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Table of Contents

About Advantech Box IPCs Introduction & Selection Guide ARK-1300 Series

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ARK-3300 Series

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ARK-3200 Series

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ARK-3400 Series

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ARK-4000 Series

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ARK-5280 Series

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Ultra Compact & Feature Focus Box IPCs Compact Box IPCs Slim Box IPCs

PCIe Expansible Compact Box IPCs PC/104 Rugged Stackable Box IPCs PCI Slot Expandable Box IPCs

Application Story In-Vehicle Gaining the Metro Mindshare Instant Commuter Information Super Efficient Forklift-mounted Scanner Taxi Passenger Information Center

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Display Control Instant Broadcasts at International Airports Informative LED Screens at the 2008 Olympics

20 22

Self-service Kiosk Green Transportation in Metropolitan Areas Self-Service Supermarket

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Intelligent Transportation City Security and Traffic Management Highway Surveillance

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Factory Automation Motor Production Quality Control LCD Production Quality Control

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Facility Management Clean Energy for the 2008 Olympics Gateway to the Mass Transit Railway



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About Advantech Box IPCs Fanless Compact Embedded Computers, Ready for Versatile Applications Advantech Box IPCs are designed to give developers fast, convenient and simplified solutions for industrial and embedded applications. The embedded design, rugged features and powerful computing technology deliver reliability and flexibility. These computers are targeted to satisfy customers looking for a robust and compact computing platform with an industrial design and built-in I/O to handle diverse applications.

Reliable

• Aluminum Casing Designed with aluminum casing and fins, Advantech Box IPCs not only come with superior heat dissipation capability but also excellent corrosion resistance. This ensures the reliability in outdoor environments.

• Fanless Design Without rotating parts such as a CPU fan, system fan, power supply fan, the compact embedded Box IPCs are designed with extended MTBF and require very low maintenance.

• Limited Internal Cabling For general embedded computers, cables are used for wiring between connectors and CPU boards. These internal cables may increase the risk of system failure due to broken cables, loose contacts, or mistakes in assembly. But since connectors on Advantech Box IPCs are soldered directly on the PCB, the internal cabling inside every embedded computer chassis is strategically optimized.

Ruggedized

• High Tolerance to Shock and Vibration Designed with onboard CPU, memory, flash and strengthened connectors, Advantech Box IPCs endure up to 70G of shock and 7G of vibration under operation, and are MIL-STD810F compliant. For even greater resistance, DRAM optionally can be glued into position for use in environments specially prone to shock and vibration.

• Superior Thermal Design Advantech’s Compact Embedded Computers are designed with heat pipes and aluminum thermal fins, supporting wide operating temperatures from -40 to 75° C. Advantech Box IPCs also come with low-voltage CPUs, industrial-grade components to meet mission critical applications.

Easy Installation

• Compact Size Unlike the traditional IPC with sizeable chassis, Advantech Box IPCs are compact, slim and light-weight, saving space in working areas.

• Multiple Mounting Options To meet the demands of various applications, the compact embedded Box IPCs come with multiple mounting options. From DIN-rail and VESA, to wall-mount and desktop, Advantech Box IPCs make an easy, hassle-free fit into your system.




Introduction & Selection Guide

ARK-1300 Series Ultra Compact & Feature Focused Box IPCs

The ARK-1300 series Box IPCs are ultra compact, powerful, and fanless systems designed for rugged and space-critical applications. This series provides integrators a scalable range of processors from Advantech SoC ™ to Intel® Core™2 Duo, connectivity from multiple gigabit Ethernet to wireless interfaces, and high-graphics capable systems. ARK-1300 series is perfect for automation control and in-vehicle applications.

Ordering Information Part Number



Description

ARK-1310F-00A1E

EVA-X4150, VGA/4 x RS-232/422/485

ARK-1310L-00A1E

ARK-1310F w/o VGA

ARK-1360F-S1A1E

Intel Atom Z510 1.1GHz with miniPCIe + 8 DIO + 2 COMs

ARK-1360F-S6A1E

Intel Atom Z530 1.6GHz with miniPCIe + 8 DIO + 2 COMs

ARK-1370-1J0A2E

AMD Geode LX800, ultra-compact embedded box IPC

ARK-1370-3J0A2E

ARK-1370-1J0A2E with 512 MB DDR SDRAM, 1 GB CF, Windows XP Embedded

ARK-1380-1S0A1E

Intel Celeron M ULV 1 GHz, ultra-compact embedded box IPC

ARK-1380-2S0A1E

ARK-1380-1S0A1E with 512 MB Memory, 1 GB CF, Windows XP Embedded

ARK-1380-1M0A1E

Intel Celeron M ULV 600 MHz, ultra-compact embedded box IPC

ARK-1380-2M0A1E

ARK-1380-1M0A1E with 512 MB Memory, 1 GB CF, Windows XP Embedded

ARK-1382-S0A1E

Intel Celeron M ULV 423 1.06 GHz, ultra-compact embedded box IPC

ARK-1382W-S0A1E

ARK-1382-S0A1E, with 802.11b/g WLAN

ARK-1382-S2A1E

Intel Core Duo ULV U2500 1.2 GHz, ultra-compact embedded box IPC

ARK-1388V-S0A1E

Intel Celeron M ULV423 1.06 GHz, In-Vehicle box IPC

ARK-1388V-S1A1E

Intel Core 2 Duo U7500 1.06 GHz, In-Vehicle box IPC


Product Selection Guide

Model Name

ARK-1310

ARK-1360

ARK-1370

ARK-1380

ARK-1382

ARK-1388

Features

Cost-effective, entry-level automation system solution

Cost Effective Intel Atom Solution with miniPCIe Expansion Slot

Low power consumption with -40°C operating temperature

Mainstream solution for space critical applications

Multi-display solution for signage applications

Ultra compact, in-vehicle solution

Processor

x86 SoC 150 MHz

Intel Atom Z510P 1.1GHz/Z530P 1.6GHz

AMD Geode LX800 500 MHz

Intel ULV Celeron M 600 MHz/1.0 GHz

Intel Core Duo ULV U2500 1.2 GHz / Celeron M ULV 423 1.06 GHz

Intel Core 2 Duo ULV U7500 1.06 GHz/ Celeron M ULV 423 1.06 GHz

System Memory

Onboard 64 MB DDR memory (128 MB ptional)

Up to 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM SODIMM

Up to 1 GB DDR SDRAM SODIMM

Up to 1 GB DDR SDRAM SODIMM

Up to 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM SOD

Up to 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM SODIMM

Processor System

Graphics

I/O Interface

Storage

Power Requirements

Certifications

CRT

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

LVDS

18/24-bit LVDS (optional)

18/24-bit LVDS (optional)

18-bit LVDS

36-bit LVDS - 36

-

36-bit LVDS

DVI

-

-

-

-

Dual DVI-I

-

TV Out

-

-

-

-

-

-

Audio

-

High Definition Audio, Spk-out, Mic-in

Line-in, Spkr-out, Mic-in

Line-in, Spkr-out, Mic-in

Spkr-out (Left and Right)

Spkr-out (Left and Right) Mic-in

Ethernet

2 x 10/100 Mbps

1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps

1 x 10/100 Mbps

1 x 10/100 Mbps

1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps

1 x 10/100 Mbps

Keyboard/ Mouse

1 x PS/2

1 x PS/2

1 x PS/2

1 x PS/2

-

-

USB

2 x USB 2.0

4 x USB 2.0

4 x USB 2.0

4 x USB 2.0

5 x USB 2.0

4 x USB 2.0

eSATA

-

-

-

-

1 x eSATA

-

Serial Port / Parallel Port

4 x RS232/422/485

2 x RS-232

2 x RS232/422/485

2 x RS232/422/485

2 x RS232/422/485

1 x RS-232, 3 x RS232/422/485

Expansion

-

1 x Mini PCIe

1 x PC Card Slot (PCMCIA/Card Bus)

1 x PC Card Slot (PCMCIA/Card Bus)

-

-

Wireless

-

-

-

-

1 x 802.11 b/g WLAN support (miniPCI)

Built-in GPS receiver, supports 50 channel 1 x 802.11 b/g WLAN (optional) GSM/GPRS/EDGE/ UMTS/HSDPA (optional)

