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RAID-Capable Box PC Offers Flexible Storage Capacity
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A low-profile, maintenance-free box PC with five integrated Ethernet interfaces is designed for reliable storage in harsh environments. The BL50S from MEN Micro boasts two hot-plug-capable HDD/SSD shuttles in a slim 2.4” housing. It can support RAID 0 for applications requiring fast data transfer, such as audio and video in a video recorder, as well as RAID 1 for more data safety if used as a compact content server.
Of the five available Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, one is a Gigabit Ethernet uplink and the other four operate as a 4-port Ethernet switch with Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality. The BL50S combines two devices into one without any additional components. The front panel includes one DisplayPort with 2560 x 1600 resolution, two USB 2.0 ports and other configurable slots for RS-232, CAN bus or other I/O requirements.
One PCI Express Mini Card slot with two SIM card slots enables the implementation of a wide range of functionality, including mobile service standards such as GSM (2G), UMTS (3G) and LTE (4G), wireless communication standards WLAN/Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 and related standards as well as GPS or GLONASS positioning systems.
The BL50S is based on the AMD T48N Embedded G-Series APU running at 1.4 GHz, which provides high scalability in CPU (single/dual core) and graphics performance. Additionally, the new box PC offers 2 Gbyte DDR3 SDRAM, one SD card and one mSATA slot. The class S2 wide-range power supply features a 24 VDC and 36 VDC nominal input voltage and a power consumption of 30W. The new unit provides easy and cost-effective I/O adaptations, regardless of the processor board in use. The BL50S also accommodates other APUs from the Embedded G-Series for even more flexible configurations. It is compliant with EN 50155 and prepared for E1 certification.
Designed for fanless operation at temperatures from -40° to +70°C (+85°C for up to 10 minutes), the unit features a special aluminum housing with cooling fins that serve as a heatsink for the internal electronics, providing conduction cooling. The housing is also coated against dust and humidity for additional protection in harsh environments. Pricing for the BL50S is $2,202
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