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Intel Atom-based SBC Beats Power Expectations, Challenges Competition

SECO USA’ small size, low-power and high performance mini motherboard, FireFly, exceeds projected power numbers in recent revision, now smallest in size and power consumption

Rockville, MD (August 11, 2009) – SECO USA, a low-power embedded solutions provider for OEMs of wireless and handheld devices, has released the latest version of their Intel Atom-based full-function single board computer (SBC), FireFly. The revision has produced new, lower power numbers which are now approximately 4.5 Watts running (S0) and 500mW in sleep state (S3). With the new low power numbers and compact dimensions, SECO USA has created the smallest and most power efficient full-function Atom-based SBC – and the only full-function system with on-board DDR2 and expansion capabilities.

This news challenges competitor claims as the most power efficient Atom-based system. The competition’s 3W system module requires the additional power of a carrier board and power supplies to run and provide the same functionality as FireFly: As an off-the-shelf, full-function system, FireFly does not require any additional boards to operate. Fully optimized for performance and power as a stand-alone, or expanded system, FireFly is the smallest Atom-based SBC equipped with daughter card connectors for easy expandability.

“The performance and low power of FireFly far surpass anything we’ve seen on the Intel Atom system market thus far,” stated, Dan Rowland, VP of Marketing at SECO USA. “In our most recent tests, FireFly’s performance is comparable to that of the Dell Mini [Inspiron 1210], at a fraction of the power consumption. And with no need for time or money to create a daughter card for a full-function system, FireFly offers a quick and easy time-to-market without compromising power or performance!”

FireFly is available now. For more information please contact sales at 240-558-2014, ext. 216 or visit

SECO USA, Inc. is a leading provider of low-power embedded systems to Original Equipment Manufacturers. Every SECO USA developed system includes BatterySmart®, SECO USA’s patented run-time power management software for developers of battery-operated handheld and wireless devices, such as UMPCs, PDAs, wearable computers, industrial computers and smart sensors. The company’s products are used in a variety of industries, including, military, healthcare, entertainment, and instrumentation. SECO USA’s FireFly™, Fingertip™ and BatterySmart® products are built on industry-leading technologies such as Intel® Atom™ processors, Marvell® PXA processors, and Linux and Microsoft® Windows CE, Mobile and XP Embedded operating systems. All SECO USA products are manufactured in the USA with company’s headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, please visit

Media Contact:
Hayley Parks
240-558-2012, 228

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  • Published: Aug 11th 2009
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