Arcom Debuts SBC-GX1 Development Kit with Windows XP Embedded Support

7/9/2004 - Arcom has integrated even more of the rich features of Windows XP Embedded into the Development Kit for the 300MHz SBC-GX1 embedded PC. Arcom’s award-winning Development Kit strategy has consistently allowed customers to quickly develop and demonstrate Windows Embedded-based applications using a reliable reference platform. You don’t need Windows Embedded Studio to build an operating system image, you just download your application and go.

The SBC-GX1 Development Kit for XP Embedded includes a comprehensive build of XP Embedded pre-installed onto a 512Mbyte CompactFlash memory card. The Development Kit includes the service pack 1 (SP1) update which offers the full benefits of the .NET Framework (v1.1), support for Visual Studio 2003, remote debugging and the latest security fixes. Windows XP Embedded also includes the Enhanced Write Filter, a feature which reduces the wear on your CompactFlash card by overlaying a copy of the spare CF space into main RAM. Accesses to your CF card are re-routed to main memory creating a safer and more reliable environment for deeply embedded systems. This feature can instantly be switched on and off from the desktop or directly by your application.

The Development Kit also includes a smaller ready built image suitable for lower cost CompactFlash cards and applications requiring fewer resources. This means you don’t need to use Windows Embedded Studio and Target Designer to start building powerful Windows Embedded applications. The Development Kit bundles the SBC-GX1 single board computer fitted with 256Mbytes of DRAM, AC PSU, mouse, full cable set, Quickstart Manual, Development Kit CD, USB/CF programming adapter, and an optional NEC 6.5” TFT color LCD module and analog touchscreen are also available.

The SBC-GX1 is an EBX format (5.75” x 8”) single board computer powered by the popular 300MHz AMD Geodeä GX1 processor and is targeted for fanless applications. The board offers graphics accelerated CRT and TFT flat panel support (and DSTN using the DC1 module), 10/100baseTx Ethernet, four serial ports (RS-232/RS-422/RS-485) and a general purpose digital I/O port. Expansion is achieved using a regular PCI slot, the CompactFlash socket or the industry standard PC/104 bus.

“The 300MHz SBC-GX1 is ideal for dedicated XP Embedded applications which require long lifetime, fanless, processor boards with operating conditions up to 60°C. Over the last two years, a large number of OEM customers have selected this combination because of the flexibility of running Windows XP based applications in a solid state embedded environment” said Glen Middleton, managing director of Arcom. “The Arcom Development Kit for SBC-GX1 has now been included into our regular testing procedures for Windows XP Embedded,” said Todd Brix, group product manager of the Microsoft Mobile and Embedded Devices Division. “The Windows XP Embedded product development team invests significant resources in hardware testing and compatibility to ensure that our customers can rapidly build, optimize and bring to market their embedded systems.”

Arcom is a Gold level member of the Microsoft Windows Embedded Partner program ( and is committed to the support of Windows CE .NET and Windows XP Embedded technologies to achieve rapid development for customer applications. The WEP Gold level was established to enable customers to identify best-of-class companies who have demonstrated excellence in building and enabling Windows Powered solutions.

Arcom has a dedicated team of Windows embedded engineers located in Kansas City and Cambridge who are focused on new product development using the latest embedded Microsoft operating systems. This technical resource is also used as a Design Service to provide optimized implementations of Windows CE .NET and XP Embedded, and to support customer specific driver/application requirements. As a manufacturer Arcom can support customers in the rapid deployment of Windows Embedded systems straight from the production line.

About Arcom (
Arcom, a Spectris company (LSE: SXS.L), is a leading supplier of embedded computer and communications technology to industry. Founded in 1982, Arcom has developed a broad range of standard embedded hardware and software solutions for control, data acquisition and data delivery systems. From its design centers in Kansas City (US) and Cambridge (UK), Arcom is also able to offer Design Services to meet the needs of high volume OEM and specialized customer requirements.

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