MODULES: Rackmount computers help control power substations - Embedded.com

MODULES: Rackmount computers help control power substations

LONDON — The DA-710 from Moxa Europe GmbH (Munich, Germany) is an x86-based fanless rackmount embedded computer which supports USB, VGA, and CompactFlash, and is equipped with four Ethernet ports and two RS-232 serial ports.

It comes in a standard 19-inch, 4U high form factor but has a modular expansion design that allows users to tailor their embedded computers. The rugged industrial computer is suitable of applications for multitasking in a single power substation central management system. It can reduce system instability and simplify maintenance problems often associated with traditional multi-backend host servers.

The DA-710 comes with four PCI slots for inserting assorted expansion modules to cater to the needs of different applications. Modules include an 8-port RS-232/422/485 module (available with isolation, DB9 or terminal block), a 4-port 10/100 Mbps LAN module, an 8-port RS-232/485 module, an 8-port 10/100 switch module, an 8-port RS-422/485 module, an 8-port module, and a universal PCI expansion module.

It has 100/240 VAC/VDC dual power inputs and supports redundant applications to ensure continuous operation. The fanless design allows the DA-710 to use a high performance processor, and the reliability and stability of the system is increased, while repair and maintenance efforts are reduced.

The DA-710 runs pre-installed Linux, WinCE 6.0, or Windows XP Embedded. In addition, BIOS, middleware, sample code, and tools are provided to give programmers a user-friendly environment for application development, essentially minimizing the effort for system integration.

Moxa Europe GmbH

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