Eurotech SpA. is releasing a low-power-consumption embedded 586-Enhanced Class Computer in a PC/104Plus form factor: the CPU-1420.
The CPU-1420 is an Embedded 586-class Computer in an extremely compact PC/104-Plus form factor that can be easily expanded with other PC/104 or PC/104Plus modules. The Module dimensions are: 90 mm x 96 mm (3.6? x 3.8?).
The module has a low-power-consumption core based on the AMD 520 running at 133MHz. The module can be equipped with 64 or 128 MB of SDRAM for demanding applications.
Integrated peripheral controllers are: four serial ports (two can be RS232/422/485), one bi-directional EPP/ECP parallel port, two 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet controllers, one standard IDE interface Keyboard, Mouse, 2 extra 16 bit Timers.
The Eurotech BIOS is easily customized and upgraded. It is re-programmable on-board and is located, with its extensions, in a 1 MB Flash EPROM. The BIOS needs 256KB, so 768KB are available to be used as Read-Only Disk to store the OS and the User Programs/Data. The set-up parameters are saved on the same Flash allowing the module to operate without a battery.
The module supports SSD (Solid State Disk) IDE devices such as DOM, Compact Flash and ATA Flash, that perform like standard Hard Disks, and can be used to store data in rugged conditions where standard devices cannot operate reliably. Other peripherals available on-board are: a Floppy Disk controller that is also multiplexed with the parallel port, the RTC and a Watch Dog.
With Dual Ethernet controllers and four serial ports, the CPU-1420 is particularly well suited for Communications Appliances, Protocol Converters, Routers and Gateways, especially in rugged environments.
The CPU-1420 supports several operating systems available for standard PC platforms, including: Windows 9x, Windows 2000, Windows NT, QNX, VxWorks, WinCE and Linux.
The module works with a single +5V only, and its power consumption is 4W (with 64MB of RAM), 5.5W (with 128 MB of RAM).