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.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
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