turion 64 TL-62 at 2.1 GHz with dual core engine.

SOM-5781 also comes with I/O capabilities that include: four PCIe x1 and one PCIe x 8 or 1 x DVI interface, 1 x GbE LAN, 4 x SATA, 1 x EIDE, 8 x USB 2.0 ports and High Definition audio. Advantech COM (Computer on Module) series is backwardly compatible with existing hardware and software systems. They are fully scalable for upgrades or changing application needs and feature long life support so important to embedded developers. Advantech’s own SUSI (Secure and Unified Smart Interface) API library speeds software development, and global logistics and support streamline the product development process.

Advantech, Irvine, CA. (800) 866-6008. [www.advantech.com].

Touch-Screen Panel PC Supports Dual Displays

A full-featured, entirely fanless panel PC is targeted for intelligent display applications in demanding environments. Rugged, stable and flexible, the Vipro VP7710 from Via Technologies addresses an increasing demand for cost-effective, intelligent displays in commercial applications such as ticketing, ATM, vending and information kiosks as well as sophisticated fleet deployment infrastructures in transport, delivery and logistics enterprises. The Via Vipro is suitable for human-machine interface (HMI) industrial applications such as factory automation and control, supporting the addition of a second independently configured screen for dual-display applications.

Powered by either a 1.6 GHz Via Eden or 1.0 GHz C7 processor, the Via Vipro VP710 supports up to 1 Gbyte of DDR2 system memory and boasts integrated Via UniChrome Pro II 2D/3D graphics and MPEG-2/4, WMV9 hardware accelerated decoding. It also supports an additional independently configured display through a VGA port for dual-display applications. The Via Vipro has a 10.4” TFT display with a wide viewing angle and light transmission of 82.5%. Its IP65 touch panel is water and dust resistant while the chassis is shock resistant up to 50G and can handle vibrations of up to 5G.

Storage includes support for both IDE and S-ATA 2.5” hard drives and a compact flash socket. Connectivity includes Gigabit LAN support and an optional wireless module. The low panel I/O includes two USB 2.0 ports, three COM ports, with variable RC settings and PS/2 support. HD audio is accessible through standard audio jacks.

VIA Technologies, Fremont, CA. (510) 683-3300. [www.via.com].

STD Bus x86-Based SBC Targets Legacy Applications

A high-integration STD Bus single board computer (SBC) based on Advanced Micro Device’s (AMD) LX800 CPU is targeted to provide both an upward performance migration path and a continued source of supply for STD Bus SBCs while maintaining hardware, software and I/O compatibility. The STD Bus was first introduced in 1978 and is still in use by key industrial customers. The LPM-LX800 from WinSystems supports Windows XP embedded, Linux and other x86 real-time operating systems while offering continuing long-term availability.

The LPM-LX800 incorporates the low-power AMD Geode LX800MHz 0.9W CPU that offers product availability through at least 2015. The LPM-LX800-G can be populated with up to 1 Gbyte of system DRAM and up to 16 Gbytes of CompactFlash. A high-performance video engine is on board that supports LCD and CRT displays simultaneously. Also, an Intel 82551ER, 32-bit PCI 10/100 Ethernet controller supports networking.

Further I/O support includes four USB 2.0 ports with in-rush and over-current protection, four independent RS-232/422/485 full-duplex serial UARTs, 48-lines of TTL-compatible digital I/O and AC97 audio. The LPM-LX800 contains the core logic to provide PC-compatibility for the I/O and bus interface logic including the UDMA100 controller for hard disks, keyboard/mouse controller, LPT interface, real-time clock and interrupt controller. A precision power-fail reset circuit, activity LED, PC/104-Plus expansion and watchdog-timer are also included. All of these features are included on the 4.5” x 7.0” STD Bus board.

The LPM-LX800 can functionally replace other Pentium-based STD Bus SBCs from Ziatech, Versalogic and Micro/sys; and offers long-term availability with a lower cost. WinSystems offers free application engineering assistance. Single unit pricing for the LPM-LX800-G starts at $895.

WinSystems, Arlington, TX.
(817) 274-7553. [www.winsystems.com].

Electronic Compass Resides on Tiny PCB

Electronic compass technology is a critical component in a variety of mobile systems. A new addition to their low-cost line of tilt-compensated OEM digital compasses for embedded applications that is ultra-small and highly accurate is being introduced by OceanServer Technology. The OS4000-T Nano Compass features 3-Axis magnetic sensors with 3-Axis accelerometers and provides nominal accuracy of 0.5 degrees, 0.1 degree resolution, ±180 degree roll, ±90 degree tilt and includes electronically gimbaled tilt compensation. Offered in a 0.6-inch square through-hole package, weighing only 1 gm, this ultra-small device is designed for mounting on a system board and talking via a TTL interface for a wide range of applications.

Available with a carrier board, serial and USB drivers, evaluation software and schematics to assist with applications/integration, the OS4000-T Nano Compass includes an ASCII interface, hard- and soft-iron calibration and user-configurable data formatting. Providing up to a 40 Hz data update rate, a 50 MIPS processor supporting IEEE floating point math, a 24-bit A/D converter and a programmable com rate from 4,800 to 115,000 baud are included. OS4000-T Nano Compasses are priced at $249 each or $89.74 (500s); with larger quantity discounts offered. Developer’s kits are $399.

OceanServer Technology, Fall River, MA.
(508) 67-0550. [www.ocean-server.com].

Small 48-Point Digital I/O Module Uses SUMIT Standard

Earlier this year, the Small Form Factor Special Interest Group introduced the SUMIT (Stackable Unified Module Interconnect Technology) connector standard. SUMIT is an electromechanical connectorization specification that enables stacking of common serial and legacy chipset expansion buses on I/O modules for next-generation embedded systems products. Som