Whiskey Lake panel PCs feature Linux-based HMI support
Kontron’s rugged, 10.1- to 23.8-inch “FlatClient Panel PCs” have been upgraded with eighth Gen UE-series processors, an remoted energy provide, and an non-obligatory, Linux-based QIWI toolkit for HMI shows.

Kontron introduced an replace to its FlatClient Panel PCs that provides the choice of an Intel eighth Gen Whiskey Lake CPU. The announcement hyperlinks to a datasheet that continues to checklist dual-core 4th, sixth, and seventh, Gen U-series processors together with the brand new quad-core, 1.6GHz/4.1GHz Core i5-8365UE or non-obligatory i7-8665UE Whiskey Lake processors. Along with detailing these FlatClient Professional fashions, the datasheet consists of the marginally decreased characteristic set “FlatClient Eco” line primarily based on Apollo Lake.

Together with including the Whiskey Lake half, all the product line has been upgraded in different methods, though Kontron makes no point out of the Eco mannequin. The FlatClient Panel PC provides an remoted energy provide, “which avoids or interrupts floor loops and thus ensures much more dependable operation,” says Kontron. It additionally has a thinner bezel, which Kontron refers to as a passpartout, thereby lowering the size.

Whiskey Lake panel PCs feature Linux-based HMI supportWhiskey Lake panel PCs feature Linux-based HMI support
FlatClient Panel PCs and show choices
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The Linux and Win 10 IoT supported FlatClient programs now provide an non-obligatory, “QIWI” toolkit primarily based on Linux and an optimized Chromium net browser. Designed for constructing industrial HMI shows, Kontron’s QIWI permits “subtle” 2D and 3D visualizations, movies, and enormous paperwork that may be “simply” configured by way of an area touch-based UI or net interface, says the corporate.

The fanless programs provide 10.1- to 23.8-inch capacitive, resistive, or “safety glass” touchscreens. Even the much less protected choices are constructed from IP65 protected, anti-glare, scratch-proof glass. Decision ranges from 800 x 600 pixels to 1920 x 1080, largely with 16:9 side ratios. Brightness ranges from 250 to 500 nits, and each panorama and portrait modes can be found (see chart above).

The FlatClient Panel PCs are geared up with 4GB to 16GB DDR4, relying on the mannequin, and provide an non-obligatory microSD slot. A lot of the fashions provide an non-obligatory mSATA SSD as much as 512GB, whereas the Whiskey Lake mannequin as a substitute provides an M.2 SSD at as much as 1TB.

The Whiskey Lake mannequin and different current SKUs present 2x GbE ports. The brand new eighth Gen mannequin has 2x DP as a substitute of HDMI and DP, and the announcement mentions 4K and triple show help.

The eighth Gen model provides 4x USB 3.1 as a substitute of 4x USB 3.zero ports. All of the programs present WiFi and RFID, and choices embody 2x COM ports and audio options together with twin 3W amps.

The FlatClient Panel PCs have a 12-30VDC enter together with the brand new remoted energy provide. You get a alternative of desktop, VESA, or panel mounting.

Ruggedization options embody a zero to 50°C working vary, 15G shock resistance per EN 60068-2-27, and 1G vibration resistance per EN 60068-2-6. Along with the IP65 front-panel safety IP20 safety is offered for the rear. Altitude and EMC specs are additionally listed.

Different current Kontron panel PCs embody the i.MX6 primarily based, 7- to 15.6-inch WP Internet Panel and CP Management Panel. Different Whiskey Lake primarily based panel PCs embody Vecow’s 10.1- to 21.5-inch MTC-7000 Collection, amongst others.

Additional info

No pricing or availability info was offered for the up to date FlatClient Panel PCs. Extra info could also be present in Kontron’s announcement and product web page.

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