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Fanless EBX SBC bakes, freezes, runs Linux

Sep 28, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

WinSystems has introduced a fanless EBX-format single-board computer (SBC) that operates from -40 to +70 degrees C and is available with a customized embedded Linux distribution. The “PC-compatible,” Celeron-based EBC-855-G targets reliability-oriented applications such as MIL/COTS, industrial automation, medical equipment,… communications, security, and outdoor transaction terminals, according to the company.

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The EBC-855-G is based on an ultra-low-power Celeron processor, clocked at 1 GHz, supports up to 1 GB of PC2700 SDRAM and up to 8 GB of CompactFlash, and also provides interfaces for hard and floppy drives. The RoHS board is built using parts designated by Intel for long-term availability in the embedded market, according to WinSystems.

The company lists the following key features and specifications for the EBC-855-G:

  • Processor — ultra-low-power Celeron, Dothan core
  • Chipset — 855GME + ICH4
  • Memory — up to 1 GB PC2700 SDRAM
  • Storage:
    • up to 8 GB CompactFlash
    • support for hard and floppy disk drives
  • Display — VGA and dual channel LVDS video out, resolution not specified
  • I/O ports:
    • 10/100 Ethernet with boot on LAN
    • 4 USB 2.0
    • 4 serial
    • AC97 audio, 5.1 codec
    • PS/2 keyboard and mouse
    • parallel port
    • GPIO — 48 bits input, output, or output with readback
  • Expansion:
    • miniPCI
    • PC/104
    • PC/104-Plus
  • Wireless — 802.11 miniPCI module
  • Power — +5V, 2.1A typical with 1 GB of DDR SDRAM installed

In addition to Linux, the board also supports Windows XP Embedded and Windows CE, and popular real-time OSes such as QNX and VxWorks, WinSystems says.

Price and availability

The board is immediately available, and has a quantity-one price of $595, according to the company.

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