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Industrial PC supports range of I/O modules

Dec 11, 2009 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Acromag announced an industrial PC with an internal carrier card, designed to accept up to four SCSI II-interfaced I/O modules. The IOS-7200 runs Linux or Windows on an AMD Geode LX800 CPU, uses hard disk or solid state storage, has a CompactFlash slot, and runs fanlessly, according to the company.

Acromag says its IOS-7200 is intended for factory automation, aerospace, and transportation, plus test and measurement, among other uses. A key feature of the system (below) is the slide-out carrier board depicted later in this story, which is designed to accept up to four I/O modules. The separately available modules — more than 20 are offered, with facilities such as analog and digital I/O, a variety of serial ports, an Altera Cyclone II FPGA, and TTL or LVDS video — connect to the carrier board via 50-pin SCSI II interfaces, the company says.


Acromag IOS-7200
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According to Acromag, the IOS-7200 remains shock- and vibration-resistant no matter what modules are installed, runs fanlessly, and has an operating temperature range of -40 to 167 deg. F (-40 to 75 deg. C). It's said conductive cooling plates and thermal pads keep things cool by wicking heat away to the aluminum enclosure, equipped with external cooling fins.

The IOS-7200 uses a 500MHz AMD Geode LX800 CPU and CS5536 companion chip, and supports up to 1GB of RAM via a single SODIMM slot, says Acromag. The system is available with a Windows Embedded Standard 2009 image preinstalled on a CompactFlash card, but Windows XP Embedded and Linux are also supported. There's room internally for a 2.5-inch PATA-interfaced disk drive, the company adds.


The Acromag IOS-7200's slide-out drawer holds optional modules
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Apart from the optional modules, the system's standard I/O includes two 10/100 Ethernet ports (via an Intel 82551ER chip), four USB 2.0 ports, two serial ports (one RS232, one RS232/485), and a VGA output. Audio I/O is also provided in the form of a microphone input and a speaker output, Acromag adds.

Acromag says the IOS-7200 can withstand shocks of up to 50G (11ms duration), or random vibration of 5Grms (random, 5 to 5–MHz). Power requirements, meanwhile, range from 5 to 32VDC, with typical usage amounting to 30 Watts, the company says.

Features and specifications listed by Acromag for the IOS-7200 include:

  • Processor — AMD Geode LX800 clocked at 500MHz
  • Chipset — AMD CS5536
  • Memory — 512MB standard; upgradeable to 1GB via single SODIMM socket
  • Storage — CompactFlash slot, or 2.5-inch bay for optional PATA HDD/SDD
  • Expansion — removable drawer holds up to 4 x I/O modules
  • Networking — 2 x 10/100 Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • 4 x USB 2.0
    • 1 x VGA
    • 1 x RS232 and 1 x RS232/485
    • Audio — mic in and speaker out
  • Power — 9 to 23VDC, via external AC adapter
  • Operating range — -40 to 167 deg. F (-40 to 75 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 11.8 x 7.3 x 3.0 inches (299.7 x 182.9 x 76.2mm)
  • Weight — 5.95 pounds (2.70kg)

Availability

Acromag's IOS-7200 is available now, priced at approximately $1,700 without an operating system. An IOS-7400 version, replacing the AMD processor with an Intel Atom N270, will apparently also be available for an extra $500.

More information may be found on the Acromag website, here.


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