MODULES - Panel PC is robust x86 alternative to RISC panels - Embedded.com

MODULES – Panel PC is robust x86 alternative to RISC panels

Eching, Germany – The new Kontron Nano Client 10.4″ is a fanless Touch Panel PC with an Intel Atom Z5xx Processor, which is protected by a fully-sealed IP66 stainless steel housing and is recommended for use as an HMI for harsh environments with high hygiene requirements. Its open x86 architecture also facilitates variant creation and offers a future-proof alternative to RISC-based solutions.

In contrast to RISC-based HMIs, which are more application limited and dedicated to specific functions, the Kontron Nano Client 10.4″ offers an open and therefore easily-scalable x86 platform. The ability to run the same software on a range of x86-based platforms means development efforts can be reduced. The hardware enables application-specific variations to be developed. OEM versions of the system are available through Kontron ODM Services (Original Design and Manufacturing).

The 10.4-inch touch panel PC is fully protected against dust and spray and meets the highest hygienic requirements. Its IP66-protected stainless steel (V2A) housing is free of any grooves and edges where dirt could accumulate. The stand-alone device can be quickly and easily integrated, thanks to its VESA mount, and it is particularly suitable in applications for the food and beverage industry, shop-floor applications, hospitals, laboratories, pharmaceutical production, POS terminals, Kiosk-Panels, and building automation. Due to its rugged design, the Nano Client is suitable for use in any industrial environment.

The Kontron Nano Client 10.4″ is equipped with a 45nm Intel Atom Z5xx processor up to 1.6 GHz, a highly-integrated Intel System Controller Hub US15W, and a maximum of 1024 MB soldered RAM, allowing it to run demanding web-based visualizations. It also includes all required interfaces for HMI or terminal applications: 1 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x USB 2.0, and Compact Flash for data storage. The Nano Client has a robust system design with no moving parts, as well as excellent vibration and shock resistance. A 24-volt DC power supply rounds out the industrial-grade feature set.

The CE-certified Kontron Nano Client 10.4″ is now available in EMEA and later this year in America and APAC. It supports Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded, and Embedded Linux.

More information about the Kontron Nano Client 10.4″ is available at www.kontron.com.

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