Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Emerson's embedded computers offer fast, cost-effective and lower risk solutions

TEMPE, US: Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity, has announced a new portfolio of embedded computers for a range of applications including digital signage, intelligent kiosks, industrial control, traffic management, medical clinical instruments, and digital security and surveillance. Based on the latest Intel processors, these integrated box computers are designed for long-life applications requiring zero or minimum maintenance.

Emerson Network Power is offering two classes of embedded computers: the KR8 and MCASE series. The KR8 series includes small, fanless, metal cased solutions that are designed to be mounted to a screen or instrument. These are noiseless, maintenance-free embedded computers that are available in both standard and extended operating temperature ranges.

The MCASE series is designed to be very cost effective with some expansion capability. These are typically supplied in an air-cooled plastic enclosure with mounting options, for operation in an environment of zero to 35 degrees Celsius.

“Whether you call them box PCs, embedded PCs or industrial computers, this new range of embedded computers from Emerson Network Power can speed customers’ time-to-market,” said Paul Virgo, marketing director of Emerson Network Power’s Embedded
Computing business.

“We have integrated our new motherboards based on the latest Intel processors with memory, hard drive and I/O into suitable enclosures that provide automation, retail and medical customers with a complete embedded computing solution for fast, cost-effective and lower risk deployment.”

The first embedded computers in the new portfolio from Emerson Network Power are the KR8-315 and MCASE-820.

The KR8-315 fanless embedded computer features the Intel Atom E640 processor running at 1.0 GHz and 1GB DDR2 soldered RAM. Storage options include a 250GB SATA drive or 64GB Solid State Drive plus a MicroSD slot for storage expansion. A Mini PCI Express slot enables wireless LAN connectivity.

Two versions are available: a standard temperature and an extended temperature version. The extended temperature version features the solid state drive to eliminate all moving parts. The KR8-315 is VESA mountable allowing a wide range of installation options. The low-profile slim-line design is appropriate for wall mounting or mounting within larger cabinets or kiosks.

The MCASE-820 features the second generation Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM and a 320GB SATA drive to provide the processing and memory required for advanced applications such as video analytics and media control.

Embedded graphics and multiple video-out options makes it an ideal fit for applications requiring multi-screen deployment. Full Intel vPro certification provides a robust toolset to integrators and service providers who value security and remote management in their deployed applications.

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