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Low-power PC/104 SBC supports embedded Linux

May 24, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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Eurotech has introduced a RoHS-compliant PC/104-Plus single-board computer (SBC) that targets low-power, space-constrained embedded applications such as mobile computer systems, real-time industrial control, and multimedia data acquisition. The CPU-1433 is based on an x86-compatible AMD Geode processor, and supports Linux, according to the company.

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Eurotech says the RoHS-compliant CPU-1433 replaces its older Geode GX1-based CPU-1432 and adds improved features and enhanced peripheral connectivity. The module is based on the AMD Geode GX466 333 MHz processor, and is equipped with 128 MB of soldered-on DDR DRAM. Mass storage can be implemented with a DOM (DiskOnModule) flash memory device.

Eurotech lists the following key features and specifications for the CPU-1433:

  • Processor — Geode GX466 at 333 MHz
  • Memory — 128 MB DDR RAM soldered on board
  • Display:
    • TFT or CRT Interface
    • up to 1600 x 1200, 24-bit color, 85Hz
  • Storage — IDE and Flash DOM connector
  • I/O ports:
    • 10/100 Ethernet with “N-way auto-negotiation”, wake on LAN
    • 4 USB 2.0
    • 2 serial — RS232, RS232/422/485
    • AC97 v2.3 audio
    • PS/2 keyboard and mouse
  • Expansion — PC/104-Plus ISA and PCI busses
  • Power — +5V only, less than 6 watts
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60 degrees C, extended temperature range available

Compatibility with commercial operating systems such as Linux, Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded, VxWorks, and QNX is “guaranteed,” Eurotech says. A hardware development kit is available that includes Ethernet and USB adaptors, interface cables, and power supply.

Price and availability were not disclosed.


 
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