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Panel PC adds webcam, dual expansion slots

Oct 25, 2011 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

IEI announced an Intel Atom-powered panel PC that includes two expansion slots and a “burglar-proof” internal USB 2.0 port. The PPC-5152-D525 has a 15-inch screen, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, a 2.5-inch drive bay and a CompactFlash slot, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, plus five serial ports, according to the company.

With its IP64-compliant front panel and multiple ports, IEI's PPC-5152-D525 appears to be aimed at the usual HMI (human machine interface) and automation applications. However, it's more expandable than most panel PCs, and it also includes a 1.3 megapixel, autofocus webcam.

According to IEI, the PPC-5152-D525 offers two PCI Expansion slots, or one PCI slot and one PCI Express x1 slot. As well as allowing for 802.11b/g/n wireless networking, these slots can support more arcane options, such as a four-channel audio/video capture card, the company says.

IEI's PPC-5152-D525
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With an aluminum front panel, the PPC-5152-D525 has a 15-inch LCD screen that offers resistive touch. IEI quotes a native resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, a 500:1 contrast ratio, and a 400-nit brightness rating.

The PPC-5152-D525 uses Intel's dual-core Atom D525 CPU, clocked at 1.8GHz and paired with the chipmaker's ICH8M I/O controller. The latter, to our knowledge, supports only USB 2.0, but IEI nonetheless claims its panel PC includes two USB 3.0 ports. (Since the company didn't proffer a block diagram, we can't tell you how they got there.)

According to IEI, the PPC-5152-D525 also offers two USB 2.0 ports, presumably external, while a "burglar-proof" internal USB 2.0 port is also cited. The device is also said to include two RS232 ports with DB9 connectors, one RS232/422/485 port (again, DB9), and two RS422/485 ports with RJ45 connectors.

Other connectors listed are a VGA port, a microphone input, a line output, and dual gigabit Ethernet ports. Both copper and fiber connections are supported, the latter via SFP (small form-factor pluggable) transceivers, the company says.

IEI says the PPC-5152-D525 supports up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM via a single SODIMM slot. Fixed storage is catered for by a Type II CompactFlash slot and a 2.5-inch bay for SATA drives, the company adds.

When CompactFlash or SSD storage is employed, the PPC-5152-D525 meets MIL-STD-810F standards for resistance to vibration, according to IEI. With an operating range from -4 to 122 deg. F, the panel PC uses 50 Watts and accepts DC input power ranging from 9 to 36 Volts.

Specifications listed by IEI for the PPC-5152-D525 include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom D525 clocked at 1.8GHz
  • Chipset — Intel ICH8M
  • Memory — up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM via 1 x SODIMM
  • Display:
    • 15-inch resistive touchscreen
    • 1024 x 768 pixel resolution
    • 500:1 contrast ratio
    • 400-nit brightness rating
  • Camera — 1.3 megapixel webcam with autofocus
  • Storage — 2.5-inch bay for SATA drives; Type II CompactFlash slot
  • Expansion:
    • 2 x PCI slots, or 1 x PCI slot and 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
    • internal USB 2.0 port
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • 2 x RS232 (DB9)
    • 1 x RS232/422/485 (DB9)
    • 2 x RS422/485 (RJ45)
    • audio — line out, mic in
    • 2 x USB 2.0
    • 2 x USB 3.0
    • VGA
  • Power — 9~36VDC; 90W AC adapter
  • Operating range — -4 to 122 deg. F
  • Dimensions — 16.6 x 13 x 3.1 inches
  • Weight — 14.3 pounds

Further information

IEI did not cite pricing, availability, or operating system specifics for the PPC-5152-D525. More information on the device may be found on the PPC-5152-D525 product page.

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