Eurotech announces PROTEUS single board computer

06 January 2009

Eurotech has been working with Intel Corporation as an early adopter of Low Power Intel Architecture (LPIA) devices. As a result of this work Eurotech has now released the new PROTEUS single board computer.

The PROTEUS is available in two configurations, allowing it to be deployed either as a stand-alone device, or as a COM Express module.

In either version, PROTEUS offers all the benefits of Intels’ embedded Atom processor, providing levels of functionality and performance traditionally requiring a high performance x86 board, but at a fraction of the power previously needed for comparable systems. Featuring soldered down RAM and Flash memory, coupled to the extremely low heat generation of the Atom processor, PROTEUS is perfect for applications needing high end performance in a rugged, fanless package.

Sharing the same baseboard design, the two variants differ only in how various peripheral connections are presented to the user. On the standalone variant, peripherals are presented via headers and standard connectors on the board itself, whilst on the COM Express version, these signals are presented on a standard COM Express Type 1 connector supporting PCI Express, LPC, USB, dual LVDS, HD Audio, Gigabit Ethernet and SMBus interfaces for connection to a carrier board. For convenience, a standard carrier board is also available for the COM Express version, providing standard breakouts for the various peripherals and expansion buses.

In addition to a full range of standard PC peripherals, the PROTEUS is able to interface directly to LVDS displays and has an integral touchscreen controller. The provision of two independent display controllers allows deployment in applications requiring different content to be served to different users. GPS, Bluetooth and ZigBee are on-board options and the provision of two sites for PCI Express mini cards allows easy and flexible expansion for applications requiring wireless local and wide area networking support.

Having all this performance in such a small package is a truly compelling offering that makes the PROTEUS ideally suited for applications such as infotainment, interactive kiosks, access control, HMI, medical and industrial control.

A key feature of the PROTEUS is its full compatibility with a wide range of desktop and pre-installed, ready to run, embedded operating systems including Windows XP, XP Embedded, CE 6.0 and Linux.

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