Low-cost embedded computer offers simplicity and flexibility
Posted to News on 30th Sep 2007, 10:36

Low-cost embedded computer offers simplicity and flexibility

Diamond Point International is launching a new fanless embedded computer, the RD-103, that is said to be easy to use and offers 'unparalleled simplicity and flexibility of configuration at a very modest cost'. It is supplied in a robust enclosure that is designed for DIN rail or wall-mounting.

Low-cost embedded computer offers simplicity and flexibility

The RD-103 is capable of integrating a range of processors from the cost-effective 800MHz Pentium Celeron right up to the 1.8GHz Pentium M with 2MB of level 2 cache memory for maximum performance coupled with low power consumption. Furthermore, Intel Core 2 Duo processor support will be available shortly.

This state-of-the-art embedded computer supports up to 1GB of DDR-SDRAM via a SODIMM socket and integrates an Intel 82855GME 400MHz FSB chipset and an Intel Extreme Graphics 2 video controller with up to 32MB UMA Video RAM providing WUXGA/QXGA (2048 x 1536) resolution with 2D and 3D acceleration, and a CRT port.

Available with a range of 1GB to 64GB 2.5-inch industrial solid-state drives or 120GB rotating hard disk memory as standard, the system can be supplied with higher capacity solid-state drives to special order. A CompactFlash socket is incorporated to give even greater functionality. Fanless operation, together with solid-state drive memory, makes for high reliability due to the absence of moving parts.

Standard and optional interfaces

The RD-103 integrates a host of interfaces, including four serial ports, optionally configured as either all RS232 or two RS422 and two RS232, three USB 2.0 EHCI ports, one 10/100 BaseT Ethernet port, one Enhanced parallel port and a PS/2 keyboard/mouse port. A further USB port has front panel access for easy data loading and field updates. A GPS input is provided for applications requiring either accurate positioning or timing functions.

Expansion slots for three PC/104 or PC/104+ I/O cards are incorporated to provide extra versatility. A wide range of optional third-party approved I/O cards are also available upon request, including ProfiBus, CanBus, BitBus, eight-port serial RS232/RS422/RS485, digital and analogue, single-channel dual-redundant 1553, eight-channel ARINC 429 and quad frame grabber.

The unit offers a 0-60degC operating temperature range, a 5-95 per cent (non-condensing) operating humidity range and is CE/EMI tested. A DIP brazed chassis with Mil38999 connectors is optionally available for military/aerospace applications. All system components are manufactured lead-free and are RoHS compliant.

Operated from a 40W power supply with a 10-30V DC input voltage range, the unit offers a low power consumption of just 13W at 800MHz or 25W at 1.8GHz, making it compatible with the stringent demands of mobile environments.

The RD-103 comes preloaded with either Windows XP or Linux operating systems and can be specially configured for Windows XP Embedded, LynxOS and VX-Works.

Diamond Point's extremely versatile new RD-103 embedded computer is suited to a very wide variety of applications, including industrial control, telecommunications, networking, military/aerospace, oil and gas manufacture and distribution, medical instrumentation, automotive and gaming.

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