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Aitech Defense Systems has released a rugged 3U single-slot CompactPCI single-board computer (SBC) that offers up to 8GB of onboard SATA flash disk storage.

The product reduces the need for external flash-based or mechanical disk drives, making the system’s PMC site available to add user-specific I/O.

The C800 combines low-power Intel Core 2 Duo technology featuring data-processing capabilities of 1.67 or 2.20GHz and Intel’s Speedstep dynamic frequency switching that provides multiple lower power and cooling options with highly integrated on-chip L1 and L2 caches as well as the Intel GM965 Express Graphic Chipset.

The fully-featured 1.67GHz version draws as little as 30W.

The SBC features Pentium architecture, rugged configuration and power management, and industry-standard real-time operating systems or Linux, making it suitable for embedded and harsh-environment applications.

These include deeply embedded, standalone, real-time, rugged controller subsystems, Smart Grid power management and intelligent vehicle power distribution as well as networked computer-node clusters with optional man-machine (display/keyboard/mouse) interfaces.

In addition to 32kB data and 32kB on-die instruction L1 caches and 4MB L2 cache, the SBC features DDR and Flash memory arrays to provide large volatile and non-volatile memory resources to support the processor and meet the needs of specific applications.

These arrays include up to 2GB of fast DDR2 SDRAM operating at 667MHz and up to 2MB of flash Bios.

The onboard, high speed 8GB SATA Flash disk (SSD), controlled directly from an ICH8M I/O Controller Hub, hosts the operating system and application.

Additional virtual SATA SSDs can be added via the onboard PMC/SATA site or via the external USB ports.

The C800’s extensive I/O capabilities include automatic system/peripheral detection, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, two serial communication ports, two USB 2.0 interfaces, one SATA II interface, a high-definition stereo-audio output and up to eight single-ended general purpose discrete I/O channels that are independently configurable as input or output.

An industry-standard PMC slot further extends the board’s I/O functions.

The C800 SBC is available in five 100 per cent software-compatible versions, including a commercial air-cooled version for lab development, two extended temperature air-cooled formats (per PICMG 2.0 Rev.

3.0) and two extended temperature, rugged conduction-cooled formats (per ANSI/VITA 30.1-2002).

The conduction-cooled versions use a metal thermal management frame coupled with a custom heat sink for optimal heat dissipation and higher reliability.

Two temperature sensors monitor the board and provide data to the user application software.

Supported operating systems include Windows Embedded and XP Professional, Linux, Wind River Vxworks and Green Hills Integrity.

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