Looking at the main trends for CPU and chipset development, we see performance increasing but board and chip sizes getting smaller and smaller, this change is driven by popular demand for smaller embedded form factors. Smaller form factors help system designers integrate their solutions into a wider variety of applications. Take the advertising industry; display advertising is powered by ever-larger digital signage screens that require a robust back-end infrastructure to deliver rich media content in public spaces. Retail kiosks need powerful CPU performance to distribute engaging content and interactive solutions at the point of information and sale.
Intel 945GME-based platforms support a range of powerful multi core engines and rich I/O features. They are perfectly suited for Advantech's reliable 3.5" Biscuit embedded SBC platforms. Dual Independent displays and unique Module I/O (MIO) interface answers the need for powerful and flexible 3.5" SBCs requiring high resistance to vibration, and plenty of expansion possibilities. MIO integrates the most popular bus signals together into a high-density 160-pin connector. These bus signals include PCI, High-Speed USB 2.0, Digital Video Output (DVO), Low Pin Count (LPC), and AC97 audio.