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April 10, 2001

From WinSystems, Inc.

PC/104-Plus Fast Ethernet Module Uses Popular Intel Controller with vast Software Support Base

Contact Name: Bob Burckle
Contact Email: bburckle@winsystems.com
WebSite: http://www.winsystems.com/products/pc104/ppm10100.htm

In response to customer demands for low-cost connectivity for industrial embedded applications, WinSystems introduces a PC/104-Plus-compliant module based upon the Intel 82559ER Ethernet controller. Designated the PPM-10/100, it is designed to offer flexible, high-performance Ethernet networking capability at 10- or 100-megabit/second data rates.  
 
The PPM-10/100 emulates the popular Intel Pro100+ PCI board. This board and its Ethernet controller are well supported by a wide range of operating systems including Linux, Windows 98/NT/CE, MS-DOS, QNX, VxWorks, and other leading real-time operating systems. 
 
The PPM-10/100 module incorporates an Intel 82559ER integrated Ethernet controller. It has a 32-bit PCI interface to the bus and supports both 10 and 100 megabits per second data transfers in both full- and half-duplex environments. The module will auto-detect and configure itself to the speed of the link partner. An industry standard RJ-45 connector is onboard to allow an easy and direct interface to the network. 
 
The PPM-10/100 module is fully PC/104-Plus-compliant supporting increased bus throughput necessary for higher-performance networking systems. Multiple PPM-10/100 boards can be installed on a PC/104-Plus stack if additional Ethernet connections are required. 
 
Each PPM-10/100 is shipped with an EEPROM that contains the configuration information describing the device architecture, address, interrupts, etc. Use of the EEPROM allows the board to be configured solely by the software offering a user-friendlier Ethernet adapter. 
 
An onboard PLCC socket supports a Flash for Intel’s Boot Agent auto-boot software. The PPM-10/100 allows a networked client computer to boot start using a program code image supplied by a remote server. It is compatible with legacy boot agent environments that use BOOTP protocol. Also it is customizable in pre-boot, Windows, and DOS environments. 
 
The PPM-10/100 requires only + 5 volts at 270 mA (1.35W). The module measures 90mm x 96mm (3.6” x 3.8”) and weighs only 84 grams (3 ounces). It will operate from 0 to +70 degrees Celsius. Contact WinSystems' Application Engineering Department for futher information.