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PXI Embedded Controllers

The PXI-8104 and PXI-8183 embedded controllers from National Instruments (Austin, TX) are suitable for applications including consumer electronics, automotive, semiconductor, telecommunications, aerospace, and defense. The PXI-8104 is an Intel Celeron M 440 processor-based embedded controller for use in PXI and CompactPCI systems. The PXI-8104 controller has a 1.86 GHz processor and dual-channel 533 MHz DDR2 memory.

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COM Express Embedded Modules

VIA Technologies (Taipei, Taiwan) has extended their embedded board portfolio to include COM Express™ modules. Measuring 95mm x 125mm, COM Express is an industry standard embedded form factor developed by the PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group). The COM Express specification integrates core CPU, chipset, and mem ory on the mod - ule, providing support for extensive con - nectivity options, in - cluding USB, audio, graphics, and Ether - net, through boardto- board connectors to an I/O baseboard.

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VPX SerDes Test Modules

Elma Electronics Inc. (Fremont, CA) has released the SerDes Test Modules for VPX systems. The modules are being offered in partnership with DFT Microsystems, a leader in high-density test solutions for highspeed semiconductor device interfaces. The SerDes modules are designed to plug into VPX backplanes and directly test the channel compliance. They can be used to test VPX switch and node cards and/or the backplane channels without requiring external equipment or special test fixtures.

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EPIC and EBX Enclosures

WinSystems (Arlington, TX) has released the ENC-EPXG- 1000 enclosure for EPIC (Embedded Platform for Industrial Computers) and the ENC-EBC-G-1000 enclosure for EBX single board computer (SBC) systems. They are designed for embedded applications requiring mounting inside NEMA boxes, OEM machinery, wiring closets, equipment rooms, and other areas where it is necessary to protect an EPIC or EBX Single Board Computer system with PC/104 expansion. The enclosures are made from rustproof, lightweight aluminum. Aluminum is non-combustible, non-magnetic, non-sparking, non-toxic, recyclable, and thermally conductive to dissipate component heat.

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Core2 Duo COM Express Module

Ampro Computers Inc. (San Jose, CA) has released a computer- on-module (COM) based on Intel's Core2 Duo processor and GME965 chipset. The COM 840 integrates a single- or dual-core processor, Ram, graphics, networking, and PCI Express expansion in a 3.7 × 4.5-inch module that operates from - 40 to +85°C. The COM 840 has a 1.66Hz Intel® Core2 Duo L7500 processor with 4 MB of on-chip L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB (front side bus), and two SODIMM sockets for up to 4 GB of DDR2 RAM.

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EPIC Single Board Computer

Diamond Systems (Mountain View, CA) has announced Neptune, an ultra-high-integration EPIC form factor single board computer that combines state-of-the-art CPU and I/O technology with Diamond Systems' high accuracy data acquisition circuitry on a single board. Neptune offers up to 2GB of DDR/DDR2 DRAM via SODIMM and provides a PC/104-Plus interface for expansion, supporting both PCI and ISA. Software support is provided for Windows XP, Linux, Windows CE, and Diamond Systems' Universal Driver programming software for the data acquisition circuitry.

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Quad- and Dual-Core Processors

Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) has released new processors with extended seven-year lifecycle support, a new chipset, and a carrier-grade server. The processors are based on Intel's high-k, metal gate transistor formula and manufactured on the company's 45-nanometer process. The processors include the Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 5400 Series and the Dual-Core Intel "Xeon" processor 5200 series.

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New Embedded Form Factor

Congatec AG (Deggendorf, Germany) and SECO (Arezzo, Italy) have jointly created a new form factor for embedded computing. The Qseven format will complement the low power and small size of next-generation embedded processors built using 45nm technology. The Qseven format offers high-performance computing power delivered in a board measuring just 70mm × 70mm

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Networked Intelligent Display and Serial-to-Ethernet Modules

Luminary Micro (Austin, TX) has released communications modules and reference design kits for Ethernet-enabled display applications and serial- to-Ethernet communications applications. The compact networked Intelligent Display Module (MDL-IDM) offers a complete graphical touch-screen user interface solution for control, automation, and instrumentation. Featuring a 2.8-in. QVGA 16-bit color LCD resistive touch panel display and a Power- over-Ethernet (PoE) capability, the Stellaris MDLIDM offers a simple method to produce intelligent terminals that can be simultaneously powered and network-connected by a single CAT5 Ethernet cable. The module can also be powered with a standard 24 V DC power supply or through 5 V DC terminals.

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Separation Kernel and Embedded Hypervisor

LynuxWorks (San Jose, CA) unveiled the LynxSecure 2.0, its next-generation separation kernel and embedded hypervisor. LynxSecure 2.0 virtualizes the underlying hardware to enable multiple different operating systems (OS) to co-exist on the same platform. Consolidating heterogeneous OS environments reduces hardware costs and allows for easier reuse of legacy software.

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