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Motherboard Complies with Medical Instrumentation Requirements

Motherboard Complies with Medical Instrumentation Requirements

An industrial motherboard is suited for medical instrumentation environments where system certification issues mandate that the product be available for many years. The ITOX VPCx, available from Itox Inc. (East Brunswick, NJ), is a form-fit-function replacement for the company's VPC motherboard that has been in production for nearly five years. According to senior vice president of sales and marketing John Mattlock, the new motherboard was designed "to be more powerful, have more features, and be as economical as its predecessor."

The VPCx features seven expansion slots, a built-in video controller, and a watchdog timer.

The VPCx uses National Semiconductor's Geode GXI low-power-consumption integrated processor for economy and cool operation. It features seven expansion slots that can accept full-length ISA cards with an industry-standard Baby AT format. The motherboard's compact size and large number of expansion slots make it suitable as an alternative to more expensive backplane system architectures. Improvements over the VPC include a built-in video controller, an integrated 586 processor that runs at 200 MHz, and a watchdog timer that automatically restarts the system when needed.

Katherine Sweeny

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