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Micro/sys Releases Low-Power, Low-Cost Microcontroller Boards for Industrial Applications

Montrose, CA (PRWEB) March 17, 2006

Two new microcontroller boards just released by Micro/sys offer a low-power solution to embedded system designers. The MCB08 and the MCB58 are part of the Micro/sys SNAP series of CPU boards and are based on the Freescale (formerly Motorola) HC(S)08 microcontroller. This powerful microcontroller chip allows the MCB08 and MCB58 to have a typical power consumption of only 100mW and 300mW respectively, while running at the fastest speed. The MCB08 has the advantage of drawing about the same power as a couple of LEDs, which makes battery-operation a possibility, and also means that no special system cooling will be required.

The MCB08’s tiny footprint of 1.7” x 1.2” x 0.85” makes it a suitable controller for many small systems. Despite its small size and low power, the MCB08 packs a 40MHz HC(S)08 CPU with a fast instruction time of 50ns. The CPU is also highly integrated with up to 46 I/O multipurpose I/O lines. The I/O pins can be used as digital I/O, or they can allow access to eight channels of the 10-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC). Other functions include eight channels of timers or pulse width modulators (PWM), an 8-channel keypad interface, and 16 pins of high-current (10mA) digital output. Two RS232 serial ports and an I2C port round out the wide range of I/O available on the MCB08.

The Micro/sys MCB58 has all the I/O of the MCB08, but adds many more features that make it ideal as a controller for OEM embedded systems, industrial applications, instrumentation, and many other systems. The features include an RS485 serial port, four isolated digital outputs, four isolated digital inputs, and 24 additional lines of TTL-level digital I/O. The MCB58 also provides filters that allow four channels of PWM to act as digital-to-analog converters (DACs), an onboard temperature detector, a real-time clock, a control area network (CAN) interface, and an EEPROM. Additionally, the MCB58 can interface with the industry-standard PC/104 bus, which allows access to a wide range of I/O.

Both the MCB08 and the MCB58 have 60kbytes of program/data flash and 4kbytes of SRAM. The highly efficient Metrowerks CodeWarrior compiler, which is included in the development kit, combines the simplicity of drag-and-drop software module “beans” with a powerful C compiler. Programs can be compiled, downloaded to the onboard flash with the provided serial cable, and then debugged without leaving the Integrated Development Environment.

Single quantity pricing is $ 75 for the MCB08 and $ 95 for the MCB58. Significant OEM discounts are available. Contact Technical Sales Dept., Micro/sys, Inc., 3730 Park Place, Montrose, CA, 91020, phone (818) 244-4600, FAX (818) 244-4246, URL:

Micro/sys has been manufacturing OEM industrial microcomputer products since 1976, including board-level products and integrated computers. Micro/sys embedded computers are specified by OEMs in semiconductor processing, medical, mail handling, pharmaceutical, industrial marking, process control, and many other industries.

Contact: Donna Goedhart

Phone: (818) 244-4600

FAX: (818) 244-4246

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New Industrial PC with Modular I/O Employs AMD Geode CPU to Serve Cost-Sensitive Applications

New Industrial PC with modular I/O for mobile or embedded monitoring and control applications

Wixom, MI (PRWEB) June 21, 2010

Acromag has released a new version of their I/O Server Industrial PC, this time with an AMD Geode® CPU to reduce costs as an alternative to PC/104 or CompactPCI embedded computers. Field I/O signals are interfaced through an internal carrier card with related plug-in I/O modules. Working together, the rugged, fanless box computer and conduction-cooled I/O modules provide a truly integrated system for many measurement and control projects. The Geode CPU processes the I/O signal data and manages numerous interface connections for peripherals and networking. Inserting a mix of up to four mezzanine IOS modules on the slide-out carrier card enables A/D, D/A, discrete monitoring/control, counter/timer, serial communication, and FPGA computing functions. High-density connectors on the front panel provide clean cable access for 192 channels of field I/O. Advanced heat management allows -40 to 75°C operation without open vents or fans. A Model IOS-7200 I/O Server PC starts at $ 1695.

"The I/O Server's tightly integrated approach to embedded computing and I/O signal processing is ideal for many applications, such as machine control and factory automation,” states Joseph Primeau, sales and marketing director – embedded products. Defense and aerospace system developers will benefit from the unit's high-performance and rugged construction. The compact design is also shock and vibration-resistant for mobile server and transportation projects such as rail or trucking. A wide temperature range satisfies the requirements of outdoor signage and display systems. Additionally, the interchangeable I/O modules offer flexible I/O configuration to easily accommodate continually evolving scientific research, simulation, data acquisition, and test & measurement projects.

