Micro/sys Releases First StackableUSB™ Computer with Fast Pentium® III Processor on a Small Footprint

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Micro/sys has released the first StackableUSB™ CPU board on a Pentium® III processor.

Micro/sys has released the first StackableUSB™ CPU board on a Pentium® III processor, creating a powerful, high-speed, RoHS compliant single board computer that provides I/O expansion via StackableUSB™ peripherals. In addition to all standard PC features, the SBC1685 also includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 2.0 high-speed (480Mbit/s) ports, four USB 1.1 full speed ports, and a CompactFlash interface. With up to 256MB of socketed SDRAM, and full PC-compatibility, high performance embedded control systems can be implemented on this small industrial form factor (PC/104 size) SBC. The Intel 815E chipset enables the SBC1685 to operate systems and applications that require full disk-based GUI systems. The SBC1685 can boot Linux, Windows CE, Windows XP, VxWorks®, DOS, Phar Lap ETS, and other PC-compatible operating systems.

At the core of the SBC1685 is the Low Power Intel Pentium® III processor, which runs at 933MHz, or the Ultra-Low Voltage Celeron® processor, which runs fanless at 400 or 650MHz. This is the first time these powerful processors have been coupled with the new industrial quality StackableUSB™ interconnect architecture, which enables the control of up to 8 StackableUSB™ peripheral devices in a rugged, bolt-together platform for embedded applications. The Intel CPU and chipset have been selected for long term availability, and include PC-compatible PCI, USB, EIDE, SDRAM, interrupt, timer, and DMA controllers, all popular embedded features. The SBC1685 also offers a printer port, keyboard, mouse, external IDE and floppy controllers, and a watchdog timer. The Gigabit Ethernet is capable of communicating with 10/100/1000 Base-T networks. The USB 2.0 stackable interfaces support high-speed (480 Mbit/s), full-speed (12 Mbit/s) and low-speed (1.5 Mbit/s).

The CompactFlash socket allows for gigabytes of removable storage space, which can be used as solid-state storage for operating systems and large applications. Micro/sys installs a ready-to-run firmware system on the SBC1685 at no cost. This firmware includes a complete industrial BIOS, board setup screens, and application download utilities, and can create a DOS-like execution environment immediately upon powerup. Alternatively, the computer may be configured to boot 32-bit operating systems upon power up by purchasing a Linux or WindowsCE option. A development kit that includes cables, sample software, and full documentation is available.

The basic SBC1685 starts at $895 in single quantity. 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, URL : http://www.embeddedsys.com.

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

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