Solid State Disk

One socket supports Type I/II CompactFlash card

One socket supports Type I/II CompactFlash card

One socket supports Type I/II CompactFlash card

One socket supports Type I/II CompactFlash card

One socket supports Type I/II CompactFlash card

One socket supports Type I/II CompactFlash card

HDD

-

-

-

-

-

-

Input Voltage & Type

DC 9 V ~ 24 V, AT

DC 12V ~ 24V, ATX

DC 9 V ~ 32 V, AT/ATX min 6 VDC, supports cold crank of ISO-7536

DC 9 V ~ 35 V, AT/ATX

DC 9 V ~ 35 V, AT/ATX

DC 9 V ~ 32 V, AT/ATX min 6 VDC, supports cold crank of ISO-7637

EMC

CE, FCC, CCC, BSMI

CE, FCC, CCC, BSMI

CE, FCC, CCC, BSMI

CE, FCC, CCC, BSMI

CE, FCC, CCC, BSMI

CE, FCC, CCC, BSMI

Safety

UL, CCC, BSMI

UL, CCC, BSMI

UL, CCC, BSMI

UL, CCC, BSMI

UL, CCC, BSMI

UL, CCC, BSMI

189 x 41 x 130.6 mm (7.44" x 1.61" x 5.14")

189 x 41 x 130.6 mm (7.44" x 1.61" x 5.14")

189 x 41 x 130.6 mm (7.44" x 1.61" x 5.14")

189 x 41 x 130.6 mm (7.44" x 1.61" x 5.14")

189 x 41 x 130.6 mm (7.44" x 1.61" x 5.14")

189 x 63.76 x 130.6mm ( 7.44" x 2.51" x 5.14")

w/ Extended Temperture CF Card: -40 ~ 60°C

0~60°C; w/ Extended Temperture CF Card : -40 ~ 60°C(option)

0 ~ 60°C

w/ Extended Temperature CF Card and RAM -20 ~ 60°C (ARK1388V-S0A1E) -20 ~ 55°C (ARK1388V-S1A1E)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Operating Temperature

w/ Extended Temperture CF Card: -20 ~ 60°C

* CRT is extended from DVI-I port by Y-cable

0 ~ 55°C




Introduction & Selection Guide

ARK-3300 Series Compact Box IPCs

ARK-3300 series Box IPCs are the compact-size embedded systems with rich I/O functions. Low power consumption, flexible MIO expansions, and compact size make the ARK-3300 series the best choice for controller applications. In addition, the flexibility of VESA mount, DIN mount, and wall mount enable the ARK-3300 series to be mounted in most scenarios. As a result, ARK-3300 series is a great choice for general controllers in industrial applications.

Ordering Information Part Number



Description

ARK-3360L-S6A1E

Intel ATOM N450 1.6 GHz with 2G LAN + 4 COMs + miniPCIe, 12V only

ARK-3360F-S6A1E

Intel ATOM N450 1.6 GHz with 3G LAN + 6 COMs + 2 miniPCIe, 12-24V DC

ARK-3390-1S1A1E

Intel Core 2 Duo U7500 1.06G, Compact Box IPC

ARK-3390-1S6A1E

Intel Core 2 Duo L2400 1.66G, Compact Box IPC

ARK-3399-1S0A1E

Intel Celeron M 423 1.06G, Compact Box IPC

ARK-3399-1S1A1E

Intel Core 2 Duo U7500 1.06G, Compact Box IPC

ARK-3399-1S6A1E

Intel Core 2 Duo L2400 1.66G, Compact Box IPC


Product Selection Guide

Model Name

ARK-3360

ARK-3390

ARK-3399

Features

Highly integrated multiple I/O ATOM fanless solution

Highly integrated multi I/O Core 2 Duo fanless solution

Core 2 Duo solution for signage/ embedded system control

Processor

Intel ATOM N450 1.6GHz

Intel Core Duo LV 1.66 GHz/ Core 2 Duo ULV 1.06 GHz

Intel Core Duo LV 1.66 GHz/ Core 2 Duo ULV 1.06 GHz/ Celeron M ULV 1.06 GHz

System Memory

Up to 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM SODIMM

Up to 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM SODIMM

Up to 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM SODIMM

CRT

Yes

Yes

Yes

LVDS

18-bit LVDS(Optional)

48-bit LVDS (optional)

48-bit LVDS

DVI

-

DVI-D

-

TV Out

-

-

-

Audio

High Definition Audio, Line-In, Spkout, Mic-in

Line-In, Line-out, Mic-in

Line-In, Line-out, Mic-in

Ethernet

3 x 10/100/1000 Mbps

2 x 10/100/1000 Mbps

1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps

Keyboard/Mouse

1 x PS/2 (internal connector)

1 x PS/2

1 x PS/2

USB

6 x USB 2.0

5 x USB 2.0

5 x USB 2.0

eSATA

-

-

-

Serial Port / Parallel Port

1 x RS-232, 3 x RS-232/422/485, 2 x RS-422/485

1 x RS-232, 3 x RS-232/422/485, 2 x RS-422/485

1 x RS-232, 1 x RS-232/422/485

Expansion

1 x MiniPCI, 2 x MiniPCIe

Mini-PCI

-

Wireless

-

-

-

Solid State Disk

One Type I/II CompactFlash Card

One Type I/II CompactFlash Card

One Type I/II CompactFlash Card

HDD

1 x 2.5" SATA HDD bay

1 x 2.5" SATA HDD bay

1 x 2.5" SATA HDD bay

Input Voltage & Type

DC 12V ~24V, ATX

DC 9 V ~ 34 V, ATX

DC 9 V ~ 34 V, ATX

EMC

CE, FCC, CCC, BSMI

CE, FCC, CCC, BSMI

CE, FCC, CCC, BSMI

Safety

UL, CCC, BSMI

UL, CCC, BSMI

UL, CCC, BSMI

Dimensions (W x H x D)

264.5 x 69.2 x 137.25 mm (10.41" x 2.72" x 5.4")

264.5 x 69.2 x 137.25 mm (10.41" x 2.72" x 5.40")

264.5 x 69.2 x 137.25 mm (10.41" x 2.72" x 5.40")

Operating Temperature

w/ Extended Temperture HDD: 0 ~ 45째C & w/ Extended Temperture CF: 0 ~ 60째C

w/ Extended Temperture HDD & CF: 0 ~ 55째C

w/ Extended Temperture HDD & CF: 0 ~ 55째C

Processor System

Graphics

I/O Interface

Storage

Power Requirements

Certifications

* CRT is extended from DVI-I port by Y-cable




Introduction & Selection Guide

ARK-3200 Series Slim Box IPCs

ARK-3200 series Box IPCs are designed in an ultra low profile aluminum housing (only 75 mm high) with rich I/O ports. The thermal engineering handles even a 34 Watt Intel® Core™2 Duo processor without a fan. ARK-3200 series provides system integrators with a turn-key solution and a versatile application development path, without breaking the bank or missing time-to-market deadlines.

ARK-3400 Series

PCIe Expansible Compact Box IPCs ARK-3400 series Box IPCs are ideal, applicationready system platform solutions. ARK-3400 series units come with two 2.5-inch HDD drive bays to meet large storage demands, flexible expansion with two PCI or PCIe alternative expansion slots, friendly, easy-access CF card, and removable HDD drive design. They are powered by an Intel® Core ™2 Duo/Celeron® M processor, support a wide range of input voltages, and are packed into small, rugged cases.

Ordering Information Part Number



Description

ARK-3202L-S6A1E

Intel ATOM N270 1.6 GHz with 2G LAN + 2 COMs + 5 USB ports

ARK-3202F-S6A1E

Intel ATOM N270 1.6 GHz with 2G LAN + 4 COMs + 5 USB ports + GPS + 2 mini-PCIe

ARK-3400F-S5A1E

Intel® Celeron™ 370 (1.5 GHz ), Expansible Compact Box IPC

ARK-3400F-S0A1E

Intel® Celeron™ 373 (1.0 GHz w/o L2 cache), Expansible Compact Box IPC

ARK-3420F-S6A1E

Intel Core 2 Duo L7500 1.6 GHz, Expansible Compact Box IPC

ARK-3420F-S1A1E

Intel Core 2 Duo U7500 1.06 GHz, Expansible Compact Box IPC

ARK-3420F-U0A1E

Intel Celeron M 550 2.0 GHz, Expansible Compact Box IPC


Product Selection Guide

Model Name

ARK-3202

ARK-3400

ARK-3420

Features

Cost-effective ATOM N270 multiple function platform

Cost effective Celeron M solution with 2 PCI expansion and multiple I/O

High performance with PCIe expansion and dual SATA HDDs for image processing and surveillance

Processor

Intel ATOM N270 1.6 GHz

Intel Celeron M 370 1.5 GHz/ Celeron M 373 1.0 GHz

Intel Core 2 Duo L7500 1.6 GHz/ U7500 1.06GHz/ Celeron M 550 2.0 GHz

System Memory

Up to 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM SODIMM

Up to 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM SODIMM

Up to 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM SODIMM

CRT

Yes

Yes

Yes

LVDS

36-bit LVDS (Optional)

