IEI (ICP Electronics Inc), distributed in Australia by ICP Electronics Australia has announced the release of the iKarPC-W08A vehicle PC.
iKarPC-W08A vehicle PCs are designed for in-vehicle mobile applications and feature a compact sunlight readable 8-inch WVGA touch screen with an 800x480 resolution. This allows screen content to be easily read even in harsh or direct sunlight.
The touch screen is also equipped with an auto dimming feature allowing it to automatically adjust the screen brightness to suit the external light intensity.
iKarPC-W08A vehicle PCs utilise the low power consumption of Intel Z510 1.1GHz processor, making it ideal for in-car and other mobile applications.
The unit supports up to 4GB Compact Flash memory and also features an SSD slot for extra storage; both features make the iKarPC W08A resistant to high levels of vibration.
In-vehicle PCs offer wireless communication over WLAN 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth, HSPA/UMTS, GPS and Quad-Band EDGE/GRPS/GSM, all of which ensure smooth data exchange for GPS and internet connectivity.
Other features include 1x RS232/422/485, 2x USB, 1x GB LAN and 1x DB 9 vehicle bus protocol OBD II.
OBD II is a versatile vehicle diagnostic system, which records and displays malfunctions inside the vehicle. It provides an internal communications network that connects components inside a vehicle.
OBD II also provides an interface for users to get vehicle data for diagnostic purposes or travel information such as vehicle speed, engine loading, engine RPM and fuel levels.
The vehicle bus protocol deals with data transmission reliability. The MCU acts as a converter between these protocols. IEI currently supports three major vehicle bus protocols: OBD-II, J1939 and FMS.
The OBD-II is mostly for small car diagnostics while the SAE J1939 is suitable for off-road vehicles with diesel engines and the FMS is designed for commercial trucks or buses.
The wide temperature range from -20ºC to +60ºC is perfect for in-vehicle operation ensuring the system runs at optimal levels in all types of climates.
iKar vehicle PCs can be mounted using a vehicle mounting kit or fixed via suction to the windscreen and is available with or without DVB-T capability.