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Panel PCs claimed “waterproof”

Dec 11, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

Aaeon has announced three “waterproof” panel PCs that are equipped with touchscreen displays and Intel Celeron processors. The Fox-80, Fox-120, and Fox-150 panel PCs feature ports and surfaces that all meet the IP65 standard for water resistance, according to the company.

(Click here for a larger view of Aaeon's Fox-80, which the Fox-120 and Fox-150 also closely resemble)

Many touchscreen panel PCs boast compliance with the IEC IP65 rating, signifying that a device has been sealed against intrusion by dust, water, and other liquids. Most often, however, that rating just applies to a device's front bezel, requiring the rest of the PC to be protected inside a wall or other housing.

Aaeon says its new “Fox” panel PCs, on the other hand, are sealed on every surface, and even include waterproof port protectors. The devices have metal enclosures, “daylight readable” displays, and Intel Celeron processors, according to the company.

The Fox-80, Fox-120, and Fox-150 have eight-inch, 12-inch, and 15-inch touchscreen displays, respectively, as their names suggest. The Fox-80 and Fox-120 offer 800 x 600 resolution, while the Fox-150 steps up to 1024 x 768.

While all three models are based on Intel's 852GM chipset, according to Aaeon, the Fox-80 provides a 1.0GHz Celeron M ULV processor, and either 512MB or 1GB of RAM. The Fox-120 and Fox-150, on the other hand, have Celeron M processors running at 600MHz or 1.5GHz, and a memory complement ranging from 256MB to 1GB of RAM.

The devices all have Mini-PCI expansion slots, as well as internal CompactFlash expansion slots, says the company. The Fox-120 and Fox-120 also have bays for 2.5-inch hard disk drives.

Standard I/O for each of the Foxes is said to include one RS232 port, one RS232/422/485 port, and, of course, a power input that accepts a 9 to 30VDC supply. An audio line output and a 10/100 Ethernet port with an RJ45 connector are, unusually, both listed as optional. The devices are apparently available with wireless LAN and GPS functionality, though no details were provided.

Features and specifications listed by Aaeon for the Fox-80, Fox-120, and Fox-150 include:

  • Processor:
    • 1.0GHz Celeron M ULV (Fox-80)
    • 1.5GHz or 600MHz Celeron M (Fox-120 and Fox-150)
  • Memory:
    • 512MB or 1GB of RAM (Fox-80)
    • 256MB, 512MB, or 1GB of RAM (Fox-120 and Fox-150)

  • Storage — CompactFlash and, on Fox-120 and Fox-150, 2.5-inch hard disk drive bays
  • Keys — four (not detailed further)
  • Display:
    • 8-inch display with 800 x 600 resolution (Fox-80)
    • 12-inch display with 800 x 600 resolution (Fox-120)
    • 15-inch display with 1024 x 768 resolution (Fox-150)

  • Networking — 10/100 Ethernet (optional)
  • Other I/O:
    • 1 x RS232
    • 1 x RS232/422/485
    • Audio line out (optional)

  • Expansion:
    • Mini-PCI slot
    • CompactFlash
  • Dimensions:
    • Fox-80 — 10.5 x 7.6 x 2.4 inches (266 x 192 x 59.8mm)
    • Fox-120 — 13.58 x 11.1 x 2.36 inches (345 x 282 x 60mm)
    • Fox-150 — 16.14 x 14.41 x 2.36 inches (410 x 366 x 60mm)

  • Weight:
    • Fox-80 — 6.6 pounds (3kg)
    • Fox-120 — 9.9 pounds (4.5kg)
    • Fox-150 — 13.2 pounds (6kg)
  • Power requirements — 9 to 30VDC
  • Operating temperature:
    • Fox-80 — -20 to 50 deg. C (-4 to 122 deg. F)
    • Fox-120 and Fox-150 — -20 to 55 deg. C (-4 to 131 deg. F)

Aaeon did not cite pricing and availability for the Fox-80, Fox-120, and Fox-150, but the devices appear to be available now. For operating system support, the company lists Windows XP Embedded and Windows XP Professional. However, given the X86 architecture and the fact that the vast majority of Aaeon's single-board computers support Linux, it is likely that the Fox family could run Linux, as well.

More information may be found on the Aaeon website, here.

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