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Motherboard includes watchdog timer and Compact Flash.

Press Release Summary:

Motherboard includes watchdog timer and Compact Flash.

October 15, 2003 - Thin Client is built around Mini-ITX motherboard and operates like desktop PC with multimedia, operating system and device support, and hardware features for embedded environments. It includes 8-30 Vdc input power management system, status LEDs, 2 onboard IDE Compact Flash slots, and Watchdog timer. Driven by 533 MHz VIA Eden ESP 5000 microprocessor, motherboard provides VGA port, 10/100 Ethernet LAN port, serial port, parallel port, PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports.

Original Press Release

New Thin Client PC Motherboard with Watchdog, Power and Compact Flash

Press release date: October 15, 2003

October 15th, 2003, DAVIS, CA -

JK microsystems' Thin Client adapts one of the industry's smallest, most highly integrated Mini-ITX motherboards into a flexible and reliable computer platform for embedded engineers, OEMs and consumers alike.

Built around a popular Mini-ITX motherboard, JK microsystems' Thin Client operates like a desktop PC with superb multimedia, operating system and device support, while also providing a power supply, memory options and hardware features ideal for embedded environments.

JK microsystems' Thin Client system combines the powerful VIA Technologies motherboard with a versatile 8-30V DC input power management system, push buttons for power and reset, status LEDs, two onboard IDE Compact Flash slots (treated as hard-drives) and a Watchdog timer. When enabled, the Watchdog timer can reset the mother-board in the event it crashes. Also available as options are a 2.5" IDE harddisk drive, CD ROM and sheet-metal enclosure.

The VIA Mini-ITX board's rapid acceptance in the market can be attributed to its full native x86 compatibility and performance in demanding, PC-based digital media applications. Driven by the 533MHz VIA Eden ESP 5000 microprocessor, the mother-board provides a VGA port, a 10/100 Ethernet LAN port, a serial port, a parallel port, PS/2 Mouse and Keyboard ports, two 168-pin DIMM sockets for SDRAM, a PCI slot and two USB ports. The device includes S-Video, composite video (PAL or NTSC) and audio (Line-In, Line-Out and Microphone) support as well.

The Thin Client delivers a solution with ample connectivity and hardware features, while granting developers the flexibility of implementing a variety of operating systems - free of compatibility issues associated with many other platforms. The system can be tailored for a variety of local, embedded applications including: data acquisition, industrial PCs, network computing, desktop management, information appliance, digital video recorders, point of sale systems, video conferencing, multimedia and Voice over IP (VoIP) systems.

JK microsystems offers the Thin Client, which includes the VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mother-board, for only $349 in single quantities. For engineers, development kits are available and contain necessary documentation, hardware and a bootable Linux image.

For additional information about the Thin Client, or any of JK microsystems' products and services, please call (530) 297-6073 or visit the company's web site at www.jkmicro.com.

About JK microsystems: Since 1995, JK microsystems has grown by connecting customers with embedded control solutions. Our cost-effective DOS based, x86 single board computers, peripherals and accessories easily embed Ethernet, TCP/IP and control capabilities into data acquisition, networking or industrial technology applications. For additional information, please contact JK microsystems at 1403 Fifth Street, Suite D, Davis, CA 95616, call (530) 297-6073, email jkmicro@jkmicro.com or visit the company's web site at www.jkmicro.com.