Blue Chip Technology Rolls Out MagnumX Embedded Single Board Computer

9/26/2005 - The MagnumX family of single board computers brings a comprehensive feature set with 'real world IO' to a compact form factor of 111mm x 145mm (4.3" x 5.7"). The current range is available in 400MHz, 733MHz and 1GHz processor options, allowing you to scale board processing power to your target application. Blue Chip Technology are also planning to bring 1.4 - 2.0GHz options into the portfolio for 2006.

Onboard I/O support includes 10/100 baseT Ethernet, four USB ports, two serial ports, keyboard/mouse, CRT, LCD and LVDS display interfaces. The board also includes integrated GPIO - 16 TTL input/output signals.

More special function I/O expansion is possible via a Mini PCI connector - supporting optional functionality such as wireless connectivity, gigabit LAN, additional COM ports and video capture. The MagnumX also offers support for both rotational and solid state disks - dual UltraDMA 33/66/100 IDE drive and Compact Flash. Blue Chip Technology have designed the MagnumX with the option of booting from the LAN, ATA Flash or USB flash facilitating remote system management and data retrieval.

Initially based on the successful VIA C3 processor set, MagnumX has an impressive thermal profile. For example, the MagnumX 733 consumes a nominal 7watts, running at 0C to +60C without a fan. In Q1 2006, Blue Chip Technology will extend the range to include the new VIA C7 processor. Built on the advanced VIA CoolStreamTM architecture, the Esther core further evolves 'cool processing' by delivering a robust performance of up to 2.0GHz at 12 watts.

Low power consumption also makes the MagnumX the ideal candidate for PoE (Power Over Ethernet) support, using a standard optional module to get power to your device over the LAN. A useful feature that can save on installation costs, enhance electrical safety and improve power redundancy.

Another unique aspect of the Via C3 family is that it contains the VIA PadlockTM Data encryption engine to enhance the confidentiality, integrity and authenticity of electronic data for secure communication systems.

With its display interfacing, wide-screen support and AGP graphics controller, the MagnumX range is a solid multimedia engine as well as an I/O-intensive solution for demanding applications in industrial automation, transport and analysis. It runs Windows® CE, Windows®XP embedded, Linux and QNX, a full BSP and technical consultation is included within the support package. This is the latest board to be designed and manufactured in the UK by Blue Chip Technology. The range goes into RoHS compliant volume production for 2006 and has a guaranteed minimum three year lifecycle.

Blue Chip Technology Limited
Blue Chip Technology is a leading UK innovator and manufacturer of single board computers, data acquisition modules and industrial computer systems. Our embedded products and systems, lie at the heart of solutions in manufacturing, medical, communications and defence industries. In addition to our off-the-shelf portfolio, we offer a full custom embedded design service.

Over the last fifteen years, Blue Chip has consistently been in the vanguard of embedded technological developments. Operating out of custom designed premises near Chester, Blue Chip Technology bucks the trend in retaining design and manufacture in house. This is why Blue Chip can, and do, support system designers with best in class levels of service, quality and delivery.

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