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Temp-resistant data terminal runs Linux

Jan 29, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

German industrial computer manufacturer Solcon Systemtechnik has released a highly customizable industrial terminal PC that runs embedded Linux. The touchscreen-equipped Unidat 6.5-inch Terminal offers options including IP67 protection against dust and water, and resistance to temperatures ranging from -22 to… 158 degrees F.

(Click for larger view of the Unidat 6.5-inch Terminal)

The Unidat 6.5 comes standard with 400- to 650MHz RISC or CISC CPUs of undisclosed origin, but can also be ordered with CPUs clocked up to 1.5GHz performance, says Solcon Systemtechnik. Standard RAM configurations range from 256- to 512MB DDR2 RAM, with optional upgrades to as much as 2GB. Flash starts at 256MB, with upgrades to 2GB. The system is said to include a CF-card slot that can handle 4GB flash cards, and it offers a built-in, shock-mounted 20GB 2.5-inch hard drive (also upgradeable). There's also PC 104 expansion.

Unidat 6.5-inch Terminal, wall-mounted

The 6.5-inch touchscreen provides 640×480 VGA resolution, say the company, and there's a built-in programmable numeric keyboard. Standard I/O includes a 10/100 Ethernet connection, two USB ports, two serial ports, and a parallel port. I/O options include WiFi, IrDA, PCMCIA, FireWire, digital I/O, and additional Ethernet and parallel ports. The fanless, aluminum-encased system measures 7.1 x 8.7 x 2.8 inches and weighs 7.7 pounds. It offers standard resistance to temperatures ranging from 32 to 140 degrees F, with an option extending that to -22 to 158 degrees.

Specifications for the Unidat 6.5-inch Terminal include:

  • Processor — 400 to 650MHz RISC or CISC CPU, upgradable to 1.5GHz
  • Memory — 256MB to 512MB DDR2 RAM, upgradable to 2GB; 256MB internal flash, upgradeable to 2GB
  • Flash expansion — 1 x slot supporting up to 4GB CF cards
  • Storage — 20GB 2.5-inch, shock-mounted hard drive (upgradable)
  • Expansion — 1 x PC 104 slot
  • Display — 6.5-inch touchscreen 640×480 VGA (supports up to 1024 x 768 external)
  • Keyboard — 4 x 5-inch numeric keypad; attachments for optional keyboard and mouse
  • Networking — 1 x 10/100 Ethernet (WiFi and additional LAN ports optional)
  • USB — 2 x USB
  • Serial — 2 x serial ports (RS232 and RS232/RS422/RS485)
  • Parallel — 1 x parallel port (ECP/EPP-compatible, with options for additional)
  • Other I/O options — IrDA, PCMCIA, FireWire, digital I/O
  • Boot sources — LAN, USB, hard drive, CF-Card
  • Dimensions — 7.1 x 8.7 x 2.8 inches (180 x 220 x 70 mm)
  • Weight — 7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)
  • Temperature resistance — 32 to 140 degrees F (0 to 60 degrees C); option for -22 to 158 degrees F (-30 to 70 degrees C)
  • Vibration resistance — IEC 68-2
  • Casing — Aluminum casing; optional IP67 protection against dust, water
  • Power supply — AC 90V (DC version 240V)
  • Operating system — BTO embedded Linux with hard RT option; also supports Windows NT, 2000, XP, XPE, and CE


The Unidat 6.5-inch Terminal is available now at an undisclosed price. More information can be found on this German-language page.

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