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Sep 23, 2008 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 9 views

Arbor Technology announced a fanless panel PC for HMI (human-machine interface) and automation applications. The TO660 runs Linux on an AMD LX900 CPU, and has a 5.7-inch touchscreen, 1GB system memory, Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, three serial ports, a CompactFlash socket, and back-panel PC/104… expansion.

(Click here for a larger view of Arbor's TO660)

This compact device has what Arbor calls ALTT (advanced low-reflection touch technology). The 5.7-inch touchscreen has VGA (640 x 480) resolution, a claimed 50,000-hour backlight life, and a 220-nit brightness rating.

According to Arbor, the TO660 runs fanlessly, courtesy of AMD's 600MHz LX900 processor, said to have a TDP of 5.1 Watts and typical power usage of 2.6 Watts. The panel PC has 256MB of RAM onboard, and no memory expansion capability is claimed. Storage is provided by a CompactFlash socket, accessible via a door on the side of the device.

At the rear, the device has an Ethernet port, two RS232 serial ports, plus a RS232/485 port that can also provide a CANbus option if this option is ordered. The TO660 also includes two USB 2.0 ports, a socket for input power ranging from 9VDC to 36VDC, and a PS/2 connector for a keyboard and mouse.

A diagram of the Arbor TO660's rear panel
(Click to enlarge)

The TO660 is additionally said to have a PC/104 expansion bus. The diagram above, reproduced from the device's data sheet, implies that the rear of the panel PC's case has a cutout that makes the PC/104 expansion site externally accessible, though this was not stated in writing.

Finally, the TO600 has what Arbor calls SDR (smart data recovery), touted as allowing the system to “recover input data after system power has been lost.” No further details of this were provided.

Features and specifications cited by Arbor for the TO600 include:

  • Processor — AMD Geode LX900 clocked at 600MHz
  • Memory — 256MB of RAM
  • Storage — CompactFlash slot
  • Display — VGA-resolution touchscreen display, sunlight-readable
  • Networking — 10/100 Ethernet port
  • Other I/O:
    • 2 x RS232 serial ports
    • 1 x RS232/422/485 (CANbus optional)
    • 2 x USB 2.0
    • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse
  • Expansion:
    • PC/104
    • CompactFlash slot

  • Power consumption — 30 Watts, 9VDC to 36VDC input
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 50 deg. C
  • Dimensions — 7.3 x 5.5 x 1.87 inches (186 x 140 x 47.5mm)
  • Weight — 1.76 pounds (0.8kg)

According to Arbor, the TO660 is compatible with Linux, Windows XP Embedded, Windows CE, QNX, and DOS. Pricing and availability information were not provided.

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