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About ARK-1000/3000/4000/5000 Series

Fanless Compact Embedded Computers, Ready for Versatile Applications Advantech’s ARK-1000/3000/4000/5000 series of Compact Embedded Computers 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, the ARK-1000/3000/4000/5000 series 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 Computers 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 the ARK-1000/3000/4000/5000 series 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, the ARK-1000/3000/ 4000/5000 series 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. The ARK-1000/3000/4000/5000 series 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, the ARK-1000/3000/4000/5000 series are compact, slim and light-weight, saving space in working areas.

• Multiple Mounting Options To meet the demands of various applications, the Compact Embedded Computers come with multiple mounting options. From DIN-rail and VESA, to wall-mount and desktop, the ARK-1000/ 3000/4000/5000 series make an easy, hassle-free fit into your system.

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Contents

Product Selection Guide

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Product Feature Highlights

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

Informative LED Screens at 2008 Olympics Sporting Event Display System

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In-Vehicle Gaining the Metro Mindshare Train & Station Digital Signage System

Instant Commuter Information Bus Point-of-Information System

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Intelligent Transportation City Security and Traffic Management Road/Traffic Surveillance System

Highway Surveillance Intelligent Vehicle Monitoring and Recording System

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Factory Automation Motor Production Quality Control Quality Monitoring System

LCD Production Quality Control Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) System

RFID Empowers Smart Warehouse Management RFID Network System

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Outdoor Kiosk Multipurpose Integrated Fuel Dispenser All-in-One Kiosk System

Self-Service Supermarket Retail Kiosk System

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Facility Management Clean Energy for the 2008 Olympics Wind Power Generation Monitoring System

Gateway to the Mass Transit Railway Access Control System

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Product Selection Guide

Processor System

Model

ARK-1370

ARK-1380

ARK-1382

ARK-3380

Features

PC Card slot, 4 x USB, 2 x COM, CRT/LVDS, 1 x LAN

PC Card slot, 4 x USB, 2 x COM, CRT/LVDS, 1 x LAN

WLAN, Dual DVI-I, 5 x USB, 2 x COM, 1 x Giga LAN, 1 x eSATA

Multiple video interface

Processor

AMD Geode LX800 500MHz

Intel ULV Celeron M 600MHz/ 1.0GHz (512K)

Intel Celeron M 423 1.06GHz

Intel ULV Celeron M 1.0GHz (0K), Intel LV Pentium M 1.4GHz

System Chipset

AMD Geode CS5536

Intel 855GME + ICH4

Intel 945GM + ICH7M

BIOS System Memory

Graphics

Award 4Mbit Flash BIOS Up to 1GB DDR SDRAM SODIMM

Power Supply

Mechnical

Yes

Yes

Yes, Integrated with DVI-I

Yes

36-bit LVDS

--

36-bit LVDS

DVI

--

--

Dual DVI-I

Yes

TV Out

--

--

--

S-Video, RCA

AC97 Audio, Line-in, Spk-out, Mic-in 1 x 10/100Base-T (Supports WOL)

Line-out (Left and Right)

AC97 Audio, Line-In, Spk-out, Mic-in

1 x 10/100Base-T (Supports WOL)

1 x 10/100/1000Base-T (Supports WOL)

1 x 10/100Base-T (Supports WOL)

Wireless LAN

--

--

802.11 b/g

--

Keyboard/Mouse

1 x PS/2

1 x PS/2

--

1 x PS/2

USB

4 x USB 2.0

4 x USB 2.0

5 x USB 2.0

3 x USB 2.0

Serial Port

2 x RS-232/422/485

2 x RS-232/422/485

2 x RS-232/422/485

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

Parallel

--

--

--

--

GPIO

--

--

--

Yes

Expansion

1 x PC Card Slot (PCMCIA/Card Bus)

1 x PC Card Slot (PCMCIA/Card Bus)

