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Celeron-based controller has eight-bit digital I/O

Aug 18, 2010 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Aaeon announced an Intel Celeron-based system controller that includes 8-bit digital I/O, four serial ports, and dual video outputs. The GES-3300F includes a 1.86GHz Celeron M440 CPU, a CompactFlash slot and 2.5-inch drive bay, plus six USB 2.0 ports, the company says.

Aaeon's GES-3300F is a fanless box PC at heart, but — like the company's recent, Atom-powered FES-5120 — achieves "system controller" status courtesy of its 8-bit digital I/O, accessible via front-panel connectors. Targeting applications such as transportation, the device offers both VGA and DVI-D connectors, though its video output is described as "single view."

The GES-3300F is said to use Intel's Celeron M 400, clocked at 1.86GHz. Introduced in 2006, this CPU has a 27-Watt TDP and is somewhat surprising to find in a new design, but Aaeon is nonetheless able to tout fanless operation and compliance with Energy Star standards for its device.

According to Aaeon, the GES-3300F further employs Intel's 945GME northbridge and ICH7M southbridge. Two DIMM slots accept up to 4GB of 400/533/667MHz DDR2 memory, while mass storage is provided by both a CompactFlash slot and a bay that's compatible with 2.5-inch, SATA hard disk drives, the company says.

Aaeon's GES-3300F
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Apart from the digital I/O connectors, the device's front panel includes two USB 2.0 ports, says Aaeon. The rear panel (above), meanwhile, includes two gigabit Ethernet ports, four serial ports (three RS232, one RS232/422/485), four more USB 2.0 ports, audio jacks (mic in, line out), and two PS/2 ports, in addition to the video outputs that have already been mentioned.

Aaeon says the GES-3300F includes a watchdog timer and hardware monitoring of temperature and voltage. Operating range is said to be from 32 to 113 deg. F (0 to 45 deg. C) when an industrial SSD is used for storage.

Features and specifications listed for the GES-3300F include:

  • Processor — Intel Celeron M400 clocked at 1.86GHz
  • Chipset — 945GME northbridge and ICH7M southbridge
  • Memory — up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM via two SODIMM slots
  • Storage — bay for 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drive
  • Expansion — CompactFlash slot
  • Networking — two gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Other I/O:
    • 4 x serial (3 x RS232, 1 x RS232/422/485)
    • 8-bit digital I/O
    • 1 x VGA
    • 1 x DVI-D
    • 6 x USB 2.0 (2 front, 4 rear)
    • audio — mic in and line out
    • 2 x PS/2
  • Power supply — 12VDC
  • Operating range — 32 to 113 deg. F (0 to 45 deg. C) with SSD
  • Dimensions — 10.62 x 9.84 x 1.96 inches (270 x 250 x 50mm)
  • Weight — 6.6 pounds (3kg)

Further information

Operating system support was not cited, but the GES-3300F's familiar processor and chipset should allow it to run most, if not all, x86 operating systems. Aaeon did not cite pricing, but the device appears to be available now.

Further information may be found on the Aaeon website, here.

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