MPL AG (Dättwill, Switzerland) announced that it is now offering QNX support for its PIP20 and PIP22 embedded computers with Core 2 Duo processors. Triadem Solutions AG (Biel, Switzerland), the official QNX distributor in Switzerland, has developed QNX 6.4.1 & 6.5.0 board-support packages for MPL’s PIP20 platform boards. QNX Photon provides a graphical user interface. The QNX BSP also supports Ethernet, USB, serial ports, PS/2 ports, as well as IDE and SATA ports for mass storage modules or drives.

MPL’s PIP platform offers a complete computer on a 270mm x 160mm board without any additional wiring. The processor and SDRAM chips are soldered directly to the board, and the passive cooling system allows the board to be operated under full load from -40°C up to +75°C. The unit is well suited for extreme conditions (cold, heat, vibration, shock, low maintenance, etc.), and can be operated like a normal PC with standard software or real-time OS QNX. The system is also expandable through its internal expansion busses such as PC/104-Plus, PMC, PCI, and PCI-Express Minicard. Any power supply with an output voltage between 8 - 28 VDC (optional up to 48 VDC) can be used.

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