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COMMELL Release FS-978 PICMG Pentium 4 FSB800 CPU Card: 
Features the Advanced Computing Capacity, 8xAGP Expansive VGA,
Gigabit Ethernet, Serial ATA, CompactFlash and SCSI Solution

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Tuesday, December 2, 2003 (TAIPEI) - COMMELL Systems Corporation announces the Intel FSB800 MHz Pentium 4 industrial PICMG multiple PCI/ISA platform, the FS-978 series. Based on Intel latest Pentium 4 technology, the FS-978 features the 800 MHz FSB on CPU and dual channel DDR400 SDRAM, offers the 6.4 GBps of data transfer bandwidth on both of CPU host bus and system memory bus. With these features, the FS-978 offers the advanced computing capacity and performance for the industrial multiple PCI/ISA platforms and solutions.

In spite of the features of come from Intel Pentium 4 technology, the FS-978 also provides the other advantages to meet the fields of industrial applications. The mini-AGP interface offers the expansibility for multiple type of display, or 4x / 8xAGP VGA modules; the Intel PRO/1000 GbE interface offers the powerful network capacity; and the onboard dual channel Ultra160/320 SCSI interface also provides the all-in-one solution for the industrial PC applications. 

Advanced Computing Capacity

Based on Intel Springdale chipset, including Intel 82865G GMCH and 82801EB ICH5, the FS-978 features the 800 MHz FSB on CPU host bus and dual channel DDR400 SDRAM on system memory bus, and offers the 6.4 GBps of data transfer bandwidth. The Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology Extreme Edition runs at 3.20 GHz with an advanced 800 MHz system bus, the whopping 2MB of L3 cache and built-in Hyper-Threading Technology (HT Technology). The COMMELL FS-978 with Intel Pentium 4 Processor delivers the reliable performance for industrial computing platform that needs the powerful processing capacity to handle their advanced applications.

Mini-AGP Embedded VGA Expansive Interface

To meet the demand on video application, the FS-978 provides the onboard mini-AGP socket to support the multiple types of display devices, including the DVI, LVDS, and S/HDTV. The FS-978 onboard mini-AGP interface also supports the 4x or 8x AGP based expansive VGA modules, such as COMMELL MA-ATI-M10, the 8xAGP mini-AGP VGA module with ATI M10 VGA chipset and onboard 64 MB of independent video memory, to provide the advanced video and image processing capacity for the applications including video on demand (VoD), digital video recorder ( DVR), broadcasting (DVB), streaming, surveillance, compression, interaction servers and workstations.

Gigabit Ethernet Networking Solution

The FS-978 offers the Intel PRO/1000 GbE interface as the primary Ethernet port with Intel 865G GMCH chipset and CSA Intel 82547EI controller, and optional Intel PRO/100+ Fast Ethernet interface as the secondary Ethernet port with Intel ICH5 chipset and onboard Intel 82562ET Phy. The dual Ethernet ports provide the solution for WAN/LAN, external/internal multiple Ethernet application.

Onboard Dual Channel Ultra160/320 SCSI Platform 

With the onboard PCI LSI 53C1030 controller, the FS-978 offers the dual channel Ultra320 SCSI interface with dual 68-pin D-sub connectors and one 50-pin header connector. The onboard SCSI interface makes the FS-978 based IPC platform provides the expansive slot-saving solution for the application need SCSI based devices, such as the CTI (Computer Telecom Integration) server and workstation.

Serial ATA and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Interface

Based on Intel ICH5 chipset, the FS-978 offers the Serial ATA and  Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface. The serial ATA provides the 150 MBytes/second, and the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface offers the 480 Mbit/second of data transfer bandwidth. Both of them support hot-swappable function for the storage devices. 

Embedded OS Compatibility and Solid State Flash Disk Interface

The FS-978 is compatible with popular embedded OS including Microsoft WinCE, WinCE.NET, Embedded NT, XP Embedded (XPE), Embedded Linux, QNX, VxWorks and others. The onboard IDE-based, bootable and driver free CompactFlash flash disk interface also offers the reliable solid state disk for high reliability and disk free industrial embedded application.

About COMMELL FS-978

Full-size PICMG Intel Pentium 4 FSB800 CPU Card
Based on Intel Springdale-G with 82865G GMCH and 82801EB ICH5 Chipset
with Intel GMCH Built-in VGA Core, Mini-AGP 4x/8xAGP Expansive Socket
Intel PRO/1000 GbE, Serial ATA, Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Dual Channel Ultra160/320 SCSI
CompactFlash Socket and ISA 64mA High Drive Capacity
  • Form Factor: Industrial standard PICMG PCI/ISA form factor

  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4 CPU @ 800 / 533 / 400 MHz of FSB.

  • DRAM: Single/dual channel DDR266/333/400 SDRAM on two 184-pin DIMM sockets, support up to 2 GBytes of memory capacity.

  • Chipset: Intel Springdale-G chipset with 82865G GMCH and 82801EB ICH5.

  • PCI Enhanced IDE: dual Channels support 4 ATAPI devices up to UltraATA/100 with 100Mbps of data transfer rate.

  • VGA Interface: Intel 865G GMCH chipset built-in Extreme Graphics 2 VGA core, with Intel Dynamic Video Memory Technology (DVMT) up to 64 MB shared with system memory

  • Mini-AGP Interface: Supports LVDS, DVI, S/HDTV multiple types of display modules, or 4x / 8x AGP VGA modules.

  • Onboard Intel PRO/1000 GbE primary Ethernet interface and optional Intel PRO/100+ secondary Ethernet interface.

  • SCSI Interface: Onboard PCI LSI LSI 53C1030 dual channel Ultra320 SCSI controller, offers dual 68-pin D-sub connectors and one 50-pin header connector.

  • Serial ATA Interface: Intel ICH5 chipset built-in Serial ATA controller, supports up to 150 MBps of data transfer rate.

  • Audio Interface: Intel ICH5 with onboard AC97 3D audio codec

  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface with 480 Mbps of data transfer rate

  • I/O Ports: 2 serial port, 1 parallel port, IrDA, floppy, PS/2 keyboard and mouse port

  • Solid State Disk: IDE-based, bootable, driver free CompactFlash embedded flash disk.

  • ISA 64mA high drive capacity supports 20 PCS and above of ISA-based add-on cards.

For further information about COMMELL FS-978 series, please visit the website at



COMMELL SYSTEMS Corporation is major in the industrial PC-based computing platform and solution. With the professional R&D and QA teams, COMMELL designs, manufactures and markets the board-level, system-level and integration industrial embedded computer products and service for the world-wide IPC/SBC, distributors and system integrators who seek to automate or upgrade their solution easily and cost effectively. COMMELL also provides the customized ODM and OEM service for the wide range of industrial embedded computing platform and solution providers.

For further information about COMMELL is available at http://www.commell-sys.com

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