Automation PC 910
Intel® has reduced the size of the chip to an impressive 22 nm. A new microarchitecture with the graphics unit integrated directly in the CPU provides a considerable leap in performance over the previous generation of Core i processors, not to mention compared to Core 2 Duo processors. Celeron, Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs with up to four cores represent the maximum performance currently available on the industrial PC market – all while keeping power consumption to a minimum.
The rest of the PC infrastructure has also been streamlined for maximum computing performance and optimal data throughput. For example, a serial ATA-based CFast card has replaced the CompactFlash used previously in the Automation PC 910. CFast cards combine the form factor of a CompactFlash card with the fast SATA interface. At the same time, CFast cards retain all the advantages of CompactFlash, such as its extreme robustness.
Since the introduction of the Core Duo processors, the multi-core approach has been the foundation for continued development of CPU technology. Once single-core processors reached their physical limits, it was no longer possible to increase performance without considerably increasing power consumption. Multi-core technology resolved this conflict of interest, allowing greater performance to come hand-in-hand with more efficient energy use. The latest generation Core i-series used in Automation PC 910 systems includes a rich selection of high-performance dual-core and quad-core processors. This includes several low-power versions that allow the Automation PC 910 to be operated without fans, even with a Core i7.
Fanless operation that meets the highest demands
Many variants of the Automation PC 910 provide the option of operation without the use of fans. When this feature is combined with CFast cards and SSDs, the PC system is completely free of rotating parts – a huge advantage when it comes to maintenance-free operation. The Automation PC 910 cooling system has been designed to transfer heat out of the housing with optimal efficiency. To maximize convection for fanless operation, the Automation PC 910 heat sink design was optimized through an extensive evaluation process using simulated models.
As processors shrink in size, heat is generated on a smaller and smaller surface area. To deal with this, heat pipes are the best way to provide maximum heat dissipation.
Optimized air circulation
The new honeycomb openings on the housing panels provide the perfect combination of air circulation and structural rigidity.
Selected processors are able to operate without fans. Yet even without fans, the Automation PC 910 is able to achieve performance results that previous PC generations required fans to achieve. In the high-end range, quad-core processors can be used with fan cooling to achieve performance values that not too long ago would have been inconceivable for such a compact form factor. Air is precisely circulated through the integrated cooling fins.
Powerful computing for bridges and offshore systems
B&R's Automation PC 910 has been awarded DNV GL certification for maritime applications. The industrial PC has been certified in accordance with GL 2010, IACS UR E10. Additionally, DNV GL confirms its compliance with IEC 60945, including the specified Compass Safe Distance. The Automation PC 910 is now available for use in many maritime and offshore applications.
The rugged construction of B&R's industrial PCs has clear advantages when installed on vessels and in harsh maritime environments. The Automation PC has no internal cable connections and does not require shock absorbers or any other auxiliary installation equipment.
Typical applications for the Automation PC 910 include highly integrated bridge systems, electronic chart display and information systems, vessel information systems and voyage data recorders. It is also used in distributed vessel control systems, offshore monitoring and control applications and dynamic positioning systems, as well as to provide condition monitoring for power transmission and power distribution systems or serve as the master or SCADA station in integrated automation systems.