More, More, More: Industrial Computers
BY MIKE VON WAHLDE
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Redundancy, applications, size, fault-tolerance, compatible,
hot-swappable, robust the more features lumped on industrial computers,
the more communications can benefit. Todays industrial computers have
oodles of storage, an abundance of redundant features to provide uptime to
the nines, and the speed of Wile E. Coyote all hopped-up on
Acme-branded coffee products.
The industrial computers rugged good looks belie a confidence that
is hard-wired inside they are designed to maximize power efficiency and
to provide a solid foundation for applications to run by utilizing a
full-service approach to needs-fulfillment. From temperature control to
storage, redundancy of memory to uptime management if its
industrial, its been well thought out and its been tested.
Choosing the proper industrial computer platform to meet your
development and deployment needs requires some serious planning. Not only
must you consider your startup hardware requirements, while keeping in
mind future additions and changes. The products listed in this roundup are
only a small section of the stronghold of industrial computers available
from these vendors, but use it as a foundation for building your own solid
44200 Christy St.
Fremont, CA 94538
ZZapp servers network transport protocols are fully equipped with
TCP/IP, NetBEUI, AppleTalk to support universal connection to
Windows95/98/200/Me, Linux, Unix, and Macintosh network environment. Its
also equipped with its own system management tool which allows Web-based
administration, SNMP MIB, disk failure analysis, security, and advance
alert auto-e-mail feature. Unlike NT or file servers that may take hours
to set up, the ZZapp server installs in less than 10 minutes. It requires
no IT veteran to operate. Its easy to use administration tool is
configured through a Web browser allowing complete data management from
anywhere theres Web access. ZZapp server offers reliable data storage
and data security in every type of corporate workgroup, educational
institutions, and service provider settings at much more space and
economical advantage. The worst thing you can do is store and manage
your data on your network server because its expensive, tough to
manage, and it draws lots of precious resources, said Eric Lee,
director of product marketing at Siliconrax-Sligers storage appliance
3501 East Plano Pkwy.
Plano, Texas 75074
The C-15000 is a high-availability, NEBS-compliant CompactPCI solution.
Designed to provide five nines availability, the C-15000 has built-in
redundancy for active system components including system slot CPU boards,
power supplies, cooling, and system alarms as well as reducing MTTR (Mean
Time To Replace) for system components by optimizing the cPCI
front-loading hot-swap standard to simplify replacement and minimize
service time. Key features of the 15000 include: Dual redundant,
hot-swappable Pentium III processor system CPUs; two 5.25" drive
bays; twelve 64-bit peripheral slots with H.110 telephony bus and
rear-panel I/O; support for IEEE 1101.11-style rear transition cards; four
AC or DC input 150W hot swappable power supplies for N+1 redundancy; is
compliant with PICMG 2.0 (CompactPCI), 2.1 (Hot Swap), and 2.5 (Computer
Telephony) specifications; and supports Windows NT/2000, and Linux.
IPC-622 6U-High 20-slot
Fault-Resilient IPC chassis
Advantech Network Computing
1949 Palomar Oaks Wy., Suite B
Carlsbad, CA 92009
The IPC-622 is a high-end 20-slot, 19" rackmount industrial PC
chassis with a 300-watt hot-swappable redundant power supply. Up to six
disk drives can be installed into the IPC-622. This unit supports up to
four front accessible, half-height storage devices. The IPC-622 can
support up to four PC systems in a single chassis that is perfectly
designed for space-critical applications. Moreover, the IPC-622 features
an advanced fault detection and alarm notification feature. The IPC-622
monitors its own hardware status including power failure, fan failure, and
temperature. When malfunctions occur, an audible alarm will be activated
that alerts the user of maintenance needs. Problems can be clearly
identified through the IPC-622s front panel LED.
TRENTON Technology Inc.
2350 Centennial Dr.
Gainesville, GA 30504
The CPLE features an Intel Pentium III or Celeron processor, with speeds
up to 1.0 GHz, in a 4HP form factor. The CPLE supports an FSB of
100MHz/133MHz and a 64-bit/66MHz PCI Local Bus. The CPLE has dual
Ethernet, 4MB of SVGA video, and standard SDRAM memory up to 1GB. The CPLE
also supports Compact Flash. Backed by Trentons dependable engineering,
support, and strict quality standards, the CPLE provides the flexibility,
power, and performance you require.