Two 48-bit LVDS (Optional)

48-bit LVDS (Optional)

DVI

Yes

DVI-I

DVI-I

TV Out

-

-

-

Audio

Spk-out,Mic-in

Line-In, Line-out, Mic-in

Line-In, Line-out, Mic-in

Ethernet

2 x 10/100/1000 Mbps

2 x 10/100/1000 Mbps

2 x 10/100/1000 Mbps

Keyboard/Mouse

1 x PS/2

-

-

USB

5 x USB 2.0

6 x USB 2.0

6 x USB 2.0

eSATA

-

1 x eSATA

1 x eSATA

Serial Port / Parallel Port

1 x RS-232, 3 x RS-232/422/485

2 x RS-232, 2 x RS-232/422/485

2 x RS-232, 2 x RS-232/422/485

Expansion

-

1 x Mini PCI, 2 x PCI

1 x Mini PCIe, 2 x PCI/ PCIe (optional)

Wireless

-

-

-

Solid State Disk

One Type I/II CompactFlash Card

One Type I/II CompactFlash Card

One Type I/II CompactFlash Card

HDD

1 x 2.5" HDD bay

1 x 2.5" SATA HDD bay

2 x 2.5" SATA HDD bay

Input Voltage & Type

DC 12 V ~ 24 V, ATX

DC 14 V ~ 24 V, AT/ATX

DC 9 V ~ 34 V, AT/ATX

EMC

CE, FCC, CCC, BSMI

CE, FCC, CCC, BSMI

CE, FCC, CCC, BSMI

Safety

UL, CCC, BSMI

UL, CCC, BSMI

UL, CCC, BSMI

Dimensions (W x H x D)

220 x 68 x 200 mm (8.66" x 2.67" x 7.87" )

220 x 102.5 x 200 mm (8.66" x 4.04" x 7.87" )

220 x 102.5 x 200 mm (8.66" x 4.04" x 7.87" )

Operating Temperature

w/ Extended Temperature HDD: 0 ~ 45°C & CF: 0 ~ 60°C

w/ Extended Temperature HDD: -20 ~ 45°C & CF: -20 ~ 55°C

w/ Extended Temperature HDD: -20 ~ 45°C & CF: -20 ~ 55°C

Processor System

Graphics

I/O Interface

Storage

Power Requirements

Certifications

* CRT is extended from DVI-I port by Y-cable




Introduction & Selection Guide

ARK-4000 Series Slim PC/104 Rugged, Stackable Box IPCs

With PC/104 single board computers inside and the design to operate in extreme environments, the ARK-4000 series is equipped with shock/vibration resistance and an extended range of temperature endurance. This series is perfect for outdoor, military, and transportation applications.

ARK-5280 Series

PCI Slot Expandable Box IPCs The ARK-5280 series Box IPCs are designed for slot CPU boards; ARK-5280s offer easy, modular, system expansion using PCI slots. These Box IPCs are ideal for applications involving machine automation, industrial plant, and cabinet integration.

Ordering Information Part Number

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Description

ARK-4153Y-1L0A1E

AMD Geode LX800, onboard 256 MB memory and 1 GB Flash Rugged box IPC

ARK-4153Y-BL0A1E

ARK-4153Y-1L0A1E with WinCE6.0

ARK-4180Y-1S0A1E

Intel Celeron M ULV 1 GHz Rugged embedded box IPC

ARK-4180Y-AS0A1E

ARK-4180Y-1S0A1E with 512 MB memory, 1 GB CF, Windows XP Embedded

ARK-4180Y-1M0A1E

Intel Celeron M ULV 600 MHz Rugged embedded box IPC

ARK-4180Y-AM0A1E

ARK-4180Y-1M0A1E with 512 MB memory, 1 GB CF, Windows XP Embedded

ARK-5280-1S5A2E

Celeron M 1.5 GHz Embedded Box Computer, with VGA/DVI, Fast Ethernet, 2 x USB ports, 4 x COM ports, AC97 Audio, 1 x PCI expansion slot and 1 x PCI/ISA (shared) expansion slot, Built-in 512 MB DDR SDRAM

ARK-5280-1S8A2E

Pentium M 1.8 GHz Embedded Box Computer, with VGA/DVI, Fast Ethernet, 2 x USB ports, 4 x COM ports, AC97 Audio, 1 x PCI expansion slot and 1 x PCI/ISA (shared) expansion slot, Built-in 512 MB DDR SDRAM


Product Selection Guide

Model Name

ARK-4153

ARK-4180

ARK-5280

Features

Expandable PC/104+ solution and -40 ~ 75°C operating temperature

Expandable PCI-104 performance solution and -40 ~ 75°C operating temperature

Fanless, Pentium M embedded Box IPC, with PCI/ISA expansion

Processor

AMD Geode LX800 500 MHz

Intel ULV Celeron M 600 MHz/1.0 GHz

Intel Pentium M 1.8 GHz/ Celeron M 1.5 GHz

System Memory

Onboard 256 MB DDR SDRAM

Up to 1 GB DDR SDRAM SODIMM

Up to 2 GB DDR SDRAM

CRT

Yes

Yes

Yes

LVDS

-

-

36-bit LVDS (Optional)

DVI

-

-

DVI-D

TV Out

-

-

-

Audio

Line-in, Line-out

Line-in, Line-out

Line-in, Spkr-out, Mic-in

Ethernet

2 x 10/100 Mbps

1 x 10/100 Mbps

1 x 10/100 Mbps

Keyboard/Mouse

1 x PS/2

1 x PS/2

1 x PS/2

USB

4 x USB 2.0

6 x USB 2.0

2 x USB 2.0

eSATA

-

-

-

Serial Port / Parallel Port

1 x RS-232/422/485, 3 x RS-232 / 1 x LPT

2 x RS-232 / 1 x LPT

3 x RS-232, 1 x RS-232/422/485

Expansion

PC/104+

PCI-104

1 x PCI, and 1x PCI/ISA (shared)

Wireless

-

-

-

Solid State Disk

Onboard Flash

One socket supports type I CompactFlash Card

One socket supports type I/II CompactFlash Card

HDD

-

-

1 x 2.5" SATA HDD bay

Input Voltage & Type

DC 5 V AT

DC 5 V AT

DC 9 V ~ 32 V, AT/ATX

EMC

CE, FCC, CCC, BSMI

CE, FCC, CCC, BSMI

CE, FCC, CCC, BSMI

Safety

UL, CCC, BSMI

UL, CCC, BSMI

UL, CCC, BSMI

Dimensions (W x H x D)

164 x 49.2 x 170 mm (6.46" x 1.94" x 6.69")

164 x 49.2 x 170 mm (6.46" x 1.94" x 6.69")

137 x 189 x 221 mm (5.39" x 7.40" x 8.70")

Operating Temperature

-40~75°C

-40~75°C

w/ HDD:0 ~ 45°C; w/ Extended Temperture CF Card only:-20 ~ 55°C

Processor System

Graphics

I/O Interface

Storage

Power Requirements

Certifications

* CRT is extended from DVI-I port by Y-cable

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Application Story

Gaining the Metro Mindshare Train & Station Digital Signage Thailand

Project As a safe, comfortable, and convenient mode of transportation, the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) Skytrain has been transforming the Thai capital’s public transportation habits since December 1999. Both residents and visitors can now ride through central Bangkok, gliding above the traffic, noise, and aromas of the streets below. There are currently two routes that cover much of the central city, its many commercial, residential, and tourist areas, serving approximately 400,000 passengers a day. And expansion is planned for outlying areas. To enrich and to entertain passengers during their riding time, plasma/LCD/LED screens are implemented for airing commercials in trains, and at stations.

Requirements • • • • • • • •

Anti-vibration and shock resistant Easy maintenance, with support for popular 16:9 widescreen LCDs Plenty of processing ability for displaying, maintaining, and controlling digital multimedia content A compact, fanless, temperature compliant system easily installed in small spaces Built-in IEEE 802.11b/g wireless LAN with antenna Extended operation with adequate processing power, low energy consumption, and efficient cooling Indoor/outdoor usability with a wide temperature range of operation (-20~60°C) and resistance to dust Excellent reliability and stability

WLAN AP

Server at Main Station

WLAN

VGA or LVDS

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VGA or LVDS

VGA or LVDS


In-Vehicle

Suggested Application Implementation

ARK-1382 Intel® Core™ Duo ULV U2500 1.2 GHz Ultra-compact System, Supports Dual DVI Display

ARK-1388

System Whether placed on platform trusses, side beams, above escalators and concourse booths, or in the cars themselves, Advantech’s ARK-3384 serves as the controller for each display. Connected to the back of each LCD display via VGA or LVDS, all units share a server through a hub. The connection between the ARK-3384 and the hub is WLAN and each ARK-3384 has built-in IEEE 802.11b/g wireless LAN with an antenna. The ARK-3384 receives and updates broadcasting content from the server at the main station by WLAN.

