- September 23, 2010
September 23, 2010 - WinSystems introduced the PCM-VDX-2-512 PC/104-compatible 1 GHz single board computer (SBC). It is designed for headless space- and power-limited systems in communications, security, utilities, and industrial test/measurement applications. It has two Ethernet, four USB 2.0, and four asynchronous serial channels plus expansion connectors for both PC/104 and Mini PCI I/O cards. The board measures 90mm x 96mm (3.6‚Äù x 3.8‚Äù), draws 5.5W, and will operate from -40¬∞C to +85¬∞C without a fan.The PCM-VDX-2-512 is based on the DM&P ultra low power Vortex86DX processor and is populated with 512 MB of soldered-on DDR2 SRAM plus a 1 MB SRAM that can be battery backed. Its x86 architecture provides better software support than RISC chips and runs Linux, DOS, and other x86-compatible operating systems as well. This SBC is supplied with downloadable drivers which are available free of charge from WinSystems‚Äô website.Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) suppressors rated to ¬±15kV are included on the USB, Ethernet, and serial data ports for additional protection and will withstand multiple ESD strikes. Additionally, the USB ports have in-rush and over-current protection. All four independent, full-duplex serial channels support RS-232/422/485 levels and operate at data rates up to 115.2 Kbps.The PCM-VDX-2-512 also has a PATA controller that will support a Compact Flash card and an IDE drive. Other onboard peripherals include 16-lines of TTL-compatible digital I/O, PS/2 keyboard and mouse controllers, LPT interface, real time clock, watchdog timer, activity LEDs, and a piezo speaker for audio annunciation of the BIOS status beep codes. Mini PCI and PC/104 connectors support expansion I/O cards for wireless networks, video, etc. With this diverse range of functions, many applications will not require any additional I/O cards.WinSystems can customize this SBC for OEM applications either by depopulating certain features or by adding soldered-on flash memory, a CF card retention clip, and/or a Mini PCI video card. The processor speed and amount of SDRAM can be reduced to lower the price and power consumption as well.PRICING AND AVAILABILITYThe PCM-VDX-2G-512 in OEM quantities is $342. Delivery is from stock to three weeks. WinSystems‚Äô offers a 30-day product evaluation program.