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BFAD product development platform utilizes Digital-logic embedded PCs

Posted: 06 Mar 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:bfad? digital logic? microprocessor development tool? embedded processor? embedded cpu?

BFAD has announced that its GETembedded! Platform will be using Digital-Logic's smartModules embedded PCs that are geared for developing and manufacturing application-oriented products in areas such as medical equipment, industrial automation, and telecommunications technology.

The GETembedded! platform combines embedded computers, embedded Linux and embedded communications on one customer-specific board to meet existing market requirements, such as the increasing demand for communication in processes, increasing power, high integration, and an open software architecture.

The company claims that the platform gives companies quick access to embedded technology, and shortens the path from technologies and standards to market-specific applications.

The credit-card format smartModules are available in various PC configurations from ELAN400 and Pentium-III, to the P5, ZF586, and Geode GX1 processors. The latest models are the SM586PC with its x86-compatible PC-on-a-chip ZFx86 and high-performance graphics, and the SMGXPC professional calculator based on the 300MHz Geode GX1 processor.

Measuring 66-by-85mm, the modules feature a work memory, which can be fitted with 2MB to 128MB of DRAM, depending on the model. The standard configuration includes interfaces for hard disks, floppy disk, keyboard, mouse, printer, and TTL ports at COM1 and COM2. Further integrated features are USB ports, an optional LAN interface, a watchdog, and advanced power-management functions.

The smartModules run under Linux, QNX and RTXDOS, as well as Windows 98/CE/NT4/2000. The standard operating-temperature range is from -25C to 60C, but can be extended to -40C to 85C.

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