BOARDS: BADLINK Revives Legacy EBX Market with Atom Littleboard - Embedded.com

BOARDS: BADLINK Revives Legacy EBX Market with Atom Littleboard

ESC San Jose, Ca. – ADLINK Technology used the venue of this conference to announce the LittleBoard 735 EBX SBC based on the ultra low power Intel Atom N270 processor at 1.6 GHz, code name “Diamondville”.

ADLINK combined the advanced low-power “Navy Pier” platform, Atom N270 with 945GSE chipset, with its Ampro by ADLINK Extreme Rugged design methodology to create a feature-rich upgrade path for previous end-of-life (EOL) products.

Besides the Navy Pier platform, the LittleBoard 735 supports legacy features including a PCI-to-ISA bridge for full PC/104-Plus expansion, four serial ports, IDE, CompactFlash socket, and embedded BIOS extensions. The LittleBoard 735 uses a thick PCB and is designed for to tolerate shock, vibration, humidity, and temperature extremes.

The LittleBoard 735 is a full-featured EBX form factor single-board solution measuring 5.75 x 8.0 inches (146 x 203 mm). The LittleBoard 735 supports the 1.6 GHz Atom N270 processor with Intel 945GSE chipset (“Navy Pier” platform) and provides a DDR2 533 SODIMM socket for up to 2 GB of RAM.

Ethernet ports give system OEMs flexibility. The LittleBoard 735 also supports Intel's integrated chipset Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA), sufficient for most embedded applications, which provides CRT, TV Out, and LVDS flat panel video interfaces for popular LCDs. Rounding out the performance-oriented features are two SATA ports, six USB 2.0 ports, and a PCIe Mini Card socket for 802.11 wireless or other plug-in cards.

The LittleBoard is legacy-friendly, offering four serial ports, an EPP/ECP parallel port, PS/2 keyboard and mouse interfaces, one Ultra/DMA 33/66/100 IDE controller and a Compact Flash socket.

To provide the ISA bus on the board through the PC/104 connector, an ITE IT8888 PCI-to-ISA Bridge is included. The PCI-based device, together with unique Distributed DMA (DDMA) BIOS enhancements, completes the rich legacy I/O support for easy system OEM migration from end-of-life EBX products.

The LittleBoard 735 is a low power EBX solution that also facilitates migration, consuming less than 12 watts even with graphics and both Ethernet ports are running. The QuickStart Kit comes with board support packages (BSPs) for many popular operating systems including VxWorks, Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded, Linux 2.6 and QNX.

The LittleBoard 735 SBC is priced below $600 in OEM quantities and is sampling within 30 days. To learn more, go to www.adlink.com.

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