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Sep 27, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Taiwan-based embedded networking device vendor Artila Electronics has announced a new programmable automation controller targeting facility management, remote device monitoring, building automation, and machine control. The iPAC-5010 is powered by a 180MHz ARM9 core, and comes with Linux and a GNU toolchain.

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The iPAC-5010 is based on Artila's own M-501 “system-on-module.” The M-501 integrates a 180MHz ARM9-based AT91RM9200 MCU (microcontroller unit) with 32MB of RAM, 16MB of flash, and an Ethernet PHY.

Artila M-501 diagram
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The iPAC-5010 module's baseboard integrates a wide-range (9-40VDC) power supply, dual Ethernet and USB ports, balanced and unbalanced serial ports, a console input port, and one bank each of digital inputs and outputs, according to the company. Storage can be expanded using USB flash disks, or via an SD card slot.

Anatomy of the iPAC-5010
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On the software side, the iPAC-5010 comes pre-installed with a Linux 2.6 kernel, busybox, the boa webserver, telnet, pppd, snmpd, inetd, ftpd, sshd, iptables, and glibc C libraries. The device is also supplied with a GNU C/C++ toolchain.

The iPAC-5010 appears to be available now. Pricing was not disclosed.

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