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Industrial touch-panel thin client runs Linux

Feb 19, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

German embedded equipment vendor Noax Technologies has introduced an embedded Linux thin client panel PC designed for harsh industrial environments. The fully sealed, IP65-compliant C8 ITC is based on a 400MHz Intel Celeron processor, and offers an 8.4-inch TFT display with integrated touch panel.

(Click for slightly larger view of the C8 ITC)

The C8 ITC is designed for extreme industrial conditions, says the company. Suggested uses include mounting on forklift trucks, order picking vehicles, or construction machinery.

The system is controlled by a terminal server via a wired or wireless network connection, permitting a client to switch to Linux even when accessing Windows applications, the company says. Supported network computing protocols include Tarantella, NoMachine NX, and LTSP/K12LTSP, as well as IBM Host Access thin client and caching proxy technologies.

The C8 ITC has bottom-mounted connectors

The C8 ITC comes with 128MB of RAM and 128MB of flash, upon which the system's Noax ITC Linux distribution is pre-installed. The 9.1 x 7.3 x 3.9-inch system weighs 8.3 pounds and is housed in a robust aluminum casing that is fully sealed and IP65-compliant. The 800×600 touchscreen display comes with automatic brightness controls and touch panel controls.

C8 ITC touch panel

Inside the C8 ITC

Specifications for the C8 ITC include:

  • Processor — Intel Celeron 400MHz; Intel 82815 video controller (with up to 32MB RAM)
  • Memory — 128MB (1 x SODIMM-socket)
  • Compact flash — 128MB
  • Display — 8.4-inch TFT display, 800 x 600
  • Networking — 10/100 Ethernet (Intel 82551); WiFi optional
  • USB — 2 x USB 1.1
  • Other I/O — 1 x COM 1 RS232; 1 x COM 2 RS232; VGA; PS/2 keyboard, mouse via Y cable
  • Expansion — Compact flash slot (Type I); miniPCI
  • Other features — micro-controller (monitoring, control, evaluation); automatic brightness control, temperature monitoring, and voltage monitoring; touch controller; MCU setup
  • Dimensions — 9.1 x 7.3 x 3.9 inches (232 x 185 x 99 mm)
  • Weight — 8.3 lbs (3.75 kg)
  • Power — Standard 12 VdC stabilized; 100 – 240 VAC; 9 V (up to 140 VdC with external dC/dC converter)
  • Temperature range — 32 to 113 degrees F (0 to 45 degrees Celsius); with heating option -4 to 140 degrees F (-20 to 60 degrees C)
  • Vibration resistance — dIN EN 60068-2
  • Shock resistance — dIN EN 60068-2-27
  • Thin client support — Tarantella, NoMachine NX, LTSP/K12LTSP, IBM Host Access
  • Operating system — Noax ITC Linux


The C8 ITC thin client is available now at an undisclosed price. More information is available here.

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