This 6.4-inch panel-mount LCD computer is made for factory automation, facility monitoring, machine automation and environmental monitoring. It has a 3.5-inch embedded board that uses a VIA Eden 667-MHz processor. It has up to 512 Mbytes of memory capacity in its 144-pin SO-DIMM socket. It has video support with a built-in VGA controller and 32 Mbytes of shared display memory. A Realtek 8139 C PCI PnP Base-T Ethernet controller handles local area networking, and there is an optional PCMCIA for wireless applications. It has a 4-wire resistive touch screen, three RS-232 ports, an onboard CompactFlash Type-1 socket, an optional 2.5-inch hard disk drive and a 16-bit PC/104 extension connector. They start at $1,000 for North American sales, and are available for immediate delivery.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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