AAEONs APL SERIES

Your All-Around Vertical Market Solution

AAEONs newly launched APL family of products is designed to consolidate all sectors of industrial automation, ranging from vertical IIoT deployment and IoT, to public transportation and virtual network architecture. Intersecting connectivity, energy efficiency, BIO support and thermal management, the APLs are the heart of industrial throughput and other mission-critical systems.

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GENE-APL5 – The Solution for General Industrial Automation

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Designed specifically for deployment in factory automation, the GENE-APL5 is a fan less solution that is capable of supporting 3 individual displays.

GENE-APL6 – The Solution for Transportation

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Featuring an ultra-wide input range of 9-36V, the GENE-APL6 offers high power desity that belies its small size. It also features support for 2 LVDS, 1 VGA. Onboard storage with eMMC up to 32G.

GENE-APL7 – The Solution for Modern Retail POS

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The GENE-APL7 provides enhanced scalability, offering a particularly generous connectivity package comprising 12 COM ports and 10 USB slots.

 

 

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Consolidate your smart factory with all-in-one Panel PC

AAEON has launched a line of OMNI-5000 All-in-One panel PCs in three models with 12.1-, 15-, and 21.5-inch capacitive touchscreens. The two smaller models offer an Intel “Bay Trail” Celeron J1900 with four up to 2.0GHz cores and a 10W TDP, and the 21.5-inch model uses a dual-core, up to 2.4GHz Core i5-6300U or optional dual-core Celeron 3995U. Both of these 15W processors belong to Intel’s 6th Generation “Skylake-U” family. The systems have back-mounted computers that are very similar, but not identical, to AAEON’s recent OMNI-BT and OMNI Skylake standalone panel PCs.

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The three systems are as follows:

  • OMNI-5125-BT — 12.1-inch — Celeron J1900
  • OMNI-5155-BT — 15-inch — Celeron J1900
  • OMNI-5215-SKU — 21.5-inch — Core i5-6300U; optional Celeron 3995U

The OMNI-5000 systems run Linux (2.6x and above) or Windows 10/8.1/7 and are designed for “smart industrial manufacturing” applications including HMI, quality management, integrated factory automation, manufacturing execution systems, and data-driven service management. Compared to AAEON’s earlier AIO panel PC systems, the new models are touted for their “newly enhanced thermal management system” and new aluminum casing, including an IP65-protected front panel that “prevents acid corrosion, water infiltration, and panel abrasion.”

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Other highlights include “foolproof voltage protection,” as well as a “unique” All-In-One back cover, and a “state-of-art heatsink.” There’s also wide-range 9 to 30V DC input, and a “personable and nimble Panel Mount Bracket” touted for its ease of installation.

 

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                                                                   OMNI-5155-BT

 

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The OMNI-5125-BT and OMNI-5155-BT are based closely on the OMNI-BT system. The main differences are the addition of more serial ports and the lack of vibration resistance and AAEON’s proprietary OMNI expansion interface. Instead of using the OMNI format, the new systems provide dual full-size mini-PCIe slots, which offer a rough equivalent. A SIM card slot is also available.

The two new Celeron-based systems are almost identical to each other except for the screen size and their slightly different temperature ranges: -20 to 60°C for the 12.1-inch OMNI-5125-BT and -10 to 60°C for the 15-inch OMNI-5155-BT. Both the OMNI-5125-BT and OMNI-5155-BT have backlit screens with 1024 x 768 resolution, with a luminance of 500 and 450 nits, respectively, and viewing angles of 160°/160° and 160°/140°.

Standard features on the OMNI-5125-BT and OMNI-5155-BT include up to 8GB DDR3L-1333 RAM, dual GbE ports, a SATA 2.5-inch bay, and a CFast storage socket. There are 3x USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0, and HDMI and VGA ports. Other features include 3x DB9 serial ports (2x RS-232/422/485, 1x RS-232), audio line out, and a 3-pin terminal block for the 9-30V DC input.

