Fanless embedded computer for automation and robotics applications

5th March 2024
Paige West

Advantech unveils the ARK-2251, an advanced fanless embedded computer that harnesses the power of 13th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors.

This system delivers high computing performance, efficient processing, and real-time analytics. It has more than 19 I/O connections, facilitating seamless integration with a myriad of sensors and devices. Furthermore, it allows for the integration of fieldbus protocols through over ten iDoor modules. The ARK-2251 enhances connectivity with the inclusion of Wi-Fi 6 and 5G modules via an M.2 slot and supports enhanced security and remote management with optional TPM 2.0 modules and the DeviceOn software. Its compact design, measuring just 2.13 inches in height, makes it perfectly suited for a range of settings and applications, including conveyor systems and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).

With its ultra-thin design and comprehensive connectivity features, the ARK-2251 is engineered for effortless deployment. Its performance hybrid architecture, powered by 13th Gen Intel processors, is optimised for industrial applications where space is at a premium, supporting a broad operating temperature spectrum. The inclusion of more than 19 I/O ports ensures its compatibility with various industrial demands, while support for over ten iDoor modules provides extensive customisation possibilities for specific integration needs. An optional Power over Ethernet (PoE) module, capable of delivering up to 15W per port for LAN 2 and LAN 3, simplifies powering devices in locations without convenient access to power sources. The ARK-2251 is designed for straightforward and adaptable deployment.

In an era where IoT devices are proliferating, wireless connectivity is vital for handling the immense data volumes from cameras and sensors at the Edge. The ARK-2251 addresses this need with Mini-PCIe and M.2 interfaces for network deployment flexibility. The M.2 slot facilitates Wi-Fi 6 and 5G connectivity, ensuring strong wireless links. For enhanced security and data processing efficiency, the ARK-2251 includes two 2.5GbE LAN ports supporting Wi-Fi 6E throughput and is compatible with AMO-IO29 TPM 2.0 modules, providing a secure and privacy-centric operating environment. Additionally, it integrates with the DeviceOn platform, compatible across Windows, Linux, and Android OS, enabling efficient management of a variety of devices. DeviceOn's robust and flexible platform supports both on-premises and cloud installations, offering comprehensive remote management capabilities.

For clients in need of tailored solutions, Advantech's European DMS team provides a vast array of local design and manufacturing services, ensuring customisation options to meet specific requirements.

Key features 

  • 13th Gen Intel Core i3/5/7 processors 
  • Dual DDR5 4800MHz SODIMM memory (up to 64GB)
  • 12 ~ 24 VDC wide-range power input
  • I/O ports: 2 x 2.5 GbE, 1 x GbE, 6 x USB 3.1, 6 x COM, 1 x 16-bit DIO, 2 x CAN Bus
  • Supports 10+ iDoor modules (optional), AMO-IO29 TPM 2.0 modules (optional), MIOe-PSE module (optional), and DeviceOn software

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