Microcross Adds USB Host and PCI Support to Au1550 GX-Linux Platform

12/1/2005 - Microcross, Inc. and Cogent Computer Systems, Inc. complete their unified embedded Linux strategy for the CSB655, Ultra-small Single Board Computer (uSBC), by adding complete support for USB Host and PCI interface to the Au1550 GX-Linux Platform. The Au1550 is designed for low-power, low-cost, high performance products for industrial automation, telematics, medical applications, etc.

The GX-LinuxTM Professional Platform comprises the following components:

"The GX-LinuxTM CSB655 development kit is unique in that this board support package offers dual Ethernet, dual PCI, USB host, and core common features of other Cogent boards. We have customers going to market with end products in less than three months while using our GX-Linux BSP, development tools, and Cogent OEM boards. Compare that to the average embedded applications project taking 12-15 months! Open-source solutions have arguably taken the leadership position in the embedded industry today because of their great value, openness, and growing support from commercial companies," said James Calvin, President at Microcross.

"The complete GX-LinuxTM development kit provides a rapid application development solution for engineers to jump start their project without incurring the typical high-costs and product restrictions associated with commercial RTOS and network solutions. With years of trial experience in many commercial systems, embedded Linux along with Cogent OEM boards are worth serious consideration in your next embedded design solution," said Michael Kelly, Vice President at Cogent Computer Systems, Inc.

Microcross has CSB655/955 boards in stock, and the complete kit is ready to order and ship on the same day. Standard GX-LinuxTM development kits start at $1,500. Professional GX-LinuxTM Board Support Packages (BSPs) with the Visual X-Tools IDE and toolsuite are priced at $3,500.

About Cogent
Cogent Computer Systems, Inc., is a leading manufacturer of embedded OEM and development boards since 1992. Cogent produces single board computers that can be used for both OEM use and software development. The Cogent Single Board Computers (SBCs) are based upon today's leading technology and most popular integrated CPU's such as ARM, PowerPC, MIPS and ColdFire. Cogent SBCs are small in size and price, fully featured and easy to use. With over 12 years of experience, Cogent solutions are "Always Complete" and provide a cost effective platform for integration into custom systems as well as for rapid software development.

About Microcross
Microcross is the leading international distributor of open-source embedded development tools based on GNU technology. Microcross is making embedded systems easier to program by providing full-featured, open-source development tools that are validated and documented, so customers can affordably accelerate their development. Microcross enables customers to confidently develop and run software in embedded systems faster, more reliably and at a lower cost. Microcross' professional embedded tools solution tightly integrates a rich set of leading real-time operating systems and its own brand of embedded Linux to meet the needs of customers producing embedded devices and smart technology. For more information, please email sales@microcross.com.

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