--

Solid State Disk

-One socket supports Type I/II CompactFlash Card

One socket supports Type I/II CompactFlash Card

HDD Drive Bay

--

--

1 x eSATA

1 x 2.5” HDD bay

Power Management

APM 1.2, ACPI 2.0

APM 1.2, ACPI 2.0

APM 1.2, ACPI 2.0

APM 1.2, ACPI 2.0

Input Voltage

DC 9V ~ 35V, ATX

DC 9V ~ 35V, ATX

DC 9V ~ 35V, ATX

DC 12 V ~ 24 V, ATX

Mounting

Desktop/ Wall/ DIN-Rail/ VESA mount

Desktop/ Wall/ DIN-Rail mount

Dimensions (W x H x D)

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

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

Weight

1.15kg

2kg

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

w/ HDD: 0 ~ 45° C; w/ Extend Temperture CF Card only: -20 ~ 60° C

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

0 ~ 60° C

Vibration During Operation

With CompactFlash disk: 5Grms, IEC 60068-2-64, random 5 ~500Hz, 1Oct./min, 1hr/axis.

w/ HDD, 1 Grms, IEC 60068-2-64 random 5~500Hz, 1Oct./min, 1hr/axis, 3 axes; CF card only, 5 Grms, IEC 60068-2-64 random 5~500Hz, 1Oct./min, 1hr/axis, 3 axes

Shock During Operation

With CompactFlash disk: 50Grms, IEC 60068-2-67, half sine, 11ms duration

w/ HDD, 20 G, IEC 60068-2-27 half sine 11 ms duration, 3 axes w/ CF card, 50 G, IEC 60068-2-27 half sine 11 ms duration, 3 axes

Relative Humidity

95% @ 40° C

95% @ 40° C

95% @ 40° C

EMC

CE/FCC

CE/FCC

CE/FCC

CE/FCC

UL/CCC

UL/CCC

UL/CCC

UL/CCC

Windows XP Embedded

Windows CE. NET 6.0, Windows XP Embedded

Safety Embedded Software Options

Ordering Information

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Up to 1GB DDR SDRAM SODIMM

18-bit LVDS

Operating Temperature

Operation Environment

Up to 1GB DDR2 SDRAM SODIMM

CRT

Audio

Storage System

Up to 1GB DDR SDRAM SODIMM

LVDS

Ethernet

I/O Interface

Intel 855GME/852GM Award 4Mbit Flash BIOS

Windows CE. NET 6.0, Windows XP Embedded

95% @ 40° C

ARK-1370-1J0A1E (Geode LX processor 500MHz)

ARK-1380-1S0A1E (ULV Celeron M 1GHz)

ARK-1382-S0A1E (ULV Celeron M 423 1.06GHz)

ARK-3380-1S0B1E (ULV Celeron M 1.0GHz)

ARK-1370-2J0A1E (ARK-1370-1J0A1E with 256MB DRAM, 128MB CF and CE6.0)

ARK-1380-2S0A1E (ARK-1380-1S0A1E with 512MB DRAM, 1GB CF and XP Embedded)

ARK-3380-1S4B1E (LV Pentium M 1.4GHz)

ARK-1370-3J0A1E (ARK-1370-1J0A1E with 512MB DRAM, 1GB CF and XP Embedded)

ARK-1380-1M0A1E (ULV Celeron M 600MHz)

ARK-1382W-S0A1E (ARK-1382-S0A1E with 802.11b/g WLAN, 512MB DRAM, 1GB CF and XP Embedded)

ARK-1380-2M0A1E (ARK-1380-1M0A1E with 512MB DRAM, 1GB CF and XP Embedded)


ARK-3381 7 x COM, 2 x printer ports

ARK-3382 4 x LAN ports

ARK-3383

ARK-3384

ARK-3389

7 x USB 2.0, 4 x COM, 2 x LAN, Audio

Wireless, Fanless, Audio and 3 x USB 2.0

Base model with MIO/160 expansion socket

Intel ULV Celeron M 1.0GHz (0k), Intel LV Pentium M 1.4GHz Intel 855GME/852GM Award 4Mbit Flash BIOS

Award 4Mbit Flash BIOS

Award 4Mbit Flash BIOS

Award 4Mbit Flash BIOS

Award 4Mbit Flash BIOS

Up to 1GB DDR SDRAM SODIMM

Up to 1GB DDR SDRAM SODIMM

Up to 1GB DDR SDRAM SODIMM

Up to 1GB DDR SDRAM SODIMM

Up to 1GB DDR SDRAM SODIMM

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

36-bit LVDS

36-bit LVDS

36-bit LVDS

36-bit LVDS

36-bit LVDS

--

--

--

--

--

--

--

--

--

--

--

--

AC97 Audio, Line-In, Spk-out, Mic-in

AC97 Audio, Line-In, Spk-out, Mic-in

--

1 x 10/100Base-T (Supports WOL)

