Irvine, Calif.Taiwan-based embedded computer maker Advantech has a 3.5-in. SBC (single-board computer) platform for x86-based applications. The company's PCM-9375 is the newest 3.5-in. so-called biscuit SBC running an Advanced Micro Devices Geode LX 800 at 0.9-W microprocessor. The LX 800 can clock up to 500-MHz.
The $280 Model PCM-9375 has the same mechanical design and layout as its predecessors, offering an upgrade path for older AMD Geode GX1 processor-based systems.
Favorable Performance-per-Watt Ratio
The company claims this choice of processor will deliver a favorable performance-per-watt ratio for 32-bit embedded applications such as machine control, portable medical equipment, and gaming.
The PCM-9375's features include up to 512-Mbytes of DDR SODIMM (double data-rate small-outline dual in0line memory module) memory, four serial ports (supporting RS-422 and RSA-485), and four x USB 2.0 (Universal Serial Bus) ports. It runs an Award flash-hosted 2-Mbit BIOS.
The PCM-9375 board also confers one Enhanced IDE interface, AC97-compatible stereo audio codec, and 8-bit GPIO (general purpose input/output). It also includes a CF (CompactFlash) Type II slot, two Fast Ethernet ports, and one PC/104 slot.
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The PCM-9375's total dissipation is about 6-W (with 256-Mbytes of DDR memory and 256-Mbytes of CF.
The PCM-9375 was developed with Windows Embedded OS-optimized drivers, tools, and components to enhance Microsoft Windows CE 5.0 and XPe (SP2).
A word about Windows XPe SP2. It's based on Windows XP Pro code, and uses all the same features, drivers and services from Windows XP Pro. Componentized and modular, Windows XPe provides a familiar Win32 programming environment, and offers a price advantage over XP Pro.
The major benefits of Win CE 5.0 are USB 2.0 support, and stability. Windows CE 5.0 is a componentized hard realtime operating system that integrates multi-media (such as Direct3D Mobile and Windows Media 9 Series.
CE's Realtime Capabilities
Windows CE 5.0 also gives you realtime capabilities to rapidly build a range of small-footprint devices. Plus, with the Advantech OS (operating system) image, you get additional useful features, such as Auto Launch Application, Registry Editor, Registry Flusher, and AdvLib (supporting SMBus, watchdog, I2C and GPIO). That can help you develop richer and more dynamic CE-based applications.
Advantech's PCM-9375 also comes with extra utilities to speed application development. There's even a Fast-Boot utility to help protect an OS image, and to quickly wake up a system without having to perform a full operating system boot.
Advantech has also invested engineering resources into Windows Embedded, and now provides customizable Windows Embedded OS image design services.
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For more details contact Advantech, 15375 Barranca Parkway, Suite A106, Irvine, Calif. 92618. Phone: 949-789-7178 or 800-866-6008. Fax: 949-789-7179. E-mail: ECGinfo@advantech.com or PPCinfo@advantech.com
Advantech, 949-789-7178, www.advantech.com