Broadening support of embedded platforms that use PC/104 technology, the PC/104 Consortium announces that it has reached agreement with Motorola Computer Group and board maker Ampro Computers to become the governing standards body for the EBX specification.
EBX is a 5.75 x 8-in. embedded single board computer (SBC) format that supports PC/104 and PC/104-Plus as part of its specification.
A bit of history. The EBX standard was introduced by Motorola Computer Group and Ampro in 1997. Since then it has become popular with embedded SBC manufacturers because of its size. Its larger form-factor provides the required space for big microprocessor chips and their chipsets, as well as providing expanded connector space for I/O.
"The Consortium welcomes the opportunity to oversee a specification that supports PC/104 since it's complementary with our charter," explains Jeff Milde, Executive Director of the PC/104 Consortium. "We see this as an opportunity to offer PC/104 manufacturers and users a path that encourages the use of PC/104 as an I/O bus.
"Additionally, the EBX form-factor is an excellent footprint for embedded users to adopt when designing their own I/O boards and want to ensure plug-on CPU choices for their design into the future."
Indeed, longevity is one of the hallmarks of PC/104. Because OEMs typically require stable and long-term supply, PC/104 module vendors usually offer products that don't change specifications as fast as commercial PC vendors.
It's estimated there are currently over 25 manufacturers of EBX embedded board products. Additionally, there are over 90 manufactures that provide PC/104 CPU and I/O boards that can plug into the PC/104 and PC/104-Plus connectors on EBX boards.
For more details, contact Jim Blazer, President, PC/104 Embedded Consortium, 490 2nd St., Suite 301, San Francisco, Calif. 94107. Phone: (814) 234-8087. Fax: 234-5218, or phone: 415-243-2104. Fax: 415-836-9094. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The EBX specification is available on the Consortium's Web site.