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Panel PC shrugs off water

Mar 9, 2011 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Avalue announced a 15-inch panel PC that's suitable for use in marine or industrial applications, thanks to IP65 sealing all around. The SPC-1505 includes a 1.8GHz, dual-core Atom D525 processor, up to 3GB of RAM, hard disk or CompactFlash storage, plus waterproof I/O ports, the company says.

Avalue's SPC-1505 is a PC that, like the similar Arbor P1585 covered in January, is designed to resist getting wet. It includes an aluminum-and-steel case that meets the IP65 standard for water and dust resistance from any direction, and also has IP67-rated shields over its I/O ports, according to the company.

Avalue's SPC-1505

The SPC-1505 has a dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor, the ICH8M chipset, plus the ability to accept 3GB of RAM (1GB soldered-on, 2GB via a SIMM slot). It has a 2.5-inch drive bay for a hard disk or solid state drive, and also includes a Type I/II CompactFlash slot, says Avalue.

Compared to that Arbor P1585 mentioned above, the SPC-1505 has a resistive touchscreen that again delivers 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, this time with a slightly lower 250-nit brightness rating. The display has a 500:1 contrast ratio and a 8ms response time, Avalue adds.

Ports are on the bottom of the machine, as shown in the image earlier in this story. According to Avalue, they include one RS232 port, one gigabit Ethernet port with RJ45 connector, three USB 2.0 ports, and a DC power input.

The SPC-1505 also has two internal Mini PCI Express expansion slots, according to Avalue. The device's 802.11b/g/n wireless networking option is said to be USB-interfaced, however.

Features and specifications listed by Avalue for the SPC-1505 include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom D525 clocked at 1.8GHz
  • Chipset — ICH 8M
  • Memory — 1GB of soldered-on RAM plus DIMM slot that accepts additional 2GB
  • Storage — 2.5-inch bay for hard disk drive or SSD
  • Display — 15-inch resistive touchscreen with 1024 x 768 resolution and 250-nit brightness rating
  • Expansion:
    • 2 x Mini PCI Express card
    • CompactFlash Type II
  • Networking — 1 x gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • 1 x RS232
    • 3 x USB 2.0
  • Power — DC input accepts power from 12~28V; 60 Watt consumption
  • Operating range — 32 to 104 deg. F
  • Dimensions — 14.56 x 11.61 x 2.36 inches
  • Weight — 14.15 pounds

Further information

Avalue did not cite pricing, availability, or operating system support for the SPC-1505. The device appears to be on sale now, however.

More information may be found on the SPC-1505 or in this PDF-formatted data sheet.

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