Kontron Offers Eyes-only Terminal Solution

2/13/2003 - Kontron is proud to announce the M@C57 graphical user terminal with "Eyes-only functionality." This means all programs run on a central web or Windows server and local activity is limited to displaying user information and obtaining user input. The advantages of using Thin Client Architecture include central administration and software maintenance as well as an extremely high level of data security. As the M@C57 design does not incorporate rotary storage devices or fans, resulting in a high reliability, high availability solution. Thus, the total cost of ownership is minimized.

Two display variants are currently available: a 5.7" QVGA STN version for price-sensitive applications and a 5.7" QVGA TFT variation. A resistive touchscreen is available for both variants. The TFT version provides nineteen additional freely configurable touchscreen keys. WIN CE.NET and Embedded Linux are the standard operating systems used. The baseboard includes useful interfaces such as Ethernet, USB, RS232/485 and Compact Flash. M@C57 terminals exhibit impressive operating temperature ranges, vibration tolerance, shock resistance, EMC and electrical safety.

Kontron M@C57 terminals are based on the X-board line of modules, which represents the new standard for CPU modules that use the PCI bus to provide modular computer concepts. The use of an X-board allows processing performance to be scaled up or down at any time as required. The system is currently equipped with a Geode SC1200 processor. An X-Scale solution is to follow shortly. The M@C57 is suitable for industrial applications not only because of its technical specification, but also due to the fact that Kontron is able to provide long-term availability, life cycle management, worldwide support and extended warranties. The M@C57 will be available in May 2003.

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