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All aboard the express

Manufacturers are developing a range of form factors to meet embedded systems designer needs. By Graham Pitcher.

The trouble with embedded systems is that they come in all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, the boards that are designed to fit within them are not available in such a range of formats.

If you're looking at fitting computing power into a small space, then there are credit card sized boards available. The PC/104 format is also a popular small form factor. But the processors housed on these board formats tend to be 486 class devices and do not offer sufficient computing power.

Power tends to come hand in hand with larger board formats. One offering – developed by Motorola Computer Group in association with Ampro – is the EBX format. The 5.75 x 8in format is said to have enough space to create a powerful single board computer, yet to be small enough to fit tight spaces. EBX supports adaptable system expansion, based on existing industry standards such as PC/104 and PCMCIA.

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