Parvus Corporation has announced it will soon release a PCI-104 form factor Single Board Computer (SBC), the SpacePC 8500, designed with a low voltage 400MHz Intel Celeron Processor and Intel 815E chipset.
Offering very low power consumption, the 8500 Series CPU does not require any fan cooling and is, according to parvus, especially suited for embedded aerospace, defense, and transportation applications.
Conforming to the new PCI-only architecture of the PC/104 specification (known as PCI-104), the SpacePC 8500 Series is said to take advantage of a high speed PCI bus in a small rugged form factor. This embedded CPU module measures only 3.550 inches x 3.775 inches (90x96mm) in size and integrates a host of onboard peripherals.
Standard features include four USB ports, one Fast Ethernet interface (10/100Mbps), two RS-232 Serial ports, one Parallel port, one Floppy port, one VGA interface, LVDS LCD/Flat panel interface, one AC97 Bus, Auxiliary Power, Keyboard and Mouse connectors and an Ultra DMA IDE controller that supports any type of IDE Flash devices (DiskonModule, CompactFlash and Flash Disk).
The 8500 Series is compatible with Windows CE, XP Embedded, Linux, QNX Neutrino, and VxWorks operating systems. A preinstalled ROM-DOS OS kernel, along with the system BIOS, comes installed in the board’s 1MB Flash EPROM to facilitate rapid customer implementation. A SODIMM memory socket is installed onboard to support PC100-133 SDRAM.
The SpacePC 8500 is expected to be in stock by late 2004. Prospective customers can pre-order now. The board with 256MB of SDRAM starts at $599/each in volume orders of 100+ units.