An evolution that’s in step with the ascent of speedier and more sophisticated bus architectures is one reason PC/104 effectively serves embedded applications across a wide range—encompassing machine vision, security, high-speed data collection, and more.
Most embedded products will provide adequate processing power when appropriately sized for the job at hand. It is I/O bandwidth and product expandability that become critical data points when defining your platform and application. Data storage I/O can bottleneck your system and keep it from performing at an optimal level. Is it very hot or cold in your area of operation? Is your application mobile or do you have limited power available? It is these factors that help differentiate one form factor from another.
Intel ® Architecture Raises the Bar
Perhaps you need a lot of horsepower for data processing, or you need a Windows-based platform. The PC/104 footprint allows enough PCB for the implementation of some of the highest performers available from the Intel® Core™ processor product lines. Currently, PCIe/104 is able to support the Intel 4th Generation Intel® QM87 chipset with the Intel® Core™ i7-4700EQ processor, giving it a robust set of features with near-server class performance employing six SATA /mSATA ports up to SATA 6 Gbs, USB 3.0 and advanced video like DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4 and eDP.
Common legacy interfaces are still included for those looking to retrofit an existing platform, like VGA video, RS-232 COM ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet and the ability to connect to a host of peripheral I/O boards to get to the interface needed via the PCIe/104 bus. 3rd and 4th generation Intel Core architecture raises the level of performance in the PC/104 market space. This architecture has opened the door to emerging markets including machine vision, high-speed data collection, security/surveillance and mil-aero, to name a few.
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