Kontron introduced the ThinkIO-Duo, the latest model in its top-hat, fanless PC range. This modular (70 mm deep/35 mm slot level) PC is equipped with an Intel Core Duo U2500 processor with a clock rate of 2 ×1.2 GHz and 512 MB or 1 GB of RAM. Along with high computing performance and internal Flash (512MB/2GB), this passively-cooled PC offers a customizable CompactFlash socket for data storage or backups/updates, 512KB non-volatile memory and all the standard PC interfaces (2 × USB 2.0, RS232, DVI-I). Three LAN interfaces connect to a variety of media such as cameras or a WLAN router. Users can also implement an Ethernet-based ‘software’ field bus. In addition, remote access/monitoring and control or connection to the company’s MES or ERP systems and databases are possible. There are also interrupt-capable onboard inputs which can be used for rapid reaction to extreme events, such as activating a cut-off switch.
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