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Embedded PC geared for mission critical apps

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Extreme Rugged system? single board computer? embedded system?

RuffSystem 840

Adlink Technology Inc. has launched what it claims to be the first extreme rugged system based on the Intel Core2 Duo processor.

The Ampro by Adlink RuffSystem 840 integrates a dual-core processor, RAM, graphics, networking, and PCIe expansion in an Extreme Rugged enclosure that operates from -40C to +75C. It is designed for ruggedness and reliability in mission critical computer applications such as military, transportation monitoring and control systems, aviation and other harsh environments.

"With its high level of integration, performance, reliability, and ruggedness, the RuffSystem 840 demonstrates leadership in extreme rugged computing," said Jeff Munch, CTO. "Our customers are excited about the new rugged embedded system for use in a wide range of applications, such as military multifunction control including C4ISR, mobile vehicle positioning, navigation, rugged data acquisition and imaging devices."

Designed from the start for extreme rugged environments, RuffSystem 840 provides the low total cost of ownership while improving time-to-market by integrating rugged designed boards and validating the complete system, saving customer efforts and resources in trial and error integration and validation.

The RuffSystem 840 showcases the Intel Core2 Duo L7500 1.66GHz 45nm processor with support for 4Mbyte of on-chip L2 cache, 800MHz FSB (front side bus), and two SODIMM sockets for up to 4Gbyte of DDR2 RAM. The board's built-in graphics engine utilizes Intel's GMA X3100 with up to 384Mbyte of 64bit video RAM (DVMT4.0), and can drive CRTs, flat panels, and wide screen digital TVs at resolutions of up to 2048 x 1536 including 1920 x 1080 at 85Hz (HDTV). An onboard video encoder adds TV-out capabilities such as HDTV (420p, 720p, and 1080i), Component, and S-Video for customized solutions.

The highly-integrated RuffSystem 840 also packs a broad range of I/O, including 2Gbit Ethernet ports, four USB 2.0 channels, VGA, stereo audio, four serial ports (two supporting RS232/422/485), parallel port and one serial ATA II interface. The system also provides flexible expansion via CompactFlash socket, Mini PCIe card and Mini PCI slot.

To meet the needs of military applications, a version of the RuffSystem 840 with MIL-STD-D38999 connectors, the MilSystem 840, will be available in Q4. Both systems are designed to meet MIL-STD-810; support high shock, vibration, and humidity; and have an extended operating temperature range of -40C to 75C.

The RuffSystem 840 is available at competitive prices and supports a full range of popular embedded and desktop OS, including Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and Windows XP Professional.

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