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Claimed first PC/104-Express SBC announced

Nov 20, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Switzerland-based Digital-Logic has announced what is claimed to be the first SBC to use the PCI/104-Express extension to PC/104 that it co-developed with Lippert and RTD Embedded Technologies The MSM945CX, in turn, incorporates a COM… Express module based on a Core Duo L2400 processor, according to the company.

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Digital-Logic's approach replaces the original PC/104 ISA bus connector with four 1-lane and either two 4-lane or one 8-lane PCI Express connections for a total of twelve lanes. The standard PC/104-Plus 32-bit PCI bus connector remains. This is in apparent conflict with the format being considered by the PC/104 Consortium, which replaces the PCI connector with PCI Express and leaves the ISA connector.

Digital-Logic's format is also being recommended to the PC/104 Consortium, however, according to the company.

Digital-Logic lists the following key features and specifications for the MSM945CX:

  • Processor — Core Duo L2400 at 1.6 GHz
  • Memory — 256 MB to 1 GB DRAM
  • Storage:
    • 1 parallel ATA, 2 SATA
    • CompactFlash — optional
    • supports boot from FD, HD, CD, USB, or LAN
  • Display:
    • chipset — i945GM
    • video memory — 16 to 256 MB
    • two 18-bit LCD interfaces, max. resolution 1600 x 1200
    • TV out — HDTV, NTSC, PAL. Max. resolution 1024 x 768
  • I/O ports:
    • 10/100 Ethernet
    • 6 USB 2.0
    • 2 RS232
    • parallel port
    • IrDA
    • PS/2 keyboard and mouse
    • audio — AC97-HDA, 196kHz, 7.1 DTS
  • Expansion:
    • 12 lanes of PCI Express
    • 32-bit PCI bus

Digital says the MSM945CX supports Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, Linux, and other “common” operating systems.

Price and availability were not disclosed.

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