The IOS-7200 Industrial PC is equipped with an embedded AMD Geode LX800 500MHz CPU with 512MB of DDR400 DRAM that runs on Windows® Embedded Standard or Linux®. Standard interfaces include VGA graphics, two Ethernet ports, two serial ports, four USB ports, a CompactFlash® slot, and audio input/output jacks. An internal 2.5” PATA hard disk or solid-state drive is accommodated as a user-installed option.

About Acromag:

Acromag has designed and manufactured measurement and control products for more than 50 years. They are an international corporation with a world headquarters near Detroit, Michigan and a global network of sales representatives and distributors. Acromag offers a complete line of embedded I/O and industrial computer products for military, aerospace, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and scientific research applications.


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Chief Introduces All-in-One Monitor Workstation, Ideal For Healthcare and Wall-Mounted Applications

Minneapolis, MN. (PRWEB) October 24, 2008

Chief Manufacturing, the industry leader in projector and flat panel TV mounts, is excited to announce the launch of the KWT110 All-In-One Wall Workstation. KWT110 includes Chief's flexible KWG110™ Height-Adjustable Monitor Wall Mount, KWK110™ Height Adjustable Flip Up Keyboard Tray, and KSA1020™ CPU Mount. The combination of these ergonomic, space-saving mounts creates the perfect suite for Healthcare or related wall-mounted applications.

Flexible Wall Extrusion

The KWT workstation can be installed vertically or horizontally on the wall, depending on space requirements. Vertical installation can be installed directly on sheetrock, without the need for a stud. Components can be easily installed and infinitely positioned anywhere along the entire length of the extrusion for easy customization of the workstation. The unique cable channels keep cables clean and tucked out of the way - ideal for sterile environments.

KWG110 Height-Adjustable Monitor Arm

KWT110 includes Chief's KWG110 state-of-the-art ergonomic swing arm mount. The KWG110 provides up to 13.25" (336.5 mm) of fluid height adjustment and 180º of swivel to achieve the perfect viewing placement. The teardrop hole pattern, available in standard VESA® patterns, makes monitor connection quick and easy. Chief's exclusive Centris™ Technology uses the center of gravity to balance the monitor, providing effortless fingertip tilt. Cables are concealed through a channel located on the underside of the arm for a clean appearance.

KWK110 Height Adjustable Flip Up Keyboard Tray

The KWT110 also includes Chief's new KWK110 Flip-Up Keyboard Tray with integrated mouse surface and storage. The height-adjustable swing arm design provides extension and fluid positioning for the user, with a stable surface when the keyboard is in use. A gel wrist rest promotes ergonomic comfort and support, while left/right flip-out mouse surfaces provide flexibility for a variety of users. The flip-up design provides a low-profile appearance, and includes mouse storage. Cable management is consistent with the KWG110 for a clean, concealed appearance.

KSA1020 Flexible CPU Mount

With the new KSA1020 CPU mount, you get universal fit and universal function. Compatible with a wide range of CPU sizes, the KSA1020 fits 95 percent of CPUs used in today's commercial environments, from ultra small to larger tower units. The adjustable design expands and collapses to get the perfect fit, regardless of CPU model, providing longevity for advances in technology. The mount can be installed on the wall or under a desk, keeping it tucked neatly out of the way. Desk mounting offers both vertical and horizontal CPU placement along with 360º of swivel to aid in cable connections and servicing. Other innovative features include Q-Latch™ Technology for easy installation, removal and service, as well as tool-less adjustments. The mount supports up to 40 lbs (18.1 kg).

The Extrusion, Monitor Mount, Keyboard Tray, and CPU Mount all work together to provide a truly unique, ergonomic solution that is ideal for multiple users. Components collapse to less than 2.5" (63.5 mm) in stow away position for ultimate space savings.

Custom Wall Systems

Chief's Flexible Wall Extrusion is compatible with a variety of other Chief wall-mounted solutions. Custom systems can be built depending on the requirements of the application, including the addition of multiple monitors.

About Chief

Chief Manufacturing is a division of Milestone AV Technologies, a Duchossois Group Company, and has more than 30 years of proven product and service excellence. Committed to responding to industry needs in the Pro AV, Residential and Office markets, Chief offers a complete line of mounts, lifts and accessories for flat panel displays and projectors.

Chief continues to design innovative mounting solutions that complement the technology they support. With multiple product awards and patented designs, Chief provides unique mount features, and is recognized for delivering not only quality products, but knowledgeable, helpful customer service.

U.S. and Europe sales offices support a global network spanning the Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim and beyond. Chief distribution centers are located in Minnesota and the Netherlands.


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