GENERAL MICRO SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES 1-GHZ PENTIUM III COMPACT PCI BUS SINGLE-BOARD COMPUTER WITH UP TO FIVE PMC SLOTS.General Micro Systems has announced the Mariner II C158, GMS' third-generation Pentium III The successor to the Pentium II from Intel. Introduced in the spring of 1999 at 500 MHz, the Pentium III architecture was similar to the Pentium II with the addition of 70 new instructions optimized for multimedia (see SSE). CompactPCI bus single-board computer Single-board computers (SBCs) are complete computers built on a single circuit board. The design is centered on a single or dual microprocessor with RAM, IO and all other features needed to be a functional computer on the one board. .
Featuring a peak performance of 1 GHz, the Mariner II C158 provides up to five PMC (1) See Portable Media Center.
(2) (PCI Mezzanine Card) A PCI-based mezzanine card that is widely adapted to VMEbus, CompactPCI and PCI cards. expansion slots and targets high-performance telecommunication applications.
Mariner II C158 is available with three processor options: Celeron, Coppermine-128, and Coppermine-256. The Celeron, equipped with 128 kbytes of on-chip cache, operates at speeds of up to 500 MHz (MegaHertZ) One million cycles per second. It is used to measure the transmission speed of electronic devices, including channels, buses and the computer's internal clock. A one-megahertz clock (1 MHz) means some number of bits (16, 32, 64, etc. , providing an excellent low-cost option for embedded applications that require a balance of high availability, performance, and low power consumption. The Coppermine-128 and Coppermine-256, available with up to 256 Kbytes of on-chip cache, operate at speeds of up to 1 GHz, providing the ultimate in high-performance Pentium III processing.
"The Mariner II is the most versatile CompactPCI bus single-board computer on the market today," said Ben Sharfi, president of GMS GMS Greater Mekong Subregion
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GMS GroupWise Mobile Server . "Mariner's Celeron and Coppermine processors provide a range of price, performance, and power consumption options to choose from. And its five PMC slots make it easy to equip with a broad range of I/O (Input/Output) The transfer of data between the CPU and a peripheral device. Every transfer is an output from one device and an input to another. See PC input/output.
I/O - Input/Output , networking, graphics, and mass storage options."
The Mariner II C158 provides up to 256 Kbytes of on-die L2 cache, 512 Mbytes of field upgradeable SODIMM (Small Outline-DIMM) A DIMM module with a thinner profile due to the use of TSOP chip packages. SODIMMs are commonly used in laptop computers. See memory module and TSOP. main memory, a 10/100Base-Tx Ethernet interface (with Wake-On-Line), and dual Ultra DMA-33 IDE hard driver interfaces. The Mariner also provides a pair of USB ports, two comm ports, a printer port, a floppy port, mouse/keyboard interfaces, and up to 144 Mbytes of Disk-On-Chip flash, which can be configured as a bootable drive for diskless systems.
The Mariner II's five PMC slots provide an inexpensive means of adding plug-and-play communications, graphics, mass storage, and industrial I/O options. Two of the slots are mounted directly on the card. Three more slots can be added by plugging a three-slot module into a PMC expansion connector.
The Mariner's PMC slots can accept any industry standard PMC module. GMS' Angelo module, for example, provides a plug-and-play option for adding high-performance AGP graphics. The module, equipped with 8 Mbytes of memory, provides 32-bit color with resolutions of up to 1600 x 1200. GMS also offers a variety of PMC mass storage options, including a field replaceable, 2.5-inch, 6.4-Gbyte IDE hard drive, and a 1-Gbyte IDE flash disk.
The Mariner's external I/O connectors are available via the front panel, which is ideal for applications like telecom that have tight space constraints. The Mariner also provides an 80-mm transition I/O module to support rear-panel I/O, which is ideal for applications requiring unimpeded unimpeded
not stopped or disrupted by anything
Adj. 1. unimpeded - not slowed or prevented; "a time of unimpeded growth"; "an unimpeded sweep of meadows and hills afforded a peaceful setting" front panel access (i.e., for service personnel).
To ensure safe and reliable operation, the Mariner II provides a System Health Monitor (SHM SHM Simple Harmonic Motion
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SHM Scalar Helium Magnetometer ), which reports critical operating parameters such as the processor temperature, on-board voltages, and fan speed to the operating system. The C158 also provides Power-On-Self-Test (POST) diagnostics with dual binary LEDs, which convey the status of 50 tests that are performed each time power is applied to the board.
Software support for the C158 includes Windows NT 4.0, VxWorks, Linux, Solaris and QNX A multiuser, multitasking, real time operating system for PCs from QNX Software Systems, Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario (www.qnx.com), that is noted for its low-memory requirement and rapid response. Similar to Unix, it has been in use since the early 1980s. . The Mariner also provides 100 percent Power-On-Self-Test (POST) diagnostics, which includes monitoring of all on board voltages, temperature, fan speed and other critical parameters. Two binary LED displays on the front panel are used to indicate test results and error codes.
The Mariner II C158 starts at $1995 in single-piece quantity. It is available immediately from stock. For more information on the C158, please contact General Micro Systems at 8358 Maple Place, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730. Phone: 909/980-4863. Fax: 909/987-4863. Email: email@example.com. World Wide Web site: www.general-micro-systems.com