Fanless modular system can customise equipment integration
Modular systems from Advantech offer quick integration, says the company. The ARK-2230 is a ruggedised, compact, fanless, embedded modular system with Intel Celeron Quad Core J1900 SoC processor. It supports the company’s iDoor modules and ARK-Plus modules for customised systems for equipment integration. Customers who choose to customise a standard offering can run into time-consuming sample processes and budget issues, not to mention hardware and software integration, re-verification, and re-certification. The modular ARK customisation service helps customers build applications on best-fit systems with a series of ready-to-order I/O modules.
The iDoor modules are compact and can be installed into the ARK-2230. The company offers a selection of iDoor modules, including GbE, CANBus, RS232/422/485, USB, printer port and other industrial I/O functionality. Once integrators select an iDoor and verification can focus on it and its connected devices. Each ARK-2230 can install one iDoor module with no dimensional changes.
ARK-Plus is a stackable, add-on module for ARK-2230 with a proprietary MIOe interface. This interface carries serval types of high speed communication buses, which can support more I/Os than a single iDoor module. Its slim enclosure can also provide a removable 2.5inch drive bay. The system integrator can install one iDoor and one ARK-Plus module in an ARK-2230 box computer at the same time, to allow it to support more than 100 I/O combinations, while remaining compact in size.
Online services offer a quick and flexible way to customise system configuration, says the company, with optimised sample delivery times. The whole process typically saves 50% of the time normally spent on customising systems, it claims.