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Throughout the last
decade the industrial and commercial computing landscape has dramatically
changed. Small scale embedded computing systems now span all aspects of modern
life and there are many examples of their use in government, commercial,
industrial and scientific applications.

Typical industries and applications include:

applications such as Rail Track Routing Systems, Marine Navigation, Aircraft
and In-Vehicle computers,

Mining Application
such as Heavy Vehicle and Machine Control, Environmental Monitoring and

Process Control
applications such as Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Food production,

applications such as Digital Signage, Video Wall Displays, Vending Machines,
Kiosk and Ticketing Machines, Security and Surveillance Systems,

Infrastructure including Firewalls and Routers and

Medical applications
that require life critical systems.

All of these applications require a computer that is dedicated to
handling a specific task. This allows design engineers to optimize the embedded
computer for a particular application and environment resulting in reduced size
and increased reliability and performance.

Many of today applications require compact highly reliable or rugged embedded
systems that can withstand shock and vibration, wide temperature ranges and
dusty environments.

Modern processors and mobile chipsets featuring high processing power and low
power requirements have allowed Industrial PC designers to develop a range of
off-the-shelf embedded computers with reduced case sizes and passive cooling
systems. Commonly known as Box PCs or stand-alone embedded controllers
these rugged systems are usually constructed in an extruded aluminium case that
doubles as a passive heatsink

By utilizing state of the art mobile processors and chipsets designed for the
laptop market and what is effectively an over sized passive cooling system it
is possible to produce a fanless embedded PC that is computationally powerful,
has a small footprint and is extremely rugged.

In addition, the Box PCs fanless design reduces the possibility of airborne
corrosive or conductive materials entering the system thereby increasing its
long-term reliability.

Energy efficiency, rugged and reliable
small footprint computers with certificated embedded OS support, Box PCs from
Interworld Electronics provide a high performance solution for industrial
control applications. Box PCs fall into three categories: Expandable, Compact
and Ultra-slim.

Expandable Box PCs provide bus
expansion options for add-in cards

Common computer card expansion slots
include PCI and PCI-Express. Models with one or two expansion slots are
available. When two slots are provided the units can usually be configured with
either two PCI slots or two PCI-e slots or one of each. Expandable Box PCs are
medium sized systems that provide extensive connectivity options. Features

  • Fanless operation
  • High end processors
  • PCI and PCI-Express expansion slots
  • Multiple COM ports, USB ports, Ethernet Ports
    and WiFi
  • Memory and Sim Card slots, Digital I/O and u
    to 3 Video outputs
  • High vibration and shock protection
  • Wide Temperature Range
  • Wide range DC power input

Compact Box PCs for space constrained

These small sized fanless embedded
computers are ideal for demanding industrial environments where space is
limited. Available with medium to high end processors options Compact Box PCs
provide all the functionality of Expandable Models except for the expansion

Ultra-slim Box PCs for embedded
control applications

Ultra-slim Box PCs are less than 50mm
high and are ideal for adding computing power to existing equipment. Some
models are so small that they can be held in the palm of your hand. Others provide
VESA mounting holes allowing the computer to be mounted behind a monitor
converting it into a high performance Panel PC. While their small size limits
the number of I/O connections, Ultra-slim Box PCs feature:

  • Fanless operation
  • Energy efficient processors
  • Multiple COM ports, USB ports, Ethernet Ports,
    WiFi and Video outputs
  • High vibration and shock protection
  • Low power consumption

In addition, Interworld Electronics
offers special purpose industrial PCs such as fully sealed stainless steel
units, Rail Certified fanless PCs and in-vehicle based PCs.

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