The Eagle-Eyes series of fanless IPCs by Efco (Germany) can be extended by means of module slots with a CAN-based interface. Protocol stacks for CANopen or Devicenet are available.
The high-end AIHD variant of the Eagle-Eyes series is DIN-rail mountable. All connectors are accessible form the front. This simplifies the cabling. The IPC is equipped with the Core S-series and the Xeon E3 processors by Intel. It features 16 local digital I/O lines. Besides Windows, they can run also on Windows IoT and Linux. The aluminum housing allows the usage in industrial environment and the product does not need a fan. All used components are suitable for a 7-day and 24-hour operation.
Efco is a Taiwanese company with a sales office in Degendorf (Germany). The company was established in 1992. “This DIN rail series make our Eagle Eyes embedded vision computers easy to install, access and maintain,” stated Bryan Lin, General Manager of EFCO. “The fanless design of these rugged IPCs make them perfect for harsh factory automation applications with their wide temperature and voltage ranges, which operate from 9 V to 36 V. In addition, the Eagle Eyes-AIHD offer a wide array of I/O support, all of which are located on the one side of the PC, adding further flexibility for the designer.”
The optionally provided CAN interface module is generic. Support for CANopen (CiA 301) and Devicenet is available. On request, other higher-layer protocols (FireCAN, Isobus, etc.) can be provided, too.
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