Artila Electronics recently introduced the M-508 application-ready Linux computer. Artila’s M-508 features the Atmel ARM9 180MHz SoC, 64MB SDRAM, 32MB Flash memory, and I/O peripherals (Ethernet, RS-232/422/485, programmable digital I/O, SD socket, and USB ports). Linux 2.6 and busybox utility are preinstalled in the Flash memory while the Gnu C/C++ cross compiler is ready for users to develop their own application software.
In addition to the busybox utility collection, several ready-to-run software packages are included in the Artila CD (such as openVPN, mysql, php, and Python). Many application-oriented building blocks are also available (such as Wireless LAN, Wireless GRPS/GSM, Bluetooth, GPS and Graphic mode LCM display, USB camera, and keypad).
For extreme environments, there is the M-508T, which is a wide temperature range version. All components housed in the M-508T are industrial grade and ensure continuous operation in -20 to 80 degree Celsius weather conditions. For critical applications that require safekeeping of data during power outages, the M-508T utilizes a 512KB non-volatile Ramtron F-RAM. Unlike the conventional backup SRAM which needs a battery to retain data, the F-RAM operates without a charge pump, needing no external battery thus increasing system reliability. F-RAM’s high performance data read/write and unlimited write endurance characteristics enable users to store important data with confidence.
Artila M-508 and M-508T Features
- ARM9 Atmel AT91RM9200 180MHz
- 64MB SDRAM and 32MB Flash
- 512KB non-volatile F-RAM (M-508T only)
- -20 to 80C wide-temperature operation(M-508T only)
- One 10/100 Mbps Ethernet interface
- Four 921.6 Kbps RS-232/485 ports
- Two USB 2.0 Host ports
- One SD (secure digital) memory card slot
- 32 CMOS level digital I/O
- GPIO: 32x pins, CMOS-level
- Single +5V power input
- Ultra low power consumption, less than 3 Watts
- Foot print: 105 mm x 75 mm
- OS: Linux 2.6.14 and GNU C/C++ tool chain
More info: Artila (pdf)