Digital-Logic Introduces High-performance PC/104 Embedded Computer

2/24/2003 - Digital-Logic, enhancing their leading position in the market for embedded computers, presents the "MICROSPACE MSMG1SEV", an additional product of their high-performance single board computers in PC/104plus format. The new embedded PC is based on a passive cooled 300 MHz Geode GX1 processor from National Semiconductor.

The highly integrated chip includes a x86 processor core, a display controller with 2D graphics accellerator, a main memory and a PCI bus host controller. The MICROSPACE MSMG1SEV provides all common standard PC interfaces including AC97 compatbile audio functions, a 100/10Base-T LAN interface (82551ER), and two Firewire ports (IEEE1394). In addition, it is remarkable for its main memory which is expandable from 16 MB to 256 MB and its powerful graphics equipment.

The embedded computer is equipped with a SMI721 graphics controller with 4 MB video RAM. The controller offers resolutions of up to 1280 x 1024 pixels with 256 colours and enables the connection of a 36 bit LCD, VGA monitor, and TV in/output (NTSC/PAL). The video controller supports dual screen and split screen mode if two monitors are connected. Because of the fast Firewire interfaces and the powerful graphics controller the MICROSPACE MSMG1SEV is the ideal solution for DVD applications in the automotive area, POI (Points of Interest) applications, and for passenger entertainment in airplanes and trains.

Further technical features of the embedded computer are a watchdog, advanced APM and ACPI power-management functions, the operation of an external or integrated RTC battery, and EEPROM support up to 1k. In additon, the PC/104plus board includes a CompactFlash socket for the optional assembling of solid-state memories, two USB (Universal Serial Bus) interfaces and RS232 and RS485 ports at COM1 and COM2. Optionally the board can be equipped with a video input. Thanks to the low power consumption the embedded PC does not require active cooling.

The MSMG1SEV requires a 5V power supply. It runs under Windows 98/2000/XP/CE/NT and other common operating systems, such as Linux, QNX and RTXDOS. Designed for low power consumption, the MSMG1SEV typically consumes between 500mA and 1800mA and operates within the standard temperature range of 25C to +70C. If desired, it is also available for the extended temperature range of 40C to +85C.

Luterbach/Switzerland-based DIGITAL-LOGIC, one of the worlds leading companies in the embedded computer market, was established in 1992 and is involved in the development, manufacture and international marketing of highly-integrated embedded PCs. The group has subsidiaries in Germany and France, and currently employs around 100 specialist staff world-wide. DIGITAL-LOGIC has received many awards and knows how to be at the cutting edge of technology with innovative, reliable products and realises economical PC solutions for demanding applications. The ISO9001 certified company develops miniature computer systems based on the Intel architecture with x86 and Pentium processor performance. The product range comprises the standard products with embedded computer modules (smartModules) and boards (PC/104, EBX, Slot-PC), as well as customised embedded computers and MICROSPACE computer systems.

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