As suppliers of industrial PCs continue to embrace more powerful Intel processors, the chip maker's Core Duo dual-core products have now become fair game. One of the first models that crams the Core Duo into a panel PC form factor comes from Kontron. The company's new Kontron V Panel Express features a Core Duo processor embedded as part of a COM-Express-compliant, scaleable-ETXexpress Computer-On-Modules (COM). Thanks to its extra core, the V Panel Express can more easily run multiple control and HMI applications on single industrial PC. With a display size ranging from 12- to 17-inches, the Kontron V Panel Express has maximum RAM of 2 GB. It can be equipped with two CF Cards and up to two SATA hard drives. Interface options include two serial ports, five USB ports, DVI-I and two LAN 10/100/1000 Base-TX ports. The unit also has two free PCI slots for expansion. The Kontron V Panel Express supports Windows XP and Windows XP Embedded, as well as Linux and Embedded Linux. Introduced last November at the SPS/IPC Drives Show in Nuremberg, Germany, the Kontron V Panel Express will be available in North America by the end of March, according to product manger Cliff Moon.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
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