Westerham, EnglandEmbedded board maker Review Display Systems Limited (RDS) is rolling out a new Intel-based embedded PC dubbed the Aaeon Technology AOP-8150. Specifically designed for human interface applications that require flat-panels, the AOP-8150 includes a 1024 x 768-pixel 15-in. touchscreen, runs a 650-MHz Intel Ultra Low Voltage Low Power Celeron processor, and can be optionally stuffed with as much as a Gbyte of DDR SRAM.
Rather than using a pricey high-level processor and a metal chassis, the AOP-8150 offers fanless operation, a plastic housing, and a thin TFT LCD (thin film transistor) display. With the capability of supporting dual and independent color displays, the AOP-8150 can simultaneously present two different images, on its LCD as well as a CRT.
The system packs a NEMA IP-65 certification, which is rare for panel PCs (the 6 in the designation means dust-tight, and the 5 indicates it's protected against water projected by a nozzle against the enclosure from any direction).
The system also includes digital I/O, and four USB 2.0 (Universal Serial Bus) ports. It also includes a 10/100 Ethernet controller (there's an option for Gbit Ethernet), multiple COM port (serial) interfaces, and an audio controller. Using IDE connectors, the systems hard disk drive can also be removed. A patented design permits an anti-vibration disk drive bay to stand up to 1G of vibration.
Options include WLAN (wireless local area network) hooks for IEEE-802-11b/g WLANs, CD-ROM/DVD drives, and wall-mount kits.
RDS also provides a SDK (software development kit) for applications created n Windows CE.NET v.4.2, and the board also supports Windows XP Embedded. Both of these operating systems are designed to fit onto a CompactFlash card, too. However, if you run Windows 2000 or full Windows XP, you will need the hard drive option.
Click here to access a data sheet (in Adobe Acrobat .PDF format). You will have to register on RDS’s Web site.
For more details, contact product manager Andy Weekes at Review Display Systems Limited, Horton Place, Horton's Way, Westerham, Kent TN16 1BT, United Kingdom. Phone: +44 (0) 1959 563345. Fax +44 (0) 1959 564452. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review Display Systems, +44 (0) 1959 563345, www.rds-aaeon.co.uk