GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has announced that, in future, key products in its range of small form factor embedded computing solutions designed for a range of industrial applications will carry the assurance of extended availability.
Selected platforms including the recently announced bCOM2-L1000 Type 2 Com Express module and the sATX-Q35-ER ATX single board computer will optionally be obtainable for up to five years under the terms of the long term availability program.
This, together with a version control program, will mean that customers need not re-qualify these platforms as a result of changes in the underlying hardware and firmware.
The assurance of continuing availability is made possible by the careful selection of components and subsystems that have a high degree of likelihood of remaining in production over the long term. Where changes are unavoidable, customers will have the option of being advised – and having the opportunity to veto – any modifications ahead of time.
The sATX-Q35-ER is GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms’ ATX platform, designed to enable optimum solutions for a wide range of applications. The sATX-Q35-ER is an ATX single board computer with PCI Express and PCI expansion slots, and features a choice of Intel's Core 2 Quad or Core 2 Duo processors; up to 8 Gigabytes of DDR2 on-demand memory; two Gigabit Ethernet ports; twelve USB ports; two COM ports; a choice of SATA or IDE storage devices; and a wide range of multimedia implementations via the PCI Express x16 expansion slot. The sATX-Q35-ER also offers support for various RAID levels.
The previously announced bCOM2-L1000 is GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms’ COM Express platform, and is designed for applications including industrial, simulation/training, test and measurement, gaming and transportation. The bCOM2-L1000 offers a choice of Intel Core2 Duo, Core Duo or Celeron processors with up to 2 Gigabytes of memory, and is supported by the CCAR-L1000 carrier board for customer evaluation of the bCOM2-L1000.
The choice of three processors allows users to select an appropriate option depending on the power/heat dissipation and performance characteristics of the intended application. The Celeron M option, which sees the processor soldered to the board for even greater reliability, is specifically designed for temperature-critical environments.
Two serial ATA ports and an IDE port provide the bCOM2-L1000 with the ability to handle extensive, high performance hard disk storage.
Optimum graphics performance for the bCOM2-L1000 is provided via integrated analogue CRT and LVDS interfaces, DVMT 3.0, Intel’s Dual-Frequency Graphics Technology (which reduces integrated graphics chipset power) and dual independent display pipes.
The ATX form factor CCAR-L1000 complements the bCOM2-L1000 with a single x16 PCI Express slot, two x1 slot and four PCI 2.3 slots. Rear panel interfaces include mouse/keyboard, serial, Ethernet, USB, VGA and audio, while onboard support additionally includes a parallel interface, CD-in, S/PDIF in/out and IrDA. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms is represented in Australia and New Zealand by Metromatics .