Without a doubt, the first half of 2020 has welcomed us with some big surprises. But apart from all the social and economic challenges that we all had to face, some very exciting things have happened in the industrial IT field as well, which may have been pushed out of sight a little. So let’s take a closer look at the highlights of 2020 so far.
First of all IPC2U GmbH was happy to announce partnerships with two new suppliers who complement our product portfolio in a perfect way, Arestech and GigaIPC. These companies offer some very innovative and equally cost effective solutions including Embedded Box PCs, Mini PCs, Panel PCs and embedded CPU-Boards at a very high quality level. But also some of our longterm partners have released some great new (and sometimes long awaited) models as well. Let’s check out a few of them!
The NISE 3900 fanless embedded series features two different chipsets to choose from, the Intel Q370PCH and Intel H310, and supports 8th Gen Intel Core processors. The high-performance Core I processors will provide high computing power thanks to their four and six core designs with up to 3.1 GHz clock rate. The NISE 3900 supports modern video compression codecs such as HEVC/H.265 and thanks to its powerful Intel HD Graphics 630 GPU and three independent displays over HDMI, DP and DVI-D interfaces, the NISE 3900 makes the perfect solution for digital signage, process monitoring or IP camera surveillance.
The NISE-3900 series can be equipped with up to 16 GB DDR4 memory via two DDR4-2400 / 2600MHz sockets. It has an externally accessible M.2 slot (M-Key) for SSD and an internal or two external 2.5 ”HDD / SSD bays in the RAID version NISE-3900R.
Just like all of Nexcom’s NISE models, the PCs of this new series feature a wide variety of I/O interfaces to make them a really versatile platform for many applications. For example, all computers of this series have two RS232/422/485, two or three GbE LAN ports (support WoL, teaming and PXE), up to ten USB ports, 8ch GPIO, HDMI, DVI-D, Display Port, and internal mini PCIe socket for Wi-Fi, 3.5G, 4G LTE. The operating temperature range from -5°C to 55°C is more than appropriate for most industrial applications and the wide-range power input of 9..30VDC matches all the common DC power sources used in industrial environments. An AC power adaptor is optionally available as well.
The BPC-5080 is a compact but extremely powerful embedded box PC. With dimensions of only 238mm x 61mm x 245mm, it offers space for a Core-i CPU of the 8th generation (Coffee Lake) up to the six-core i7 with 4.0GHz clock frequency. And thanks to its innovative cooling concept, this is not only fanless, but can even operate within a temperature range from -20°C to 60°C. A maximum of 32GB DDR4 RAM and optionally two built-in HDD/SSDs in a RAID 0 or 1 config adds even more flexibility for a wide variety of different applications. A high number of interfaces (8x USB, 3x display, 2x COM, 1x DIO etc.) provides high integration potential in existing applications.
The QBiX-Pro-GLKA5005HD-A1 by GigaIPC is a powerful and extensively equipped but inexpensive DIN-Rail PC, that is suitable for most applications in the automation industry. It featuress 4x RS232/422/485 COM ports, 4x USB 3.0, 8bit GPIO, 2xGbE LAN, HDMI, VGA and can be expanded via miniPCIe and M.2 with additional functions (including wireless communication via Wi-Fi or cellular network). In addition to another M.2 slot for mass storage, it also offers space for a 2.5“ HDD or SSD drive. The built-in Intel® Pentium® Silver J5005 quad-core CPU roughly offers the same performance as an Intel Core i3-6100TE, which is widely used in the automation sector, with significantly more economical operation.
The first striking feature of this robusten Tablet-PCs – is its large 13.3” display with Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixel) resolution which provides impressive viewing angles from any directions. The M133K features 350 nits as a standard brightness and 600 nits in an optional high-brightness version, which allows the use in outdoors applications. Thanks to the IP65 protection and the capacitive multi-touch display, it can be used under bad weather conditions (e.g. rain or low temperatures down to -10C), with glows or with a small-tip stylus.