4 x 10/100Base-T (2x Support WOL)

2 x 10/100Base-T (2 x Support WOL)

1 x 10/100Base-T (Supports WOL)

1 x 10/100Base-T (Supports WOL)

--

--

--

802.11b/g

--

1 x PS/2

1 x PS/2

1 x PS/2

1 x PS/2

1 x PS/2

3 x USB 2.0

3 x USB 2.0

7 x USB 2.0

3 x USB 2.0

3 x USB 2.0

2 x RS-232, 5 x RS-232/422/485

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

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

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

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

2

--

--

--

--

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

--

--

--

--

--

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

1 x 2.5” HDD bay

1 x 2.5” HDD bay

1 x 2.5” HDD bay

1 x 2.5” HDD bay

1 x 2.5” HDD bay

APM 1.2, ACPI 2.0

APM 1.2, ACPI 2.0

APM 1.2, ACPI 2.0

APM 1.2, ACPI 2.0

APM 1.2, ACPI 2.0

DC 12 V ~ 24 V, ATX

DC 12 V ~ 24 V, ATX

DC 12 V ~ 24 V, ATX

DC 12 V ~ 24 V, ATX

DC 12 V ~ 24 V, ATX

Desktop/ Wall/ DIN-Rail mount

Desktop/ Wall/ DIN-Rail mount

Desktop/ Wall/ DIN-Rail mount

Desktop/ Wall/ DIN-Rail mount

Desktop/ Wall/ DIN-Rail mount

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 5.4”)

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 5.4”)

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

2kg

2kg

2kg

2kg

1.9kg

w/ HDD: 0 ~ 45° C; w/ Extend Temperture CF Card only: -20 ~ 60° C

w/ HDD: 0 ~ 45° C; w/ Extend Temperture CF Card only: -20 ~ 60° C

w/ HDD: 0 ~ 45° C; w/ Extend Temperture CF Card only: -20 ~ 60° C

w/ HDD: 0 ~ 45° C; w/ Extend Temperture CF Card only: -20 ~ 60° C

w/ HDD: 0 ~ 45° C; w/ Extend Temperture CF Card only: -20 ~ 60° C

w/ HDD, 1 Grms, IEC 60068-2-64 random 5~500Hz, 1Oct./min, 1hr/axis, 3 axes; CF card only, 5 Grms, IEC 60068-2-64 random 5~500Hz, 1Oct./min, 1hr/axis, 3 axes

w/ HDD, 20 G, IEC 60068-2-27 half sine 11 ms duration, 3 axes w/ CF card, 50 G, IEC 60068-2-27 half sine 11 ms duration, 3 axes 95% @ 40° C

95% @ 40° C

95% @ 40° C

95% @ 40° C

CE/FCC

CE/FCC

CE/FCC

CE/FCC

95% @ 40° C CE/FCC

UL/CCC

UL/CCC

UL/CCC

UL/CCC

UL/CCC

Windows XP Embedded

Windows CE. NET 6.0, Windows XP Embedded

Windows XP Embedded

Windows XP Embedded

Windows CE. NET 6.0, Windows XP Embedded

ARK-3381-2S0B1E (ULV Celeron M 1.0GHz)

ARK-3382-1S0B1E (ULV Celeron M 1.0GHz)

ARK-3383-2S0B1E (ULV Celeron M 1.0GHz)

ARK-3384-1S0B1E (ULV Celeron M 1.0GHz)

ARK-3389-1S0B1E (ULV Celeron M 1.0GHz)

ARK-3381-2S4B1E (LV Pentium M 1.4GHz)

ARK-3382-1S4B1E (LV Pentium M 1.4GHz)

ARK-3383-2S4B1E (LV Pentium M 1.4GHz)

ARK-3384-1S4B1E (LV Pentium M 1.4GHz)

ARK-3389-1S4B1E (LV Pentium M 1.4GHz)

