San Diego - Advantech Technologies Inc. here and Force Computers (San Jose, Calif.) have each introduced compact peripheral component interconnect (PCI) single-board computers (SBC) for the telephony market. Advantech's entry is a 6U board with integrated VGA, dual 10/100 Ethernet and serial and Universal Serial Bus ports, while Force unwrapped a board based on a 700-MHz Mobile Pentium III.
Advantech' s MIC-3377xx, for the scalable computer telephony integration industry, supports applications such as voice-over-Internet Protocol (VolP) servers, ACDs, UnPBX, fax-on-demand and video-on-demand. The board accepts Pentium III (up to 850-MHz ) or Celeron (up to 733-MHz) processors with the PGA370 package.
The Pentium processor has 256 kbytes and the Celeron has 128 kbytes of L2 cache memory on-chip. The board incorporates the Intel 440BX chip set that delivers a front side bus (FSB) bandwidth of 100 MHz.
The board provides two 144-pin SO-DIMM sockets for on-board expansion and supports up to 512 Mbytes of SDRAM with error-correction code (ECC). Dual Intel 82559 fast Ethernet controllers provide redundant Ethernet ports and team functions such as adapter fault tolerance, adaptive load balancing and fast EtherChannel, to increase transmission throughput and reliability.
An Intel C&T 69000 controller provides 2-D and 3-D accelerated graphics performance for industrial control applications. Graphics resolution is up to 1,280 x 1,024 with 256 colors or up to 640 x 480 with 4.3 billion colors. A fanless heat sink for ventilation uses external cooling air from the chassis fans, enabling the unit to use an Intel Pentium III or Celeron processor within a single-slot-wide space.
MIC-3377/M and MIC-3377D/M versions are available. The former, with a single PCI-to-PCI bridge, can be used in enclosures with up to eight slots (MIC-3032, MIC-3021, MIC-3033) and is capable of driving up to seven CompactPCI slots. The MIC-3377D/M, with optional dual PCI-to-PCI bridges, is applicable in up to 14-slot enclosures (MIC-3031) and is capable of driving up to 14 CompactPCI slots. Optional rear-transition boards can be used to connect all the inputs and outputs on the rear panel.
Pricing starts at $1,800, with OEM and volume discounts available. The boards can ship within 48 hours.
The Force CPCI-735 and CPCI-736 SBCs are aimed at computer telephony, packet switching, VoIP, storage server and other network communications applications. They can be implemented either in the system or in a peripheral slot of a host platform. The CPCI-735 is the third product in the company's line of universal-mode CompactPCI SBCs, while the CPCI-736 SBC is the first in a new CompactPCI server blade family for compact packet-switching backplane (CPSB) systems.
The CPCI-736 is among the first embedded platforms to support the PICMG 2.16 CPSB draft specification, and it can be used in third-generation wireless, IP telephony, high-density embedded servers (for Internet data centers) and other telecom and data communications applications that need advanced switch-fabric architectures.
It features a 64-bit local bus (via a PCI Mezzanine Card slot) for Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel or other high-bandwidth, data-intensive I/O requirements. It has 1 Gbyte of ECC-protected SDRAM (2 Gbytes optional); 32 Mbytes on-board IDE FlashDisk memory (64 Mbytes optional); system management functionality (IPMI compliant) and full hot-swap specification compliance (PICMG 2.1, R2.0). I/O options on both SBCs include a dual-PCI Mezzanine Card and 10/100 Ethernet as well as a 133-MHz FSB-ready design.
The boards are based on Sentinel chips and can operate in any CompactPCI slot. A chassis can be populated with several SBCs, which can talk to each other through the CompactPCI backplane. Large memory buffers allow data transfers across the CompactPCI bus without interruption. Hot-swap allows SBC insertion in a running system without the need to reboot.
Force's boards are priced from approximately $2,300.
Advantech Technologies Inc.
Call (858) 623-0838
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Force Computers Inc.
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