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Atom-powered panel PCs have CAN and Wi-Fi options

Nov 16, 2011 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Datasound Laboratories Ltd. (DSL) announced seven- and 15-inch panel PCs that employ Intel Atom N270 processors and offer optional CAN (controller area networking) connectivity. The FAS700-A16B and FAS150-A16B each include IP65-rated front bezels, three USB 2.0 ports and a serial port, VGA outputs, plus optional Wi-Fi, the company says.

U.K.-based DSL has offered a variety of panel PCs (most recently, the eight-inch APC-3081) sourced from Aplex in Taiwan. We couldn't find out the manufacturer of the company's latest offerings, but of course that's hardly a critical issue given the standard fare that's on offer.

Said ingredients include the evergreen Intel Atom N270 processor (inevitably accompanied by the 945GSE northbridge and ICH7M southbridge, though DSL didn't mention these) as well as up to 2GB of RAM. The seven-inch FAS700-A16B (pictured) employs CompactFlash storage; the 15-inch FAS150-A16B has a 2.5-inch drive bay that can accept either a hard disk or SSD (solid state drive).

Presumably using the same motherboard, and both with front bezels that meet IP65 standards, the FASxx0-A16B devices differ in resolution. The FAS700-A16B's resistive touchscreen displays 800 x 480 pixels, and the FAS150-A16B offers 1024 x 768 pixels, says DSL.

Apart from physical size, that's pretty much it for the differences, except that the 15-inch model allows for an optional second Ethernet port. (DSL says both models include one 10/100 port and are available with a Wi-Fi option.)

According to DSL, the FASxx0-A16B panel PCs both have a single RS232 port, three USB 2.0 ports, a VGA port for a second screen, and an optional parallel port. An orderable CAN port "makes them ideally suited to a wide range of automotive applications and distributed industrial systems," the company adds.

DSL says the FAS700-A16B requires 12VDC power, while the FAS150-A16B requires 12VDC, and both work in temperatures ranging from 32 to 122 deg. F. The devices are compatible with Windows 7, Windows Embedded 7, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Embedded, and Linux, says the company.

Specifications listed by DSL for the FAS700-A16B and FAS150-A16B include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom N270 clocked at 1.6GHz
  • Chipset (implied) — 945GSE northbridge and ICH7M southbridge
  • Memory — 1GB of RAM expandable to 2GB
  • Display:
    • FAS700-A16B — 7-inch touchscreen with 800 x 480 pixel resolution; 300:1 contrast ratio
    • FAS150-A16B — 15-inch touchscreen with 1024 x 768 resolution; 300:1 contrast ratio
  • Storage:
    • FAS700-A16B — CompactFlash
    • FAS150-A16B — 2.5-inch bay for SATA devices
  • Networking:
    • LAN — 1 x 10/100 Ethernet (second port optional on FAS150-A16B)
    • WLAN — optional
  • Other I/O:
    • CAN
    • 3 x USB 2.0
    • 1 x RS232
    • VGA
    • parallel port (optional)
    • speaker out (3.5mm jack)
  • Power requirements:
    • FAS700-A16B — 12VDC; consumption n/s
    • FAS150-A16B — 24VDC; consumption n/s
  • Operating range — 32 to 122 deg. F
  • Dimensions:
    • FAS700-A16B — 8.7 x 5.6 x 1.6 inches (22 x 14.3 x 4cm)
    • FAS150-A16B — 16.3 x 12.6 x 1.8 inches (41.5 x 32 x 4.5cm)
  • Weight:
  • FAS700-A16B — 1.8 pounds (0.8kg)
  • FAS150-A16B — 6.2 pounds (2.8kg)

Further information

The FAS700-A16B and FAS150-A16B appear to be available now, though pricing was not specified. More information can be found on DSL's FASxx0-A16B product page.

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