Advantech Announces DIN-rail PC

Advantech has announced a box PC intended for DIN-rail mounting that uses the company's x86-compatible EVA-X4150 SoC (system-on-chip). The Linux-ready UNO-1140 has CompactFlash storage, two USB 2.0 ports, two 10/100 Ethernet ports, a VGA output, and either four or eight serial ports, the company says. Advantech says the UNO-1140 (left) is intended as a communications gateway in even harsh environments, meeting IEC 68 standards for resistance to shock and vibration. The device has a rated operating range of -4 to 167 deg. F (-20 to 75 deg. C), according to the company. Like the ARK-1310 automation PC Advantech released last year, the UNO-1140 is powered by Advantech's own EVA-X4150 SoC. This device, which comes in a 27 x 27mm PBGA (plastic ball grid array) package, is said to be compatible with the 486SX instruction set and to provide integrated northbridge and southbridge functionality. The EVA-X4150 includes SDRAM and DMA controllers, PCI and ISA bus interfaces, Ethernet and IDE controllers, and a UART that supports up to five serial ports, among other functionality. Apparently lacking floating-point support, and with a clock speed of just 150MHz, the SoC cannot run Windows XP Embedded, but it supports Windows CE 5.0, Linux, DOS, and "most popular 32-bit RTOSes [real time operating systems]." The EVA-X4150 does not include graphics, but Advantech has apparently added a video controller chip to the UNO-1140, since the device has a VGA port that's said to support resolutions up to 1024 x 768 pixels. The box PC also comes with 64MB of RAM, and an internal Type I/II CompactFlash slot, the company says. According to Advantech, the UNO-1140 includes a single 10/100 Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 port, and four serial ports (RS232/485) with DB9 connectors. Meanwhile, model UNO-1140F adds both isolation for the DB9-equipped serial ports, plus four additional RS485 ports with screw terminals, isolation, and flow control, the company says. According to Advantech, the use of CompactFlash storage means that the UNO-1140 easily withstands shocks of up to 50G (11ms duration) during operation, and vibration of up to 5Grms. The device uses DC power ranging from 9 to 36 Volts, with a typical consumption of 18 Watts, the company adds.
  • Processor -- Advantech EVA-X4150 SoC clocked at 150MHz
  • Memory -- 64MB of RAM
  • Storage -- CompactFlash Type I/II slot
  • Networking -- 1 x 10/100 Ethernet
  • Power requirements -- 9VDC to 24VDC; 18 Watts
  • Dimensions -- 6.1 x 5.6 x 2.6 inches (155 x 140 x 68mm)
  • Weight -- 2.2 pounds (1kg)
  • Operating system support -- Linux, Windows CE 5.0, DOS (UNO-1140 only)
The UNO-1140 and UNO-1140F appear to be available now, but pricing was not announced.

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