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Tiny mobo format gains heavyweight convert

Dec 20, 2004 — by Henry Kingman — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Kontron has thrown its weight behind the fledgling EPIC single-board computer (SBC) standard. The company joins five other prominent SBC makers — VersaLogic, WinSystems, Ampro, Micro/sys, and Octagon — in supporting EPIC (Embedded Platform for Industrial Computing), which was unveiled earlier this year.

Kontron's initial EPIC SBC, dubbed EPIC/CE, is based on a 400MHz ULV Celeron or 733MHz LV Celeron processor. It is packed with peripheral interfaces, including an onboard CRT/LCD graphics controller, dual 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports, six USB 2.0 ports, four COM ports, and an assortment of PC-style I/O ports. The SBC provides a PC/104-Plus expansion location, enabling modular system expansion.

Larger views of the EPIC-CE are available here: straight view, angled view.

Kontron lists the key specs of its new EPIC/CE SBC as follows:

  • Processor — choice of Intel 400MHz ULV Celeron (fanless) or 733MHz LV Celeron (requires CPU fan)
  • Memory — SDRAM-SODIMM socket (up to 512MB)
  • Graphics interface:
      Based on Intel 815 chipset

    • CRT and LCD display support with dual 24-bit LVDS interfaces
    • 32MB graphics memory
  • Two 10/100 BaseT Ethernet interfaces
  • Other input/output ports:
    • Six USB 2.0 ports
    • PS2 keyboard/mouse ports
    • CompactFlash expansion socket
    • Four COM ports (1 RS232; 3 RS232/422/485)
    • Printer port
    • Sound port
    • 25 programmable I/O lines
    • EIDE hard drive interface

The EPIC/CE will ship within a few weeks, according to Kontron.

Read our news item about the introduction of EPIC for further details on that standard.

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