6260 Sequence Dr.
San Diego, CA 92121-4371
Kontrons CPCI-DT64 empowers developers to build high-density and
best-in-class server configurations. The processor board follows the
recent release of Kontrons packet switched backplane systems the XL-VHDS,
a high-end, carrier-class PICMG 2.16 compliant platform and the XL-PSB, a
PICMG 2.16-compliant development platform. This processor board
provides the highest processing power, Gigabit Ethernet connectivity
directly onboard, and it nicely compliments and elevates Kontrons
switched backplane product portfolio, stated J.P. De Broeck, CompactPCI
product manager at Kontron. In addition to the newest generation of Intel
PIII processors with speeds of up to 1.26GHz, the CPCI-DT64 also features
the high-performance ServerWorks LE chipset, a 133 MHz Front Side Bus,
64-bit/66 MHz PCI bus interface, up to 4 GB of registered PC133 SDRAM, a
64-bit/66 MHz PMC expansion slot using PIM connectivity, Compact flash
module support,and IPMI support.
Co-source Manufacturing Services
Trilogic Systems, LLC
301 Ballardvale St.
Wilmington, MA 01887
978-658-3800 / 800-486-3575
Trilogic Systems is an ISO-9001 quality-accredited co-source manufacturer
with expertise in mission-critical, high-availability applications for
OEMs and large end-users. The company offers design, new product
introduction, manufacturing, and product life-cycle management services
for customers in the communications, military, medical instrumentation,
and industrial control markets. The companys unique Level 5 Integration
program allows customers to outsource non-core functions and improve
MCP820 Host Slot Controller
Motorola Computer Group
2900 South Diablo Wy.
Tempe, AZ 85282
The MCP820 Host Slot Controller brings a new dimension of performance and
flexibility to the high-availability CompactPCI platforms. It combines the
latest high-performance microprocessors, Motorolas PowerPlus III
Architecture, dual 10/100Mbps capable Ethernet, an enhanced PCI mezzanine
card (PMC) slot (32/64-bit 33/66 MHz), and the ability to support up to
2GB of ECC protected memory. All this is available in a single CompactPCI
slot to allow maximum system density. Using the high-performance 7410
processor, a 64-bit local PCI bus for the on-board peripherals and a new
dual bridge architecture that also brings new DMA capabilities, the MCP820
offers maximum performance and flexibility in a most efficient package.
The product set now offers compliance with PICMG 2.9 (system management
interface), Hot-Swap Specification (PICMG 2.1), PICMG 2.0 CompactPCI
specification, PICMG 2.1, keying of CompactPCI boards, PICMG 1.1, PCI-PCI
bridging and IEEE 1386 standard for PMCs. This series of boards is also
designed to be compatible with the proposed VITA 32 draft standard for
12090 S. Memorial Pkwy.
Huntsville, AL 35803
The VMICPCI-7505 is a 3U high-performance CompactPCI single-board
computer, which incorporates Intel Pentium III low-power technology,
significantly reducing thermal and power distribution requirements while
providing high-end performance in a small package. The low-power Pentium
III processor also provides 512 K of on-die advanced transfer cache using
dual independent bus architecture for high bandwidth and performance. This
SBC is designed to provide maximum functionality for space limited
applications. Highly integrated, the VMICPCI-7505 provides 512 Mbyte SDRAM,
on-board Fast Ethernet, USB, and optional IDE hard drive. Standard RJ-45
Ethernet, serial, and USB connectors are provided on the front panel.
Cluster Platform 280/3
Sun Microsystems Inc.