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Product Selection Guide

Model

ARK-3399

ARK-4153

ARK-4180

ARK-5280

Features

Base model with MIO 2.0 expansion socket

PC/104 expansion, -40 ~ 75° C, Dual LANs

PC/104 expansion, -40 ~ 75° C, 6 x USB, LPT

PCI slot expansion, DVI, SATA HD

Intel Core Duo L2400 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo U2500 1.20GHz Intel Celeron M 423 1.06GHz

AMD Geode LX800 500MHz

Intel ULV Celeron M 600MHz/ 1.0GHz (512K)

Intel Celeorn M 1.5GHz/ Pentiium M 1.8GHz

System Chipset

Intel 945GME + ICH7M

AMD Geode CS5536

Intel 855GME + ICH4

Intel 855GME + 6300ESB

BIOS

Award 4Mbit Flash BIOS

System Memory

Up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM SODIMM

Onboard 256MB DDR SDRAM

Industrial Grade 512MB DDR SDRAM Industrial Grade 256MB DDR SDRAM

up to 2GB DDR SDRAM SODIMM Yes

Processor Processor System

Graphics

I/O Interface

Storage System Power Supply

Mechnical

CRT

Yes

Yes

Yes

LVDS

48-bit LVDS

--

--

--

DVI

--

--

--

Yes

TV Out

--

--

--

--

Audio

High Definition Audio, Line-In, Spk-out, Mic-in

Line-in, Line-out

Line-in, Line-out

AC97 audio, Line-in, Spk-out, Mic-in

Ethernet

1 x 1000Base-T (Supports WOL)

2 x 10/100Base-T

1 x 10/100Base-T

1 x 10/100Base-T

Wireless LAN

--

--

--

--

Keyboard/Mouse

1 x PS/2

1 x PS/2

1 x PS/2

1 x PS/2

USB

5 x USB 2.0

4 x USB 2.0

6 x USB 2.0

2 x USB 2.0

Serial Port

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

4 x RS-232

2 x RS-232

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

Parallel

--

--

1 x LPT

--

GPIO

Yes

--

--

--

Expansion

--

PC/104+

PCI-104

1 x PCI, 1 x ISA/ PCI

Solid State Disk

One socket supports Type I/II CompactFlash Card

Onboard Flash

Type I CompactFlash card

One socket supports Type I/II CompactFlash Card

HDD Drive Bay

1 x 2.5” HDD bay

--

--

1 x 2.5" HDD Bay

Power Management

APM 1.2, ACPI 2.0

APM 1.2

APM 1.2

AMP 1.2, ACPI 2.0

Input Voltage

DC 9 V ~ 35 V, ATX

DC 5V, AT

Mounting

Desktop/ Wall/ DIN-Rail mount

Desktop/ Wall mount

Desktop/ Wall mount

Dimensions (W x H x D)

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

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

137 x 189 x 221 mm (5.4” x 7.4” x 8.7”)

Weight

1.9kg

2.0kg

DC 5V, AT

DC 9V~ 32V, ATX

5.0kg

Operating Temperature

w/ Extend Temperature HDD/CF Card: 0 ~ 55° C

w/ Extend Temperture CF Card: -40 ~ 75° C

w/ Extend Temperture CF Card: -40 ~ 75° C

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

Vibration During Operation

w/ HDD, 1 Grms, IEC 60068-2-64 random 5~500Hz, 1Oct./min, 1hr/axis, 3 axes; CF card only, 5 Grms, IEC 60068-2-64 random 5~500Hz, 1Oct./min, 1hr/axis, 3 axes

With CompactFlash disk: 7Grms, IEC 60068-2-64, random 5 ~500Hz, 1Oct./min, 1hr/axis.

