2/3/2006 - The imminent obsolescence of the VIA Eden and C3 CPUs and the consequential availability issues with board level products using these parts, leaves OEM's, systems builders and integrators with a real dilemma.
Currently available alternatives are either too power hungry and thus introduces a heat extraction aspect not previously encountered or the wrong footprint necessitating a complex repackaging task. The resolution of either of these aspects can add significant cost to the product, potentially killing its market.
To address these issues Datasound Laboratories Ltd. has released a new range of Embedded CPU Cards based on the VIA MARK CoreFusion CPU @ 533 MHz. The series includes PC/104, Half-Size ISA Cards, 3.5" and EBX.
The VIA Mark CoreFusion processor offers outstanding power efficiency and performance yet requires only a single +5V input. An advanced BIOS design enables the units to be booted within 4.5 sec in an -20°C environment. Furthermore, with its Fanless design, the CoreFusion range is ideal for applications where temperature fluctuations, shock and vibration need to be considered.
Software support has also been considered and the range has been designed with Windows XP Embedded in mind. To dramatically reduce the development time and risk, a pre-built evaluation image is available. This image will comfortably reside within a 256MB flash device. In addition, recognising the ever increasing demand for the Linux O/S, all drivers have been updated to support the latest kernel.
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