Artila Electronics Co., Ltd., an emerging force in the embedded computer solutions field, announced their M-508 application-ready Linux computer. Artila’s M-508 comes with ATMEL ARM9 180MHz SoC, 64MB SDRAM, 32MB Flash memory, and I/O peripherals which include Ethernet, RS-232/422/485, programmable digital I/O, SD socket, and USB ports. Linux 2.6 and busybox utility are preinstalled in the Flash memory while the Gnu C/C++ cross compiler is ready for users to develop their own application software.
Besides the busybox utility collection, several ready-to-run software packages are included in the Artila CD, such as openVPN, mysql, php, and Python — quite convenient when time is of the essence. In addition, many application-oriented building blocks such as Wireless LAN, Wireless GRPS/GSM, Bluetooth, GPS and Graphic mode LCM display, USB camera, and keypad are also available.
A wide temperature range version, the M-508T, is designed to withstand environmental extremes. All components housed in the M-508T are industrial grade and ensure continuous operation in -20 to 80 degree Celsius weather conditions. For critical applications that require safekeeping of data during power outages, the M-508T utilizes a 512KB non-volatile RAMTRON F-RAM. Unlike the conventional backup SRAM which needs a battery to retain data, the F-RAM operates without a charge pump, needing no external battery thus increasing system reliability. F-RAM’s high performance data read/write and unlimited write endurance characteristics enable users to store important data with confidence.
M-508 and M-508T key features include:
- ARM9 ATMEL AT91RM9200 180MHz
- 64MB SDRAM and 32MB Flash
- 512KB non-volatile F-RAM (M-508T only)
- One 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port
- Four 921.6 Kbps RS-232/485 ports
- Two USB 2.0 Hosts
- One SD memory card slot
- 32 CMOS level digital I/O
- Single +5V power input
- Foot print: 105 mm x 75 mm
- OS: Linux 2.6.14 and GNU C/C++ tool chain
Both the M-508 and M-508T will be available by the middle of September.
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).