MEN puts industrial computers on the DIN rail

MEN Mikro-Elektronik has launched a range of industrial computer modules suitable for mounting on a DIN rail.

The modular DIN-Rail system is based on robust individual components which can be combined in flexible built-to-order configurations. Low power dissipation from mid-range processors, the DIN-Rail modules are suitable for a variety of embedded IoT applications in the mobile and industrial markets.

The range of individual modules includes a CPU module, a power supply unit and various expansion modules for wireless communication and storage. Data transfer and power delivery between the individual modules takes place using expansion connectors standardised by MEN. In addition, MEN has standardised specifications that include housing dimensions, mounting, cooling and IP protection.

The simple integration of ready-made expansion modules enables application-specific configurations to be created and delivered in a short time. The expansion modules have interfaces such as MVB, CAN, binary and analogue I/Os, as well as support for wireless protocols that includes LTE Advanced, WLAN and GNSS. MEN says it is guaranteeing long-term availability for the DIN-Rail modules of at least 15 years from product launch.

The initial basic computer module is the MC50M, which is based on Intel’s Atom E3900 series. It offers low power dissipation but with high scalability in computer performance and memory. The processor module is qualified for use onboard rail vehicles, for wayside applications and, following the UN ECE R10 standard, for road vehicles.

A removable shuttle with one or two 2.5in SATA hard-disk drives can expand the DIN-Rail system for storage-intensive applications. A wide-range power supply designed to conform to the EN 50155 railway electronics standard can be integrated to cater for DC inputs from 24V to 110V.

Using internal conduction cooling, the components of the DIN-Rail family operate within the temperature range -40 degrees C to +70 degrees C, following the EN 50155 standard (class OT4, ST1).

The standard mounting fits 35mm DIN rails but wall and 19in rack mounting is possible with the aid of adaptation brackets.

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