ThinkIO-Duo DIN rail PC connects to more fieldbuses

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Kontron's ThinkIO-Duo DIN rail PC is now equipped with Profinet RT Controller, Profibus DP and CANopen Master functionality for connection to distributed industrial Ethernet devices in addition to traditional fieldbus components. The flexible platform concept further project-specific protocols to be developed without any adjustment to driver software.

With a depth of 70mm and a connector-level depth of 35mm, the compact and passive-cooled Kontron ThinkIO-Duo DIN rail PC comes with the Intel Core Duo processor U2500 with a clock frequency of 1.2GHz and 512MB or 1GB of RAM. In addition to the high-performance processor and internal Flash (512MB/2GB), the embedded IPC with a robust aluminium casing offers an optional Compact Flash socket for data storage or for backups/updates, 512kB non-volatile memory and all standard PC interfaces (two USB 2.0, RS232, DVI-I) and two GBit LAN interfaces. The Kontron ThinkIO therefore enables remote access or connection to a company's IT infrastructure (ERP systems and databases). The interruptible onboard inputs can be used for quick reaction to important events, such as failure of the 24V power supply when using an external uninterrupted power supply (UPS) or transgressing an end switch. A watchdog and real-time clock round off the features.

The Kontron ThinkIO-Duo DIN rail PC requires neither batteries nor fans and is therefore maintenance-free. Since it has no moveable components, such as rotating disks, it is suitable for use in environments where shock and vibrations are expected. Moreover, it is designed with exclusively soldered components.

Linux operating system

In addition to Windows XP Embedded, Kontron offers a real-time Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL) software package as standard for the Kontron ThinkIO-Duo DIN rail PC. The use of the Linux operating system has been steadily increasing over the last four years and continues to be an increasingly popular choice for automation projects. Long-term availability, stability, universal communication and visualisation are said to be decisive benefits. The OSADL, of which Kontron is a member, is a further step towards standardization and wider acceptance.

With the Kontron ThinkIO-Duo DIN rail PC customers benefit from reduced time-to-market since they can build upon an open platform and thereby concentrate on their core competences, such as application programming software and system/portfolio integration. The maintenance-free, versatile and robust design also reduces the total cost of ownership for end customers.

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