Parvus unveils fanless processor board

Parvus Corporation has unveiled its SpacePC 4200 CPU, a fanless 5×86 class PC/104-Plus processor board based around the 32-bit AMD Élan SC520 microcontroller.

Parvus Corporation has unveiled its SpacePC 4200 CPU, a fanless 5×86 class PC/104-Plus processor board based around the 32-bit AMD Élan SC520 microcontroller. The product is priced at $314/each in volume orders of 100+ units.

Operating at clock speeds of 133MHz with a typical power consumption of 4.6W, the 4200 Series module is said to integrate two 10/100MBps Fast Ethernet controllers and four serial ports (2 RS-232, 2 RS-232/422/485) to provide embedded systems in aerospace, industrial, medical, and transportation applications.

Other standard onboard peripherals include a bi-directional EPP/ECP parallel port, EIDE hard drive interface, speaker port, AT keyboard and PS/2 mouse interfaces, real-time clock, watchdog timer, and two additional 16-bit counter/timers.

To enhance reliability, the module does not require any active cooling, has no moving parts and comes equipped with 64MB of soldered SDRAM memory. Available in both standard (0 degrees C to +60 degrees C) and extended (-40 degrees C to +85 degrees C) temperature rated versions, the 4200 Series incorporates an IDE controller that supports the use of Solid State Disk (SSD) devices, such as DiskOnModule, CompactFlash, and ATA Flash drives to securely store user data in harsh environmental conditions.

This PC/104-Plus CPU module also includes drivers for both Windows and Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS), such as Linux, QNX and VxWorks. It integrates both the PC/104 (ISA) and PC/104-Plus (PCI) buses, enabling the 4200 Series to be stacked on top of other PC/104 add-on modules such as video accelerators, frame grabbers, and digital I/O boards. Its BIOS is stored in a 1MB EPROM, which comes pre-loaded with a ROM-DOS kernel to facilitate rapid implementation.

While supplies last, a limited quantity of the SpacePC 4200 CPU is available for free evaluation. Visit <A HREF=’http://www.SpacePC.com’>SpacePC</A> for more information.

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