MSC Vertriebs Announces ETE-GLX3 ETX Module with Dual SATA Interfaces

The MSC Vertriebs GmbH continues to expand their product range of ETX modules, and in doing so build upon the newest ETX Specification 3.02. Under the product name MSC ETE-GLX3, an enhanced ETX assembly is being introduced to the market that offers additional functions beyond those of the current module ETE-GLX, above all significantly more mass storage interfaces and support for the recently introduced AMD-Processor Geode(TM) LX900 @1.5W.

The ETX module MSC ETE-GLX3 provides, beside a Compact Flash slot Type I, two dual IDE interfaces and two SATA interfaces with a data rate up to 150 MB/s. As for bus interfaces, a 32-bit PCI bus and an ISA subset are available. A set of standard connections for external devices brings a high level of flexibility: 4 x USB, serial and parallel interfaces, infrared, keyboard and mouse. The fast Ethernet controller 82551 located on board provides a fast 10/100BaseTX LAN connection. The integrated LCD TFT graphics controller supports a high resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels via the LCD interface and 1920 x 1440 pixels via the CRT interface. The graphics memory size can be up to 256 MB. An audio interface of type AC’97 rounds out the variety of connections.

The power saving AMD Geode(TM) LX900 processor running at 600 MHz operates together with the companion chip Geode(TM) CS5536 from AMD. As an alternative, the module is also available with the well-known Geode LX800 running at 500 MHz. The processor has Level-1 data and instruction caches, each with 64 kBytes as well as a 128 kByte L2 cache integrated. By means of DDR-SRAMs on SO-DIMM, local memory can be extended up to 1 GB.

An efficient power management ensures a low power dissipation of the ETE-GLX3. The small ETX-module measuring only 95 x 114 mm is also available with an optional 2 mm thick flat heat spreader and is specified for a temperature range from 0 to 60°C without forced air movement.

For evaluation and design-in of the ETX module, MSC offers base boards which support all interfaces of a standard PC. Starter kits and board support packages for the operating systems Windows XP(TM), Windows CE(TM) and Linux are available by request.

About MSC Vertriebs GmbH
MSC Vertriebs GmbH is a European-wide service company in the field of electronic components, board-level products, and customer specific development of industrial hardware. Founded in 1982, the MSC Vertriebs GmbH operates today as a pan-European distributor and manufacturer in a consolidated company with over 1100 employees. Products requiring extensive technical support, such as COM Express(TM), ETX® components, EXM 32, microcontrollers & tools, programmable logic & tools, ASICs, industrial motherboards, power and linear products, displays, optoelectronics, as well as memory modules are our specialty and make MSC one of the leading companies for high-tech solutions. MSC distinguishes itself distinctly from its competitors with its competent applications and development engineers, as well as its design capacity for hardware, ASICs, and BIOS. The regional location to its suppliers and the consistent approach toward new technologies guarantee a high level of competency for its customers.