Adlink Releases SBC with Embedded Linux Support

Adlink has taken a really progressive stance with their ETX form-factor single-board computer. Apparently, it is using embedded Linux and is being described as perfect for a number of things in a wide variety of target markets. Most notable of these markets include medical automation, instrumentation, gaming, POS, and mobile computing.

Adlink has released an ETX form-factor single-board computer (SBC) that supports embedded Linux on Celeron and Pentium processors. Target markets for the ETX-IM333 include medical automation, instrumentation, gaming, POS, mobile computing, and transportation, according to the company.

The ETX-IM333 is based on an Intel 855GME chipset and supports Pentium M processors from 1.1 GHz to 2.0 GHz, as well as Celeron M processors from 600 MHz to 1.3 GHz. According to Adlink, the chipset and processors are part of Intel’s embedded-oriented program that guarantees extended production lifespans, although the company did not specify the length of availability.

The module supports CRT video with resolution up to 1600 x 1200, and LVDS display with resolution up to 1280 x 1024. I/O ports include 10/100 Base-T Ethernet, Ultra ATA EIDE, four USB 2.0 ports, AC ’97 Audio, serial and parallel ports, and keyboard/mouse. Other features of interest to embedded developers include: RS-232 console redirection; CMOS EEPROM backup for BIOS settings to allow battery-less operation; boot from USB, diskette, or CD-ROM; and PXE remote boot. An optional video encoder translates PC graphics data at up to 1280×1024 resolution into PAL (50Hz) or NTSC (60Hz) video signals, and the encoder can also output Y, PB, and PR signals for HDTV i1080 monitors.

From the operating system perspective, Adlink says that all of its ETX modules are supported by BSPs for embedded Linux, VxWorks, Windows XP Embedded, and Windows CE.

Article Written by