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THE newest member of Moxa's embedded computer technology, the UC-7408, will be available in September. The UC-7408 is an Intel Xscale RISC based, front-end embedded computer with a robust, fanless, and low power consumption design. It features 8 digital input and 8 digital output channels, 8 RS-232/422/485 serial ports, dual 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, PCMCIA, and CF expansion slot.

The new DI/DO feature of UC-7408 provides users with the convenience of connecting their digital devices to a front-end embedded computer. It can be used for on/off event handling by reading the state change of the digital input signal. Output signals from external digital devices can be imported into UC-7408's DI channels. The device can be programmed to take immediate action when it detects a change in the signal state.

The DO channels on UC-7408 can connect to devices and trigger digital output signals to control external digital devices. The new DI/DO feature will let Moxa embedded computers support both data acquisition and protocol conversion via the RS-232/422/485 serial ports, and simple I/O control with the DI/DO signal.

The UC-7408 is suitable for industrial automation, manufacturing, and applications that integrate serial communication and digital I/O signal control.

The UC-7408 comes with a Linux-ready platform that has a pre-configured Linux OS with optimised onboard device drivers. Linux's open software architecture is good for developing application software. Linux provides the system integrator and programmer with the option of developing their own application programs, and software written for desktop PCs can be easily ported to the UC-7408 platform by using a GNU cross compiler, without needing to modify the code.

The ultra low power consumption CPU (less than 2W) makes UC-7408 a high performance device that won't overheat.

The 2 LAN ports with built-in IXP-422 provides a more reliable redundant network application, and hardware encryption (DES, 3DES, AES, etc.) gives your applications better security protection and higher performance.

The UC-7408 series comes equipped with 8 RS-232/422/485 3-in-1 software configurable serial ports for various device connections, giving an ample number of serial ports for any application.

The device features a robust design for harsh environments. It uses an on-board flash for storage and CF for storage expansion, and with the RISC IXP-422 CPU, which generates almost no heat, no fan is needed to cool down the system, providing a more reliable system.

With UC-7408's wireless-ready design, the wireless PCMCIA card can be added to make use of the wireless connection. Both 802.11b and 802.11g are supported, eliminating the complications of using wired network connections.

Features include:

* Intel Xscale IXP-422 266MHz processor

* On-board 128MB RAM, 32MB Flash Disk

* Eight RS-232/422/485 serial ports

* 8-ch digital input, 8-ch digital output (TTL level)

* Dual 10/100Mbps Ethernet

* Optional PCMCIA/CompactFlash/Wireless LAN expansion

* Linux-ready communication platform

* Wall mounting installation

* Robust fanless design.

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