Embedded computers provide off the peg solutions

2nd May 2017
Mick Elliott

RS4U or Ready Solution for You is Portwell’s new Box PC and embedded systems series. Built with application-centric design, the RS4U series includes a portfolio of pre-configured system solutions: From compact and robust Box PCs to highly flexible and scalable 4U 19in. industrial computers, and with CPU from Intel Celeron processor N3350 (codenamed Apollo Lake) up to the 6th Generation Intel Core processors (codenamed Skylake).

Leading the line-up is the RS4U-B641-P&E which is based on a Type 6 COMe module with 14nm Intel Celeron processor N3350 (formerly Apollo Lake). It offers compelling computing and graphic power at low power consumption. Featuring 9-32V wide range DC input voltages, it supports operations in demanding applications.

With usage in harsh environments in mind, it’s designed to withstand 50G static shock and 5Grms dynamic vibration. Storage and security functions are supported by the integrated SPI ROM. For a quick deployment, CentOS 7 is pre-installed on the integrated 64GB SSD.

The RS4U-8172-M2M is powered by an Intel Celeron processor N3350. With integrated TPM (Trusted Platform Module) and support for wide range power input (12 or 19-24V DC), it’s designed as a cost-effective solution to fulfill gateway tasks in M2M (machine-to-machine) applications for various markets.

The RS4U-8172-M2M also features 4GB DDR3L RAM and 32GB M.2. The integrated TPM (Trusted Platform Module) ensures a stable and secure operation.

The RS4U-8112-MESis built with a PICMG 1.3 backplane system which is already populated with a PICMG 1.3 System Host Board/processor card featuring Intel Xeonprocessor E3-1225 v3 with ECC memory supported.

Designed with support for Windows 7 and even Windows XP, it’s perfect for legacy projects. In addition to the flexibility of operating with old Windows versions, the RS4U-8112-MES has 9 PCI slots, which is also ideal for legacy support.

Moreover, it featuresIntel I210 Gigabit Ethernet controller with EtherCAT (optional, 3rd party driver support).

The built-in eAPI function is controlled by an embedded controller, enabling hardware monitoring and control functionalities.

The RS4U-1703-IAC is designed with an industrial ATX motherboard based on a powerful 6th Gen Intel CoreT i7-6700 processor (formerly Skylake). It targets applications that demand high computing power.

The pre-configured 8GB DDR4 can be flexibly expanded to up to 64GB. The integrated dual Intel Gigabit Ethernet Controller I210 supports optional EtherCAT function. The 2x PCIe x16 extension slots provide more capacity to add additional functions.

While each of these four RS4U platforms is configured with a different application-ready feature set, they do have one thing in common - all benefit from the management and control functionalities provided by the Portwell API (Application Programming Interface).

Specifically, the Portwell API is a comprehensive library of API functions that enable developers to access and control hardware resources of Portwell’s embedded computing platforms.

It helps minimise development effort and the time spent on initial designs, including validation and verification. It also enables hardware monitoring and control functionalities, resulting in higher service quality, easier maintenance, and a lower total cost of ownership.



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