Salt Lake City, UT Parvus Corporation releases the OrbiTrak® GSM , a PC/104 module for intelligent vehicle and airborne computing systems requiring worldwide GSM/GPRS roaming and GPS positioning. An ideal solution for demanding mobile communications and global positioning applications (bus, rail, ship, air), the OrbiTrak GSM combines wireless tri-band GSM/GPRS connectivity with a low-power 12-channel parallel-tracking GPS receiver in a single, highly integrated embedded board. This compact (90 x 96 mm), hardened telematics module is built to resist high mechanical stress, thermal shock and extended temperature operation. Supporting full interrupt-sharing for all its serial ports, the board includes a 4-channel 16C550 UART with two RS-232 serial ports free for other devices. Board configuration is done using FlexiSet® EEPROM board settings, which eliminates banks of interrupts and base address jumpers. A 16-bit wide programmable digital I/O is provided to interface with other low-power digital devices, along with two automotive level digital inputs to connect to any 12V or 24V digital signals. An audio interface port for a headset is also provided in order to give maximum comfort with user voice communications. A standard SIM card can be installed into the board's onboard locking cardholder. Two versions are offered: GSM only or GPS/GSM combo. Pricing will be from $298 to $398/each in volume orders of 100 units or more. Parvus Corp , Salt Lake City, UT, USA. www.parvus.com.
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