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PC/104 module suits apps requiring GSM/GPRS roaming

Posted: 16 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:parvus? orbitrak gsm? pc/104 module?

Parvus Corp. disclosed that that they will soon release a new PC/104 module for intelligent vehicle and airborne computing systems requiring worldwide GSM/GPRS roaming and GPS positioning.

Designed for demanding mobile communications and global positioning applications, the OrbiTrak GSM combines wireless tri-band GSM/GPRS connectivity with a low-power 12-channel parallel-tracking GPS receiver in a single, highly integrated embedded board. Measuring 3.550-by-3.775 inches, this compact, hardened telematics module is built to resist high mechanical stress, thermal shock and extended temperature operation.

Supporting full interrupt-sharing for all its serial ports, the board includes a 4-channel 16C550 UART with two RS-232 serial ports free for other devices. Board configuration is done using FlexiSet EEPROM board settings, which eliminates banks of interrupts and base address jumpers. A 16bit wide programmable digital I/O is provided to interface with other low-power digital devices, along with two automotive level digital inputs to connect to any 12V or 24V digital signals. An audio interface port for a headset is also provided in order to give maximum comfort with user voice communications. A standard SIM card can be installed into the board's onboard locking cardholder.

The OrbiTrak GSM is expected to become available by late Q2 or early Q3. Pricing will be between $298 and $398 each in volume orders of 100 units or more. Two versions will be offered: GSM only or GPS/GSM combo.

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