The piA-AM3505 and piAx-AM3517 are single board computer based on ARM's Cortex A8 architecture enclosed in industry standard top-hat rail housing for fanless mobile communication as well as stationary controller applications. Due to its small size it is the ideal solution, when there is not enough space for a full-sized PC system. In addition to Ethernet, RS232/485 and USB, the piA-AM3505 allows data exchange via CAN and GSM/GPRS. Thanks to the built-in PowerVR SGX graphics accelerators, the piAx-AM3517 offers a powerful and flexible solution for multimedia processing. Additional features such as LCD displays, cameras, Wi-Fi, RFID, Bluetooth or IO-Ports can be added via customer-specific expansion boards.
The sustainability of the system is underlined through the use of state of the art operating systems (embedded Linux, Windows Embedded Compact 7 and Android). In addition to interpreters for Python, Perl ea. included the base system, the piA-AM3505 comes with an open-source Linux based C/C++ cross compiler SDK for native application development. Since the piA-AM3505 and piAx-AM3517 are based on the wide-spread Beagle-/Craneboard designs, there is a large and actively supporting open-source development community.