Low-Cost I/O Expansion for Embedded Designs Simplified with VersaLogic’s New SPX Format

Eugene, OR — VersaLogic Corporation today announced a new line of low-cost I/O
expansion boards called Serial Peripheral eXpansion™ (SPX™) modules. The SPX
format provides designers with an easy-to-implement I/O expansion platform for both
standard and custom functions. The SPX format uses a proprietary implementation of the
Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) Bus that operates at high speed on a simple 14-pin
interconnect cable. VersaLogic’s latest EBX platform, the Python, includes an SPX
interface, and additional SPX-enabled base boards are nearing release. Initial SPX
offerings include an 8-Channel Analog Input module, CANbus controller, 4-Channel Analog
Output module, TTL I/O port expansion, and an 8-Channel Solid State Switch. The company
has plans to develop additional off-the-shelf modules as well. The SPX format also easily
accommodates custom requirements and custom designed SPX modules will be made available
through VersaLogic’s Research & Development group. Up to 4 SPX modules, of identical
or different functionality, can be used per system. They can be bolted to the host board,
or located up to 2 feet away.

“Invariably the on-board I/O features of a given Single Board Computer do not exactly
meet the user’s needs,” said Len Crane, president of VersaLogic Corporation. “The ability
to economically add the last 5 or 10% of the needed functionality will become more
important as OEMs look to contain rising design and manufacturing costs. The SPX
interface offers savings in terms of both cost and real estate, compared to traditional
ISA-based devices. These advantages come without a reduction in throughput or capability,”
continued Crane.

All SPX modules are RoHS compliant and are designed for extended temperature operation
(-40°C to +85°C). As with other VersaLogic embedded computer products, SPX modules
are designed for long-term reliability and availability. Standard SPX modules are priced
starting at $60 each and volume discounted OEM pricing is available. Pricing for custom
module development is also available upon request.

For additional information contact VersaLogic Corp. at (541) 800-824-3163 or info@VersaLogic.com, or visit the on-line catalog at www.VersaLogic.com.

About VersaLogic Corporation

A leading supplier of industrial computers since 1976, VersaLogic focuses on high-quality board-level products for embedded OEM applications. Their five year product availability guarantee and outstanding warranties demonstrate a commitment to service. Product lines include EBX, PC/104, PC/104-Plus, and EPIC formats. For four years running VersaLogic has received the coveted “Platinum” level vendor rating based on independent user surveys from technology research firm Venture Development Corporation (VDC). For more information, visit www.VersaLogic.com.

Contact Information

VersaLogic Corp.

12100 SW Tualatin Road
Tualatin, OR, 97062-7341

tele: 503-747-2261
toll-free: 800-824-3163
fax: 541.485.5712

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