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Linux touchpanels resist caustic wash-downs

Nov 21, 2007 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Comark Corp. has introduced a pair of sealed, stainless-steel PC-compatible computers that run Linux. The EnduraTouch 1500FX and 1700FX are intended for operation in processing plants or pharmaceutical clean-rooms, where humidity, extreme temperatures, and even caustic wash-downs may be encountered, according to the… company.

(Click here for larger view of the EnduraTouch 1700FX)

The EnduraTouch 1500FX and 1700FX have identical dimensions and specifications, except that the former has a 15-inch active-matrix touchscreen display, and the latter provides a 17-inch touchscreen display. Maximum resolution on the 15-inch screen is 1024 x 768, while the 17-inch unit can display 1280 x 1024 pixels.

The EnduraTouch's case can be opened for access to internal components

Both systems feature fanless cooling, and they're housed in a gasket-sealed case that also has sealed I/O ports. A front-access feature allows the cases to be opened, much like a suitcase, for easy access to internal components, according to the company.

Those components include the purchaser's choice of 1.6GHz Celeron M, or 1.6 or 1.8GHz Pentium M processors. Memory can be up to 1GB of RAM, Comark says.

Key features and specifications cited by Comark include:

  • Processor — 1.6GHz Celeron M processor, or 1.6 or 1.8GHz Pentium M
  • Memory — up to 1GB RAM
  • Display — TFT touchscreen LCD; 15-inch on 1500FX, or 17-inch on 1700FX
  • Storage — 80GB hard drive or up to 8GB of flash
  • Networking:
    • 1 x 10/100 Ethernet
    • 1 x 10/100/1000 Ethernet
    • 802.11b/g wireless LAN (optional, via internal USB adapter)

  • Other I/O:

    • 2 x USB
    • 4 x serial
    • 1 x VGA
    • “digital I/O”
  • Expansion:
    • PCI slot (optional)
    • CompactFlash slot
  • Dimensions — 16.0 x 13.3 x 6.0 inches (406 x 338 x 152 mm)
  • Weight — 27 lbs (1500FX); 30 lbs (1700FX)
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 50 deg. C on 1500FX; 0 to 40 deg. C on 1700FX
The EnduraTouch systems can be wall-mounted via a 100mm VESA mount, and a variety of other mounts are optionally available.

In addition to Linux, the computers support Windows XP Embedded and Windows XP Professional, Comark said.

Comark says it is now accepting orders for the EnduraTouch computers. More information is available on the company's website, here.

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