EC: V2426 Series
Hardware - industrial PCs: Moxa Americas, V2426 Series. The V2426 Series embedded computers are based on the Intel Atom N270 x86 processor with multiple interfaces for railway and various industrial applications. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) nominee.
The V2426 Series embedded computers are based on the Intel Atom N270 x86 processor, and feature 4 RS-232/422/485 serial ports, dual LAN ports, and 3 USB 2.0 hosts. Also, the V2426 computer provides VGA and DVI-I outputs, making them particularly well-suited for railway and various industrial applications.
The dual Ethernet ports can offer a speedy and reliable solution for network redundancy, promising continuous operation for data communication and management. As an added convenience, the V2426 computers have 6 DIs, and 2 DOs for connecting digital input/output devices. In addition, the CompactFlash socket, SATA connector, and USB sockets provide the V2426 computers with the reliability needed for industrial applications that require data buffering and storage expansion. Moreover, the V2426 contains 2 peripheral expansion slots, offering flexible integration for the applications that require additional module.
Pre-installed with Linux, or Windows Embedded Standard 2009, the V2426 Series provides programmers with a friendly environment for developing sophisticated, bug-free application software at a low cost.
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