With CompactFlash disk: 5Grms, IEC 60068-2-64, random 5 ~500Hz, 1Oct./min, 1hr/axis.

w/ HDD, 1 Grms, IEC 60068-2-64 random 5~500Hz, 1Oct./min, 1hr/axis, 3 axes CF card only, 5 Grms, IEC 60068-2-64 random 5~500Hz, 1Oct./min, 1hr/axis, 3 axes

Shock During Operation

w/ HDD, 20 G, IEC 60068-2-27 half sine 11 ms duration, 3 axes w/ CF card, 50 G, IEC 60068-2-27 half sine 11 ms duration, 3 axes

With CompactFlash disk: 70Grms, IEC 60068-2-67, half sine, 11ms duration

With CompactFlash disk: 50Grms, IEC 60068-2-67, half sine, 11ms duration

w/ HDD, 20 G, IEC 60068-2-27 half sine 11 ms duration, 3 axes w/ CF card, 50 G, IEC 60068-2-27 half sine 11 ms duration, 3 axes

Relative Humidity

95% @ 40° C

95% @ 40° C

95% @ 40° C

95% @ 40° C

EMC

CE/FCC

CE/FCC

CE/FCC

CE/FCC

Safety

UL/CCC

UL/CCC

UL/CCC

UL/CCC

Embedded Software Options

Windows CE. NET 6.0, Windows XP Embedded

Windows CE. NET 6.0, Windows XP Embedded

Windows CE. NET 6.0, Windows XP Embedded

Windows XP Embedded

Operation Environment

ARK-3399-1S0A1E (ULV Celeron M 423 1.06GHz) ARK-3399-1S2A1E (Core Duo U2500 1.2GHz)

Ordering Information

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Award 4Mbit Flash BIOS

ARK-3399-1S6A1E (Core Duo L2400 1.66GHz)

ARK-4153Y-AL0A1E (Geode LX800 with 256MB DRAM, 128MB CF and CE6.0 )

ARK-4180Y-AS0A1E (ULV Celeron M 1.0GHz, with 512MB DRAM, 1GB CF XP Embedded)

ARK-5280-1S5A2E (Celeron M 1.5GHz with 512MB DRAM)

ARK-4153Y-BL0A1E (Geode LX800 with 256MB DRAM, 1GB CF and CE6.0)

ARK-4180Y-AM0A1E (ULV Celeron M 600MHz, with 512MB DRAM, 1GB CF and XP Embedded)

ARK-5280-1S8A2E (Pentium M 1.8GHz with 512MB DRAM)

ARK-4153Y-1L0A1E (Geode LX800 with 256MB DRAM, 1GB CF)

ARK-4180Y-1S0A1E (ULV Celeron M 1.0GHz) ARK-4180Y-1M0A1E (ULV Celeron M 600MHz)


Product Feature Highlights

• Harsh Environment Proof Advantech offers a range of services that enable the ARK-1000/3000/4000/5000 series to operate in harsh conditions. Combined with additional services such as component qualifying and manufacturing in-process testing, these services allow increased support for outdoor, military, aerospace, transportation, remote monitoring, and any mission critical application where the cost of failure is high.

• Wide Operating Temperature The ARK-1000/3000/4000/5000 series are housed in a specially cast and milled solid aluminum block with thermal fins, which help dissipate heat. Its specially designed fanless thermal solutions with embedded heatpipes allow wide temperature operation without active cooling. Furthermore, Wide Temperature Testing Solutions are in place, including Phoenix operation and Phoebus Design, for dynamic and static testing to ensure the ARK-1000/3000/4000/5000 series meet extreme temperature requirements. Phoebus Design uses pre-qualified components to design SBCs that operate in extreme temperatures. Selective boards undergo four hours’ extreme temperature testing to ensure the boards continue to operate and boot-up properly at -40 ~ 70º C. The ARK-4000 series with Phoebus Design operate perfectly in environments where heat, extreme cold or thermal shock are frequent.

• High Tolerance to Vibration and Shock The ARK-1000/3000/4000/5000 series are designed with high tolerance to shock (up to 70G) and vibration (up to 7G) for harsh environments, such as in-vehicle, transportation and fleet applications. Industrial-grade components are specified starting with the original product design. Also, onboard CPU, memory, flash, and strengthened connectors are in place to reduce the potential risk of system failure due to vibration or shock. In addition, a glued DRAM service may be adopted to keep memory secure in environments prone to shock and vibration. These Military Standard MIL-STD-810F Compliant Testing Solutions are further applied to ARK-1000/4000 series to strictly certify ruggedization: • Vibration Test: MIL-STD-810F, Method 514, Procedure I • Shock Test: MIL-STD 810F, Method 516.5, Procedure I

CTOS (Configure To Order Services) Customize Your System Online

Advantech’s CTOS for Compact Embedded Computer is combined with a choice of preconfigured module I/O (MIO) bus application modules, front/ rear I/O faceplates, memory, storage and OS. You could simply choose the desired feature/function sets to get the exact configuration you need. A licensed Microsoft Windows XP Embedded OS image can be ported as well. CTOS reduces platform overhead by reducing unnecessary components, which greatly streamlines platform development time.

