Compact industrial PC meets extended temperature requirements
Phoenix Contact’s Valueline industrial PC product range now includes the VL BPC Mini, a miniature embedded box PC. One model available is a wide-temperature version that operates between -40 °F to 149 °F.
The Mini BPC family employs a fanless design in a compact, DIN rail-mountable package. The line is based on specially selected Intel Atom CPUs that consume less energy and produce less heat.
The wide temperature model uses the Intel Atom Z510PT processor (1.1 GHz). It has high shock and vibration ratings, making it suitable for rugged applications. With a thermal design power (TDP) of 4.4 W, it is especially energy-efficient.
Interfaces include six USB 2.0 ports, one VGA port and one RS-232/422/485 port. Two Gigabit Ethernet ports are available, as well as a CompactFlash slot and digital I/O. In addition, it can accommodate SD cards up to 2 GB in size for additional data storage.
The unit is designed for embedded operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard, Microsoft Windows CE, or Linux, installed on an industrial CompactFlash card. Like the original Valueline IPCs, the user can configure the VL BPC Mini to meet the specific needs of the application.
– Edited by Gust Gianos, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com