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Flexible I/O expansion with long-term availability

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WITH the new PCI-956 slot SBC, Kontron Embedded Computers, represented in Australia by Dominion Electronics Pty Ltd , has introduced a new, PICMG 1.0 compatible board, equipped with Intel Pentium M 760 and the mobile Intel 915 GM Express chipset.

This board's features include its energy-saving design, assured long-term availability and the CRT and LVDS graphics based on the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 architecture integrated into the chipset.

The Celeron M 320 with 1.3GHz is offered as an alternative to the Intel Pentium M with 2.13GHz. The SO-DIMM slot manages up to 2GB of DDR2-SDRAM.

Available interfaces include six USB 2.0 ports, fast Ethernet, two serial ports and one parallel port.

Additional interfaces can be implemented as needed by the customer via the mini-PCI connector.

Storage media are connected by four fast SATA150 and two UltraDMA/33/66/100 EIDE interfaces, as well as an optional CompactFlash adapter.

Besides industrial applications, the board is suitable for data communications, data storage, server applications, image processing and medical industries.

A variety of in-house expansion assemblies are available for the mini-PCI slot, ranging from Dual Ethernet, FireWire, and WLAN to Bluetooth and analogue modems and SCSI adapters, which makes the customer-specific design of the slot SBC particularly flexible.

The PICMG 1.0-compliant full-size slot SBC communicates via passive backplanes with expansion assemblies over the PCI (32 bit/33 MHz) and ISA busses. Software support is offered for Windows XP, XP Server and 2000, as well as Linux.

The PCI-956 has an almost identical feature set to the PCI-955, which was introduced early in 2005 but the 64bit/66Mhz PCI, Gigabit-Ethernet, DVI and audio functions, which are still rather expensive, were left out in order to be able to offer the high processor performance at a reasonable price. Therefore, if this assembly reaches the limits of its performance, there is an alternative already available.

PICMG 1.0-compliant CPU boards boast a simple system configuration, which is limited to the essential - computing power. There is no front side hot-swap or screwless mounting here.

PICMG 1.0 also works without expensive pressfit connectors for the slot board and leads the I/Os directly from the circuit board. The passive carrier board is equipped with wired or SMT connectors.

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