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Embedded Software Services

The ARK-1000/3000/4000/5000 series of Compact Embedded Computer come with innovative embedded software services to hasten your product development. These unique Embedded Software Services include Embedded BIOS, Embedded OS and Advantech’s own SUSI API solutions. Advantech’s SUSI API unifies the development interface so System Integrators can quickly design and build their innovative applications. These services form a user-friendly bridge that simplifies hardware and software application implementation.

• Boot Safe: Protect from Storage Crashes As part of the Embedded BIOS services, Boot-Safe is Advantech-patented BIOS technology that can store an OS, such as Windows CE, Linux, FreeDOS, or QNX, inside the BIOS. With the OS stored in BIOS, the system boots up without relying on any HDD, USB storage, or a CF card. Boot-Safe makes boot-up both safer and faster. Using only a motherboard, BIOS, and memory, the system can boot directly to the OS, effectively saving hardware seek time. And because the system boots every time from the same pristine OS, it is totally protected from boot virus attacks. Boot Safe includes the Himem and Format programs. It also provides the following commands for application developers. • BEEP • BREAK • CHDIR • CLSn

• COPY • DATE • DEL • DIR

• LOADHIGH • MKDIR • PATH • PROMPT

• RMDIR • SET • TIME • VER

More DOS commands could be customized upon request. ARK-1370 and ARK-4153 have Boot Safe technology built into the BIOS. For other models, Boot Safe is available upon request.

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• Security ID: Protect Your Application If you are worried about your application being inadequately or illegally utilized during the project development process, or if you feel insecure about your applications being copied by competitors, the security ID API is the answer you cannot afford to ignore. The Security ID API protects your application through ID encryption. With three different IDs, there are three layers of protection for your application. • Board ID: a unique string for each board, ready in the factory - Read Only • Vendor ID: unique string for each customer or project, set in the factory - Read Only • Customer ID: unique string defined by the customer, and input by the customer Also, you can easily change the security ID by modifying the Advantech ePlatform BIOS.

• Hardware Monitor: Protect from Overheating The stability and reliability of a fanless system mainly rely on the mechanism of its heat dissipation and its temperature monitoring system. The Hardware Monitor (HWM) API is a system health supervision API that monitors real-time temperature, fan, and voltage by inspecting certain condition indexes, such as fan speed, temperature and voltage. The ARK-1000/3000/4000/5000 series are also designed with a thermal sensor to measure and monitor the temperature in the chassis. If the system overheats, an LED alarm is activated and an alarm message is delivered to the management center via LAN. Also, there are log files that record all events, facilitating any potential troubleshooting.

• Power Saving: Minimize Power Consumption With the growing consensus of environmental protection, power saving had to be one of the key design features for the ARK-1000/3000/4000/5000 series. This Power Management API provides green power settings for maximum energy savings and performance settings for optimum speed. It makes use of Intel SpeedStep technology to reduce power consumption. The system can adjust the CPU Speed automatically depending on the system load. Clock frequency may also be directly lowered to reduce power consumption. This API allows users to lower the clock rate from 12.5% to 87.5%. In addition, when a system is idle for a period of time, the system can automatically reduce display brightness.

• Hotkey: Offer Easy User Interface Facilitating the development of a friendly user interface for system integrators is one of the key design concepts of the ARK-1000/3000/4000/5000 series. The Hotkey utility is a tool for setting short-cuts for GPIO via keyboard/mouse control, touch panel, or voice. General Purpose Input Output function is a flexible parallel interface that allows a variety of custom connections and supports Digital I/O devices. The Keyboard Controller API allows developers to dynamically set short-cuts for different combinations of keyboard events. Customers can also use it to predefine function keys for a keyboard-less system.

