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Network Processor: Advantech Releases Open Pluggable Specification Digital Signage Player
By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor
Network processor manufacturer Advantech (News - Alert) has unveiled its Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) compliant digital signage player ARK-DS220 that the company claims makes digital signage applications intelligent and connected.
ARK-DS220 will be officially released to the market in July. Advantech will showcase ARK-DS220 with Philips' (News - Alert) OPS monitors at Kiosk Europe Expo from May 24 to 26, in Essen, Germany (stand 5D-23). The new 65-inch OPS monitors and the full high-definition BDL6540AT have been released by MMD, the exclusive marketer and reseller for Philips-branded LCD monitors and public signage displays worldwide
“We are the leading company in releasing this OPS digital signage player, and I believe the corporation with Philips will present the most ideal solution for all digital signage needs” Fabrizio del Maffeo, European business development Director of Digital Signage of Advantech said, in a statement.
Officials with Advantech said that the ARK-DS220 complies with Intel (News - Alert) OPS standard and is powered by an Intel Atom D525 dual-core processor (fan-based) and Intel Atom N455 single-core processor (fanless) with integrated NVIDIA (News - Alert) GT218 (ION2) graphic module for Full HD playback.
Compliant with the Open Pluggable Specification (OPS), its slot-in module design effectively lowers deployment and field maintenance costs to simplify device installation, usage, maintenance and upgrades.
ARK-DS220 OPS media player enables digital signage manufacturers to deploy systems faster, with lower costs for development and implementation. Its slot-in module is connected via a JAE 80-pin connector, and includes the HDMI, DVI-D, DP, UART, and USB2.0/USB3.0 signals.
The player-screen communication interface via UART and HDMI CEC provides status reporting and control, and also supports digital audio/video signals via HDMI or display port, for picture-perfect content reproduction. ARK-DS220 also supports 1x GigaLAN, 1x COM ports, and 2x USB2.0 giving a great selection for data communication in display applications.
Founded in 1983, Advantech is a major player in providing innovative products, services, and solutions. Advantech offers comprehensive system integration, hardware, software, customer-centric design services, embedded systems, automation products, and global logistics support.
Back in April, Advantech had announced the release of a new super lightweight 15.6” all-in-one interactive bedside terminal – PIT-1502W.
With high-end image and video quality at full HD resolution(1080p) are well catered for and best of all, it only weighs 4.8 kg.
Designed for patient bedside entertainment, and for Patient Flow Management by medical professionals, the up-scaled features of PIT-1502W make the hospital stay experience easier and more pleasant with the addition of video and voice communications, TV, radio, movies, games and the Internet—all from a single conveniently located terminal in a patient-centered healthcare environment.
Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Tammy Wolf