Industrial Box Computer has Linux 2.6.29 pre-installed.

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Powered by 400 MHz ATMEL ARM9 AT91SAM9G20 RISC CPU, Matrix-504 comes with 128 MB SDRAM, 128 MB NAMD Flash memory, and 2 MB DataFlash. System integrates one 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, 4 high speed RS-232/422/485 serial ports, and 2 USB hosts into compact 78 x 108 x 25 mm metal box, and comes with serial console port and DIN RAIL mounting kit. DataFlash includes backup Linux file system that will automatically boot Matrix-504 in case primary NAND Flash fails.

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Artila's New Matrix-504 Industrial Grade Box Computer

Tiny but mighty ARM9 Embedded Computer with fault resilient booting

TAIPEI, Taiwan - 01 Oct 2009 - Artila Electronics Co., Ltd., an emerging force in the industrial PC solutions field, announced their new ARM9-based, Linux-ready, industrial box computer - the Matrix-504. Its fanless ARM9 RISC CPU and strong metal case design make the Matrix-504 ideal for industrial applications that require a powerful and reliable automation controller.

The Matrix-504, powered by a 400MHz ATMEL ARM9 AT91SAM9G20 RISC CPU, comes with onboard 128MB SDRAM and a 128MB NAMD Flash memory and 2MB DataFlash. In addition, the Matrix-504 integrates one 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, four high speed RS-232/422/485 serial ports, two USB hosts into a compact 78x108x25 mm metal box. A serial console port is available for system configuration and software debug. The DIN RAIL mounting kit simplifies either wall or DIN Rail mounting of the Matrix-504.

Linux 2.6.29 OS and busybox utility collection are pre-installed in the Matrix-504 NAND Flash and the UBI file system is employed to provide improved performance and longer lifetime for NAND Flash compared to JFFS2. Moreover the DataFlash includes a backup Linux file system which will automatically boot Matrix-504 in case of the primary NAND Flash fails. The fail-safe and redundant booting design makes Matrix-504 an ideal platform for many safety-critical applications.

The Matrix-504 uses ipkg, a lightweight package management system that is resembled to Debian's dpkg to install, upgrade and remove the software package. Artila will continuously increase and update software package at its ftp site and users are free to install the software package they need from the internet.

The Matrix-504 is shipped with the GNU tool chain, which includes a C/C++ cross compiler and Glibc. Many handy software utilities such as webmin are also included in the Artila CD.

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About Artila

Artila Electronics Co., Ltd. is an emerging force in the industrial computer field, dedicated to minimizing mass while maximizing utility. Unlike other industrial computer providers in the market who mainly use x86 plus Windows solutions, Artila focuses on ARM-core RISC CPUs with embedded Linux solutions, matched with Artila's 10 plus years of experience in RS-232/422/485 industrial communication and TCP/IP networking. Artila's product range consists of Serial-to-Ethernet embedded modules, ARM9/Linux box computers, and ARM9/Linux SOMs (system-on-modules).

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