Controller/I/O Cards feature Intel Pentium 4-M processor.

Press Release Summary:

Controller card MIC-3318 is equipped with 400 MHz system bus, 512 Kb on-die L2 cache, support for DDR memory, and 2 Ultra ATA 33/66/100 high-speed IDE drives. Model MIC-3753 is a 72-bit digital I/O card for CompactPCI bus. I/O lines are divided into nine 8-bit I/O ports, allowing user to configure each port as input or output. General-purpose MIC-3780 is a multi-channel, counter/timer card for CompactPCI bus. It provides eight 16-bit counter channels, 8 digital outputs, and 8 digital inputs.

Original Press Release:

Advantech Launches CompactPCI I/O Cards, and a Controller Card with Intel Pentium 4-M

Cincinnati, Ohio (June 3, 2004) - Advantech Corporation, Industrial Automation Group announced today the introduction of a controller card with an Intel® Pentium® 4-M processor, and two more I/O cards.

The new MIC-3318 controller card with its Intel Pentium 4-M processor makes a big leap from its predecessor MIC-3351. Not only with the new processor, but also with the performance enhancement that comes with a system at this level. The 400 MHz system bus has Intel Netburst®, 512 KB of On-die L2 cache, and support for DDR memory, as well as two Ultra ATA 33/66/100 high-speed IDE drives. The solid Intel 845GV chipset has been chosen for VGA graphics.

MIC-3318 offers a plethora of I/O options. Two COM ports offer support for RS-232/422/485, there are also 2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 GigaBit LAN ports, and a CompactFlash® port. If more options are required, the rear-access MIC-3318R provides two additional USB ports, one LAN port, a VGA port, a PS/2 port, and another COM port.

For more advanced I/O needs, two new I/O cards - MIC-3780 and MIC-3753, were designed to meet market demands for more specific requirements.

MIC-3753 is a 72-bit digital I/O card for the CompactPCI bus. The card emulates mode 0 of the 8255 PPI chip, but the buffered circuits offer higher driving capability. The 72 I/O lines are divided into nine 8-bit I/O ports, and you can configure each port as input or output via software.

MIC-3780 is a general purpose multiple channel counter/timer card for the CompactPCI bus. It provides eight 16-bit counter channels, eight digital outputs and eight digital inputs. Advantech has also created custom counter functions for industry and laboratory applications.

Because of the extremely low mean-time-to-repair (MTTR), hot-swap capability is one of the most popular features of new CompactPCI cards since you can unplug and plug boards into a "live" system without disrupting operating functions. The new Advantech I/O cards support the PICMG R2.1 hot-swap specification, and are classified as "high-availability" cards. This means that the state of the card can be controlled by software, and duplicate cards can coexist in the same chassis so individual failed cards can be isolated and removed.

For the telecommunications industry in particular, hot-swap capability is critical, and is having a significant impact on proprietary hot-swap technologies currently used.

The three new MIC-3000 cards from Advantech will be available for sale in July 2004, and are recommended in applications such as defense, transportation, traffic control, test & measurement and of course, telecommunication.

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