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23rd March 2006 12:00pm

From Arcom

Arcom announces fan-less industrial PC for RoHS compliant embedded applications

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


Kansas City, USA and Cambridge, England – March, 2006 – The family of Geode(TM) processors from AMD has been extremely successful in the market for ‘embedded’, long-life, low power, fan-less computing solutions. Arcom’s popular SBC-GX1 product has been in full production for the last 5 years and, as part of the EOL phase, will continue until 2008. To extend the Geode roadmap, Arcom has now introduced a next generation board based on the AMD Geode GX CPU clocked at 400MHz but with performance equivalent to a similar class of CPU running at 533MHz. The real benefit of the SBC-GX533 is that you’re getting a product with more than three times the performance of the Geode GX1 and an even wider selection of features while consuming the same amount of power – a perfect solution for upgrading your existing system while maintaining true fan-less operation. 
 
The SBC-GX533 is an industry standard EBX ‘embedded’ board (8” x 5.75”) offering a super-set of the original SBC-GX1 features including dual 10/100base Ethernet ports, up to 32Mbytes of embedded onboard Flash memory, two additional USB 2.0 ports, hot swap CompactFlash (CF+) for I/O devices such as Wi-Fi and modem cards and a PC/104-plus expansion connector for PCI add-on modules. The SBC-GX533 still supports popular legacy features such as serial ports, printer and keyboard/mouse ports. The serial ports now operate at up to 921kbit/s and, offer deep 128byte FIFOs with automatic RTS control on the RS-422/485 port – a practical benefit when running high-speed serial communications under Windows XP. For those building user interface panels, the board also includes a 4 wire analog resistive touchscreen interface and has direct support for TFT flat panel displays. 
 
2006 will be dominated by the requirements for the European RoHS Directive (Restriction on the use of certain Hazardous Substances), a supply Directive that applies to certain types of electronic equipment. If you supply products such as set-top-boxes or PC compatible solutions used purely as general purpose IT equipment, then you will need to achieve RoHS compliance. The SBC-GX533 product has been designed to embrace the requirements of the Directive. However, Arcom will also offer a board option manufactured using lead based solder for industry sectors which can not accept lead-free solder, such as military systems or which fall outside the RoHS Directive such as control and monitoring, medical and communications infrastructure equipment. 
 
To simplify your system integration, the SBC-GX533 is offered with Development Kits and ‘board support packages’ for Windows CE 5.0, Windows XP Embedded, and embedded Linux as well as a rugged industrial compact enclosure (ICE) for complete system solutions.  
 
Link to product information: http://www.arcom.com/pc104-geode-gx533.htm 
 
 
AMD and Geode are trademarks or registered marks of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.  
 
 
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.