ADLINK Introduces Revolutionary Series of Rugged I/O Platforms

The Atom-based Matrix series offers fanless and cable-free design, -20 to 70°C operating temperature range

San Jose, Calif, September 15, 2009 – ADLINK Technology, Inc., a leading global provider of trusted embedded products, announced the release of Matrix MXE-1000 and MXC-2000 series of rugged and fanless I/O platforms based on the Intel® Atom® N270. The MXE-1000 provides embedded I/O functions and the MXC-2000 series offers configurable PCI and/or PCI Express® slots.

The Matrix MXE-1000 and MXC-2000 series are ADLINK’s first step in providing rugged I/O platforms to the market. These platforms are the result of combining ADLINK’s expertise in x86 platform design, versatile I/O function development, and thermal design to push fanless systems to a higher standard, including a -20 to 70°C temperature range, 5 G vibration, and cable-free durable structure. The MXE-1000 and MXC-2000 series are also the first to integrate ADLINK’s current I/O design into a computer platform for many application-specific uses. For instance, the compact design and comprehensive I/O of the MXE-1000 make it ideal for intelligent transportation, facility management, and environment monitoring applications, and the MXC-2000 – fully compatible with ADLINK's full line of PCI/PCI Express data acquisition, digital I/O, motion control, and image capture cards – is perfectly suited for industrial automation, factory control, and test instrumentation applications.

The MXE-1000 and MXC-2000 series include a specifically-designed single board computer to fit the respective fanless chassis that all heat-producing components come in direct contact with the aluminum shell. This allows for the widest operating temperature range among all off-the-shelf fanless computers.

All connectors and components are mounted directly onto the PCB so there is no internal wiring. Such cable-free design significantly increases reliability and durability. The unique design of the MXC-2000 series enables very simple card installation and maintenance compared to other similar offerings on the market. PCI and/or PCI Express cards can be effortlessly installed or removed simply by loosening one screw.

"The cable-free architecture and wide temperature range of the Matrix platforms greatly benefits customers who require compact and reliable solutions," stated Chris Ni, Product Manager of I/O Platforms at ADLINK. "The flexible open architecture design and PCI/PCI Express peripheral slots of the MXC-2000 series or the integrated MXE-1000 series platform with comprehensive I/O interfaces provide versatile options for a wide range of application solutions."

In addition to general I/O connectors such as Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), COM, and USB ports, the MXE-1000 series also provides dedicated GbE and 1394b interfaces to support cameras for outdoor or in-vehicle video/imaging applications. The MXC-2000 series includes configurations of two PCI slots or one PCI slot and one PCI Express slot, supporting ADLINK's full lineup of PCI/PCI Express cards, in addition to third-party plug-in cards.

Price and Availability

The Matrix series is currently available at a list prices starting at $550 and $750 for the MXE-1000 and MXC-2000, respectively.


ADLINK Technology ( provides a wide range of embedded computing products and services to the test & measurement, automation & process control, gaming, communications, medical, network security, and transportation industries. ADLINK products include PCI Express®-based data acquisition and I/O; vision and motion control; and AdvancedTCA, CompactPCI, and Computer-on-Modules (COMs) for industrial computing. With the acquisition of Ampro Computers, Inc., ADLINK also provides a wide range of Extreme Rugged and Rugged Single Board Computers, Computer-on-Modules and Systems under the brand name Ampro by ADLINK. ADLINK strives to minimize the total cost of ownership (TCO) of its customers by providing customization and system integration services, maintaining low manufacturing costs, and extending the lifecycle of its products. ADLINK is a global company with headquarters and manufacturing in Taiwan; R&D and integration in Taiwan, China, and the US; and an extensive network of worldwide sales and support offices.

ADLINK is ISO-9001, ISO-14001, and TL9000 certified, is an Associate Member of the Intel® Embedded and Communications Alliance, an Executive Member of PICMG, and a Sponsor Member of the PXI Systems Alliance. ADLINK is a publicly traded company listed on the TAIEX Taiwan Stock Exchange (stock code: 6166).