WinSystems Rolls Out Fastest Fanless Native x86-compatible Embedded PC

11/7/2003 - Processing speed, low power consumption, and wide operating temperature are desirable yet conflicting goals for industrial computers. WinSystems' solves this dilemma with their new EBC-C3, a highly integrated, full-featured, single board computer. This 733 MHz, EBX-sized board, offers a wide operational temperature range from -40°C to +85°C. The board runs Windows CE.NET, WindowsXP embedded, Linux and other x86-compatible operating systems such as VxWorks and QNX. Together, this provides a processor-intensive solution for demanding applications in heavy manufacturing, COTS/military, transportation, pipeline, networking, and machine control.

The EBC-C3 is based upon the 733MHz VIA (Taipei, Taiwan) fanless Eden ESP7000 processor. The VIA Eden processor is a true 6th generation, x86 architecture with a x86 native instruction set and integrated L1/L2 cache for high-performance. The ESP7000 consumes only 6 watts of Maximum Thermal Design Power and nearly 1 watt of typical power when running at a clock speed of 733 MHz. The result is that the processor can run full speed at extended temperatures without a fan. Another unique feature of the ESP7000 is that it contains the VIA Padlockä Data encryption engine to enhance the confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity of electronic data for secure communication systems.

The EBC-C3 contains a rich mix of memory and I/O functions. The board supports up to 512 MB of PC133 SDRAM in a standard 168-pin socket. Also Type I or II Compact Flash cards are supported with up to 1 GB of solid state storage. A separate 32-pin socket accepts an M-Systems (Fremont, CA) DiskOnChip flash device, SRAM or EPROM. Dual Ultra DMA 33/66/100 hard disk interfaces and a 3.5"/5.25" floppy disk controller support rotational media.

Other features include a high-performance, 4X AGP flat panel/CRT video controller with onboard LVDS for digital flat panel displays. Two, Intel 82551ER Ethernet controllers support 10/100 Mbps high-speed data transfers for networking and communications. Four RS-232 serial asynchronous serial ports are provided, two of which also support RS-422/485 levels. Finally, the board contains a root hub and four USB channels for even more serial I/O.

The SBC includes a 48-channel parallel I/O controller, LPT interface, keyboard controller, mouse, real-time clock, AC97 audio and other core logic to make the board PC/AT compatible. Plus, it has both a 16-bit PC/104 and PC/104-Plus connector to support additional expansion modules such as 802.11b wireless, modem, frame grabber, or other specialty I/O. The EBC-C3 is an EBX-compatible board that measures 5.75" x 8.0" (146mm x 203mm). It requires only +5 volts and typically draws 3.1 Amps with 256Mbytes of SDRAM.

Delivery is from stock to three weeks with a price of $695 in moderate volumes. For sales information, please list; WinSystems' Application Engineering Group at 715 Stadium Drive, Arlington, Texas 76011, (817) 274-7553 and Website

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