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Panel PC runs Linux on EPIC SBCs

Feb 1, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Ampro has expanded its line of industrial panel PCs with a 10-inch LCD model. The PowerPanel 10 supports a broad range of Linux-powered embedded applications such as digital signage, medical equipment, and human-machine interfaces (HMIs), according to the company.

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The ReadyPanel 10, like its predecessor the ReadyPanel 6.5, is designed around Ampro's family of ReadyBoard EPIC form-factor SBCs (single-board computers) based on Intel processors. This offers scalable performance with processor speeds ranging from 500 MHz for fanless operation to 1.4 GHz with the Pentium M processor, according to Ampro. The boards can be configured with up to 1 GB of DRAM.

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Ampro lists the following key features and specifications for the ReadyPanel 10:

  • Processor — Celeron M or Pentium M from 500 MHz to 1.4 GHz
  • Memory — 256, 512, or 1024 MB DRAM
  • Storage — externally accessible 128MB CompactFlash slot
  • Display:
    • 10.4-inch NEC TFT LCD
    • 1024 x 768, 18-bit color
    • 8-wire resistive touchscreen
  • I/O ports:
    • 2 10/100 Ethernet or 1 10/100 and 1 GB
    • 3 USB, type B connectors
    • 3 RS232 on DB9 connectors
    • AC97 audio — line in, line out, mic in
    • PS/2 keyboard and mouse (shared)
    • 15-pin VGA connector
    • CANbus option
  • 12v and 24v DC power input
  • Dimensions — 11 x 8.5 x 5.5 inches (279.4 x 215.9 x 127 mm)

In addition to being available with a pre-installed “embedded Linux” distribution, the ReadyPanel panel PCs are also available with Windows CE and Windows XP Embedded, Ampro says.

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