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Rugged ETX computer-on-module supports Linux

Jun 8, 2004 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Ampro Computers is shipping a computer-on-module it calls “the world's first rugged ETX module.” The ETX 700 is available with a choice of low-power Intel processors, supports Linux, and targets harsh environment medical, military, transportation, and industrial applications.

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The ETX 700 operates across an extended -40° to +85°C temperature range, and provides high resistance to vibration and shock, and humid and corrosive conditions, according to Ampro. It is available with a conformal coating. The module uses a board 50 percent thicker than normal, to resist flexing during installation on a baseboard. It also uses extra copper, to smoothly dissipate heat.

Features and specifications of the ETX 700 include:

  • Processor options:
    • 933 MHz low voltage Pentium III
    • 650 MHz low voltage Celeron

    • 400 MHz ultra low voltage Celeron

  • Memory — Up to 512MB SDRAM, up to 512KB level 2 cache
  • Dual PCI-bus enhanced ultra DMA 33/66/100 synchronous IDE interface supports up to four hard drives
  • AGP 4X video interface with built-in LVDS, up to 32MB UMA frame buffer, supports 1600×1200 resolution
  • Dual 10/100BaseT Ethernet
  • Other input/output ports:

    • Dual serial
    • ECP/EPP parallel
    • Floppy drive interface
    • Four USB 1.1
    • IrDA
    • PS/2 keyboard/mouse
    • AC97 sound

  • Dimensions — 95 x 114 mm ETX form-factor

“Ampro is responding to an outcry for a rugged, reliable ETX module,” explained Ampro CEO Joanne Mumola Williams.

The ETX 700 is priced at under $350 in moderate volumes. The company says it is available now for evaluation and qualification, with production volumes following in 30 days.

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