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Display Control

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

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Application Implementation

ARK-5280

Slot CPU Board Expandable, Fanless Embedded Computer

ARK-3380

Multiple Video Interface, Fanless Embedded Computer

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. 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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Display Control

Informative LED Screens at 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 will rely upon the information presented on the Olympic displays, and tens of thousands of onsite fans will 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

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Application Implementation

ARK-3380

Multiple Video Interface, Fanless Embedded Computer

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

System Each LED display solution positioned indoors and 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 ARK-1370 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 will send an alert to the management center so a technician can be immediately dispatched. 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 providing vivid displays, communication, and connectivity for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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In-Vehicle

Acquiring the Mindshare of Metropolitan Commuters 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

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Application Implementation

ARK-3384

Wireless Enabled, AC97 Audio, Three USB Fanless Embedded Computer

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 10/100Base-T 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.

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In-vehicle

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

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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

System 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. 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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Intersection Monitoring for City Security and Traffic Management Intelligent Transportation

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

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Application Implementation

ARK-4180

Modular and Stackable system, Celeron M 600 MHz/1.0 GHz processor, -40 ~ +75° C, Fanless, Compact Embedded Computer

DVP-2420

2 Channel PCI-104 MPEG-1/2/4 Video Codec Module

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. 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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Highway Surveillance Systems Intelligent Transportation

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

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Application Implementation

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 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 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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Motor Production Quality Control Factory Automation

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 section and the automotive paint section 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

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Application Implementation

ARK-3380

Multiple Video Interface, Fanless Embedded Computer

ARK-5280

Slot CPU Board Expandable, Fanless Embedded Computer

System 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 ARK-5280 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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Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) of TFT-LCD Factory Automation

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. PLC Motion/IO Control

CCD Camera

COM

DVP-7020

Video Capture Card LED Light

LPT PCI S/W Encryption Key

BNC / HIROSE

PCI

CCD Camera LED Light Connector

PCI-1720U

4-ch Isolated Analog Output Card

LED Light G7.5 Glass (1950 x 2250 mm)

Alignment Pattern Verification

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

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Application Implementation

ARK-5280

Slot CPU Board Expandable, Fanless Embedded Computer

DVP-7020

4 Channels PCI-bus Image Grabber Card

PCI-1720U

12-bit, 4-ch Isolated Analog Output Universal PCI Card

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. 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 HDDbay, ensure maximum reliability; plus, the ARK’s simple, modularized, user-friendly design is ready for quick installation, as well as easy expansion and maintenance.

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RFID Empowers Smart Warehouse Management Factory Automation

RFID Network System Finland

Project A Finnish restaurant/kitchen supply wholesaler required a smart warehouse management system to reduce their inventory level, eliminate stock-outs, and improve customer service. With over 7,000 products ranging from kitchen equipment and furniture to small items such as chef’s ware, china, glassware, flatware, and kitchen utensils, a warehouse management solution was definitely needed. To optimize space and increase productivity, the system needed to automatically calculate the most efficient locations, plus track a product’s warehouse lifecycle. Advantech’s ARK-3382 fanless, embedded computer was integrated with RFID tracking to provide constant feedback from the warehouse management system, ensuring that every product is physically stocked in the right location. This resulted in reduced lost inventory, plus overall improved productivity. With almost 8,000 locations and products, keeping track of each item had been an extremely time- and labor-intensive activity. But now it is easy.

Requirements • Able to coordinate a large number of RFID devices • Multiple LAN ports for communication through different protocols • High CPU processing power • Fanless and fully sealed mechanical design to protect from dust

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Application Implementation

ARK-3382

Four LAN, Fanless Embedded Computer

System As a tool for exploiting the capabilities of the RFID reader systems and to bridge the gap to an enterprise solution, Advantech’s ARK-3382 proved ideal for the warehouse in Finland. Using identification data for effective warehouse management, the RFID network system was designed for enterprise customers. It consists of intelligent identification devices including the RFID network controller and RFID readers. The ARK-3382 operates as the RFID network controller with four LAN ports capable of communicating different protocols simultaneously. The ARK-3382 has three primary functions in controlling identification networks. The first is to configure the RFID readers and manage the deployment and backup of those configurations. The second function is RFID device management during operation by monitoring and dynamically controlling the RFID readers. The control of the network by adaptive reader synchronization with deterministic scheduling guarantees fast, interference-free operation in dense reader environments. The final primary function covers tag collection, filtering, and event generation, which provides reliable and seamless integration to any ERP application.

