Compact and expandable IPC for smart factory applications

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Compact and expandable IPC for smart factory applicationsIBASE, a manufacturer of application-specific industrial embedded computing platforms, is launching the AMS300 series expandable modular box PC. This compact yet expandable fanless system is designed for industrial control and measurement processes in smart factory automation applications. It is powered by 7th/6th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors and comes integrated with 8GB memory as well as 64GB of industrial-grade SSD storage. An optional 2MB MRAM expansion module is available for storing data even when there is no power connected. The AMS300 industrial PC is built with two module compartments for PCI-E/PCI cards and Fieldbus modules, giving customers the flexibility to configure the various I/O required. The unit also features high resistance to shock and vibration, which is crucial for deployment in harsh conditions, and all interfaces are situated to one side for easy assembly and expansion.

Built with a passive finned heat sink, the rugged AMS300 boasts superb thermal performance while reliably operating at a temperature range of -10 to +60degC. The system is highly versatile with wall-, side- and DIN rail-mounting options to securely fit space-constrained and industrial environments (see photos, right). Advanced features include iAMT (11.6) for remote management and repair of systems and IBASE's iSMART technology that enables energy-efficient systems to be configured with various power-saving functions. The AMS300 also offers extensive I/O connectivity including a drive bay with RAID 0/1 support, a 24V DC terminal block, four USB 3.0 connectors that can be used as machine vision camera interfaces, two USB 2.0, two COM, two Gigabit Ethernet and video outputs for DVI-I and DisplayPort interface.

To meet customer-specific requirements the AMS301, an AMS300 variant, houses an extension module with an IP301 card with three mPCIe slots that can be installed with optional Profinet and Profibus fieldbus modules. The AMS302 has an IP302 expansion card with interface for USB, COM, PCI-E(x8) and PCI-E(x4) devices.

Follow the link for more information about the AMS300 series expandable modular box PCs. These will be unveiled at the PPMA Show, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 26–28 September 2017.

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