Contact now has a product line of embedded box PCs for harsh
industrial environments. The Valueline BPC Mini box PC is suited for control
applications in the industrial environment, in outdoor embedded systems and in
machine and plant construction. It has an extended temperature range from -40
to +70C and an input voltage range from +9 to +36V.
embedded operating systems, such as Windows Embedded Standard, Windows CE or LINUX,
the box PC utilizes standards that make it possible for customers to commission
it simply. With a thermal design power (TDP) of 4.5W, it is energy efficient.
Its compact design allows it to be directly snapped onto mounting rails.
PC uses the industrial temperature grade Intel Atom processor Z510PT (1.1 GHz)
and has a wide range of interfaces, including 6x USB 2.0, 1x VGA, and 1x COM
(RS232 / 422 / 485). 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports are available as well as a
CompactFlash slot and digital I/Os. The main memory can be extended using a
DDR2 SODIMM with up to 2 GByte.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
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