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Jul 18, 2011 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

WinSystems announced a family of environmentally sealed panel PCs that feature Intel Atom N270 processors plus CompactFlash or hard disk storage. The PP65 devices come with 12.1-, 15-, 17-, or 19-inch resistive touchscreens, VGA outputs, gigabit Ethernet, plus multiple USB and serial ports, the company says.

Arlington, Texas-based WinSystems says its new panel PCs meet NEMA 4/IP65 specifications, meaning that damaging moisture, dust, and dirt are sealed from getting inside. Additionally capable of withstanding 1.0G vibration and 15G shocks, the devices are aimed at medical, utility, security, transportation, pipeline, industrial test/measurement, and food processing applications, the company adds.

The WinSystems PPC65-1210S

According to WinSystems, the devices are all offered in barebone configurations that let customers install 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives in an available bay, or simply put a flash card into the CompactFlash slot that's also included. Operating systems are also customer-installed, and can include Linux, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, Windows XP Embedded, and Windows CE 6.0, the company says.

Certainly the PPC65 devices should run every x86 operating system known to humankind, since they feature the ultra-familiar Intel Atom N270 processor (along with the inevitable 945GSE northbridge and ICH7M southbridge). WinSystems fits the devices' SODIMM slots with 2GB of DDR2 RAM, which is the maximum supported by this chipset.

WinSystems says the otherwise-identical PPC65 products feature resistive touchscreens with the following specifications:

  • PPC65-1210S:
    • 12.1-inch screen
    • 800 x 600 pixel resolution
    • 400-nit brightness rating
    • 600:1 contrast ratio
  • PPC65-1510S:
    • 15-inch screen
    • 1024 x 768 pixel resolution
    • 350-nit brightness rating
    • 700:1 contrast ratio
  • PPC65-1710S:
    • 17-inch screen
    • 1280 x 1024 pixel resolution
    • 350-nit brightness rating
    • 1000:1 contrast ratio
  • PPC65-1910S:
    • 19-inch screen
    • 1280 x 1024 pixel resolution
    • 250-nit brightness rating
    • 1000:1 contrast ratio

All four models also have VGA ports for connection of secondary external displays, WinSystems says. Other ports are said to include gigabit Ethernet, four USB 2.0 ports apiece, dual RS232 ports, and audio I/O (mic in, line out).

Specifications listed by WinSystems for the PPC65-1210S, PPC65-1510S, PPC65-1710S, and PPC65-1910S include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom N270 clocked at 1.6GHz
  • Chipset — 945GSE and ICH7M
  • Memory — 2GB of DDR2 RAM
  • Displays — vary, as listed in earlier table
  • Storage — 2.5-inch bay for SATA drive; CompactFlash slot
  • Networking — gigabit Ethernet port
  • Other I/O:
    • VGA port
    • 2 x RS232 ports
    • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
    • audio — mic in, line out
  • Power — 12VDC input; version accepting power ranging from 24 to 48VDC is also available
  • Operating range — 32 to 122 deg. F
  • Dimensions:
    • PPC65-1210S — 13.5 x 10.9 x 2.4 inches
    • PPC65-1510S — 15.4 x 12.7 x 2.5 inches
    • PPC65-1710S — 16.6 x 14 x 2.6 inches
    • PPC65-1910S — 18.2 x 15.4 x 2.6 inches

WinSystems says it will customize any of the PP65 devices for interested OEMs. Potential modifications include a preloaded operating system, a black chassis instead of the standard silver, and custom art for the bezel, the company explains.

Further information

According to WinSystems, the PP65 panel PCs are available now. Prices start at $1,395 for the PPC65-1210S, the company adds.

More information may be found on the PPC65 product page.

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