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Rugged computer based on new Intel Atom processor

19 September 2011

A new PCI-104 single board computer from Advantech uses an Intel Atom N455/D525 processor, supporting 1 GB of soldered DDRIII 800MHz SDRAM. The design of this processor is said to allow for power reductions, smaller systems, and performance improvements.

Advantech’s PCM-3363 adopts the IEC standard for electro static discharge protection for the COM port transceiver with 15kV air gap protection/8kV contact protection for RS-232 and it uses polymer aluminum electrolytic capacitors with small ESR and better MTBF than electrolytic capacitors, and high Tg PCB which is said to keep the PCB more stable under high temperature operation.

PCM-3363 passes a strict signal intensity verification process during the development stage to ensure high quality circuit design. PCM-3363 also utilizes Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) to find weak points, design issues or material limitations, or help improve electrical/ mechanical design margins and increase reliability. PCM-3363 uses soldered memory and locked connectors (direction changeable) in all I/O interface to strengthen shock and vibration resistance. Plus, the PCI-104 rugged stacking mechanical architecture makes it ideal for outdoor applications in military and transportation fields.

The computer also comes equipped with the company’s Lite-iManager technology which enables extreme cold start and voltage dip pProtection. It also ensures that abnormal transient power fluctuations will not cause a system to freeze, making the unit suitable for un-manned and outdoor applications which might experience unstable mains power.

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