Compact panel PCs feature Intel Atom N270 processor

Paul Boughton

Kontron is now offering its Micro Client II Panel PCs with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor in four screen sizes from 7 to 15 inches. These units can serve as a universal HMI (human-machine interface) for various visualisation tasks.
The IP65-protected Kontron Micro Client IIA Panel PCs with resistive touch screen are designed for controlling and monitoring equipment, machinery and plant. They support all current thin client concepts from RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) for Microsoft Windows-based servers to Linux-based open platforms with browser-based Java clients. Kontron's latest panel PCs can also be used for several visualisation tasks without requiring any application-specific software to be installed on the client. The Kontron Micro Clients IIA feature not only Sata and Compactflash boot functionality, but can also be remotely booted via Ethernet. This facilitates the administration of the complete system, since only the software on the respective industrial server, eg the Kontron KISS server, must be administered.
Kontron Micro Client IIA Panel PCs also offer a comprehensive interface selection: two 10/1000 Ethernet, two external USB 2.0 ports (plus additional USB port on the front for screen sizes from 10.4 to 15.0inches), one RS232 with optional RS422/RS485 and CAN bus interface, as well as additional fieldbus interfaces as an option. They also feature sophisticated embedded graphics for intuitive GUIs, as well as touch-beep for multimedia-oriented operating and monitoring applications including acoustic feedback. The fanless design enables silent operation, reduced maintenance costs and lower total-cost-of-ownership due to the impressive MTBF of over 40,000 hours.
For versatile use, the front panel can be omitted, enabling the Kontron Micro Client IIA to be integrated into customer-specific housings including vandal-protected systems for public use. In this case, the OEM needs to integrate the optional touchscreen functionality. With bolt or clip panel mount plus the optional VESA mount, the new Kontron Micro Clients IIA HMIs are easy to install. And thanks to their minimal installation depth (maximum 50mm for the 15inch unit) placement is easy, even for existing applications. Resistance to shock and vibration, thermal stability and compliance with EMC standards are standard features, as is long-term availability of at least five years.
The CE-certified Kontron Micro Client IIA family is now available in EMEA and will be available in America and APAC in late Q1 2010. It supports Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded and Embedded Linux operating systems.
For more information, visit