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Aaeon, an industrial PC manufacturer, has launched the Epic-5537 board, which has the option of wide temperature support.

Operating temperature support of -20C to +70C is available on the Epic-5537W1.

This Epic board satisfies the increasing embedded market demands for robust environments and completes the wide-temperature product line, according to the company.

The Epic-5537 deploys an onboard AMD Geode LX800 processor and incorporates the CS5536 chipset along with 256Mb of onboard DDR memory at 333MHz (with the option to increase its RAM to 512Mb of memory).

The Ethernet chipset is the Intel 82551ER for the standard 0C to +60C offering or the Intel 82551IT for the Epic-5537W1.

It supports two 10/100Base-TX Ethernet connections to provide a faster network communication.

For extra expansion interfaces, the Epic-5537 equips a PCI/104+ (PCI-104 and PC/104) interface on the board.

This model is equipped with one SATA, one EIDE and one Compactflash connector for storage.

Tony Huang, product manager of Aaeon’s Embedded Computing division, said: ‘The size of Epic is bigger than the 3.5in [8.9cm] Subcompact Board but is smaller than the standard embedded motherboard.

‘It can integrate the full functions that motherboards equip into a smaller form factor.

‘Moreover, the feature of wide temperature makes Epic-5537W1 a reliable Epic CPU board.

‘Most of the rigid applications require onboard CPU and a wide-ranging operating temperature,’ he added.

The Epic-5537 supports CRT-/LCD-simultaneous/dual-view displays.

The display controller deploys AMD LX series and TI SN75LVDS83 with shared system memory up to 254Mb.

The LCD interface features up to 24-bit single-channel LVDS/TTL LCD for a high-quality display function.

The Epic-5537 also offers flexible input/output (I/O) interfaces, such as two COM ports, four USB2.0 ports, one keyboard/mouse port and 8-bit programmable digital I/O.

The Epic-5537’s audio function uses the AC97 2.0 Codec for two-channel audio and features line-in, line-out, mic-in and CD-in, making the board suitable for multimedia or other interactive applications.

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