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September 28, 1999
VersaLogic's Panther features Pentium, fast Ethernet, video
Eugene, OR - VersaLogic Corp. introduces the Panther, their latest Single Board Computer in a very compact size. This PC/104-Plus processor module supports standard socket 7 (MMX/3D class) CPUs up to 400 MHz, including Pentium, K6, K6-2, K6-III, and the low power K6-2E for fanless operation. It features 10/100 Mbit Ethernet, SVGA / flat panel display interface, and 512 KB of L2 cache.
The Panther accepts up to 128 MB of system RAM and up to 72 MB DiskOnChip flash. Additional features include single voltage (+5V) operation, and re-programmable BIOS. A pair of high density I/O connectors supports standard I/O including floppy and IDE interface, 2 COM ports (one 232/422/485), LPT, and dual USB ports. The 10/100 autodetect Ethernet interface is ideal for systems that are running at 10 Mbps now but may upgraded to 100 Mbps in the future.
The high reliability design and construction of this board features latching I/O connectors, watchdog timer, voltage sensing reset circuit, and self-resetting fuse on the 5V supply to the keyboard, mouse, and USB ports.
Software compatibility includes Windows NT/95/98, Windows CE, Windows NT Embedded, QNX, Linux, RT-Linux, OS-9, and other RTOSs.
The high speed PC/104-Plus expansion site allows "stack-up" system expansion with popular PC/104 and PC/104-Plus modules including modem, A/D, PCMCIA, digital I/O, and other modules available from VersaLogic and a wide variety of other vendors.
The processor module, a two-board set which is joined by a PC/104-Plus interface, was designed from the ground up with a focus on longevity and reliability. Standardized components sourced from multiple vendors increases product longevity and reduces problems with obsolescence and upgrades. VersaLogic targets a minimum availability of 5 years for all of its embedded OEM products.
Panther versions include AMD K6-2 3D Now CPUs in 266 or 400 MHz. Both are priced under $1,000 in low OEM quantities. A fanless low power 266 MHz version will be available in about the same price range. All versions are scheduled for release in November. The Panther is fully supported by the VersaLogic design team with customizing available in quantities as low as 25 pieces.