Advantech promotes products for industrial PCs

22 May 2007

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Advantech promotes products for industrial PCsThe 2007 Computex Taipei show takes place from 5-9 June. Advantech's stand will be based around three major themes: ePlatform Solutions, Vertical Market Solutions and Value-added Customisation Services, all under the banner 'Trusted ePlatform Services'. Advantech will display six major vertical market product lines and many new products to consolidate its position as a leader in industrial PCs. The Advantech booth will be located in TWTC Hall 1 (526, 526A, 532 and 532A).

Advantech will display its industrial communication platforms, industrial motherboards and embedded computing platforms; ARK-4170 and ARK-6310 embedded box computers will be the focal point. ARK-4170 is a vibration-resistant, rugged and fanless product, while ARK-6310 is a fanless, new-style design with a Mini-ITX motherboard inside. Furthermore, Advantech offers series of blade and platform solutions based on the CompactPCI, AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC and PICMG 1.3 SBC standards to satisfy the evolving needs of diverse and reliable backend infrastructure for telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs). The Advantech MIC-5301 is single-slot AdvancedTCA processor blade with high-performance and power-efficient Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processors LV. Meanwhile, the first application-ready network processor (NPU) based platform, the FWA-7120, will also be showcased.

Advantech will also be displaying impressive industrial motherboards in a variety of form factors, from full-sized ATX and MicroATX to Mini-ITX. These motherboards are highly integrated and deliver advanced features such as multi-core processing and PCI Express technology. Mini-ITX boards are suitable for fast-emerging markets in which compact size and power-efficiency are required. Furthermore, Advantech's Mini-ATX motherboards are 25 per cent smaller than MicroATX products while retaining compatibility with MicroATX. The SOM (System on Modules) design-in services provide a robust line of value-added services that feature SOM products, design assistance, thermal validation and software services that help customers expedite their own carrier board development.

Application-ready platforms for vertical markets

The application-ready platform (ARP) has been invested with a more significant role in Advantech's overall product strategy. ARPs to be exhibited by Advantech this year will span medical computing, video surveillance, digital signage, UbiQ eHome and industrial mobile computing markets.

For medical computing, Advantech will display the POC-S155, a spill- and dust-resistant design that has passed UL 60601-1 and EN 60601-1 certifications and enables film-less operation. For video surveillance, Advantech will show an open and highly integrated PC-based hardware platform that includes a video capture card and PowerView surveillance software; and the DVS-355 mobile digital video platform with Intel Core Duo mobile processor. Moreover, Advantech UbiQ eHome Solutions will demonstrate the full UbiQ product lineup, including the Scenario Control Panel (UbiQ-230) and Mobile A/V Remote Control (UbiQ-350). Advantech will also exhibit a full range of digital signage products, from cost-effective RISC-based to high-performance x86-based architectures to ensure the successful roll-out of customers' signage networks.

Advantech also provides an array of mobile computing products, including vehicle-mounted computing products, rugged handheld terminals, and industrial tablet PCs. The MARS-3100R has a fanless design, proven industrial-grade dependability, wireless communication modules and powerful computing capabilities with support for the latest Intel Core Duo ultra low voltage U2500 CPU.

Lastly, Advantech is launching the EKI-7659C, EKI-7656C and EKI-7758F easy-to-manage industrial redundant Ethernet switches with gigabit fibre combo ports. This EKI series of managed industrial Ethernet switches feature X-Ring – a redundant ring technology with what is claimed to be the fastest recovery time in the world (10ms) for non-stop communications in automation systems. For efficient network control, the EKI-7659C/7656C/7758F provide advanced management and security functions. The industrial-grade design of EKI-7659C/7656C/7758F assures reliable communication in harsh industrial environments.

Customisation services

Advantech customised development, manufacturing, testing and value-added design services provide a one-stop shop for the design and preparation of motherboard or system platforms. Advantech CTOS (configure-to-order services) combine web-based configuration tools, manufacturing services and Advantech Global Services to enable customers to choose self-configured systems in three simple steps. Advantech DTOS (design-to-order services) is a one-stop solution for customising boards and system platforms. DTOS integrates strong engineering knowledge with cutting-edge design technology, proven industrial ODM processes and know-how to fulfil diverse customisation demands.

Advantech will also invite Intel to a Computex Solution Day seminar in its Neihu HQ on 8 June 2007 (13:30 - 17:00) to discuss its latest Multi-Core product strategies. Microsoft MSN will also be present to discuss the impact of Web 2.0 on market trends and industries. To register for Advantech's Computex Solution Day, or to learn more, go to

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