Arcom Control Systems has released a single board computer, designed for use in high volume and cost sensitive applications where networking capabilities are required, especially in the industrial control sector.
Arcom claims its Merlin product provides on-board Ethernet at a reduced cost. It is based on the 25MHz 386EX CPU from Intel and features three serial ports, debug port, 10baseT Ethernet, 2MB DRAM, 1MB Flash, up to 512K battery backed SRAM. There is also an on-board 8-18VDC power supply.
The board has been designed to meet European CE standards and is supplied as standard with Internet protocol and network communications software pre-installed in flash memory.
The Merlin with 2MB DRam and 1MB flash is £160 in OEM quantities