EC: CX5000 Embedded PC
Machine and Embedded Control - PACs: Beckhoff Automation, CX5000 Embedded PC. Embedded PC (PAC) with rugged magnesium housing for automation and motion control. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) Honorable Mention.
In order to promote greater energy-efficiency in powerful Embedded PCs for automation and control, Beckhoff Automation introduced the CX5000. While utilizing energy-saving Intel Atom technology, the CX5000 delivers up to 1.6 GHz processing power. In addition, the CX5000 is designed with a rugged magnesium housing, the first such Embedded PC from Beckhoff. The magnesium housing is also very light weight, offering improved mechanical stability and resistance to EMC.
The powerful DIN rail-mountable PAC features a fanless design with a maximum power loss of 12.5 Watts. This new automation concept is made possible by the latest processor generation from Intel, the Atom. The CX5000 also offers great potential for cost optimizations. An added benefit, the CX5000 with the Atom processor is around 30 percent less expensive than other devices with comparable performance.
The CX5010 is equipped with a 1.1 GHz Intel Atom processor, while the CX5020 features a 1.6 GHz processor. The new CX series is positioned in the mid-range of Beckhoff's scalable Embedded PC family, which currently includes five CPU classes. In terms of performance, the CX5000 series is positioned between the well-established CX1010 and CX1020.
With dimensions of just 3.9-in. x 3.9-in. x 3.6-in. / 100 mm x 100 mm x 91mm (W x H x D) including the power supply unit and I/O interface, the CX5000 is exceptionally compact. The DIN rail-mountable and fanless devices feature a direct I/O connection to Beckhoff Bus Terminals or EtherCAT Terminals. In contrast to the other CX device families, the CX5000 series has a fixed number of system interfaces. EtherCAT Terminals offer a wide range of expansion options, including integration of fieldbus masters or slaves, such as those for DeviceNet, Profibus, Profinet, CANopen, etc.
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