Automation PC 910
Intel has reduced the size of the chip to an impressive 22 nanometers. A new microarchitecture with the graphics unit integrated directly in the CPU provides a considerable leap in performance over the second generation of Core i processors, not to mention compared to Core 2 Duo processors. 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 solid-state drives, 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 completely revamped for optimal heat transfer out of the housing. To maximize convection for fanless operation, the Automation PC 910 heat sink design was optimized through an extensive evaluation process using simulated models.
On high-end systems with fans, air current is directed through the integrated cooling fins. 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.
Celeron processors and select Core i-series 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 CPUs 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.