Advantech Launches CompactPCI I/O Cards, and a Controller Card with Intel Pentium 4–M

  • June 03, 2004
  • Advantech Industrial Automation Group
  • News
Cincinnati, Ohio (June 3, 2004) – Advantech Corporation, Industrial Automation Group announced today the introduction of a controller card with an Intel® Pentium® 4-M processor, and two more I/O cards.The new MIC-3318 controller card with its Intel Pentium 4-M processor makes a big leap from its predecessor MIC-3351. Not only with the new processor, but also with the performance enhancement that comes with a system at this level. The 400 MHz system bus has Intel Netburst®, 512 KB of On-die L2 cache, and support for DDR memory, as well as two Ultra ATA 33/66/100 high-speed IDE drives. The solid Intel 845GV chipset has been chosen for VGA graphics.MIC-3318 offers a plethora of I/O options. Two COM ports offer support for RS-232/422/485, there are also 2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 GigaBit LAN ports, and a CompactFlash® port. If more options are required, the rear-access MIC-3318R provides two additional USB ports, one LAN port, a VGA port, a PS/2 port, and another COM port.For more advanced I/O needs, two new I/O cards - MIC-3780 and MIC-3753, were designed to meet market demands for more specific requirements.MIC-3753 is a 72-bit digital I/O card for the CompactPCI bus. The card emulates mode 0 of the 8255 PPI chip, but the buffered circuits offer higher driving capability. The 72 I/O lines are divided into nine 8-bit I/O ports, and you can configure each port as input or output via software.MIC-3780 is a general purpose multiple channel counter/timer card for the CompactPCI bus. It provides eight 16-bit counter channels, eight digital outputs and eight digital inputs. Advantech has also created custom counter functions for industry and laboratory applications.Because of the extremely low mean-time-to-repair (MTTR), hot-swap capability is one of the most popular features of new CompactPCI cards since you can unplug and plug boards into a “live” system without disrupting operating functions. The new Advantech I/O cards support the PICMG R2.1 hot-swap specification, and are classified as “high-availability” cards. This means that the state of the card can be controlled by software, and duplicate cards can coexist in the same chassis so individual failed cards can be isolated and removed.For the telecommunications industry in particular, hot-swap capability is critical, and is having a significant impact on proprietary hot-swap technologies currently used.The three new MIC-3000 cards from Advantech will be available for sale in July 2004, and are recommended in applications such as defense, transportation, traffic control, test & measurement and of course, telecommunication.Advantech Corporation, Industrial Automation Group - Founded in 1983, the Industrial Automation Group of Advantech Corporation is the only complete PC-based Industrial Automation Solution Manufacturer offering products such as Industrial PCs, Workstations, Panel PCs, Flat Panel Monitors, Heavy Environmental PCs, Customized PCs, Single Board Computers, Data Acquisition & Control Devices and Web-enabled products for a wide array of industries. Drawing on the talents of more than 1,800 people, Advantech operates an extensive sales and marketing network in 16 countries and 35 major cities to deliver fast time-to-market services to our worldwide customers. Today Advantech offers over 700 products and solutions, adding 30 new products each year. US operations for the Industrial Automation Group are based in Cincinnati, OH (877-294-8989). For more information on this product, Request Product Guide/CD or Contact Advantech Automation. You may also visit their website at

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