Conclusion Combined with wireless LAN, a 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports, two serial ports, digital LVDS and analog VGA/CRT display interfaces, the ARK-3384 was extremely well suited to BTS requirements. The ARK-3384 is supplied with AC97 dual output 6W stereo audio in a rugged, compact chassis ideal for intensive multimedia and data communication based applications. Its fanless operation creates no noise and all electronics are conveniently protected in a housing with no vent holes, perfect for applications in which space and environmental demands are critical. Advantech’s software customization services helped fine tune the Windows XP based operating system according to BTS needs. Additionally, BIOS changes such as the I/O COM port mode setting can be made without opening the unit. The ARK-3384 provides vivid displays, communication, and connectivity for the BTS Skytrain system, along with effective anti-vibration, thermal fins, and heat pipes for maximum reliability.

Ultra Compact, In-Vehicle Solution with Safe Start/Shutdown and Wireless Functions

ARK-3384 Wireless Enabled, AC97 Audio, Three USB Fanless Embedded Computer

ARK-3390 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Automation Control System with Two Isolated COM Ports and GPIO

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Application Story

Instant Commuter Information Bus Point-of-Information System Italy

Project The bus fleet of a major Italian city needed a reliable, easily maintained point-of-information (POI) system for their buses. This system needed to receive information from a central server, and broadcast streaming video or bus timetables. Advantech’s ARK-1380 ultra compact, fanless embedded computer won the bid, and now each year over 25 million city bus passengers, both residents and visitors, rely on this POI system for broadcast news, weather forecasts, information about shows and exhibitions, product commercials, and most importantly, city bus routes and schedules.

Requirements • A compact, fanless, temperature-compliant system, easily installed in small spaces • Anti-vibration and shock resistant (Vibration 5G and shock 50G) • Fully compatible with bus power systems (24VDC) • Indoor/outdoor usability with a wide temperature range of operation (-20~60° C) • Easy maintenance and excellent reliability • Plenty of processing ability for displaying, maintaining, and controlling digital multimedia content • Extended operation with adequate processing power, low energy consumption, and efficient thermal cooling

Base Transceiver Station

Central Server

LCD Panel

DVI

14

9~36VDC Wide Range Power Input


In-Vehicle

Suggested Application Implementation

ARK-1380 Ultra Compact, Intel® ULV Celeron® M 1GHz with PC Card Slot, 4 x USB, CRT & LVDS, 1 x LAN, 2 x COM, Fanless Embedded Computer

ARK-1382

System

Intel® Core™ Duo ULV U2500 1.2 GHz Ultra-compact System, Supports Dual DVI Display

The POI system on the buses receives information from the central station server, which handles a variety of programs catering to both passengers and visitors. And when a GPRS card is added to the ARK-1380, streaming video or location-specific timetable information can be displayed. This Advantech device comes equipped with a PCMCIA slot and can be attached to a monitor through its LVDS connector. The ARK-1380 is also equipped with a 24VDC power input capability, which accommodates vehicle power supplies.

Conclusion The ARK-1380 was the ideal solution for the bus system because it is an ultra-compact, fanless, fully sealed, robust embedded computer with an anti-vibration feature especially suited to ensuring maximum reliability. Designed for space-critical applications requiring low power consumption and no external cooling – perfect for a bus – all of its electronics are protected in a ruggedized, sealed, easily-mounted (VESA) housing. The ARK-1380 has a 36-bit LVDS display interface, AC97 audio, one LAN, four USBs, and two serial communication ports, plus PC Card interfaces for comprehensive multimedia, control, and communication capabilities to fulfill diverse application scenarios.

ARK-3202 Cost-effective Intel ATOM N270 Multiple Function Platform

Advantech’s software customization services helped fine tune the Windows® XP-based operating system to fit the city’s fleet needs. Additionally, BIOS changes such as the I/O COM port mode setting can be made without opening the unit. The ARK-1380’s flexibility, compatibility, and reliability continue to serve the city bus system well.

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Application Story

Super Efficient Forklift-mounted Scanner Instant Cargo Volumes United States

Project Commercial freight charges are normally assessed by volume, or at least partly so, and thus it is important to quickly and accurately measure volumes of shipping lots. A customer that serves freight companies wanted to improve their volume-scanning offerings. This customer’s previous-generation scanning solution was already automated to some degree, but required placing each cargo pallet in a designated space on the floor, then retiring for a few seconds while a ceiling-mounted scanner took measurements and calculated volume. The customer wanted to streamline the operation with forklift-mounted scanners that would require no special positioning, no extra placement and pick-up. Pallets could then be scanned directly and automatically, in the regular course of loading or unloading.

Requirements • Fast • Accurate • Forklift mounted • Vibration resistant • Stable and reliable • No manual measurements • No extra placement and pick-up • Excellent wireless communications • Voltage-tolerant to operate from forklift electrical supply

Cameras

Warehouse Server

WLAN Node

USB

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In-Vehicle

Suggested Application Implementation

ARK-3390 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Automation Control System with Two Isolated COM Ports and GPIO

ARK-3360

System

Highly Integrated Multiple I/O, New Generation Intel ATOM N450 CPU, Fanless Solution

Advantech worked together with the customer to assemble a system that could do the job. The electrical system in a forklift is variable, and at first the customer had specified a voltage range from 6 to 60 Vdc. This posed a problem when it turned out that accommodating such a wide range would require unexpected expense. When Advantech engineers inquired into the actual range of voltages encountered in daily forklift operations, they turned out to be considerably more stable than the customer had originally feared. As it turned out, the ARK-3390, with its ability to accept voltages from 9 to 34 Vdc, was more than adequate, and offered off-the-shelf savings without requiring expensive modifications. Another question was the wireless communications system. Originally the customer was leaning toward the use of High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA), similar to that used in mobile telephone systems. While true that HSDPA can provide excellent coverage over long distances, again the relative high cost was a concern. Ultimately, wireless LAN (WLAN) was chosen as the communications engine, and a WLAN card inserted into the ARK-3390. One or more WLAN access points installed in the upper corners of warehouses allow huge interior spaces to be covered completely. The rest was easy. A pair of USB cameras were linked to the ARK-3390, and also a handheld optical scanner. When the forklift operator picks up a palette and scans in the waybill number, dual cameras mounted on the forklift run through a quick, accurate pallet scan. ARK-3390 takes care of control and calculations, and transmits the palette data via Wi-Fi to the warehouse server.

Conclusion The sealed, fanless ARK-3390 again came through with flying colors, offering stable, reliable, vehiclemounted control and communications, as well as helping to reduce costs on two important fronts. The new system cuts unnecessary motion from the cargo handling workflow, making it easier and more efficient. The customer is delighted to be able to offer this competitive new solution to its clients, and help speed the world’s goods on their way.

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Application Story

Taxi Passenger Information Center The Peace of Mind Ride Hong Kong

Project A taxi company was interested in providing real-time infotainment systems for its passengers. The systems were to be installed as flat panel displays in the backs of front seat headrests, allowing for convenient viewing by backseat passengers. Benefits to the passengers would include: GPS tracking, which should eliminate passenger concerns about routing, as well as advertisements and information of use to residents and travelers alike. Plans included display data covering hotels, restaurants, activities, local attractions, entertainment, and weather and safety bulletins. The taxi company anticipated recouping its investment, and more, through paid advertising.

Requirements • Durable • Easily maintained • Wireless • Reasonably priced • Able to tolerate automobile DC power

VGA Camera

GPS/GPRS

Credit Card Reader

Thermal Printer

LVDS

Touch Panel

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In-Vehicle

Suggested Application Implementation

ARK-1388 Ultra Compact, In-Vehicle Solution with Safe Start/Shutdown and Wireless Functions

ARK-1382

System

Intel® Core™ Duo ULV U2500 1.2 GHz Ultra-compact System, Supports Dual DVI Display

Advantech’s sealed, fanless ARK-1388 proved the ideal platform for this in-vehicle system. Its wide range of acceptable input power and built-in resilience more than fulfilled the specified requirements. Outfitted with GPS and Wi-Fi communications, data updates are painless and automatic. A seven-inch LCD screen embedded in the back of the headrest provides crisp, lively displays designed to be of particular interest to commuters. The ARK-1388 provides great performance in infotainment applications.

