WinSystems to Debut Dual-Ethernet PC/104 SBCs for Extreme Industrial Environments

ARLINGTON, TX – WinSystems will unveil its PCM-C418 product series at the Embedded World 2017 Exhibition and Conference in Nuremberg, Germany. The next step in low-power, dual-Ethernet PC/104-compatible SBCs, these rugged computers were designed specifically as a ready upgrade path for legacy PC/104 CPUs, particularly WinSystems' widely adopted PCM-VDX product line. The company will showcase its PCM-C418 boards and other products in Hall 3, Stand 3-501 at the Exhibition Centre.

PCM-C418 boards feature the Vortex DX3 System On Chip (SOC), which offers a 32-bit x 86 architecture with dual-core microprocessor, and supports up to 2 GB of RAM. These improvements deliver greater computational and operational performance compared to their predecessor boards, along with exceptional, tested vibration and shock resistance.


The PCM-C418 can be used on its own as a densely populated single board computer for rugged environments with a complete mix of I/O features. It offers built-in connectors for a PS/2 mouse and keyboard, VGA, dual Ethernet, four USB 2.0 channels, one parallel (LPT) port, four multimode serial ports, 24 general-purpose I/O (GPIO) lines, 1M of battery-backed SRAM, and a watchdog timer. What's more, its native PC/104 ISA bus enables expanded functionality with full ISA compatibility.

This new series includes a CompactFlash socket and external SATA connector, providing removable solid-state storage for operating systems and applications. In addition, the boards support soldered-down, bootable eMMC devices (optional) for rugged solid-state storage in high-vibration applications.


Backward compatible with legacy PC/104 form factor systems, the PCM-C418 extends their product life while offering a practical bridge to newer technology. WinSystems achieved this benefit by leveraging commercial off the shelf (COTS) and proprietary PC/104 expansion modules.

This cost-effective approach eliminates the need for customers to spend valuable time and engineering resources on altering the architecture of their systems. It supports Linux, DOS, and other x86-compatible real-time operating systems. Drivers are available from the WinSystems website.

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