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AMD GEODE Special - Gecko

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General Processor AMD 366 MHz GX-500
Chipset CS5535 (companion chip)
Power Requirements +5.0V ±5% @ 1A typ. (5W)
System Reset Watchdog timeout
VCC sensing (resets below 4.70V typ.)
Compatibility EPIC: Fully compatible.
PC/104-Plus: Supports 3.3V or 5V modules.
Mechanical Board Size 115mm x 165mm (4.5” x 6.5” )
Storage Temperature – 40° C to +85° C
Operating Temperature 0° C to +60° C (standard temp models)
– 40° C to +85° C (extended temp models)
Humidity Less than 95%, noncondensing
Memory System RAM Interface One SODIMM socket. Up to 512 MB of DDR PC2100 or PC2700 RAM.
Flash Interface Latching CompactFlash socket. Type I or II supported.
Video General High performance. Standard monitor support.
Flat Panel LVDS and analog interface. Jumper-selectable flat panel support.
Network Interface Ethernet Autodetect 10BaseT/100BaseTX port. Right angle connector.*
Network Boot Option Argon Managed Boot Agent. Supports PXE, RPL, NetWare, TCP/IP (DHCP, BOOTP) remote boot protocols.
Device I/O USB Four USB 1.1 ports.*‡ 
IDE Interface ATA-5, UDMA66 interface with 44-pin 2mm connector.
COM 1 & 2 Interface RS 232 compatible. Standard PC serial connector.*
COM 3 & 4 Interface RS 422/485 selectable. Standard PC serial connector.*
LPT Interface Standard PC parallel port and connector.*
Digital I/O 16 line TTL I/O port. 2 lines routable to IRQs via CMOS options. IDC connector.
Analog I/O (optional) 8 channel 12 bit 6 µs A/D with interrupt capability. IDC connector.
Floppy Supported via LPT connector option.
Audio AC ‘97 PCI compatible. Stereo line in. Stereo line out.
Other Keyboard and PS/2 mouse port. Standard PC connectors.*‡ 
Software Operating Systems Compatible with most X86 operating systems, including Win95/98/NT/CE/XP, QNX, VxWorks, and Linux.
BIOS General Software’s Embedded BIOS with OEM Enhancements. Field reprogrammable. Support for USB keyboard/mouse and USB boot.
*TVS protected port (Enhanced ESD protection).
‡ Power connection protected with self-resetting fuse.
Data represent standard operation at 25° C with 5.0V supply unless otherwise noted.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
PC/104 is a trademark of the PC/104 Consortium.
GECKO
GX-500 Single Board Computer

EPIC single board computer with the AMD GX-500 processor, Integrated 2D acceleration, fanless operation and very low power consumption, CompactFlash socket, and PC/104-Plus expansion.

The Gecko is an efficient mid-sized SBC with an excellent balance of outstanding performance, very low power consumption, and a complete set of on-board features. This compact board features a highly reliable design to support OEM applications where long-term availability is required.

The Gecko is a complete SBC with network capability and support for standard and proprietary device types. The EPIC form factor on which it is developed offers a compact, cost-effective solution to developers who require a mid-range platform for performance and size (smaller than EBX, more features than PC/104).

Features
Highlights
EPIC form factor
Mid-sized. Multi-vendor support.
GX-500 Processor
Equivalent 500 MHz performance with lower power draw.
DDR RAM
Supports up to 512 MB double data-rate RAM. 64-bit data path.
High Performance Video
Analog and LVDS flat panel outputs for 18 and 24-bit video displays.
Full SBC I/O
On-board Sound, 10/100 Ethernet, 4 port USB, 4 COM ports (two RS-232 and two RS-422/485), IDE interface.

ESD Protection

Built-in Transient Voltage Suppressor (TVS) devices provide enhanced ESD protection for keyboard, mouse, USB, Ethernet, and other external I/O lines.
Analog Input Option
On-board A/D option provides eight 12-bit input channels
Real-world Connectors
Standard PC-style connectors simplify cabling and lower costs in many applications.
User I/O
Sixteen line TTL I/O port reduces need for I/O expansion.
CompactFlash Socket
Removable storage device has no moving parts.
Fanless Operation
No fan / no moving parts required across full operating temperature.
Watchdog Timer
Provides hardware-level safety control for application run-away conditions.
Embedded BIOS
OEM embedded features. Field-upgradable, customization available.

Description
Overview
The Gecko is an efficient mid-sized SBC with an excellent balance of outstanding performance, low power consumption, and a complete set of on-board features. This compact board features a highly reliable design to support OEM applications where long-term availability is required. The Gecko is designed around the advanced AMD GX-500 CPU. This highly integrated processor features fanless operation and very low power consumption (one watt!). The GX-500 sets new standards for performance and renders CPU clock speed obsolete as a measurement of performance. Running with a 366 MHz clock, this impressive CPU performs at levels equivalent to a 500 MHz processor, yet it operates at less than half of the power consumption. It provides excellent performance, such as extremely fast on-board transfers (6 GB per second), fast DDR memory access, and integrated high-performance video.
The Gecko complements the GX-500 with a full range of on-board I/O devices, to form a complete, highly effective single board computer. Based on the EPIC form factor, the Gecko offers a compact, cost-effective solution to developers who require a mid-range platform (smaller than EBX, more features than PC/104).
Like all VersaLogic products, the Gecko is designed from day one for high reliability and long-term availability. From initial application design to 5+ years of production, its quality and longevity provide a cost-effective, long -term solution. The Gecko is manufactured to the highest quality standards, and is backed with VersaLogic’s excellent (award winning) support. Product customization is available in quantities as low as 100 pieces.























Details
The Gecko includes a full complement of features to support a wide range of applications. In addition to the standard AT-style peripherals (PS/2 mouse and keyboard), it includes 4 USB ports, 10/100 Ethernet with Boot ROM support, 4 COM ports (RS-232 and RS-422), LPT, 16-line TTL user I/O port, and optional 12-bit analog input channels. The Gecko combines the advantages of PC-style connectors, with OEM embedded features such as high reliability design and a PC/104-Plus expansion site. The Gecko’s standard PC architecture is compatible with desktop systems and PC software, making it easy to integrate into a wide variety of applications.

The Gecko includes several features for enhanced application reliability. These include Transient Voltage Suppression (TVS) devices to help protect the board from external static discharges. TVS protection is included on the keyboard, mouse, Ethernet, USB, COM, and LPT ports. A programmable watchdog timer controls application run-away conditions and resets the system in the event of a serious malfunction. A self-resetting fuse on the 5V power to the keyboard, mouse, and USB ports protects the board from cable or connector shorts.

For moderate I/O expansion, the Gecko supports PC/104 and PC/104-Plus plug-in modules. For more extensive OEM I/O requirements, a special Gecko version is available with PC/104 connectors that extend through and below the board. This allows the Gecko to be plugged into a user baseboard to drive specialized I/O subsystems. Custom I/O boards of this type can be as large, or larger then the Gecko without creating any mounting challenges.

The Gecko includes General Software’s Embedded BIOS with OEM enhancements. This field-reprogrammable BIOS supports custom defaults and the addition of managed boot agent firmware to allow network booting. The Gecko is compatible with a variety of popular operating systems, including Windows, QNX, VxWorks and Linux