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18 August 2009

MIPIOS® New-Generation Box Computers Revolutionize the Mobile Market

The first member of the new MIPIOS family from MEN is a fanless and maintenance-free box computer for extreme and harsh fields of application. The RC1 has a robust 220mm x 130mm x 86mm aluminum enclosure, complies with EN 50155 and IP67, and has an E1 approval from the German Federal Motor Transport Authority.

Solid wall-mounting facilities make the unit resist even violent impacts. Based on Intel’s Atom Z510 processor with 1.1GHz, the RC1 is available in two standard varieties, depending on the type of application: one version without and one with a 3.5in 4:3 color display with a resolution of 640px x 480px, 262,144 colors and touch functionality, for service purposes.

The RC1 box computer is well placed in harsh, mobile and mission-critical applications – with or without visualization. Its field of application extends from hot, dry and dusty up to extremely humid or cold environments. In the mobile arena, this includes commercial vehicles like agricultural or construction machines, but also trains, buses or cable cars. The RC1 can also be used in the fields of avionics, medical engineering and industrial automation.

All I/O interfaces of the box computer are accessible on robust eight-pin M12 connectors at the front. They include two fast Ethernet interfaces and a service interface with USB and RS232. Two slots are available for additional I/O options that can be implemented using special SA-Adapter kits.

The onboard FPGA of the RC1 allows the integration of further interfaces such as CAN bus, RS485, IBIS or binary I/O. A second power input makes it possible to connect a backup power source, for example a battery, to make the application safe from power failure. As a power class S2 unit, the RC1 remains functional despite power interruption for up to 10ms.

The 512MB RAM and 2GB Flash memory offer sufficient space for the application. A PCI Express Mini card and a SIM card slot can be used to add wireless functionality like Bluetooth, WLAN, WIMAX, GSM/GPRS or UMTS. For this case two optional N-Type antenna connectors can be made available at the front panel.

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