Conclusion The ARK-3382 fanless compact embedded computer combines four LAN port interfaces and other industrial features into a rugged, compact metal chassis for intensive Ethernet based applications. The fanless operation provides noise protection when deployed in external environments -- quite suitable for reducing sound in the Finnish warehouse environment. Ideal for embedded PC applications in which space and environmental demands are critical, the ARK-3382’s electronics are conveniently protected in a compact, sealed housing.

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Multipurpose Integrated Fuel Dispenser Outdoor Kiosk

All-in-One Kiosk North America

Project To keep up with technological advancement and societal and environmental needs, gas stations in North America have been upgrading their equipment. More and more common are multipurpose fuel dispensing kiosks that allow one to fill up with fuel at the stand, pay for the gasoline purchase with several payment options, get a receipt, seek information, and even print out coupons for future use. Advantech’s ARK-3381 fanless, embedded computer plays a key role in certain kiosks that offer integrated services. These include environmental protection features, and are also connected with the point-of-sale system within the convenience store, as well as the car wash section. The friendly user interface gives customers instant access to the gas station’s promotion/loyalty program as well as point-of-information including advertisements, maps, and instructions. Environmental protection features include vapor recovery, and a leak prevention system.

Requirements • A compact, fanless, temperature compliant system easily installed in small spaces • Excellent reliability and stability • Plenty of processing ability for multiple applications • PC-based open architecture, easy to develop and maintain, and able to integrate many devices • Indoor/outdoor usability with a wide temperature range of operation (-20~60 °C) • Extended operation with adequate processing power, low energy consumption, and efficient thermal cooling • Up to seven serial port interfaces: 5 x RS-232/422/485 and 2 x RS-232 • Friendly user interface, full utilizing LVDS, Audio and GPIO • Dual PCI 1284 Printer Ports

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Application Implementation

ARK-3381

Seven Serial Ports, 2 Printer Ports, Fanless Embedded Computer

System Advantech’s ARK-3381 serves as the controller for each device. COM1 through COM5 connect to a cash validator, a barcode reader (for membership cards), an RFID reader (for digital purses/smart cards), a credit/debit card reader, and a PIN pad. COM6 connects to a distributed I/O module which continuously monitors the pipeline and can detect any leak. Also, a friendly user interface is developed, full utilizing LVDS, audio and GPIO. A small printer to print out receipts or coupons is attached by USB, while the fuel dispenser has an Ethernet connection to the point-of-sale system in the convenience store, for total sales revenue management.

Conclusion With easy integration and simple maintenance, Advantech’s ARK-3381 fanless compact embedded computer fits well into gas station pump/kiosks. With seven serial port interfaces and other industrial features combined into a rugged, compact metal chassis for intensive communication based applications, all electronics are conveniently protected in a compact housing with no vent holes, the ARK-3381 is more than suitable for kiosk applications in which space and environmental demands are critical. The ARK-3381 also features seven serial port interfaces and a built-in Intel® ultra low voltage Celeron® M or low voltage Intel Pentium® M processor. Advantech’s software customization services helped fine tune the Windows XP based operating system, and BIOS changes such as the I/O COM port mode settings can be made without opening the unit. The ARK-3381 provided communication and connectivity for the gas station kiosk system, along with effective anti-vibration, thermal fins, and heat pipes for maximum reliability.

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Supermarket Self-Service Kiosk Outdoor Kiosk

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

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Application Implementation

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. 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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Clean Energy for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Facility Management

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 10/100Base-T 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

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• Embedded operating system for simple maintenance and increased reliability


Application Implementation

ARK-3382

Four LAN, Fanless Embedded Computer

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. 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 10/100Base-T 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 is an ideal solution to supply clean energy to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics and beyond.

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Mass Transit Railway Gateway Facility Management

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

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Application Implementation

ARK-3381

Seven Serial Ports, 2 Printer Ports, Fanless Embedded Computer

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 (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 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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