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PISA SBC powered by latest Intel mobile chips

Jul 26, 2004 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 5 views

Taiwan Commate Computer Inc (Commell) is shipping a half-sized PCI-ISA SBC (single board computer) available with fast and low-voltage versions of Intel's Pentium M and Celeron M processors. The HS-870P PISA board runs Linux and targets tough environment applications with high performance and low power requirements.

(Click for larger view of Commell's HS-870P)

The HS-870P PISA card is intended for use in PCI-ISA systems, also sometimes called “PISA” systems. PISA systems use simple, robust, backplane boards that have extremely low failure rates, since they do little more than route PCI and ISA buses and power. All complex system components likely to break or become obsolete are implemented on removable boards similar in form-factor to PCI or ISA cards, which can be removed and replaced very quickly.

According to Commell, the HS-870P board includes a highly integrated, low power, high performace chipset optimized to support Intel Pentium M processors running up to 2 GHz and Celeron M processors running above 1.5GHz. The HS-870P also supports low- and ultra-low-voltage versions of Intel's mobile processors, the company says, which it says are the best choice for tough environments.

The HS-870P's chipset is based on Intel's 82855GME and 82801DB chips, with integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2 supporting dual independent single- or dual-channel 24-bit LVDS panel displays and up to 64MB of dynamic video memory for resolutions up to UXGA (1600 x 1200). The board has a 400MHz frontside bus, and supports up to 1GB of ECC/non-ECC DDR333/266/200 memory in a 1 x 184 pin DIMM.

Onboard peripheral interfaces include floppy, PS/2 keyboard and mouse, 2 x RS232C, 1 x printer port, UltraATA 100 EIDE, and IrDA. Networking is provided by an Intel 82540EM 100/1000 Ethernet LAN. The board also offers two USB 2.0 ports, integrated Realtek ALC201A AC97 3D Audio, and a Type-II CompactFlash socket.

The board requires 5- and 12-volt DC power, and can operate between 32 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit (0 – 60 degrees C), Commell says.

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