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April 26, 2010     

Micro/sysís High-Performance, Low-Power ARM Computer Board for StackableUSB™ Paves the Entrance for ARMs in the "PC/104" Market

Montrose, CA... Micro/sys continues to lead the way in the embedded single board computer world with the release of the high-performance, low-power SBC1651, an ARM Cortex-A8 computer board with StackableUSB™. Having the Freescale Semiconductor i.MX515 CPU at its core, the SBC1651 consumes minimal power while operating at 800MHz and delivering the performance needed to run multimedia-rich applications in harsh and demanding environments . Its advanced RISC core and tight peripheral integration give the SBC1651 the competitive edgeómaking its 800MHz perform like 2GHz all the while satisfying the power efficiency required in battery-operated applications. The on-board StackableUSB I/O expansion with USB, I2C and SPI provides access to a wealth of plug-and-play off-the-shelf I/O boards with A/D, D/A, Zigbee, GPS, mass storage, sensors and other embedded I/O. All this combined with a wide range of software operating systems including WinCE, Linux, VxWorks, and Android, makes the SBC1651 ideal for new embedded systems designs or upgrading legacy X86 PC/104 systems.

"Freescale's i.MX515 processor delivers a compelling blend of features and functionality to meet the power stringent requirements of both the industrial and consumer markets," said Ken Obuszewski, product marketing director for Freeescale's Multimedia Applications Division. "The Micro/sys single board computer maximizes several key features of the i.MX515 for deeply-embedded applications while combining it with StackableUSB, thereby enabling users to add plug-and-play features such a A/D, D/A, I2C, and SPI I/O for industrial measurement and control applications."

On the compact 104 Form Factor, the SBC1651 offers an abundance of features. 512MB SDRAM, 2GB flash, and 2 SD/MMC card slots answer the demand for portability and multimedia storage simultaneously. The dual 10/100BASE-T Ethernet, seven serial ports, four USB ports (one On-The-Go), ensure the SBC1651 provides design engineers every means of embedded communication their application requires. Additional on-board peripherals include a real-time clock, watchdog timer, 1-wire interface, 24 lines of discrete I/O, two PWM outputs, audio support TV out, 24-bit LVDS flat panel display output, 4-wire touchscreen interface, and a SATA HDD port.

The SBC1651 starts at $595 in single quantity. Turn-key development kits for Linux and Windows CE are available for $995 with an extensive tool base allowing immediate out-of-the-box development. Significant OEM discounts are available on all boards. Contact Technical Sales Dept., Micro/sys, Inc., 3730 Park Place, Montrose, CA 91020, Phone (818) 244-4600, Fax (818) 244-4246, email:, URL:

About Micro/sys:
Since 1976, Micro/sys has been specializing in OEM high-performance, compact, low-power industrial single board computer products suited for demanding environments. Pioneering the USB movement within the stackable computer market, Micro/sys is a leading provider of Host and Client USB microcomputer and microcontroller boards. Micro/sys embedded computers are specified by OEMs in a range of applications including semiconductor processing, medical, military, mail handling, pharmaceutical, industrial marking, process control, and many other industries. For more information, visit the Micro/sys website,

About StackableUSB:
StackableUSB ruggedizes USB, I2C, and SPI into compact form factors enabling the technology to move into harsh environments such as industrial control systems, mobile, hand-held, military, medical, and remote communications applications. Visit for more information on StackableUSB and its ability to increase throughput as technology advances.


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