With the announcement of a broad range of new products, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms said that it planned to expand its reach by delivering embedded computing solutions across an even wider range of applications and environments. Traditionally, the company has provided solutions to customers for military/aerospace, telecommunications and industrial applications, but these new products are aimed at companies operating in light industrial, simulation and testing, medical, security, point of sales and gaming/entertainment.
“Any company bringing new products to new customers in the face of intense competition had better be bringing something new to the table,” said Adrian Bernhard, General Manager, Commercial Products at GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. “We believe we have this ‘something new’ in our ability to offer extended availability on these products, meaning that customers will see much lower total cost of ownership because they will not need to incur the expense of re-qualifying a complete system every time an individual element of the system becomes obsolete. We believe this extended availability guarantee is unique in the industry.”
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms plans to make these new single board computers available unchanged over a period of up to five years, thereby minimizing the cost to customers in re-qualifying hardware platforms when components or subsystems are changed. This is made possible by the careful selection of components and subsystems that have a high degree of likelihood of remaining in production over the long term. Where changes are unavoidable, customers who have ordered this service at the outset will be advised – and have the opportunity to veto – any modifications ahead of time.
The products announced are:
The open architecture ePIC-M965 Embedded Platform for Industrial Computing[tm] features the Intel® Core[tm]2 Duo low power, high performance processor with up to 2 Gigabytes of memory. The competitive advantage of the ePIC-M965 is enhanced by its superior processor performance and by its I/O functionality, with expandability through the growing array of off-the-shelf PC/104 I/O modules to meet the needs of a wide spectrum of application requirements. Superior connectivity is provided via two Gigabit Ethernet ports, two rear panel USB 2.0 ports (four additional USB 2.0 ports are provided on board) and three RS-232 ports. Mass storage support is provided by both SATA-II capability and up to two IDE interfaces. A CompactFlash socket and floppy disk drive interface are also provided. Both VGA and LVDS graphics are supported, with DVMT 4.0, Smart 2D display technology, MPEG-2 and Microsoft DirectX9 and DirectX10 support.
A PC-based embedded system designed for maximum performance and flexibility, the BPC-S113O provides system integrators with the choice of sourcing an Intel Core2 Duo, Core Duo/Solo or Celeron M processor. It features a robust mechanical design, using a Mini-ITX motherboard in an aluminum housing. The BPC-S1130 can be optionally desk- or wall mounted, and features two drive bays, an integrated 2D/3D graphics engine, AC’97 sound and Ethernet. It also features up to 2 Mbytes of fast memory, support for SATA disk, Gigabit Ethernet, three COM ports and up to eight USB 2.0 ports.
The mITX-945E-ER is a Mini-ITX single board computer with PCI Express and PCI expansion slots featuring Intel Core 2 Duo, Core Duo, or Celeron M processors; up to 2 Gigabytes of DDR2 on-demand memory; one Gigabit Ethernet port on the rear; six USB ports; two COM ports; VGA port; and various mass storage devices. The mITX-945E-ER offers a wide range of multimedia implementations via the PCI Express x16 expansion slot as well as limited power dissipation.
The mITX-M965-P is a Mini-ITX single board computer with a PCI expansion slot and features Intel’s Core 2 Duo Mobile processor; up to 4 Gigabytes of DDR2 on-demand memory; two Gigabit Ethernet port on the rear; eight USB ports; two COM ports; VGA and DVI port; and various mass storage devices. The mITX-M965-P offers a wide range of multimedia implementations.
The mITX-945E-P is a Mini-ITX single board computer with a PCI expansion slot featuring a choice of Intel Core 2 Duo, Core Duo, or Celeron M processors; up to 4 Gigabytes of DDR2 on-demand memory; two Gigabit Ethernet ports on the rear; eight USB ports; three COM ports; a VGA port; and various mass storage devices including CompactFlash. The mITX-945E-P offers a wide range of multimedia implementations and limited power dissipation.
About GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a joint venture between General Electric (NYSE:GE) and FANUC LTD of Japan, is a high-performance technology company and a global provider of hardware, software, services, expertise and experience in automation and embedded computing, with products employed in virtually every industry, including manufacturing automation, defense, automotive, telecommunications, healthcare and aerospace. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms is a worldwide company headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, and is part of GE Enterprise Solutions. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms provides a unique foundation of agile, advanced and ultra-reliable technology that customers can trust to ensure their long-term success.
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