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Fanless Box Computer—Ruggedness in Mobile and Extreme Apps

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A new rugged box computer complies with the EN 50155 railway standard, fulfills IP67 and has an E1 approval from the German Federal Motor Transport Authority. The RC1 from Men Micro provides up to 1.6 GHz of processing power and combines a robust 8.66 inch x 5.12 inch x 3.39 inch (220 mm x 130 mm x 86 mm) aluminum enclosure with solid wall-mounting equipment to provide ruggedization in even the most extreme applications, from hot, dry and dusty to extremely humid or cold environments. It is specifically designed for mobile applications, including commercial vehicles such as agricultural or construction machines, trains, buses or cable cars, but can also be used in avionics, medical engineering and industrial automation applications.

The RC1 is available as standard either with a 3.5" 4:3 color TFT LCD touch panel with a resolution of 640x480 pixels, 262,144 colors and touch functionality for service purposes, or without a display. All I/O interfaces, including two Fast Ethernet interfaces and a service interface with USB and RS-232, are accessible at the front via robust 8-pin M12 connectors. Two slots are available for additional I/O options implemented using special SA-Adapter kits. The onboard FPGA allows the integration of further interfaces such as CAN bus, RS-485, IBIS or binary I/O.

A second power input makes it possible to connect a backup power source, such as a battery, to add reliability in the event of a power failure. As a power class S2 unit, the RC1 remains functional despite power interruption for up to 10 minutes. The 512 Mbyte RAM and 2 Gbyte flash memory offer sufficient space for all wireless functionality like Bluetooth, WLAN, WIMAX, GSM/GPRS or UMTS via two optional N-Type antenna connectors available at the front panel. The use of Intel's Atom processor guarantees fast performance and a minimum product availability of seven years. Pricing starts at $1,413 per unit without display and at $1,839 with display. 

MEN Micro, Ambler, PA. (215) 542-9575. [www.menmicro.com].