Industrial computer deployment on factory-floor machines has to balance the need for more computing power and speed with a minimalist approach to the space it occupies. Machine footprint is an important consideration and every component has to contribute.
Stealth.com, an ISO 9001 manufacturer of industrial-rugged computers and peripherals, provides its LittlePC products to serve applications in which powerful solutions are being deployed in space-challenged designs around the world.
To further that objective, the company released a new Model LPC-625F small footprint, fanless computer for these types of industrial and mission-critical applications.
“We think that the LPC-625F is a breakthrough in micro computing with its rugged, small form and noise-free design that uses Intel’s powerful Penryn family of Core 2 Duo mobile processor technology,” explains Ed Boutilier, president and CEO of Stealth.com.
“Stealth’s Mini PC offers tremendous power in a package that measures only 7.9 in. wide and deep, and only 2.4 in. tall,” he says. “The Mini PC is only slightly larger than the size of a hardcover novel yet surpasses the performance of most industrial and embedded PCs available today.”
Designed without cooling fans, the extruded aluminum chassis acts as a heat sink to dissipate internal heat and to provide operation that is noise-free.
The company says its small size and fanless design make it ideal for applications where space is critical.
“The LPC-625F is the most powerful fanless computer we have ever offered,” says Boutilier. “It uses the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processor technology and we believe it offers the most processing power per square inch of any embedded fanless machine available today.”
The LPC-625F features a variety of I/O connectivity such as Gigabit LAN, eight USB 2.0 ports, a serial port, an eSATA 1-DVI port, an HDMI port and an Audio 7.1 port, with Wi-Fi 802.11g capabilities optional.
The LPC-625F supports up to 4 GB in memory and has a built-in 2.5 in., high-shock hard drive with up to 500 GB for archived data.
“For applications that require extra high shock, vibration and wide temperature ranges, an optional SSD, solid-state hard drive is available,” states Boutilier. “The PC also can operate from 12-20 Vdc, making it an ideal choice for field and mobile applications.”
Boutilier says systems are compatible with Microsoft Vista/XP, Linux and other operating systems, and they can be custom-configured to meet the exact needs of the machine builder or end user, as opposed to purchasing a white box solution that does not meet all needs.
“A machine OEM’s configuration, which could include its operating system and application, can be secured on-hand and shipped preloaded, thereby saving the OEM the setup time and ensuring that the PC was tested to their specifications,” explains Boutliler.
Further, should one of the machine builder’s customers need a PC in a hurry, the preloaded machine would save many hours of time and can be blind-shipped directly to the customer, adds Boutilier.
“The LPC-625F is available with a custom BIOS that meets the needs of the OEM,” says Boutilier. “We provide documented configuration control, long product lifecycles and end-of-life announcements with last-buy opportunities in support of the OEM business.”
Stealth.com thinks the LPC-625F will be an ideal computer for industrial applications such as process and discrete control, factory automation, HMI, data communications and shop-floor machine control.