ETX CPU board compatibility with PC/104 I/O module expansion
This system supports Access I/O's line of USB and PC/104 I/O modules. The motherboard/baseboard is only 120 mm across, and comes with right-angle mounted connectors such as VGA, RS-232, four USB 2.0 ports, PS/2 mouse and keyboard, and Ethernet. It allows PC/104 I/O module expansion, plus it can use any ETX CPU board. The NANO also comes with supplemental onboard I/O connectors for flat-panel support, IDE, Compact Flash, and an extra RS-232/422/485-selectable serial port. A 12-pin power connector can hook up to any ATX power supply. It can be mounted into various custom chassis, and can work with PC/104 I/O modules stacked in the system as a complete and small data acquisition system, but it can also be a stand-alone computer, or a USB I/O server. It costs $229 for the motherboard alone. OEM and volume pricing are available.
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