MATERIALS: In order to provide a wider range of energy-efficient industrial displays with powerful processors, Beckhoff released the CP77xx series Panel PCs. With the CP77xx series, Beckhoff extends its Panel PC family with another high-performance variant that features Intel® Atom™ processors. The solid-state CP77xx Panel PCs are suited for mid-range control platforms and as HMI units for machine builders and plant engineering applications.
Integrating the 1.1 or 1.6GHz Intel Atom into a Beckhoff Control Panel turns the rugged IP65 display device into a powerful, multi-tasking Panel PC with a slim housing design. The CP77xx has a very low housing depth between 1.1 and 1.8 inch (28 and 45 mm), depending on the screen size. The CPU is integrated into a slim format Control Panel housing and can be equipped with a 6.5-, 12-, 15- or 19-inch display screen. Therefore, users are offered a mid-range automation and display device containing no rotating parts, even in the compact 6.5 inch format. The user benefits not only from the slim housing design paired with high computing power, but also from significant energy savings due to the low power consumption of the Atom CPU.
The CP77xx is equipped with a Compact Flash card, which is easily accessible under a cover in the back of the panel. The Panel PC comes with two RJ 45 Ethernet connections and an RS232 interface in the rear of the panel as standard. A 2-port USB interface is available as an option.
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