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Touch panel PCs leverage Atom chips

Posted: 04 Feb 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:touch panel? computers? Atom processors? HMI?

National Instruments rolls a line of touch panel human machine interface (HMI) computers based on the 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor, with an extended operating temperature range of -20C to 60C for harsh industrial applications.

The use of Atom chips in the NI TPC-2206 and TPC-2212 lets engineers build low-power, fanless human machine interfaces (HMIs). They feature 4GB solid state drives for use in extended vibration environments and Windows Embedded OS for long-term deployment and support. They also feature 1GB of RAM, two GbE ports and LED backlights to maintain screen brightness across the range of temperatures.

The 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).

The TPC-2206 is priced from $1,399 and the TPC-2212 is priced from $2,299.

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