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                     Detail view for the OMNI-5125-BT and OMNI-5215-SKU detail

 

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The OMNI-5215-SKU supports up to 8GB of DDR4 and offers a SATA bay, but there’s no CFast slot and only one mini-PCIe slot. Other features include 4x USB 3.0 ports, 2x RS-232/422/485 ports, an HDMI port, a SIM card slot, and a 3-pin terminal block for the 9-30V input.

The 21.5-inch screen can display 1920 x 1080 pixels and has 250 nits luminance and 178°/178° viewing angles. Panel and VESA mounting is available, and the system can withstand -20 to 60°C temperatures.

More information may be found at AAEON’s OMNI-5125-BTOMNI-5155-BT, and OMNI-5215-SKU product pages.

Rugged, multi-touch panel PCs run Linux 4.4 on Apollo Lake

AAEON ’s 10.1-inch “ACP-1106” and 7-inch “ACP-1076” multi-touch panel PCs offer extended temperature, shock, vibration, ingress, and surge protection.

AAEON has updated its ACP line of multi-touch infotainment panel PCs, which include its Bay Trail Intel Atom based ACP-1104, with two new models that run on Intel’s Apollo Lake SoCs. The 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 ACP-1106 and 7-inch, 1024 x 600 ACP-1076 are designed for high-EMI panel PC systems, kiosks, and smart factory HMI systems in applications such as product line management, smart city power grids, and other data-driven service management tasks.

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                                               ACP-1106, front and back

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The new ACP models are the first Apollo Lake based multi-touch panel PCs on the market. You can equip either model with a quad-core Intel Pentium N4200 or Celeron N3350, each with 6W TDPs and 1.1GHz base frequency, and burst modes up to 2.5GHz and 2.4GHz, respectively. This model support Linux, Android, and Windows 10.

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                                         ACP-1076, front and back

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The 10.1-inch ACP-1106 and 7-inch ACP-1076 are promoted for their compact dimensions, measuring 266 x 184 x 48mm and 196 x 134 x 48mm, respectively. The fanless systems are further touted for their thermal management systems, which are said to boost airflow and cool air circulation, enabling -5 to 50°C operation with 0.5 m/s airflow.

The aluminum cased panel PCs provide vibration resistance of 1Grms, 5~500Hz, and shock resistance of 15G peak acceleration (11 msec. duration). The systems offer wide-range 9-30V power supplies with 2-pin terminal blocks, 60W adapters, and power buttons. Also available is CE/FCC Class A protection for EMC, with voltage protection against surge spikes and short circuits.

The front bezels on each computer provide IP65 protection against dust mites and water. Both panel- and VESA 75 mounting are available.

Both ACP systems have backlit, projective capacitive touch panels with multi-touch support. The 10.1-inch, WXGA ACP-1106 offers 250 cd/m2 luminance and 160° viewing angles while the 7-inch, SWXGA ACP-1076 provides 300 cd/m2 and 150° (H) and 145° (V) angle.

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ACP-1106 (up) and ACP-1076 (bottom) detail views, showing dual COM and dual serial options, respectively, with bottom I/O shown on top and top I/O on the bottom

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Otherwise, the feature sets are identical. The new ACP systems ship with 4GB DDR3L, expandable to 8GB. They furnish an mSATA slot with ruggedized HDD options ranging from 8GB to 128GB.

The ACP systems provide dual GbE ports, plus 2x USB 3.0 ports and single USB 2.0, RS-232 (DB-9), and HDMI ports. An expansion I/O module lets you optionally double the RS-232 and USB 2.0 ports, as shown in the detail views. Also, there’s a half-size mini-PCIe slot, which can optionally be fitted with a WiFi module.
More information may be found on the ACP-1106 and ACP-1076 product pages.

AAEON annnounces ACP-1000 panel PC series

A major developer of Industry 4.0 computing solutions, AAEON launched the ACP product line, a series of touch panel PCs that will consolidate system integration, IoT, and smart home applications, as well as providing an option for product lifecycle management and smart factory processes.

