Zendex Corporation has developed the ZXE-x86 embedded controller with as much as 1GB+ of flash, EPROM or RAM which can be accessed via Ethernet or the Internet. The ZXE-x86 can perform real time control of an operation while allowing data to be remotely downloaded or programs to be remotely uploaded.
The ZXE-x86 is one of the first to incorporate the ZF Micro ZFx86 (formerly MachZ) microprocessor. The chip's recovery from bad software uploads to flash memory is benign, making it ideal for remote-controlled operations.
Complementing the processor is the Linux operating system including web server and 12 x 32-pin DIP memory sockets for 1GB+ of flash, EPROM or RAM. Applications include gaming, industrial control, information kiosks, monitoring and surveillance systems.
The ZXE-x86 embedded controller board includes floppy interface, IDE primary/secondary interface and PS/2 keyboard and mouse interface. It has two 2 buffered TTL serial ports, 2 RS-232 serial ports, 2 RS-422/485 serial ports and a printer port.
The board has 1GB+ of flash, EPROM or RAM, and a Type I, II or III PCMCIA interface. There is an Asiliant 69000 video controller with 2MB of high speed embedded SDRAM, a ESS stereo sound circuit delivering 2W/channel, 32 digital input ports with transient protection and 32 digital output ports with transient protection.
The board has a Dallas DS1425 security button and provides support for Linux and other real time operating systems. The ZXE-x86 feature set can be changed by selecting the hardware.
Published in Embedded Systems (Europe) April 2002