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Waterproof panel PC offers sunlight-readable option

Apr 29, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

IEI Technology announced a rugged, Linux-ready, IP67-waterproof panel PC aimed at marine, avionics, military, mining, engineering, and industrial applications. The Sailor-12A and sunlight readable Sailor-12ASR run on 1.6GHz Intel Atom processors, and offer 12.1-inch, 1024 x 768 touchscreens and 802.11b/g/n WiFi, says the… company.

(Click for larger view of the Sailor-12A)

The Sailor-12A is equipped with a die-cast aluminum enclosure that helps to dissipate heat, enabling fanless operation, says IEI. The sealed IP67 and NEMA6 compliant chassis, touchpanel, connectors, and optional cables are waterproof, and the system is “designed for high reliability, shock and vibration tolerance, use under an extreme range of temperatures and in harsh environments,” says the company.

The Sailor-12A uses the same Atom N270 and Intel 945GSE + ICH7M chipset typically found on netbooks. The panel PC ships with a single So-DIMM socket equipped with up to 2GB 533 DDR2, says the company.

The device's WiFi radio supports 802.11n standard, which offers up to twice the range of 802.11g, as well as faster speeds of 300- to 600Mbps. For wired I/O, the Sailor-12A is equipped with self-locking, threaded M12 connectors that support gigabit Ethernet, USB, serial, CAN-Bus, audio, and 9~28V DC power adapter connections (see spec list below). Storage options include a CompactFlash II slot and a 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drive (HDD) bay.

The 12.1-inch touchscreen is said to offer an ambient light sensor for automated screen adjustments to optimize viewing. The optional Sailor-12ASR adds to that with Anti-Reflection (AR) technology and “advanced deep dimming to black” for better readability in sunlight. Edge lighting on the ASR model helps generate brightness of up to 1000 cd/m2, compared to 400 cd/m2 of brightness for the standard model. The ASR version also offers higher contrast of 700:1, compared to 500:1 for the Sailor-12A, says IEI.

Specifications listed for the Sailor-12A and Sailor-12ASR include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz with Intel 945GSE + ICH7M chipset
  • Memory — up to 2GB 533MHz DDR2
  • Flash expansion — CompactFlash II slot
  • Storage — 2.5-inch SATA HDD bay
  • Display — 12.1-inch, 1024 x 768 TFT LCD; 400 nits high brightness rating (1,000 nits for ASR model); 500:1 contrast (700:1 for ASR model); anti-reflection, edge lighting, and auto-dimming on ASR model
  • Keypad — Membrane keypad with LCD on/off, brightness, volume, and auto dimming controls
  • Chassis — fanless, IP67 (NEMA 6) sealed aluminum die casting and IP67 waterproof-lockable I/O; VESA 75/100 mounting
  • WiFi — 802.11 b/g/n with internal antenna
  • I/O:
    • 1 x 5-pin M12 connector for power adapter
    • 1 x 8-pin M12 connector for two USB
    • 1 x 5-pin M12 connector for CAN bus and audio line out
    • 1 x 8-pin M12 connector for UART RS-232/422/485
    • 1 x 8-pin M12 connector for UART RS-232
    • 1 x 8-pin M12 connector for gigabit Ethernet
  • Power consumption — 33W
  • Dimensions — 13.6 x 11.8 x 3.0 inches (345.3 x 300.4 x 77mm)
  • Weight — 9 lbs, 4.15 oz (4.2 kg)
  • Operating temperature — 14 to 122 deg. F (-10 to 50 deg. C)
  • Operating system — Linux, Windows CE 6.0, and Windows XP Embedded


IEI Technology did not offer pricing or availability details for the Sailor-12A and Sailor-12ASR. More information may be found here.

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