 

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The ACP panel PCs are powered by the Apollo Lake. These multi-touch panel PCs support Linux, Windows 10 and Android systems, and provide mixed memory support and heightened efficiency output. The ACP series stands at 7 and 10.1 inches respectively. Also, the design enables deployment in scenarios such as smart homes and smart offices.

Much like AAEON’s other panel PCs, the ACPs offers a thermal management system that boosts airflow and cool air circulation, along with an aluminum casing which protects the panel from external wear and tear, while the IP 65 Front Bezel Design offers a layer of protection against environmental nuisances such as dust mites and water. I/O port support is provided to supplement connectivity to outer devices, and to facilitate customization. The design offers voltage protection against surge spikes and short circuits and operates within DC 9~30 Vdc.

Smart Agriculture

The agricultural business is looking at a promising future. Due to the ever growing global population, the sector is looking at an estimated required increase in production of approximately 70% between 2006 and 2050.

In addition, as the workforce employed in the agricultural sector is progressively decreasing,  ‘Smart Agriculture’  (farming driven by information technology) becomes an interesting tool to boost and maintain the level of productivity.

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Smart Agriculture – Source: Click here

Hereby, Smart Agriculture in the field of Greenhouse farming, as well as livestock and irrigation management is dominated by a couple of concepts, to be illustrated in the upcoming lines.

  • Big Data Farming: utilization of big data –> defining the decision making process;
  • Precision Agriculture: monitoring deviation in crop yields –> detect potential.

The rising demand for those techniques is mainly dominated by smart technology solutions, whereby the hardware component represents more than 50% of the industry. The focus is placed upon the following automation and control systems:

  • Variable Rate Technology (VRT);
  • Smart Positioning Technologies (GPS receivers);
  • Smart Steering and Guidance Systems.

The reason for this can be found in the fact that the input of resources can be minimized, while the quality improves. Ultimately, output reaches a maximum level.

You want to learn more about this topic? Click here for the whole article.

 

 

 

Let’s talk about soccer!

Well, this blog would not be this blog, if there was not a technical aspect to the story.

What does that mean?
Let’s say manpower replaced itself by a brilliant combination of hardware and software and et voilà we are talking about the official RoboCup.

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RoboCup – Source: http://thefirsteleven.com/robocup-future-soccer-tournaments/

This international scientific event, first being introduced in 1997, is based on the innovative development of intelligent robots playing soccer. The aim is straight forward – being able to defeat a human team in the Soccer World Cup by 2050.

This time the different teams competed against each other in Germany, at the fair in Magdeburg. The event took place from 5th to 7th May 2017 and proved that German universities are booking great achievements in the field of technological progress. The team of the university Bremen – ‘B-Human’ – toke the victory home, sharply followed by Leipzig and Dortmund. Germany can be proud on this additional over-winning, based on creative ideas, competencies in the field of robotics and the ideal alliance of hardware and software options.

Even though the hardware is at a comparable level for all competitors, individual software enhancements have been the reason for greater success. The robots are programmed to recognize the ball and the diverse movements of the competition, while the motion of moving has been adapted and adjusted to the underground.

For those interested, here a little visual impression of the intelligent robots & the event:

 

 

 

The next level of network virtualization

AAEON has proven its ability to further strengthen its performance in the field of Network Appliance. With the launch of FWS-2271, an affordable network computing solution for small/medium offices, as well as branch and home offices is introduced to the market.

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‘FWS-2271’ – a tough tool for reliable performance & quite operation

As visible above, the device is delivered in a robust steel case, which makes it suitable for a variety of different locations. Moreover, the Intel® Apollo Lake serves Gigabit Ethernet Network Appliance through six ports, which makes it an ideal solution for SOHO and SMB, resulting in an optimized network performance in the field of:

  • Firewall;
  • VPN;
  • Load Balancing;
  • Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN);
  • Software Defined Network (SDN);
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFW);
  • Unified Threat Management (UTM);
  • Wireless Network Access Controller (NAC);
  • Virtual Customer Premise Equipment (vCPE).

And the best – you are not going to face difficulties in configuration!

Want to know more? Head over to EEWeb (Electrical Engineering Community) for a full article about the FWS-2271.