ARK-3202 Cost-effective Intel ATOM N270 Multiple Function Platform

Conclusion Passengers love the infotainment systems, especially the GPS readout, which lets them see just where they are, and where they are going. This gives peace of mind, especially for those unfamiliar with the city, quickly allaying any apprehensions about being “taken for a ride.” The taxi company is rolling out their paid advertising program, and is already considering their next generation of in-vehicle infotainment systems, which may include interactive touch screens. This upgrade will depend, of course, on the success of the original system. Stay tuned.

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Application Story

Instant Broadcasts at International Airports Flight Information Display System (FIDS) China Korea

Project As growing Asian airports of increasing importance, both Shanghai’s Pudong Airport in China and Seoul’s Inchon Airport in Korea recently required reliable, low-maintenance FIDSs. To manage heavy and ever-increasing passenger traffic, the two airports each needed a comprehensive system to assist its passengers by broadcasting information from a constantly updated database to multiple LCDs placed strategically throughout passenger facilities. These systems supply timely information regarding flight arrivals/departures, gate assignments, waiting halls, baggage area assignments, and even destination weather forecasts. Considering Pudong averages almost 29 million passengers, and Inchon 31 million per year, top-notch solutions were deemed mission-critical. Any potential onsite technical problems could cause a series of consequences that might influence the operation of many other airports. Advantech’s ARK-5280 and ARK-3380 were selected to meet the challenges in the two airports, respectively.

Requirements • Powerful processing ability for displaying, maintaining, and controlling digital multimedia in various formats • An excellent TCP/IP LAN solution through which the FIDS database, input terminals, and display monitors all connect for real time display • Extended operation with adequate processing power, low energy consumption, and efficient thermal cooling • Electromagnetic compliance • Simple maintenance and increased dependability via an embedded operating system • A compact, fanless, temperature compliant system to fit into small control cabinets • Great reliability, stability, and connectivity • Future proof Boarding Gate

VGA Airport Lobby

Display

LAN VGA Database

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Display


Display Control

Suggested Application Implementation

ARK-3390 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Automation Control System with Two Isolated COM Ports and GPIO

ARK-3400

System To provide passengers and visitors with instant information, the ARK-5280 and ARK-3380 receive data from the airport’s central FIDS server regarding flight schedules, luggage claim locations, weather reports, and other public-related information. Depending upon location, embedded computers display information on 16:9 or 4:3 LCDs placed in vertical or horizontal orientations. Because of their compact and integrated designs, both the ARK-5280 and ARK-3380 are easily installed behind each LCD display, thereby concealing and protecting cables and wires. In the Pudong Airport application, the ARK-5280 was selectively expanded with a PCI graphic card to support up to 1920 x 1080, high definition resolution -- for larger displays, such as in the airport lobby. For smaller displays, such as at the boarding gates, the ARK-5280 built-in VGA interface was more than adequate. Each Compact Embedded Computer supports simultaneous dual displays, which helps to reduce total system cost.

Cost Effective Intel® Celeron® M Solution with2 PCI Expansion Slots and Multiple I/O

ARK-3420 High Performance Solution with PCIe Expansion and Dual SATA HDDs for Image Processing and Surveillance Applications

Featuring real time display, the FIDS database, input terminals, and display monitors are all connected via a TCP/IP compliant LAN. The ARK-5280 and ARK-3380 fanless and energy efficient designs ensure utmost reliability, keeping passengers constantly updated with flight information and announcements at a glance. In the event of a power outage, the ARK-1000/3000/4000/5000 series support the Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) for remote reboot.

Conclusion High performance, fanless, compact embedded computers, the ARK-5280 and ARK-3380 proved to be ideal solutions for the FIDS at the airports. The dual independent VGA/SVGA/DVI displays and anti-vibration features (cushioned HDD bay, rubber expansion card holder), plus a rich selection of I/Os, and support for up to 1 or 2 GB RAM, all made these models the answers to the airports’ current and future requirements. The ARK-5280 demonstrated its flexibility with the addition of the PCI expansion board. Capable of operating over a wide power range, and equipped with mounting brackets to complement their compact designs, the ARK-5280 and ARK-3380 adapted well to the two airport environments.

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Application Story

Informative LED Screens at the 2008 Olympics Sporting Event Display System China

Project A leading provider of visualization and display solutions was tasked with furnishing indoor/outdoor public LED displays for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Such displays have been gaining in popularity, proving an ideal medium for live and recorded broadcasts of sports, news, and commercials. Installed throughout key venues, both indoors and out, these colorful LCD displays serve to broadcast live competitions, show game schedules and athlete scores, as well as to broadcast commercials and announcements. Approximately 30 thousand athletes from 205 countries would rely upon the information presented on the Olympic displays, and tens of thousands of onsite fans would closely watch the results of each game. Any display problems could have significant impact on both the audience and the athletes. The display provider sought a partner that could be depended upon for totally reliable hardware. Advantech’s fanless, fully sealed ARK-3380 and ARK-1370 embedded computers were selected to meet the Olympic challenge.

Requirements • Support a wide range of formats • Excellent reliability and stability • Handle complicated content management • Extended operation with adequate processing power, low energy consumption, and efficient thermal cooling • Weatherized, fanless design • Indoor/outdoor usability with a wide operating temperature range (-20 ~ 60°C), and dust resistance • Easy integration and maintenance

Display System for Videowall LED Videowall LAN

VGA

VGA COM COM Central Server LAN

LED Monitoring System & Backup Display System

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Display Control

Suggested Application Implementation

ARK-1370 Ultra Compact, AMD® Geode™ LX800 with PC Card Slot, 4 x USB, 1 x LVDS, 1 x LAN, 2 x COM, 1 x 10/100 LAN, Fanless Embedded Computer

ARK-1360

System

Cost effective Intel Atom solution with miniPCIe expansion slot

Each LED display solution positioned either indoors or outdoors around the Olympic venue utilizes ARK-3380 for display and non-stop broadcasting, and ARK-1370 for monitoring the display system and communicating with the server. ARK-1370 also serves as the backup system for ARK-3380, displaying static images if the ARK-3380 undergoes maintenance. In the Olympic display system, the ARK-3380 receives broadcast contents via Ethernet. The ARK1370 LED display monitor connects to the LED screens and to the ARK-3380 via COM port, and to the server via LAN. It continuously monitors the performance of the videowall display system. Should any problem occur, the system sends an alert to the management center so a technician can be immediately dispatched.

ARK-3420 High Performance Solution with PCIe Expansion and Dual SATA HDDs for Image Processing and Surveillance Applications

Advantech’s fanless and fully-sealed dustproof mechanical design, the featured thermal fins and heat pipes, and the low energy consumption -- all work together to ensure robust management of complicated content such as scheduled commercials, graphic animations, and Olympic team logo displays.

Conclusion Both Advantech’s ARK-3380 and ARK-1370 are compact, fanless, fully sealed embedded computers that fit seamlessly into the Olympic plan. Designed for space-critical applications requiring low power consumption, all electronics are protected in ruggedized, sealed housings conveniently integrated into the LCD display solutions. No external cooling is necessary and the ARK-3380 features rich display interfaces, including 36-bit LVDS, CRT/VGA, DVI and s-video. Combining AC97 Audio, one LAN, one USB, and two serial communication ports, the ARK-3380 brings comprehensive multimedia, control, and communications together to offer a solid display control solution. Designed with an AMD Geode LX800 500 MHz processor, two COM ports and four USBs, the ARK-1370 also meets or surpasses the requirements of the Olympic LED monitoring system. Advantech’s software customization services helped fine tune the Windows® XP based operating system to accommodate Olympic display needs. Additionally, BIOS changes such as the I/O COM port mode setting can be made without opening the unit. The ARK-1000/3000/4000/5000 series is proud to be chosen to provide vivid displays, communication, and connectivity for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 23


Application Story

Green Transportation in Metropolitan Areas Integrated Bicycle Rental System Taiwan

Project With environmental awareness growing in people all over the world, energy control, carbon reduction, and global warming are increasingly major political and economic concerns. In order to push energy efficiency and carbon reduction, the Taipei city government has been encouraging its citizens to use non-polluting bicycles for short journeys. With reference to successful projects in some European countries and elsewhere, the government decided to implement a pilot scheme for a public bicycle rental system in central Taipei. The system is named “U-Bike,” and started public service in March, 2009. As a global leader in Industrial Computers, Advantech takes social responsibilities seriously and always does its best to protect the environment. Advantech has also successfully participated in projects in the renewable energy field, such as wind and solar power generation. So the decision to use Advantech products in the bicycle rental system launched in Taipei City was a natural choice.

