American Predator Unveils Captor M Industrial Low-Power PCI-ISA SBC

11/24/2004 - American Predator Corporation (APC) announced the specifications of the Captor MTM single board computer (SBC). This new design is a full-size PICMG compliant CPU card (4.53"x13.3", standard 1.0 rev02), and supports low-power Pentium® M and Celeron® M processors. These processors allow the Captor M to run at a fraction of the wattage of standard processor based SBC’s. The Intel® Pentium® M and Celeron® M processors also enable the Captor M to be cooled by a low-profile heat sink and fan. This significantly reduces the amount of horizontal space the SBC takes up in the backplane and allows usage of expansion card slots that would normally be blocked by a larger standard processor fan.

The Captor M features the Intel® 855GME chipset, which offers integrated Intel® Extreme Graphics 2 technology, optional LVDS with backlight support, AC’97 sound, and a host of standard I/O features. The chipset supports 400MHz front side bus, and allows up to 2GB of DDR 333/266 SDRAM. Network connectivity is available through one (1) 10/100 ethernet, which can be factory upgradeable to one (1) 1Gb controller. There is also an option for a second 10/100 or 1Gb ethernet.

The Captor M features two edge connectors that plug into an industry-standard PCI-ISA passive backplane. This standard allows multiple systems to run in a single enclosure, ideal for applications such as: networking, telephony, robotics, automation and industrial.

"Our Captor M is a highly efficient, low-profile, low-thermal card," said Ed Trevis, President and CEO of American Predator.

"Manageable thermals, a space-saving footprint and integrated graphics and sound, make this SBC a powerful embedded solution. Our customers can rest easy knowing that every Captor M SBC has passed rigorous internal testing procedures and is backed by one of the industry’s longest production guarantees. The Captor M continues our commitment to supplying longevity, consistency, and reliability to the industrial market.”

All American Predator products are specifically engineered to operate under diverse environmental ranges and are subject to an extended burn-in process and stringent internal testing procedures. All products are designed and manufactured in an ISO 9001:2000 environment and backed by a five (5) to eight (8) year production life cycle guarantee.

American Predator's experienced engineering team will customize the Captor M for the specific requirements of its customers.

For more information, or to request an evaluation kit, call us toll free at (888) 776-7896 or Email

About the PICMG PCI-ISA Standard
The PCI-ISA Standard was developed by PICMG member companies to adapt desktop PCI standards for industrial applications.

The PCI-ISA standard moves all of the components normally located on a motherboard to a single plug-in card. Looking much like a standard ISA or PCI card, a PCI-ISA CPU card has two edge connectors on it - one for the PCI bus and one for the ISA bus. The "motherboard" is replaced with a simple "passive backplane" that has only connectors soldered to it. This backplane is simple and robust, with a very low likelihood of failure.

Passive backplane systems have several advantages. First, they are more maintainable than a motherboard system and have a much lower mean time to repair (MTTR). Second, it is easy to upgrade to a newer and faster processor if desired. Third, passive backplane CPU's are generally manufactured to provide configuration control and longer product lifetimes than those typical of the desktop world.

More information on the standard can be found at

About American Predator Corporation
American Predator Corporation is a complete source of long-life controllers for embedded applications. Our product line also includes single board computers, industrial rackmount systems, peripherals and custom engineering services. American Predator products are designed, developed and manufactured in the USA with true document and revision control. Each product carries a written five (5) to eight (8) year production life cycle guarantee. This longevity will reduce your production costs, and lower engineering, testing and certification costs. American Predator has over 10 years of experience in developing on the Intel® processor platform. We are a member of the Intel® Communications Alliance and a ISO 9001:2000 certified company.

American Predator Corporation is an Affiliate Member with the Intel® Communications Alliance, a community of communications and embedded developers and solution providers. For more information, please visit

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