The new Automation PC 2100 from B&R unites the PC world with hard real-time applications. If needed, Automation Runtime and Windows can run at the same time thanks to powerful Intel Atom multi-core processing technology, allowing the Automation PC 2100 to be used simultaneously as a high-performance industrial controller as well as a PC for things like sophisticated HMI applications, said the company. And with such compact dimensions, it takes up hardly any space at all in the control cabinet.
Available with single-, dual- or quad-core processors, the computing power of the Automation PC 2100 is fully scalable. At the upper range of performance, it even exceeds the performance of many Core i-series processors, B&R said.
Regardless of the variant, the absence of fans or other rotating components means that no maintenance whatsoever is required. Other standard features include two gigabit Ethernet interfaces as well as one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 interface. Fieldbus connections, such as POWERLINK or CAN, can be individually configured, and compact MLC-based CFast cards with 60 GB or more are available to meet every memory need.
The graphics engine used by Intel Atom processors is derived from Core i technology and provides powerful processing all the way up to Full HD. This is also the first time that support for DirectX 11 is provided in this segment, opening up even more possibilities for enhanced graphic capabilities in SCADA and other HMI systems.