WinSystems' EPIC SBC Targets Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Applications

9/16/2005 - The Internet is a profound driving force for a connected world. Harbor Research forecasts that by the year 2010 there will be over a trillion users; however, most of them will not be human beings. To meet the need for the rapidly growing market to connect smart sensors, industrial devices and products, WinSystems today introduced a single board computer (SBC) called the EPX-GX. The EPX-GX targets machine-to-machine applications (M2M) that require a processor, wide variety of I/O, and connectivity. It supports 11 different on board I/O functions with even more I/O expansion options via PC/104 modules. Various communication links are onboard including wired and wireless Ethernet as well as optional PC/104 expansion modules for cellular, WLAN, GPS, etc. Applications include robotics, pipelines, medical, transportation, test equipment, COTS/military/homeland security, process/machine control, and HVAC systems.

The EPX-GX is based upon the AMD (Sunnyvale, CA) GX500@1W processor. It is a Pentium-class CPU with an x86-native instruction set and 32KB of integrated L1 cache that efficiently runs Windows CE, WindowsXP embedded, Linux and other x86-compatible operating systems such as VxWorks and QNX. It requires low power plus supports Advanced Power Management (APM & ACPI) for even less power during standby and suspend modes. The low power design allows the EPX-GX to operate over the industrial temperature range of -40C to +85C without a fan.

Onboard I/O support includes 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11 miniPCI connector, two USB ports, four COM ports, 24 parallel digital I/O lines, 4x AGP Video with CRT and digital flat panel interface, keyboard controller, PS/2 mouse support, LPT port, and AC 97 audio. Optionally a GPS receiver, 802.11 transceiver and 8SE/4DI 12-bit A/D can be added. Even more special function I/O expansion is possible by self-stacking modules on the PC/104 and PC/104-Plus connectors. Over 1000 different PC/104 modules are available worldwide.

Also offers support for both rotational and solid state disks; and provides 2 floppy disk drives and two UltraDMA 66 IDE drives. Plus there is a socket for bootable Type I and II CompactFlash cards.

The EPX-GX draws typically 1.8 A at +5V (?9W) during normal operation. The board measures 115mm x 165mm (4.5" x 6.5") and is compatible with the Embedded Platform for Industrial Computing (EPIC) standard that was introduced last year.

Pricing and Availability
Delivery is from stock to three weeks with a price of $499 in OEM quantities. For sales information, please list; WinSystems' Application Engineering Group at 715 Stadium Drive, Arlington, Texas 76011, (817) 274-7553, e-mail

About WinSystems, Inc.
WinSystems' designs and manufacturers PC/104, EPIC, EBX, and STD Bus boards for use by OEMs worldwide. We have served the industrial market for over 23 years.

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