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HMI device boasts 15-inch screen, runs Linux

Sep 18, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 51 views

Kontron has added a larger LCD option to its line of thin-client HMI (human-machine interface) subsystems. The [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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.

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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] appears to be immediately available, but the company has not disclosed pricing information.

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