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Compact, rugged industrial PC runs Linux

Nov 29, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Adlink Technology has added a high-end member to its GEME (General Embedded Machine Engine) line of PC-compatible embedded controllers. The GEME-5000 supports Linux, and targets applications that require continuous operation and remote control, such as machine tools and digital video capture, according to… the company.

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The GEME-5000 is equipped with a low voltage Pentium M processor, clocked at either 1.1GHz or 1.4GHz, and can be fitted with up to 1 GB of DDR333 SDRAM. Adlink notes that its GEME controllers feature front panel access to all input/output connectors, for easy installation and maintenance. The expandable enclosure design can accommodate one PMC module and up to three PC/104 modules.

Adlink lists the following key features and specifications for the GEME-5000:

  • Processor — low voltage Pentium M at 1.1 or 1.4 GHz
  • Chipset — 855GME + ICH4
  • Memory — up to 1 GB DDR333 SDRAM
  • Display:
    • VGA out, up to 1600 x 1200 in 32-bit color
    • up to 64 MB video memory shared with main memory
  • Storage — choice of CompactFlash or 2.5-inch HDD
  • I/O ports:
    • 10/100 Ethernet
    • 2 USB 2.0
    • 2 serial, 1 RS232, 1 RS232/422/485
    • 2 IEEE 1394 Firewire
    • Parallel printer port
    • PS/2 keyboard and mouse
    • AC97 audio — mic in, speaker out
  • Expansion:
    • PMC socket
    • PC/104 expansion for up to 3 modules
  • Power:
    • standard — 100 to 220 VAC
    • optional — 10 to 30 VDC
  • Dimensions — 7.2 x 5.5 x 3.75 inches (183 x 140 x 95 mm)

Adlink says it offers a range of both PMC and PC/104 expansion modules for the GEME series including digital I/O, motion control, and video capture functions.

In addition to Linux, the GEME series also supports Windows CE and XPe, according to the company.


The GEME-5000 appears to be available now. Pricing was not disclosed.

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