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Highly flexible open frame panel computer speeds application development

19 November 2003 Computer/Embedded Technology

Advantech has developed and has now released to market the OFPC-215 Series Open Frame Panel Computer, the newest model in its reengineered Open Frame PC line designed to provide customers with maximum flexibility, performance and integration ease.

The OFPC-215 Series includes a touch panel monitor with a computer system box joined together, which is ideal for integration into large, more complex systems.

Because of the OFPC-215's modular design, Advantech says that customers can choose the SBC/LCD panel configuration that suits their application needs best, as well as they can use numerous third party components. The modular design allows for easy upgrades and the flexibility to be easily adapted to different housings. Scalable from Pentium III CPUs up to 1,26 GHz for increased multimedia support, to a VIA low-power processor for reduced cost and lower power usage, this open frame Panel PC simplifies cabling issues, I/O configuration and chassis design.

Flexible and scalable

Advantech Open Frame computers are designed to fit anywhere developers have space or environment constraints. Flexible and interchangeable choices are key to meeting niche application needs. The OFPC-215 is based on the company's industrial-proven box PC series that offer a choice of integrated SBCs that can go into housings and be easily mounted on or into equipment. LCD touch monitors have been used in the harshest environments, including HMI, kiosks and other applications. Their steel open frame design can also integrate customers' specific IDs (faceplates) for image and branding concerns.

The OFPC-215 offers a versatile function set that includes support for 1x SDRAM up to 512 MB, 2 x 3,5" HDD bays, PCI and PC/104 expansion, 2 x USB ports, 1 x parallel port, 4 x serial ports, 1 x 100Base-T Ethernet, PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports, MIC-in, SPK-out, line-in/out, DC-out (for LCD) and CD-audio in.

The system is prime for expansion, with ordering options such as Giga-LAN, VESA mounting and CD-ROM/RW/Combo available. The unit accepts all major OS configurations, with embedded OS and driver support also offered by Advantech.



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