Requirements • Must be water-proof, vibration resistant, with strong wind and heat resistance to survive in an outdoor KIOSK environment • Tolerate a wide temperature range, from -40° C to 75° C • Compact size • Excellent stability and reliability • Rich I/O connections to accommodate screen display, audio output, keyboard, card reader, card sensor, network transmission, bicycle locking mechanism

Display Credit Card Reader

RFID Card Reader

Printer

Keyboard Lock

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Self-service Kiosk

Suggested Application Implementation

ARK-3400 Cost Effective Intel® Celeron® M Solution with2 PCI Expansion Slots and Multiple I/O

ARK-4180

System

Modular, stackable system, Intel Celeron M 600 MHz/1.0 GHz processor, -40 ~ +75°C, fanless, compact embedded computer

Each U-Bike KIOSK machine is equipped with two ARK-4180 systems. One system works as the rental control system, providing computer screen displays, audio output, a keyboard for entering passwords, a credit card reader and metro card sensor, and network transmission. The other system controls security for the bicycles. The ARK-4180 uses wide-temperature-range components and a specially designed copper heat pipe that quickly conducts interior heat to the thick heatsinks on both sides of the chassis. These features ensure the system works stably even under a scorching sun. ARK-4180 supports a wide range of temperatures, ranging from -40° C to 75° C, which ensures the units can start at low temperatures and continue working accurately at high temperatures. ARK-4180’s compact size (137 x 189 x 221 mm) fits nicely within the space requirements of outdoor KIOSK machines. ARK-4180 is the best choice for applications in outdoor environments like bicycle rental systems.

Conclusion The bicycle rental system is expected to expand to all districts in Taipei City, and then to other cities, and of course reliability is crucial to its adoption and success. Because of Advantech’s long experience and expertise in the embedded market, and also because of their high reliability, robust build, and flexible integration, the client chose ARK-4180 embedded box IPCs to be at the core of the system. The rugged construction also effectively protects the system in the event of accident or attempted vandalism. The sealed aluminum chassis meets or exceeds the specifications for lightness, heat resistance, as well as wind, water, and vibration resistance. This ensures system stability in spite of the typhoons and earthquakes that are sometimes encountered in Taiwan.

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Application Story

Self-Service Supermarket Retail Kiosk France

Project Rising grocery prices mean large quantity wholesale purchasing becomes more appealing. As wholesale selections increase, so do the sizes and weights of individual items. Smart sellers know an older customer base will need more assistance with handling their purchases now and in the future. Advantech’s ARK-3383 fanless, embedded computers in outdoor kiosks are helping a major supermarket chain in France provide better services to its customers. Many kiosks are placed in the parking lot. When customers arrive, they can first use the kiosk to order large and heavy products, such as large bottles of water or multi-packs of dry goods. After they complete their other purchases inside the supermarket, the heavy items they ordered at the kiosk will be ready to be loaded by employees directly into the car.

Requirements • • • • • • • •

Indoor/outdoor usability with a wide temperature range of operation (-20~60°C) Excellent reliability and stability Sealed, fanless construction to protect from dust Extended operation with adequate processing power, low energy consumption, and efficient thermal cooling Sufficient USB and COM ports to connect to various devices A compact, fanless, temperature compliant system easily installed in small spaces Sufficient processing ability for the multiple purposes PC-based open architecture, easy to develop and maintain, and able to integrate many devices

Cash Acceptor Barcode Reader

RFID Payment

USB2

ERP System

USB1

Mic In, Speak Out

LAN1 LAN2

USB3

COM1 Secure Card Reader

USB4 COM2

CCD Camera VGA

USB5 LVDS

LCD display for commercial

Thermal Printer COM3

Dot Matrix Printer Touch Screen

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Self-service Kiosk

Suggested Application Implementation

ARK-3360 Highly Integrated Multiple I/O, New Generation Intel ATOM N450 CPU, Fanless Solution

ARK-3383 Seven USB 2.0, Four Serial, Dual LAN, AC97 Audio, Fanless Embedded Computer

System Advantech’s ARK-3383 is the central controller for each kiosk. USB1 through USB5 connect to a cash validator, a barcode reader (for membership cards), an RFID reader (for digital purses/smart cards), a CCD camera, and a dot matrix printer (to print a shopping list for pick up). COM1 connects to a credit/ debit card reader; COM2 to a thermal printer (to print credit card receipt); COM3 connects to a touch screen, with associated LVDS connection for display. VGA connects to the second display to broadcast commercials or product promotion information. The kiosk is also equipped with a microphone and speaker in case a customer encounters a problem and needs to speak to customer services. Both microphone and speakers are connected to the ARK-3383 through AC97 Audio, mic-in, speaker-out, while the ARK-3383 itself connects to the superstore’s inventory and management system through LAN.

Conclusion The ARK-3383 fanless compact embedded computer combines seven USB 2.0 ports, four serial ports, dual Ethernet, as well as other industrial features. It is housed in a rugged, compact, aluminum chassis ideal for intensive control and communication based applications -- precisely what the French supermarket chain requires. All electronics are conveniently protected in a compact housing with no vent holes, ideal for kiosks in which space and environmental demands are critical.

ARK-3390 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Automation Control System with Two Isolated COM Ports and GPIO

ARK-3400 Cost Effective Intel® Celeron® M Solution with2 PCI Expansion Slots and Multiple I/O

The ARK-3383 features a choice of either a built-in Intel® ultra low voltage Celeron® M or low voltage Intel Pentium® M processor and has independent dual display capability with both VGA and LVDS interfaces. Advantech’s ARK-3383 also comes with Brightness Control API (part of Advantech’s SUSI - Secure & Unified Smart Interface) that allows a developer to interface with Windows XP and Windows CE PCs to easily control brightness for good readability even in sunlight.

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Application Story

City Security and Traffic Management Road/Traffic Surveillance System Africa

Project A capital city in Africa is experiencing growth and with it, increasing vehicle traffic. To help manage the burgeoning flow of vehicles, a network of local video surveillance systems covers more than 350 intersections. This network, in conjunction with Advantech’s ARK-4180C all-in-one industrial computer, will simultaneously manage over 1,000 high quality real-time video streams, which will be viewed by authorities monitoring the key interactions of the city. Recording and video management are fully supported, as well as an effective data traffic management system that prioritizes data flow and prevents network overbooking. In addition to the traffic control system, urban surveillance, and the all-important public safety, the system can also provide video streaming to the Internet. Ultimately, the transportation authority of the capital city plans to build a nationwide, IP-based MPEG-4 video network infrastructure.

Requirements • • • • • • • • • •

Up to 1GHz image processing power MPEG-1/2/4 hardware compression and decompression Simultaneous 2 channel preview, encoding and decoding Sufficient I/Os for various devices Anti-vibration to ensure maximum reliability Outdoor usability with a wide operating temperature range (0~70°C) Fanless and fully sealed mechanical design Cooled by thermal fins, heat pipes, and a heat diffuser Easy integration, easy maintenance, and few parts Rugged and easily mounted

Central Monitoring

Capture Card DVP-2420

BNC Vedio In

USB

External USB HDD

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Camera


Intelligent Transportation

Suggested Application Implementation

ARK-3360 Highly Integrated Multiple I/O, New Generation Intel ATOM N450 CPU, Fanless Solution

ARK-3390

System Integrating ARK-4180 and DVP-2420, the ARK-4180C captures image data from the camera, compresses the image, and sends the data to the server. The capital city’s transportation authority’s networked video and distributed recording system provides: encoding (MPEG-2 & MPEG-4) and digital recording for video streaming; management and control of video streams and serial data across the network (30fps NTSC and 25fps PAL on each channel); integration with the Ethernet backbone for multicasting and quality of service; decoding of video streams and still pictures for viewing via the internet gateway; and system control via remote real-time monitoring for diagnostics and maintenance.

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Automation Control System with Two Isolated COM Ports and GPIO

ARK-4180 Modular, stackable system, Intel Celeron M 600 MHz/1.0 GHz processor, -40 ~ +75°C, fanless, compact embedded computer

Cameras are connected by BNC cables, the USB port connects to the HDD for plentiful image data storage space, and the LAN connects to the server -- all work together to make travel in the capital city safe and efficient, no matter what your means of transportation.

