Throughout the last decade the industrial and commercial computing landscape has dramatically changed. Small scale embedded computing systems now span all aspects of modern life and there are many examples of their use in government, commercial, industrial and scientific applications.

Typical industries and applications include:

  • Transportation applications such as Rail Track Routing Systems, Marine Navigation, Aircraft and In-Vehicle computers,
  • Mining Application such as Heavy Vehicle and Machine Control, Environmental Monitoring and Communications,
  • Process Control applications such as Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Food production,
  • Commercial applications such as Digital Signage, Video Wall Displays, Vending Machines, Kiosk and Ticketing Machines, Security and Surveillance Systems,
  • Networking Infrastructure including Firewalls and Routers and
  • Medical applications that require life critical systems.

All of these applications require a computer that is dedicated to handling a specific task. This allows design engineers to optimize the embedded computer for a particular application and environment resulting in reduced size and increased reliability and performance.

Many of today’s applications require compact highly reliable or rugged embedded systems that can withstand shock and vibration, wide temperature ranges and dusty environments.

Modern processors and mobile chipsets featuring high processing power and low power requirements have allowed Industrial PC designers to develop a range of off-the-shelf embedded computers with reduced case sizes and passive cooling systems.


Commonly known as Box PCs or stand-alone embedded controllers these rugged systems are usually constructed in an extruded aluminium case that doubles as a passive heatsink

By utilizing state of the art mobile processors and chipsets designed for the laptop market and what is effectively an over sized passive cooling system it is possible to produce a fanless embedded PC that is computationally powerful, has a small footprint and is extremely rugged.

In addition, the Box PCs fanless design reduces the possibility of airborne corrosive or conductive materials entering the system thereby increasing its long-term reliability.

Box PCs are based on small sized motherboards with onboard I/O and video controllers and feature an internal 2.5” hard drive bay for mechanical or solid state hard drives, CompactFlash sockets for addition data storage and an internal DC to DC power supply that can operate from a 9V to 30V DC power source.

Typical Box PC Environmental Specifications when using Solid State Drives
Operating Temperature: –15C to +55C
Shock Resistance: 50G peak acceleration (11 msec duration)
Vibration Resistance: 5G RMS at 5 ~ 500Hz / operation

There is a wide range of Box PCs providing a selection of processors, I/O configurations and video options. While Box PCs are a predefined solution, many models also include one or two PCI or PCI-e bus expansion slots allowing them to be further customized for specific applications. While Box PCs are capable of running full desktop or workstation operating systems, they are the ideal platform for embedded operating systems such as Windows CE, Windows Embedded and Embedded Linux.

Because of their compact design, you will find space to mount Box PCs almost anywhere. They can be bolted to bench tops, floors and walls and mounted inside cabinets. The smaller units can also be DIN rail mounted.

Fanless Box PCs provide a modern reliable embedded industrial solution for applications that require permanent operation with minimal maintenance.

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