New Fanless MIPIOS Box Computer from MEN Micro Provides Unprecedented Ruggedization in Mobile and Extreme Applications

MEN Micro has launched its new, ultra-rugged MIPIOS product line with the Intel Atom-based RC1, a fanless, maintenance-free box computer that provides up to 1.6 GHz of processing power.

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AMBLER, Pa. – MEN Micro Inc., a world-renowned provider of embedded computing and I/O solutions for mission-critical industrial, mobile and harsh environment applications, has launched its new, ultra-rugged MIPIOS product line with the Intel Atom-based RC1, a fanless, maintenance-free box computer that provides up to 1.6 GHz of processing power. The rugged computer complies with the EN 50155 railway standard, fulfills IP67 and has an E1 approval from the German Federal Motor Transport Authority.

The new RC1 combines a robust 8.66 inch x 5.12 inch x 3.39 inch (220 mm x 130 mm x 86 mm) aluminum enclosure with solid wall-mounting equipment to provide exceptional ruggedization in even the most extreme applications, from hot, dry and dusty to extremely humid or cold environments. It is specifically designed for mobile applications, including commercial vehicles such as agricultural or construction machines, trains, buses or cable cars, but can also be used in avionics, medical engineering and industrial automation applications.

The RC1 is available as standard either with a 3.5“ 4:3 color TFT LCD touch panel with a resolution of 640x480 pixels, 262,144 colors and touch functionality for service purposes or without a display.

All I/O interfaces, including two Fast Ethernet interfaces and a service interface with USB and RS232, are accessible at the front via robust 8-pin M12 connectors. Two slots are available for additional I/O options implemented using special SA-Adapter kits. The onboard FPGA allows the integration of further interfaces such as CAN bus, RS485, IBIS or binary I/O.

A second power input makes it possible to connect a backup power source, such as a battery, to add reliability in the event of a power failure. As a power class S2 unit, the RC1 remains functional despite power interruption for up to 10 minutes.

The 512 MB RAM and 2 GB Flash memory offer sufficient space for all applications. A PCI Express Mini card and a SIM card slot can be used to add wireless functionality like Bluetooth, WLAN, WIMAX, GSM/GPRS or UMTS via two optional N-Type antenna connectors available at the front panel. The use of Intel's Atom processor guarantees fast performance and a minimum product availability of seven years.

MEN Micro’s new MIPIOS family of extremely rugged modular computer components, such as box computers, Ethernet switches, PSUs and I/O devices, offer an exceptional level of ruggedization. The product line was designed for wall mounting, with optional DIN-rail mounting available, and communication via Ethernet. All MIPIOS products are housed in a stainless aluminum enclosure that is dust- and waterproof according to IP67 and protects against violent impacts.

With a maximum power dissipation of 10 watts, MIPIOS products are always fanless; conduction cooling brings the heat to the outside of the housing. All electronic components are soldered to withstand shock and vibration as well as are prepared for conformal coating. The MIPIOS family complies with the EN 50155 as well as the class Tx railway standard and runs in a -40°C to +70°C operating temperature environment.

Pricing for the new RC1 MIPIOS Box Computer starts at $1,413 per unit without display and at $1,839 with display. Delivery is six weeks ARO.

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or contact Stephen Cunha, MEN Micro Inc., 24 N. Main Street, Ambler, Pa. 19002; Phone: 215-542-9575; Fax: 215-542-9577; E-mail: [email protected]

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About MEN Micro Inc.

Since 1982, MEN Micro has focused on innovation, reliability and flexibility to develop standard and custom board-level solutions used throughout industrial embedded applications and harsh environments.

The company provides a robust offering of highly reliable embedded computing and I/O solutions that employ the highest technology and innovations. In addition, MEN Micro offers exceptional custom development and environmental qualification services in accordance with industry standards. The company’s standard product range contains more than 100 different computer boards and systems with corresponding BIOS, BSP and driver software based on different PowerPC and Pentium platforms.

The company has nearly 200 employees and is a member of several industry associations, consortiums and alliances.