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9th August 2005 10:00am

From Arcom

Arcom launches XP Embedded Development Kit for Pentium M single board computer

Contact Name: Jenny McCrae
Contact Email: jmccrae@arcom.com
WebSite: http://www.arcom.com

Kansas City, USA and Cambridge, England – August, 2005 – Arcom has further extended its range of ready-to-run Development Kits by introducing a Windows XP Embedded option for the APOLLO – the Pentium M based single board computer designed for applications demanding long term product availability and high performance fanless operation. The APOLLO is built on power efficient Intel Centrino technology and is an industry standard EBX form factor (8” x 5.75”). Arcom’s award-winning Development Kit strategy has consistently allowed customers to quickly develop and implement Windows Embedded-based applications using a reliable production ready platform. The Development Kit is an incredibly cost effective solution for developers, saving months of effort and allowing engineers to concentrate on value-added application development. 
 
The APOLLO Development Kit for Windows XP Embedded includes a comprehensive build of XP Embedded (SP2) pre-installed on an industrial grade CompactFlash memory card. The Development Kit bundles the APOLLO single board computer fitted with a 1.6GHz Pentium M CPU, 512Mbytes of DDR memory, Gigabit Ethernet and the 1Gbyte CompactFlash card. Also included is an AC Flex-ATX PSU, full cable set, Quickstart Manual, Development Kit DVD, USB/CF programming adapter, and an optional panel mounted 15 inch TFT color LCD module and analog touchscreen. The APOLLO is an industry standard format (5.75” x 8”) single board computer which includes dual independent display capability, dual Ethernet, dual FireWire (IEEE 1394a) ports, six USB 2.0 channels and four serial ports (RS-232/RS-422/RS-485).  
 
The Development Kit is also supplied with an evaluation version of Windows XP Embedded Studio and Target Designer to allow developers to evaluate the Microsoft tools and create a customized (time-limited) operating system image using the component library supplied on the DVD. This can be programmed and run from the CompactFlash card to evaluate your new image. 
 
Based on a variety of performance benchmarks, tests demonstrate that an APOLLO fitted with a 1.6GHz Pentium M CPU running Windows XP Embedded offers similar performance to a 2.4GHz Pentium 4 desktop system but with approximately one third of the power consumption! 
 
Arcom is a Gold level member of the Microsoft Windows Embedded Partner program (www.mswep.com) and is committed to the support of Windows CE .NET and Windows XP Embedded technologies to achieve rapid development for customer applications. The WEP Gold level was established to enable customers to identify best-of-class companies who have demonstrated excellence in building and enabling Windows Powered solutions.  
 
Arcom has a dedicated team of Windows embedded engineers located in Kansas City and Cambridge who are focused on new product development using the latest embedded Microsoft operating systems. This technical resource is also used as a Design Service to provide optimized implementations of XP Embedded, and to support customer specific driver/application requirements.  
 
Link to product information: http://www.arcom.com/devkit-xp-apollo.htm  
 
Intel, Centrino, Pentium, Celeron, SpeedStep are trademarks or registered marks of Intel Corporation.  
Windows XP Embedded and Target Designer are trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation. 
 
 
About Arcom (www.arcom.com)  
Arcom, a Spectris company (LSE: SXS.L), is a leading supplier of embedded computer and communications technology to industry. Founded in 1982, Arcom has developed a broad range of standard embedded hardware and software solutions for control, data acquisition and data delivery systems. From its design centers in Kansas City (US) and Cambridge (UK), Arcom is also able to offer Design Services to meet the needs of high volume OEM and specialized customer requirements.