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ICP Electronics Australia has released the HMI (human-machine interface) series of rugged PCs.

These embedded ETX systems have been designed to streamline industrial automation and control applications.

The HMI series is available with an 8.4" or 10.4" sized TFT LCD display. These systems are equipped with an embedded low-power ETX CPU module, supporting an NS GX1-300MHz or VIA EDEN-400MHz processor.

The interchangeable ETX CPU modules allow HMI application integrators to save money by upgrading just the CPU module (and not the peripheral baseboard) to achieve performance scalability.

The HMI Series supports a range of peripheral devices via the system's integrated connectors. These include two 10/100Mbps Ethernet ports, three COM ports, parallel port, CompactFlash Type II socket, two USB 1.1 ports, PS/2 port and two audio ports.

The HMI Series supports a 2.5” IDE hard disk drive and offers 48MB DOM (Disk on Module) with Windows CE .NET operating system pre-installed. Externally accessible CompactFlash provides a provision for future application installation.

The DOM is fanless and comparably more stable and secure than hard disk drives, as well as offering heat and shock resistance for applications in harsh environments. The 128MB SDRAM onboard provides enough memory for resource-consuming applications to operate.

This Windows-based series with an integrated resistive touch screen panel allows operators to control and monitor important activities on several machines at the same time.

This feature combined with the resistance to dust and liquid (IP65) makes the HMI series suitable to a range of industrial environments such as factory automation and process control.

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