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HMI device boasts 15-inch screen, runs Linux

Sep 18, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Kontron has added a larger LCD option to its line of thin-client HMI (human-machine interface) subsystems. The M@C150 Micro Client, which is based on the company's ETX-format SBCs (single-board computers), integrates a 15-inch touchscreen LCD and is available with Linux on a bootable CompactFlash card.

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The M@C150 Micro Client targets a wide variety of thin client, web client, user terminal, and control-oriented applications, according to the company.

The device is offered with processors up to a 600 MHz Celeron M, and with up to 1 GB of SDRAM. The unit's 15-inch TFT LCD incorporates an analog resistive touchscreen. Standard communication ports include 10/100 Ethernet, two USB, one RS232 (RS422/485 optional. Other optional features include CAN bus, battery backed SRAM, and function keys.


M@C150 dimensions
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Thanks to a passive cooling design, the unit's installation depth is just under 2 inches or about 50 mm, according to Kontron. The front panel is sealed to IP65.

Kontron says the M@C150 currently supports a range of standard protocols such as HTTP, XML and RDP. A Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and kiosk mode browser to display Java applets are in development.

In addition to Linux, Kontron also supports Windows CE and Windows XP Embedded for the device. The selected embedded OS is available pre-installed on a CompactFlash card, Kontron says.

The M@C150 appears to be immediately available, but the company has not disclosed pricing information.


 
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