Advantech introduces short-depth chassis and backplane series

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Advantech introduces short-depth chassis and backplane seriesAdvantech is launching 4U industrial chassis, ACP-4340 and ACP-4020; each chassis has a short-depth design that means that system integrators can fit it more easily into equipment. Also, with the ACP-4020, Advantech is introducing the 12-slot backplane PCE-3B12-08 and 13-slot backplane PCE-4B13-08. These combinations provide users with intelligent, high-performance operating platforms that can serve as machine/equipment controllers, NVR/DVR servers for video surveillance applications and SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) servers for factory automation, BEMS and so on.

ACP-4340, only 478mm in depth, supports versatile ATX and Micro ATX motherboards and full-size SHB/SBC. ACP-4020, which is 25 per cent shorter than ACP-4340 (350mm in total), supports versatile ATX and Micro ATX motherboards and half-size SHB/SBC. Both models support a highly efficient switching power supply, and all include easy-to-maintain cooling fans and dual front USB 3.0 ports. ACP-4340 provides four hot-swap 2.5”/3.5” SAS/SATA HDD trays and one internal 2.5” drive bay, while ACP-4020 provides two 3.5” front-accessible and one 2.5” internal drive bays.

With an optional HDD mobile rack IDT-3120E, the two front-accessible 3.5” drive bays can be converted to two or even four 2.5” SATA HDD trays, offering flexible options for data storage. Other data storage choices include one slim-type drive bay for an optical disk drive. A wide range of standard computing peripherals can be integrated with these chassis to accommodate robust, 24/7 applications in rugged environments.

With embedded code intelligent firmware built in, the Intelligent System Module can diagnose real-time system status, including system fan, temperature and voltage. Based on this information, the Intelligent System Module can automatically adjust fan speed according to the system/CPU temperature, optimising system performance and audible noise. When Advantech’s SUSIAccess 2.1 utility is installed, the system can be remotely monitored and controlled, and actively sends out error alarm messages, minimising system downtime and troubleshooting.

PCE-3B12-08 and PCE-4B13-08 backplanes are designed to fit in a short-depth rack-mount chassis such as ACP-4020. Both models support comprehensive expansion slots, including up to four PCIe and eight PCI expansion slots, satisfying all mainstream applications. They are the only backplanes in the industry for short-depth chassis with PCIe Gen3 x16/x8, providing more bandwidth and processing performance compared with half-size single board computers.

ACP-4340 will be available in February 2014, and ACP-4020 will be available in April 2014. PCE-3B12-08 is available now, and PCE-4B13-08 will be available in May 2014. For more information about the short-depth chassis and backplane series, please visit

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