Rugged embedded computer runs on Intel Quad Core i7 processor

March 17, 2016 // By Julien Happich
100% produced in Switzerland, MPL AG's PIP38 embedded computer is built with the Intel Quad Core i7 processor. To insure the ruggedness of the solution, only Intel CPUs out of the embedded roadmap are being used.

Processor, Chipset, as well as the ECC DDR3 memory chips are soldered on the board, allowing to conduct them direct to the housing for the best cooling without the need of heat-pipes. The input of the PIP38 is reverse polarity and load dump protected. The input power range starts from 9VDC up to 36VDC, optionally up to 48VDC. The solution is designed such that an internal UPS system with battery can be added. If a galvanic separation is required due to standards e.g. for Marine or Mining applications, then this can be added internally as well.

The BIOS (Phoenix Technologies) features the latest technology and adheres to the evolving UEFI standard. MPL has access to the source code of the BIOS, allowing customization according to special requirements from the customer, independent if this a splash screen, password protection, or other requirements.

The units come with four GigE ports, up to seven USB (3.0 and 2.0), up to four serial lines (RS232/485), PS/2, external SATA port and PCI-E port. Internally available are two SATA 3.0 and two SATA 2.0. The system comes with 4/8GB ECC DDR3 memory and can be expanded up to 12/16GB. The unit can easily be expanded over a wide variety of expansion ports like mPCIe (up to 6), PCI-104, PCI/104-Express, XMC, PMC, PCIe x16 even MXM. The solution is offered in the standard PIP housing as well as in the MIL housing or as open-frame. The complete solution can also be ordered for extreme temperatures like -40°C to 75°C.

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