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Industrial PC bristles with serial, LAN ports

Feb 13, 2008 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Advantech has announced a fanless industrial computer that supports Linux on a 1GHz Celeron M processor. The 1U-high UNO-4678 is intended for industrial automation and control applications, and boasts eight isolated serial ports along with three LAN ports.

(Click here for a larger view of Advantech's UNO-4678)

The UNO-4678 comes with a 1GHz Celeron M processor and 512MB of RAM. Its front panel includes two USB ports, a PS/2 connector for keyboard and mouse, and indicator lights that monitor power and IDE status, plus Tx/Rx status for the device's serial ports. There are eight of the latter on the UNO-4678's busy back panel, including two on DB-9 connectors and six with screw-terminal interfaces. The back panel also boasts three 10/100 Ethernet ports.

Advantech lists the following key features and specifications for the UNO-4678:

  • Processor — Intel Celeron, clocked at 1GHz
  • Memory — 512MB of DDR DRAM
  • Display — VGA output supports resolution up to 1600 x 1200
  • Storage:
    • CompactFlash Type I/II slot
    • Extension mounting kit for 2.5-inch HDD
  • I/O ports:
    • DB15 VGA connector
    • 3 x 10/100 RJ45 Ethernet
    • 2 x USB 2.0
    • 8 x RS232/422/485 serial:
      • 2 9-pin D connectors
      • 6 x 5-wire screw terminals
      • 2000VDC isolation and surge protection
      • Automatic RS485 data flow control
      • Tx/Rx indicators on front panel
    • PS/2 keyboard and mouse
  • Power — 9 to 36 VDC, 24 W typical
  • Dimensions — 17.3 x 8.6 x 1.7 inches (440 x 220 x 44 mm), rack or wall mount
  • Weight — 7.9 lbs (3.6 kg)

The UNO-4678 is supplied with a pre-configured Windows CE or Windows XP Embedded SP2 image, installed via the device's CompactFlash slot, but Linux, Windows 2000, or Windows XP Professional may be installed on an optional 2.5-inch hard disk drive, the company said. The UNO-4678 is available now, according to Advantech, though pricing was not stated.

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