3/17/2006 - Artila Electronics Co., Ltd., an emerging force in the industrial PC solutions field, announced the world's smallest ARM9-based, Linux-ready industrial box computer -- the Matrix-500, which positions itself as a light-weight but rock-solid 32-bit programmable controller for unmanned industrial applications requiring 24/7 round-the-clock continuous operation.
"In most cases, it doesn't make sense to use bulky, complicated, and expensive all-in-one x86 box computers as front-end controllers, especially since many of them are way over spec. As a rule of thumb, the more complex a system is, the less reliable it becomes. Why pay for unused features?" comments Mike Kao, VP of Artila Electronics. By combining state-of-the-art 32-bit RISC technology and the open-source Linux OS, Artila has developed the Matrix-500 into a lean and mean industrial computer with comprehensive network and communication support, making it a 100% robust front-end controller ideal for distributed or Web-based industrial applications.
The Matrix-500, powered by a 180MHz ATMEL ARM9 RISC CPU, comes with onboard 32MB SDRAM and 64MB Flash memory to ensure smooth operation of the Linux OS and user programs. A reliable web server is pre-installed allowing users to implement web-based control and monitoring systems in a snap. Moreover, the Matrix-500 provides plenty of I/O interfaces, including one 10/100M Ethernet port, three RS-232 ports, one RS-232/422/485 port, two USB 2.0 hosts, and one USB 2.0 client -- all in a 78x108x25mm small package. An internally mounted SD socket is also available for mass storage expansion.
Artila Electronics Co., Ltd. is an emerging force in the industrial computer field, dedicated to minimizing mass while maximizing utility. Unlike other industrial computer providers in the market who mainly use x86 plus Windows solutions, Artila focuses on ARM-core RISC CPU with embedded Linux solutions, matched with Artila's 10 plus years of experience in RS-232/422/485 industrial communication and TCP/IP networking. Artila's product range consists of Serial-to-Ethernet embedded modules, ARM9/Linux box computers, and ARM9/Linux SOMs (system-on-modules).
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