Conclusion An all-in-one industrial computer, the ARK-4180 comes standard with a Celeron® M 1GHz processor and supports up to six USB 2.0 ports, two RS-232 connectors, line-in, line-out, LAN, and VGA functions. With its PC/104 expansion capability, ARK-4180 is able to add a DVP-2420 video codec card. DVP-2420 also supports 2 channel, full-motion, simultaneous video/audio capture and compression/decompression. It uses a high performance MPEG-1/2/4 hardware codec to provide video with D1 resolution at 30fps or 25fps and MPEG-1 Layer II audio. The integrated ARK-4180C system is ultra compact and offers superior resistance against harsh environments fraught with heat, dust, and extremes of humidity. An additional customized aluminum heat spreader links the video codec module to the aluminum casing to facilitate heat dissipation, contributing to the ARK-4180C’s impressive operating temperature range (0~70° C). Its ultra small size and robust, fanless construction are ideal features for outdoor applications, plus the units are dust and fungus resistant. With customized I/O service and an SDK that supports Windows® 2000/XP with VC++ sample code, the ARK-4180C amply fulfills the needs of the capital city’s transportation authority.

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Application Story

Highway Surveillance Intelligent Vehicle Monitoring and Recording System China

Project China’s booming economy has led to a significant increase in automobile ownership, and hence a growing need for more roads. China started developing its modern highway system in 1984, and as of 2006 it encompassed over 45,000 km of highway. This is the second longest in the world, lagging only behind the United States. And the Chinese highway system is currently growing by an average of 3,000 km per year. This ever-increasing labyrinth of highways has served upwards of 50 million vehicles (June 2007) and, perhaps not surprisingly, traffic violations have risen in suit. To address this problem, an effective monitoring system was required to insure public security against traffic violations and more serious crimes. This innovative monitoring system utilizes real-time CCD image processing while successfully eradicating common difficulties affecting the rates of video capture, image definition, and recognition. Three major outputs register panoramic views of offending vehicles, recording elements crucial to identification and culpability, including license plate pictures, speed, and aggravating circumstances. Advantech’s ARK-3382 fanless, embedded computer was chosen as part of the solution.

Requirements • • • • • •

Built to withstand fluctuating weather conditions, temperatures (-20~60 °C), shocks, and vibrations Fully sealed to protect against dust and water Easy to maintain and install with the utmost reliability Compact design, fanless, low power consumption Four 10/100Base-T Fast Ethernet ports with LAN bypass support on LAN 2 and LAN 3 Accepts a wide range of DC power sources

LAN Central Monitoring

USB

LAN LAN

LAN

USB

CCD Camera

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LAN

LAN

USB

USB

CCD Camera

CCD Camera

USB

CCD Camera


Intelligent Transportation

Suggested Application Implementation

ARK-3360 Highly Integrated Multiple I/O, New Generation Intel ATOM N450 CPU, Fanless Solution

ARK-3382 Four LAN, Fanless Embedded Computer

System The China highway system requires high quality LANs for image data, and ARK-3382 with its four LAN ports is more than adequate. Each surveillance camera is connected by USB to its ARK-3382 controller. The camera is already integrated with a graphic card that makes the AD (analog-to-digital) conversion. Throughout the entire system, all of the ARK-3382 are connected to the server via Ethernet with LAN bypass support on LAN 2 and LAN 3. This partnership has made it possible for China to have an effective, fast, and reliable method to monitor their burgeoning highways.

Conclusion

ARK-3420 High Performance Solution with PCIe Expansion and Dual SATA HDDs for Image Processing and Surveillance Applications

The ARK-3382 fanless embedded box computer four LAN port interfaces and other industrial features into a rugged, compact metal chassis for Ethernet network intensive based applications. The fanless operation provides noise protection when deployed in external environments. The ARK-3382 fanless compact embedded computer is perfectly suited for embedded PC applications. All electronics are conveniently protected in a compact sealed housing, and are equipped with thermal fins and heat pipes for easy cooling, ideal when space and environmental demands are crucial, as in the case of China’s outdoor system. Not only did the ARK-3382 provide vivid communication and connectivity for China’s highway system, Advantech’s software customization services helped fine tune the Windows XP based OS according to the needs of the China highway development department.

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Application Story

Motor Production Quality Control Quality Monitoring System Japan China United States Canada

Project Following its principles of continuous improvement, a major Japanese automobile manufacturer will upgrade its quality control system in both its North American and Asian manufacturing centers. This quality control system will be applied to the vehicle assembly and the automotive paint sections of the factories. Vehicle assembly is an extremely complicated process with thousands of parts and countless details to be managed, while automotive paint not only demonstrates the quality of the car before the potential buyer decides to go on a test drive, it also works as an extremely important barrier to prevent corrosion. Advantech’s ARK-3380 and ARK-5280 fanless, embedded computers were selected to create an effective monitoring system to ensure that both assembly and painting processes are performed to top quality standards.

Requirements • • • • • •

Sufficient computing power and low energy consumption Extremely compact, sealed construction, fanless operation, and mountable at the back of a touch screen Anti-vibration to ensure maximum reliability Easy integration and easy maintenance PCI expansion capability for image capture Embedded software support

Server

Total Quality Monitoring System

Switch/Router

Video capture Card A/D Card

LAN

LAN

CCD Camera

(for automated optical inspection, AOI)

BNC

Switch/Router LAN

Vehicle Assembly Quality Control

COM/VGA

Auto Paint Quality Control 42" Touch Screen

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Factory Automation

Suggested Application Implementation

ARK-3390 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Automation Control System with Two Isolated COM Ports and GPIO

ARK-3420

System

High Performance Solution with PCIe Expansion and Dual SATA HDDs for Image Processing and Surveillance Applications

The Japan automaker’s quality control system includes vehicle assembly, and auto paint. For each area, there are many check points to test different aspects of quality. The ARK-5280 serves as the key controller for the vehicle assembly quality control line. Two PCI cards were added to it – a video capture card and an analog to digital card. With the PCI expansion, the ARK5280 is connected to CCD cameras which inspect the quality of assembly. For the auto paint quality control line, the ARK-3380 connects to 42” touch screens through RS-232. At each quality control station, an operator checks the assigned item and records the score through the touch screen. The data from both systems is sent to a central server. Overall, a total quality monitoring system, utilizing Advantech’s ARK-5280 and ARK-3380, connects to the server via LAN for easy management.

Conclusion Featuring either a built-in Intel® ultra low voltage Celeron® M or Intel Pentium® M low voltage processor, both the ARK-3380 and the ARK-5280 are powerful, robust, fanless, embedded computers. Highly suitable for embedded and industrial PC applications requiring high processor performance within a limited space, the ARK-5280 features two PCI slots for application expansion and system integration, while the ARK-3380 combines a rich display interface and other industrial features into a rugged, compact metal chassis for image-based monitoring applications.

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Application Story

LCD Production Quality Control AOI Alignment System Taiwan

Project Due to the continuous development and popularity of consumer electronics, such as LCD TVs, LCD monitors and notebook PCs, global demand for TFT-LCD (thin film transistor liquid crystal display panels) keeps increasing. A major TFT-LCD manufacturer in Taiwan with 7.5-generation (1950 x 2250 mm) LCD production needed to have a full range of new inspection systems. Automated defect inspection is absolutely necessary to ensure the quality of large, mass-produced LCD panels. The manufacturer’s goal is to sell 100% “no failure” screens, therefore, a fast and highly accurate visual inspection of each finished assembly is essential. Before and after each step in the complete manufacturing process, an alignment is necessary to ensure the glass is positioned accurately. Advantech’s ARK-5280 fanless embedded computer, with two add-on PCI cards, was chosen as the key component for an Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) alignment system.

Requirements • • • • •

Excellent computing power with Pentium M 1.8GHz CPU to handle image data All-in-one set with both image grabbing and LED lighting control capability Four independent image grab channels with BNC/HIROSE connectors Four independent channels for 5 - 50V LED light with software control Embedded software supports most of the popular image process libraries, such as Matrox Imaging Library (MIL), eVision, HALCON • Windows XP Embedded ready with MUI and EWF functions • Extremely compact, sealed construction with fanless operation PLC Motion/IO Control

CCD Camera

COM DVP-7020 Video Capture Card

LED Light

LPT PCI S/W Encryption Key

BNC / HIROSE CCD Camera

G7.5 Glass (1950 x 2250 mm)

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LED Light

LED Light Connector

PCI PCI-1720U 4-ch Isolated Analog Output Card


Factory Automation

Suggested Application Implementation

ARK-3420 High Performance Solution with PCIe Expansion and Dual SATA HDDs for Image Processing and Surveillance Applications

System The glass defect inspection equipment is for 7.5G glass substrates, capable of inspecting LCD glass plates up to 1950 x 2250 mm. The equipment performs a variety of critical tasks: image grabbing and processing, defect location, statistical computation, as well as data analysis and review. Before and after the defect inspection processing is preceded, the alignment procedure is conducted to ensure the TFT-LCD to be inspected is precisely positioned on the system. This procedure is fundamental and critical, as incorrect position of the glass on the system may lead to serious inspection error. The AOI alignment systems are implemented at many stages through the manufacturing process.

