Advantech Rolls Out ARK-3380 Series of Embedded Box Computers

5/2/2005 - Advantech, the leading global ePlatform service provider, introduces the new ARK-3380 Series of Embedded Box Computers designed for space critical embedded applications requiring powerful computing capability, fanless operation, low power use, extreme reliability and ruggedness, flexible I/O configuration and long product life support. Designed to offer maximum computing power in the most efficient footprint possible, the ARK-3380 Series is fully customizable, offering a range of processing engines, storage, connectivity and I/O configurations that allow integrators to put scalable computing power, exactly where needed. The ARK-3380 Series offer feature sets designed to target vertical market applications like video, automation and networking control.

Featuring low voltage Intel® Celeron/Pentium® M processors to 1.4 GHz, and a foot print of only 10.41” x 2.72”x 5.4” (264.5 mm x 69.2 mm x 137.25 mm) with protected housing, the rugged ARK-3380 Series can be mounted inside machinery or other equipment/housing, or standalone by wall or DIN rail mount. The series accepts a wide range of power supplies (DC-power in) and choice of CFC SSD drive or 2.5” HDD. The cast aluminum chassis not only provides great protection from EMI, shock (5G), vibration, dust, cold and heat, but also acts as a functional heat sink to ensure low temperature operation (-20 ~ + 60°C).

Every ARK-3380 Series unit offers industry-standard turn-key solutions, or full customization support with Advantech’s industry leading Build-to-Order Service (BTOS) and Design-to-Order Service (DTOS). This type of plug-and-forget, maintenance free, ubiquitous computing is a driving force in the embedded computing industry. The ARK-3380 Series answers this trend.

Ideally Suited For Diverse Vertical Application Needs: ARK-3380/3381/3382
The ARK-3380 Series includes application-ready platforms designed for specific vertical market applications. The ARK-3380 offers comprehensive multimedia I/O support featuring dual display, TV-out, DVI, LVDS and SC97 stereo audio. This series targets applications like POS/POI, intelligent traffic monitoring, and machine vision systems. The ARK-3381 comes with multiple I/O support featuring 5 x RS-232/422/484, 1 x RS-232 and 1 x RS-232 (Rx/Tx only without handshaking). The ARK-3381 supports applications for environment and facilities monitoring, kiosks, tolling and ticketing, and entrance controls as well as medical devices with multiple device connectivity. The ARK-3382 supports intensive networking capability by offering 4 x 10/100 Base-T Ethernet plus LAN bypass function support. This makes the ARK-3382 ideal for industrial and security gateway applications which require intensive LAN communication, such as firewall or VPN.

“The ARK-3380 Series meets customers’ varied PC based application needs, offering them high performance computing in an extremely small, self-contained, worry-free unit that is also fully customizable to match their specific application needs,” said Joe Cheng, Director of Business Development Management for the Embedded Computing Division at Advantech. “It shows Advantech’s commitment to understanding embedded computing markets and meeting the demands of customers’ numerous vertical market application environments. The ARK Series accelerates customer application development.”

Customization Using Advantech Build To Order and design To Order Services
Advantech’s customization services offer customers the fastest time to market for their application-specific solution needs. The ARK-3380 Series was designed with flexibility in mind to expedite development time and reduce associated business risks.

BTOS: Advantech’s ARK-BTOS works by offering customers a base ARK-3389 platform combined with a choice of a preconfigured Module I/O (MIO) bus application module (ARK-MIO Assembly kit), customized front/rear I/O faceplates and choice of memory, storage and OS. Customers simply choose from desired feature/function sets to get the exact configuration they need. A licensed Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded OS image can be ported as well. BTOS reduces platform overhead by reducing unnecessary components and greatly streamlines platform development time.

DTOS: For customers requiring even greater customization, Advantech’s ARK-DTOS can help design the customer’s MIO application module and customized front/rear I/O faceplate (including logo printing and ID) to match their specific application and ID needs. Offering customers essentially a custom designed ARK-3380 Series unit in 30-days or less reflects Advantech’s experience catering to customer requirements.

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