Micro/sys Releases Fast, Low-Power Multimedia ARM Computer

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The SBC1670 from Micro/sys combines a flat panel display interface with a fast, yet low-power ARM processor in a PC/104 (3.55" x 3.775") footprint that will operate from –40°C to +85°C. The CPU has multimedia capabilities, which includes support for an 800 x 600 color flat panel display, audio output, and debounced keypad input. This allows implementation of sophisticated point-of-sale terminals or feature-rich industrial control panels with fewer peripheral boards required.

The SBC1670 from Micro/sys combines a flat panel display interface with a fast, yet low-power ARM processor in a PC/104 (3.55" x 3.775") footprint that will operate from –40°C to +85°C. The CPU has multimedia capabilities, which includes support for an 800 x 600 color flat panel display, audio output, and debounced keypad input. This allows implementation of sophisticated point-of-sale terminals or feature-rich industrial control panels with fewer peripheral boards required.

At the heart of the SBC1670 is the Intel PXA270 processor. This powerful processor is based off of the ARM5 core, which implements a super-pipelined RISC architecture and adds a number of integrated peripherals. The PXA270 can run at speeds up to 524 MHz and can dynamically change speed in response to changing performance or power consumption needs. On-chip cache, a watchdog timer, an SDRAM controller, a CompactFlash interface, and a USB host controller are also integrated on the same silicon.

In addition to its multimedia features, the SBC1670 also features five serial ports and a 10/100BASE-T Ethernet controller to handle a variety of communication needs. Four of the serial ports have RS232 transceivers, while the remaining serial port is configured for RS485 communication.

With 128MB of SDRAM, and a 64MB resident flash array, high-performance control or data communications systems with feature-rich operating systems can be developed as single board solutions. The SBC1670 can boot Linux, Windows CE, and VxWorks® from its onboard flash. If more I/O is needed, the SBC1670 allows expansion through its CompactFlash socket, which supports storage devices and I/O devices, such as Wi-Fi cards. Additionally, the SBC1670 has a 16-bit PC/104 bus interface, which allows access to numerous off-the-shelf boards such as modems, analog I/O, or digital I/O. In its stackthrough version, the SBC1670 is ideal for plugging into a custom OEM I/O card.

A free development kit is provided that includes cables, sample software, and full documentation.

The basic SBC1670 starts at $495 in single quantity. An industrial temperature (-40°C to +85°C) version is also available starting at $575. Optional features are quite cost-effective, as they do not require additional boards. Significant OEM discounts are available. Contact Technical Sales Dept., Micro/sys, Inc., 3730 Park Place, Montrose, CA, 91020, phone (818) 244-4600, FAX (818) 244-4246, email: info@embeddedsys.com, URL: http://www.embeddedsys.com.

Micro/sys has been manufacturing OEM industrial microcomputer products since 1976, including board-level products and integrated computers. Micro/sys embedded computers are specified by OEMs in semiconductor processing, medical, mail handling, pharmaceutical, industrial marking, process control, and many other industries.

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