ARK-5280 Slot CPU Board Expandable, Fanless Embedded Computer

Advantech’s ARK-5280 operates with two added PCI cards. The first is a 4-channel PCI-bus Image Grabber Card with BNC or Hirose interface, which is connected to a CCD camera. The CCD camera captures the image of the cross mark on the glass, and calculates the variance from the absolute X and Y coordinates. According to the variance, it further moves the glass to an ideal position through PLC. The second PCI card is a 4-channel isolated analog output card. With this card, this system features 4-channel LED light software control. The system connects to LED light through a standard LED connector interface. It could enable 5 – 50V wide-range LED light which illuminates the image to amplify features that need to be inspected. Also, the ARK-5280 connects to an encryption key via printer port. This ensures the security of the API. The printer port further provides easy access for a wide range of image process libraries, as most image process libraries in the world are available through printer port dongles.

Conclusion Advantech’s ARK-5280 is a powerful, robust, fanless, embedded box computer that is compact enough to fit in small spaces. Its high performance rate was an exact match for the Taiwan LCD maker’s requirements. The ARK-5280 supports Socket 478 processors up to 1.8 GHz such as the Intel® ultra low voltage Celeron® M or the low voltage Intel Pentium® M. Featuring two PCI slots for application expansion and system integration, the ARK-5280 also comes with four USB 2.0 and four standard serial port interfaces. It supports up to 2 GB of DDR SDRAM and has dual independent display support from built-in CRT/VGA and DVI interfaces. Offering great flexibility in space critical environments, the ARK-5280 is ideal for embedded system applications required by machine automation, industrial plants, and cabinet integration. Its rubberized anti-vibration card-holder for system cards, combined with an anti-vibration HDD-bay, ensure maximum reliability; plus, the ARK’s simple, modularized, user-friendly design is ready for quick installation, as well as easy expansion and maintenance. 35


Application Story

Clean Energy for the 2008 Olympics Wind Power Generation Monitoring System China

Project In preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics as well as future energy demands, China built a wind turbine power plant to provide clean electricity for Beijing and the Olympic Games. Wind power is clean, plentiful, renewable, widely distributed, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions when it takes the place of fossil-fuel-derived electricity. Wind power can be produced by large scale wind farms connected to electrical grids, as well as by individual turbines for providing electricity to isolated locations. At the end of 2007, worldwide capacity of wind-powered generators was 94.1 gigawatts. Although wind power currently represents just over 1% of world-wide electricity use, between 2000 and 2007 wind power generation increased more than fivefold globally. In 2007, the capacity of wind-powered generators in China was 6.1 gigawatts. Advantech’s ARK-3382 fanless, embedded computer operates the local monitoring system from within each wind power generating device, helping to provide power for Beijing city and the Olympic Games.

Requirements • • • • • • • • •

Built to withstand fluctuating and harsh weather conditions, temperatures (-20~60° C), shocks, and vibrations Multiple 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet ports Compact, fully sealed, fanless design to protect against dust High processing power (over 1GHz), low energy consumption Accepts DC power source Extended life, high MTBF Connects to a 15” touch screen (DC power input) to show status of all devices Designed with thermal fins and heat pipes for easy cooling Embedded operating system for simple maintenance and increased reliability

LMCS

CMCS Central Monitoring

Touch Screen LVDS

WAN

RS-232 LAN

LAN Ethernet 100m Cable

Ethernet to COM

Ethernet to COM

Ethernet to COM

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

Devices measure wind speed, voltage of power generator, current, input / output, rotation rate, and temperatures of bearings and gear boxes.

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Facility Management

Suggested Application Implementation

ARK-3202 Cost-effective Intel ATOM N270 Multiple Function Platform

ARK-3360

System The wind power generation monitoring system in China consists of two major parts – a central monitoring and control system (CMCS) and a local monitoring and control system (LMCS). Each wind turbine has one LMCS. The local monitoring and control systems are connected to the CMCS through a LAN. Attached devices measure wind speed, power generator voltage, current, input/output, rate of rotation, plus the temperatures of bearings and the gear box. With four LAN ports, the ARK-3382 is capable of connecting to various turbine-related devices to collect data. Using a LAN connection, the cable can reach up to 100 meters. In contrast, if a COM connection is used, cable length must be much shorter and quality of transmissions is erratic.

Highly Integrated Multiple I/O, New Generation Intel ATOM N450 CPU, Fanless Solution

ARK-3382 Four LAN, Fanless Embedded Computer

Advantech’s ARK-3382 works as the heart of the remote LMCS, controlling and checking turbine functions, in addition to collecting data from various devices. It feeds the system’s status back to the CMCS and records the exact times and conditions of any irregularities; a productivity report is processed at regular intervals.

Conclusion The ARK-3382 fanless compact embedded computer combines four LAN port interfaces and practical industrial functions into a rugged, compact metal chassis for network intensive based applications. Its fanless design increases MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure). That, matched with its features -- reliable, dust-proof, low maintenance, wide operating temperature range -- makes the ARK-3382 extremely suitable for wind turbine applications, which include lack of on-site operators, and a high exposure to dust and broad temperature ranges. Housing plenty of LAN ports, four 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet with LAN bypass support on LAN 2 and LAN 3, and either a built-in Intel® ultra low voltage Celeron® M or Intel Pentium® M low voltage processor, the ARK-3382 made an ideal solution to supply clean energy to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics and beyond.

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Application Story

Gateway to the Mass Transit Railway Access Control System Hong Kong

Project Because of its efficiency and affordability, Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system is a major mode of public transport averaging over 4 million trips and 3,415,000 passengers each weekday. The MTR network includes 211.6 km of rail with 150 stations, of which 82 are railway stations and 68 are light rail stops. As passenger traffic continues to increase, integration of the smart card fare-payment technology into the MTR system has further enhanced commuting ease. The “Touch and Go” smart card has become so popular in Hong Kong that over 13 million smart cards are being actively used by the territory’s 7 million people. With Advantech’s ARK-3381, all devices are centrally controlled to keep the system running smoothly.

Requirements • • • • • •

A compact, fanless, temperature compliant system easily installed in small spaces Light weight with excellent reliability and stability Extended operation with adequate processing power, low energy consumption, and efficient cooling Sufficient COM ports for connection with various devices LAN port for communicating with the control center Embedded operating system for simple maintenance and increased reliability

5~7" LCD panel Data Server in Control Center

RFID Card Reader

18-bit LVDS Magnetic Card Reader

LED Indicator

COM3 COM2 COM1

Gatway

DO

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Facility Management

Suggested Application Implementation

ARK-3202 Cost-effective Intel ATOM N270 Multiple Function Platform

ARK-3360

System Advantech’s ARK-3381 works as a central controller, integrating multiple devices to keep the Hong Kong MTR system operating at its optimum. The ARK-3381 connects to the LED indicator, (which shows the direction of the entrance/exit gateway), a magnetic card reader (for single journey tickets), and an RFID card reader (for multiple journey tickets). It also connects to a gateway access control through digital out (DO), a 5~7” LCD panel via an 18-bit LVDS (to show the ticket’s monetary value), and the data server in the MTR station’s main control center via a LAN.

Conclusion

Highly Integrated Multiple I/O, New Generation Intel ATOM N450 CPU, Fanless Solution

ARK-3381 Seven Serial Ports, 2 Printer Ports, Fanless Embedded Computer

The ARK-3381 fanless compact embedded computer comes with either a built-in Intel® ultra low voltage Celeron® M or a low voltage Intel Pentium® M processor, seven serial port interfaces (5 x RS-232/422/485 and 2 x RS-232), and other industrial features all packed into a rugged, compact metal chassis for intensive communication based applications. Its sealed construction and fanless operation minimizes noise, as well as protects it from dust, moisture, and other substances found in close proximity to the teeming public. Advantech’s ARK-3381 is perfectly suited for embedded PC applications; it has dual PCI 1284 printer ports, dual independent display capability, anti-vibration features to ensure maximum reliability, accepts a wide range of DC power sources, and is easy to maintain -- making it the ideal solution for Hong Kong’s MTR gateway system.

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