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Inova debuts industrial SBC

Posted: 12 Jul 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:inova computers? p4 samurai? 3u compactpci sbc? single board computer? sbc?

Inova Computers' new Pentium 4-based, flexible single-board computer incorporates communications capabilities, high-performance graphics and myriad I/O facilities, enabling it to tackle industrial computing jobs that previously required multiple computers.

Known as the P4 Samurai, the 3U CompactPCI board features a newly developed universal PCI-to-PCI bridge chip and an adaptive I/O routing scheme. It is said to offer high raw system performance using the Pentium 4's "Quad Pumped Bus" technology, enabling it to transfer four 64-bit data packs over its front-side bus rather than the one or two packets of previous CPU generations.

As a result, the board is able to fully exploit the capabilities of the latest DDR-RAM-266 memories, which command bandwidths of up to 2.16GBps.

The P4 Samurai also provides a full memory complement. The Pentium 4 processor incorporates 512KB of on-die L2 cache and the P4 Samurai board accommodates up to 512MB of soldered DDR-RAM-266, providing a basis for Linux, Solaris and Windows OS.

Additionally, an optional DDR SO-DIMM memory extension enables problem-free expansion of working memory up to a full gigabyte. A CompactFlash socket is also integrated onto the board for adding solid-state flash memory cards or to take advantage of IBM's Microdrive hard-disk technology.

On the peripheral and I/O front, the P4 Samurai delivers a full slate of interfaces and ports, including ATA 100, USB 1.1/2.0, dual 10/100 Ethernet, and VGA graphics. The board's USB controller automatically recognizes the transfer rate of attached devices and adjusts accordingly.

The single-board computer's (SBC) Ethernet and USB signals are routed to both the front panel and the CompactPCI- J2 connector. An intelligent I/O routing facility on the board automatically determines the desired route at boot-up, switching corresponding signals accordingly.

The P4 Samurai, available with four processors ranging from 1.2GHz to 2GHz, has full hot-swap capability as defined in the latest CompactPCI standard. Pricing starts at <$2,000 each in OEM quantities, with delivery of six to eight weeks.

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