Fanless touch panel computers for high-performance HMI tasks

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Fanless touch panel computers for high-performance HMI tasksNational Instruments is launching a new series of touch panel computers with an extended operating temperature range. These devices use the 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor, which means that engineers can benefit from high-performance human machine interfaces (HMIs) with low power consumption and no fan. The NI TPC-2206 and TPC-2212 feature a -20 to 60degC operating temperature range for harsh industrial applications, 4GB solid-state drives for reliable operation in extended vibration environments, and Windows Embedded OS for long-term deployment and support. They also feature 1GB of RAM, two Gigabit Ethernet ports and LED backlight technology to maintain screen brightness across the range of temperatures.

Eric Starkloff, NI Vice President of Marketing for Test and Embedded, comments: "The touch panel computers releasing today, combined with NI LabVIEW software, provide a rugged high-performance interface for monitoring and control applications."

The use of Intel Atom processors as the basis for these new touchpanel computers facilitates not only their extended temperature range, but also their improved application performance.

Staci Palmer, Senior Director of Marketing for the Intel Low Power Embedded Processor Division, states: "The new Intel Atom processors bring more intelligence than ever before to embedded connected devices such as touch panel HMI computers. Devices that integrate smart, connected services to monitor, sense, serve and control applications intelligently and interactively help our world operate more efficiently."

The new industrial touch panel computers work with a variety of hardware including NI CompactRIO, PXI, NI Smart Cameras, NI Embedded Vision Systems and other third-party industrial devices. Engineers can develop advanced and intuitive HMI applications with the LabVIEW graphical development environment, which they use to communicate with their hardware through standard communication methods such as TCP, OPC, USB, Modbus, Ethernet/IP and many more. LabVIEW provides easy network deployment, prebuilt template applications and navigation controls for building complex multiscreen interfaces. Engineers also gain programmatic control of advanced OS features such as Enhanced Write Filters and Hibernate Once/Resume Many (HORM).

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04 February 2011

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