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Geode-based EBX SBC runs fanless

Apr 5, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

VersaLogic is shipping a new EBX format single-board computer (SBC) based on a Geode LX800 processor. The RoHS-compliant “Python” SBC offers the equivalent of 800 MHz processing performance, supports reliable fanless operation, and integrates a substantial complement of onboard functions and interfaces, according to the… company.

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The Python is based on an AMD Geode LX800 processor (which dissipates less than 12W) along with AMD's Geode CS5536 companion chip. The board has a field-upgradeable embedded BIOS, supports up to 1 GB of DDR RAM, and provides four USB 2.0 ports, dual 10/100 Mbps Ethernet channels, four serial ports (two RS-232, two RS-422/485), analog- and digital-output graphics, AC97 stereo sound, and a CompactFlash socket. Other features, according to the company, include:

  • ATA-5, UDMA66 IDE interface
  • LPT parallel port supporting EPP, ECP, and SPP
  • 32 lines of TTL-level digital I/O
  • 8-channel, 12-bit analog input port
  • Three PMW outputs and tachometer inputs
  • Keyboard and mouse ports

As per the EBX specification, the Python has a PC/104-Plus expansion site, which accepts a stack of PC/104 and/or PC/104-Plus modules. In addition, however, it also contains a new, proprietary SPX expansion interface, which VersaLogic touts as “an inexpensive solution for additional I/O including analog, digital, CANbus, relay switching, and more.”

The new EBX SBC is compatible with Linux, QNX, VxWorks, and Windows CE and XP Embedded, the company said.

The Python appears to be immediately available. Pricing was not disclosed.

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