Diamond Systems Corporation announced an upgrade to the Hercules EBX Single Board Computer, extending the life of the product through 2010 and providing a migration path for end-of-life EBX and EPIC SBCs which utilized Via Eden processors or Intel Celeron/Pentium III processors with the Via Twister-T chipset. Ths SBC retains the footprint, mounting holes, I/O, connectors, connector locations and pin definitions of the earlier model. Only the CPU and chipset have changed, increasing performance to 800 MHz and memory to 256 MB or 512 MB. All software and expansion hardware used with earlier models should work with the upgraded version without change. Hercules II is a high performance, EBX form factor (5.75" ×8" or 146 mm × 203 mm) SBC integrating a Pentium III-level CPU with data acquisition and a DC/DC power supply on a single board. Hercules II uses a highly integrated, low power 800 MHz VIA Mark CoreFusion processor with either 256 MB or 512 MB RAM and a broad set of system I/O including 10/100BaseT Ethernet, four RS232 ports (two with RS422/485 capability), four USB 1.1 ports or four USB 2.0 ports, dual IDE controllers (with IDE FlashDisk capability), PS/2 keyboard / mouse, an advanced 2D / 3D video controller supporting both CRT and LVDS flat panel displays and AC ’97 audio with amplified speaker output. Hercules II data acquisition section includes 32 16-bit analog inputs with a 250 KHz sample rate and a 2K-sample FIFO along with four 12-bit analog output channels.
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