901 San Antonio Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Building on the proven methodology of its successful Cluster Platform
220/1000, Sun Microsystems announced its next-gen, entry-level Cluster
Platform 280/3. The fourth offering to be added to the family of SunTone
Cluster Platforms, the latest solution continues Suns efforts to
improve total cost of ownership (TCO) for its customers. Powered by
redundant UltraSPARC III chip-based Sun Fire 280R servers and highly
scalable, mirrored Sun StorEdge T3 arrays, the pre-integrated and tested
Cluster Platform 280/3 is designed to provide high availability with Sun
Cluster 3.0s failover protection and load balancing technologies while
decreasing complexity via a single, integrateable stack. Suns
integrateable platform provides a building-block approach to customer
solutions. As a result, delivery is accelerated and customer deployment
times have been cut by up to 80 percent, which ultimately equates to
better customer TCO.
8 Elkins Rd.
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
The ITOX Twin Dragon server features two full function, high-speed Intel
Pentium III servers in 1U of rack space. The Intel Pentium III/Celeron
servers are based on the advanced Intel 815E chipset, each with three LANs
and video controller on-board. The Twin Dragons motherboard and
advanced filtered air system have been designed specifically for use in
high-density 1U environments to provide long life and reliable operation.
Each of the units two CS15 industrial motherboards provides an Intel
architecture server including three 10/100 Ethernet controllers, two USB
ports, two serial ports, a keyboard port, mouse port, and video
accelerator. Two 3.5" disk bays are provided so that each server can
have its own hard drive. Support for compact flash memory is provided for
diskless applications. The ITOX Twin Dragon is ideal for corporate
networking and Internet Web server applications where space is at a
premium. It fits in standard 19" electronics racks and measures
1.75" and 17.5" deep. The short depth and unique mechanical
design of the Twin Dragon, which eliminates all connectors and air vents
from the back of the unit, allows them to be mounted on both the front and
back of deeper racks. As a result, up to 168 servers can be mounted in a
typical six-foot-high, 42 U rack.
555 E. Huntington Dr.
Monrovia, CA 91016
ComputeNode2U, ComputeNode3U, and ComputeNode4U provide Network Equipment
Providers (NEPs) with the high density and horizontal scalability
necessary to build or expand carrier-grade servers for DNS, firewall,
Web-hosting, softswitches, media gateways and controllers for IP,
wireless, optical, or any other mission-critical network systems. The
ComputeNode series offers the greatest slot density available on the
market today, enabling NEPs to add storage, I/O interface cards,
additional processors, Ethernet switches, and expansion cards to network
servers. GNPs patent-pending cooling-system design overcomes one of the
greatest obstacles to high density dissipating the heat generated by
high power consumption CPU boards and the new cPCI cards designed for high
density and high performance. The efficient cooling is achieved using
hot-swappable fans mounted between the cards and power supplies, rather
than the conventional approach of mounting the fans at either end. A
built-in alarm card provides basic alarming features like fan, power
monitoring, and status LED, without requiring a separate cPCI slot.
Configurable with various processors Sun, Intel, PowerPC, and
custom-designed the ComputeNode products provide high-performance
flexibility and ease of support in compact units.
Carlo Gavazzi Mupac, Inc.
10 Mupac Dr.
Brockton, MA 02301
FABRICPAC, a new configurable Packet Switch Fabric ready CompactPCI
Platform, contains a Packet Switch Fabric Backplane and a choice of
single-board computer in an 8U chassis. FABRICPAC features CG Mupacs
new 8-slot FABRICON 2.16 Packet Switch Backplane with cPCI, H.110, and
IPMB buses. Complete with an Intel Pentium III CompactPCI SBC to 1GHZ, a
Layer 2 or 3 Switch Card, and more.
