Newport Pagnell, UK The latest addition to the Nexcom range of Industrial Computing Solutions is the fan-less NICE 3100 Embedded System. Based on Intel’s Pentium M/Celeron M processor with 400MHz FSB, the rugged NICE 3100 is designed for space-critical applications requiring fan-less operation, extreme reliability, low-power consumption and versatile I/O configuration. As such the unit offers cost-effective solutions to a multitude of mission-critical embedded computing applications within automation, machine control, POS Systems and transportation. Housed in a compact 195 x 268 x 80mm heavy-duty aluminium chassis the versatile system gives users a wide variety of connection options with numerous I/O ports located at both the front and the back of the unit. These include two 10/100 Ethernet LAN ports, six USB 2.0 ports (two front, four rear), VGA, TV-out interface and direct LVDS output via a DB44 connector. For added flexibility, the NICE 3100 also boasts three RS232 ports, one RS232/422/485 port and one PCI Expansion Slot. The unit has DDR 200/266 memory up to 1 GB and one 2.5" HDD drive bay. The System also boasts a wide-ranging power supply from 12V DC to 30V DC. Nexcom Ltd , Newport Pagnell, UK. www.nexcomuk.co.uk.
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