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MEN Micro ports Linux to SBCs

Posted: 17 Oct 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:men micro? powerpc sbc? single board computer? vmebus sbc? compactpci sbc?

MEN Micro Inc.'s PowerPC-based single-board computers (SBCs) now employ an embedded Linux OS as a platform for a wide variety of data communication and industrial SCADA applications.

The company said it has ported the ElinOS implementation of embedded Linux from Sysgo Real-Time Solutions GmbH to six products employing the PowerPC MP-C8245 Kahlua II processor. The ElinOS implementation of Linux provides a development environment with a toolset that includes compilers, linkers, debuggers, and boot strategies that are said to significantly speed up the development of applications.

"More and more designers of embedded systems are interested in implementing embedded Linux because of its compact size, growing support in the industry and its openness," said Ernest Godsey, president of MEN Micro.

Available as VMEbus or CompactPCI SBCs, or as standalone computer boxes, MEN Micro's PowerPC-based computer engines can be used as either system controllers or peripheral boards in applications requiring cost-effective computing performance. The PowerPC family come in single- and double-Eurocard formats and accommodate a wide range of I/O with sites for M-Modules, PC-MIP, and PMC mezzanine cards.

MEN Micro's SBCs use the MPC8245's 64-bit data bus and provide an SO-DIMM slot for up to 512MB of SDRAM. 2MB of Flash memory are provided for boot and application software. CompactFlash memory can also be installed for additional storage. One of the board's IDE interfaces from the Super I/O controller must be devoted to the CompactFlash socket, but a second IDE interface is available to connect to external HDDs.

Pricing starts at $1,095 for single units. Sysgo's ElinOS Development Kit is available for $1,800.

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