4305 Cushing Pkwy.
Fremont, CA 94538
The CPCI-786 server blade is a dual low-voltage Pentium III processor
board platform that supports the PICMG 2.16 CompactPCI Packet-Switching
Backplane (cPSB) specification. Ideal for emerging switch-fabric
applications and building-block solutions such as Forces Centellis CO
21000-12U and 25000-9U series platforms in uses like Web hosting, network
caching, data storage, and other Internet edge applications. Features
include: 64-bit system-slot CompactPCI (CPCI) board (can operate in
peripheral slots without CPCI. The CPCI-786s CPCI bus is isolated from
the backplane); dual Low-Voltage Pentium III processors; 64-bit PMC slot
for Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, or other high-bandwidth,
data-intensive I/O requirements; 2GBytes ECC-protected SDRAM (option to
4GBytes); 32MBytes onboard IDE FlashDisk memory (option to 64MBytes);
system management functionality (PICMG 2.9); full Hot-Swap specification
compliance (PICMG 2.1, R2.0); dual PCI mezzanine card (PMC) and 10/100
Ethernet interfaces; 133MHz front side bus (FSB); and PICMG 2.16
specification support for CompactPCI Packet-Switching Backplane (cPSB)
44350 Grimmer Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538
Bustronics cPSB backplane comes in 16-slots, with up to four 47-pin
power supply connectors, and distributed power bugs for V I/O, GND, and
+5V. Utilizing stripline design technology, the backplane has virtually
zero crosstalk. With the new cPSB protocol the performance of the cPCI
backplane is improved and it provides an ideal solution for 3G wireless,
VoIP, and other applications. CPSB increases system performance by moving
data traffic off the shared bus, and onto an embedded switched Ethernet
network fabric (10/100/1000 Mbps) accessed via the J3 connector. Full
hot-swap support enables zero downtime.
15279 Alton Pkwy., Suite 400,
Irvine, CA 92618, U.S.A.
ADLINK Technologys NuPRO-780DV SBC is designed to deliver the highest
of performance processing power and to excel in the most arduous
environments and applications. The NuPRO-780DV supports Intels embedded
815E chipset, up to 1.26GHz PIII, a 133/100MHz front side bus (FSB), PCI/ISA
high drive bus, and an on-board MiniPCI socket for extending features and
easy migration for upgrading. The NuPRO-780DV is equipped with dual
Ethernet interface, one embedded in an 815E chipset and another powered by
Intels 82559 chip. A single Ethernet version for flexibility is also
available with ADLINKs NuPRO-780LV.
AXIOM Technology, Inc.
18138 Rowland St.
City of Industry, CA 91748
Compact and comprehensive, the AX6210TP is only 1U in height and
15.7" in depth. With AXIOMs powerful Socket 370 NSTL-tested single
board computer and butterfly embedded backplane, this system provides more
expansion for specific application needs. This system is the best solution
for network applications. The chassis also supports one 3.5" drive
bay, and an optional slim-line CD-ROM drive. It has one 150W ATX power
supply and five built-in 4cm fans for optimal cooling.
Crystal Group, Inc.
850 Kacena Rd.
Hiawatha, IA 52223
The DarkSite remote management appliance for servers, a
platform-independent management tool that monitors the health of servers
and notifies users of potential problems before they cause an
application to fail. DarkSite allows the user to select which hardware and
software systems are monitored and how users will be contacted. DarkSite
is actually an embedded computer system, complete with its own operating
system and Crystals exclusive server management software application.
It functions independently from the host system, using only an ISA or PCI
slot for power so its at home in any brand of server. Sensors on
the system can monitor temperature, fan rotation, and power in the host
system. Additionally, DarkSite can keep an eye on the status of a servers
resources. DarkSite is Web-enabled, allowing remote administration from
any browser on the network or the Internet.
3Fl.,92, Nei-Hu Rd., Sec 1,
Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Portwell has beefed up its communications appliance offerings with a new
1U rack-mount appliance. The new model PNA-1800, which is based on Intel
processor, chipset, and Ethernet solutions, provides enhanced performance
to meet the market demands for higher CPU and Ethernet quality and
performance. The PNA-1800 is equipped with one PCI slot and can
accommodate up to six Ethernet ports. The PCI extension slot, together
with the flexible six LAN ports, provides OEMs to easily customize their
I/O configurations. The on-board Compact Flash, DOM, and DOC provide the
embedded storage advantage and cost effective benefit to this model, it is
also equipped with one HDD bay for installing a 2.5" hard disk. Its
tailor-made BIOS allows OEMs to operate the systems via the serial
communications port. The four-keypad LCD panel module makes the
installation and administration easier and more efficient. These systems
are targeted for security appliance solutions such as Firewall, VPN,
Intrusion detection, etc.
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