Wireless computers for large scale, big data WAN computing

Paul Boughton

Moxa’s UC-8100 wireless computer is an embedded computing platform specifically designed for large scale, big data WAN computing applications.

The UC-8100 is built around an ARM v7 Cortex-A8 processor, and comes with up to two RS-422/485 serial ports alongside dual 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN ports. It also features a Mini PCIe socket that supports a cellular interface, among other modules.

These communication capabilities let users efficiently adapt the UC-8100 to a variety of complex communication and processing needs. Also, the -40 to 75°C operating temperature models are available for industrial applications in harsh environments.

Two industrial automation experts, Warrell Harries and Mustafa Güler, were invited to join Moxa’s UC-8100 free sample test campaign. Moxa provided Mr. Harries and Mr. Güler with UC-8100 wireless computers to test within their own industrial applications.

According to Mr. Harries, the UC-8100 series met the needs of his railway wayside monitoring application in the United Kingdom that “…required an OTC robust, small footprint, [and] industrial standard embedded Linux device to process data from multiple RS-485 Field units.”

Similarly, Mr. Güler, who used the UC-8100 to remotely monitor a system integration laboratory in Turkey, praised the embedded computer as “a good fit” for his application. In particular, Mr. Güler found the UC-8100’s dual Ethernet for intra and local networks, serial ports for the units with serial consoles, and USB port for USB-UART consoles to the most important features.