The “brain” of the M133K is the Intel Core i5-7200U Kabylake with 2.5GHz clock frequency (up to 3.1GHz in turbo mode). The system has 4GB SODIMM DDR4 2400MHz RAM and can be upgraded to 16GB. By default, the rugged tablet is equipped with a 128GB M.2 SSD (optionally up to 512GB) and a Micro SD slot for additional storage.
The M133K features rich I/O capabilities: five USB ports (2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.1 Type C), for video connection), HDMI, Combo headphone jack, 1x Gbit LAN and 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WLAN, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, 4G LTE optional and two cameras (5MP auto-focus with LED flash and 2MP front). Also, the device can be upgraded with 1D/2D barcode-, RFID- and Smart Card readers.
With the special kickstand (or handle), a weight of 2.26kg and a depth of 1.2”, it delivers good ergonomic capabilities with safe and easy handling. MIL-STD-810G certifications for shock, drop and vibration, IP65 and 12kV ESP protection testify the robustness of the M133K for use under industrial conditions in harsh environments.
In a market where Mini-PCs, such as the NUC series by Intel, are gaining more and more popularity, there is a growing desire among many professional users to be able to use such space and cost-saving systems in industrial environments as well.
Our partner DMP has already earned an excellent reputation with its fanless mini box PCs from the EBOX series. However, in the past, these were equipped with Vortex CPUs from their own production, which undoubtedly have an outstanding position in terms of economy and compatibility with old operating systems. From now on however more powerful models with Intel CPUs from the Braswell and Apollo Lake series will also be available.
The newly released models with Braswell CPUs with dimensions of just 115mm x 115mm x 35mm turned out particularly compact. They are available with Intel Atom x5-E8000 and Intel Celeron N3160 quad-core processors, which offer rather high performances despite the completely fanless operation. In conjunction with the up to 8GB DDR3L RAM, the result is a computer that should be far more than sufficient for the vast majority of applications for mini PCs.
The selection of interfaces is also impressive considering the small dimensions of the chassis. The Mini-PCs have 2x USB 3.0, mic in, line out and a micro SD card slot for easy access on the front-panel. On the back there are two additional USB 3.0, 2x RS232 in DB9 version, 2x GbE LAN and HDMI in 4k resolution. And there is also a voltage input that can be operated with 8-16VDC.
Despite the small dimensions, the EBOX-58 models offer space for an M.2 expansion module for WLAN and Bluetooth, as well as an optional TPM 2.0 module.
With an operating temperature range of 0°C to 60°C , which is astonishingly wide regarding the small size of the housing, the possible applications go far beyond the usual office or consumer areas and allow the use in industrial environments such as production halls or warehouses as well.
As a special highlight, the mini PCs can be attached to VESA100 mountings with screws drectly through the chassis. So it is possible to easily and elegantly attach them behind monitors or TV sets in order to upgrade these into Panel PCs or digital signage players.
The extremely compact mini box PC EPC-WHL by Avalue is available with powerful but cost-saving processors from Intel's 8th generation of Core-i CPUs aka Whiskey Lake U (ultra low power). Despite its high performance from four CPU cores, the power loss of just 15W made it possible to fit the computer in a small and attractive housing, that does not only stand the rigors of an industrial environment, but also looks nicely in applications such as digital signage or as a thin client, where it might be visible to customers or visitors. A memory of up to 64GB and various options for installing mass storage media like M.2 and 2.5“ SATA SSD/HDD (even combinable as a RAID 0/1 array) and optional expansion cards for WiFi, 4G etc. complete the setup. The computer featuress two HDMI ports (each with 4k resolution), 2x GbE LAN and 4x USB3.1 interfaces. A built-in TPM 2.0 chip provides additional security. The full metal housing with cooling fins allows operation in a temperature range from -10°C to 50°C despite its compact dimensions of only 177mm x 123mm x 55mm.
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