Epson Card-PCs pack portable punch

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Epson Card-PCs pack portable punch

Epson Electronics America has introduced two single-board PCs that pack the features of a desktop computer and Windows operating system into the size of a credit card.

The SCE8700C0x/SH-CARD is an all-in-one design that provides full system integration, with all necessary hardware built into the CARD-PC. The device integrates the 133MHz Hitachi SH3 processor with a choice of 16MB or 32MB of synchronous DRAM, an Epson SED1355 video display controller, 2MB video memory, and a connector for compact flash on the board.

A companion chip in the SH-CARD provides additional serial ports, a parallel port, keyboard-and-mouse port, PCMCIA controller, and an ISA-bus controller. An analog interface is also available. The SH-CARD features very low-power consumption rates of 1.8V, 3.3V or 2W total.

The SH-CARD is designed for Microsoft Windows CE 2.11 applications outside the typical PC arena, such as handheld computing devices, portable medical equipment, portable measuring devices, network-connected equipment, data gathering systems and other portable devices.

The CARD-PC686 incorporates a 233MHz AMD K6 processor, plus 32MB or 64MB of DRAM. Other built-in features include a high-performance Epson SPC8110 video controller with 1MB of video memory; embedded RAM/DAC, and CRT/LCD supported resolution up to 1024-by-768 and 256 colors. Interfaces for IDE, FDD, keyboard/mouse, and ISA-bus are also provided.

The CARD-PC 686 is designed for Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows CE 2.11. Target applications include handheld terminals, portable diagnostic equipment, point-of-sales terminals, automated teller machines, set-top boxes, smart TVs and general home automation appliances.

The 16MB SH-CARD is available forf $123 each in quantities of 10,000 units and $100 each in quantities of 50,000 units. The 32MB CARD-PC 686 is available for $450 each in quantities of 10,000 units. The 64MB CARD-PC 686 sells for $550 in the same quantities.

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