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MicroTCA Reaches Fruition

Artesyn Technologies is one vendor at the forefront of MicroTCA. This standard uses the 2U (half height) and 4U (full height) AdvancedTCA mezzanine cards (AMC) as its main board, offering a more compact solution suitable for a range of applications (e.g., wireless basestations or workgroup routers). The proposed Virtual Carrier Manager (VCM) and MicroTCA standards are working their way to approval. Systems will handle up to 12.5-Gbit/s SERDES with support for over 60 lanes using standard interfaces such as PCI Express, Gigabit Ethernet, InfiniBand, and Serial RapidIO. Systems will support IPMI management. JTAG support is still under discussion. www.artesyn.com

Small SBC Sports Pentium M

Win Enterprises' IP-06058 is a compact (5.7 by 4 in.) singleboard computer (SBC) that features a low-power Pentium M processor with up to 1 Gbyte of RAM and a 512-kbyte flash BIOS. The board also possesses a 10/100 Ethernet port, three USB ports, four serial ports, one parallel port, PS/2 mouse and keyboard, an IDE interface, and an FDD interface. There are sockets for Compact Flash and a Mini-PCI. The board supports LCD and VGA video and AC'97 audio. With a processor installed, pricing for the IP-06058 starts at $305. www.winent.com

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