Dive into marine applications with MOXA MC-3201 embedded PC series

18th June 2024
Paige West

In the marine industry, complex systems such as navigation and communication are integrated to improve daily operations on the water.

These systems enhance the efficiency of global maritime processes. Given the demanding environments of heavy-duty seafaring operations, reliable electronic devices are crucial, leading engineers to seek technology that can endure harsh conditions without compromising performance. Devices that offer robust connectivity, durable design, and seamless integration into marine systems are highly valued.

MOXA’s MC-3201 series of embedded PCs, specifically the M-S models, meet these requirements. These solid yet compact devices are designed to adhere to marine regulations, conforming to IEC 60945 and IACS E10 standards. Features like integrated NMEA ports and a remote power switch make the MC-3201 a practical solution for marine system control.

Key features and tools

Performance and speed: the high-performance processor ensures quick execution of tasks such as complex computations and high-volume data processing, minimising downtime and maximising output.

Robust connectivity options: the MC-3201 includes two serial ports, four Gigabit LAN ports, two USB 3.1 (type A) ports, four USB 2.0 (type A) ports, and four NMEA ports, allowing for smooth and uninterrupted operations.

Energy efficiency: its energy-efficient design reduces power consumption while maintaining high performance, lowering operational costs and supporting environmentally friendly practices.

Security: a built-in TPM2.0 module securely stores sensitive data using cryptography, protecting it from unauthorised access.

Regulatory compliance: the MC-3201 complies with IEC 60945 and IACS E10 standards, ensuring safety and functionality in marine environments. These standards cover navigation and radiocommunication equipment performance and testing conditions for electromagnetic compatibility, temperature range, shock/vibration protection, and more.

Nautical design and highlights

The MC-3201's lightweight, durable, and rugged design ensures portability and long-term use. Weighing just 1.40kg, it is easy to transport and install in various locations. The fanless construction reduces noise and eliminates the risk of dust, dirt, and moisture being drawn into the device, a common issue in fan-based systems.

NMEA ports on the rear panel enable integration with navigation systems, sonar devices, and other marine electronics, facilitating efficient data transmission and communication. This is essential for enhancing navigation accuracy and communication efficiency in marine settings. Additionally, the remote power switch offers convenience and control, especially in installations where the device is not easily accessible, allowing engineers to manage the power status remotely.

The MC-3201 comes with a three-year warranty, providing peace of mind against manufacturing defects and operational issues, allowing users to focus on core industrial applications without worrying about potential disruptions. 

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