There is more than one solution when it comes to embedded computing. There are industrial embedded PC solutions (single board computers or SBC’s), panel PC’s or box PC’s.
A single board computer is a complete computer, build on one single circuit board. They can be connected to a display. Box PC’s are complete embedded computer units that are often housed in their own robust enclosure. Another option is to install a panel PC, a finished embedded computing product.
Embedded Computing Solutions
Which solution fits your application?
1. Single Board Computer
Our industrial PC motherboards are always fitted with the latest processors. These boards are industrial PC grade mother boards and ensure that they are available for a longer period of time (up to 7 years).
The industrial qualities also guarantee an industrial PC temperature range, from -20 to +70 °C. Often used form factors for SBC's are Mini-ITX, 3,5 inch, Nano ITX and Pico ITX. Motherboards can be integrated with our embedded computer box PC and panel PC solutions to make it a finished product. SKY-Technology can customize boards to your needs and application.
2. Embedded Box PC
Embedded Box PC's are often used as part of a larger application or as a specific embedded computer in vehicles or machines. They usually come in their own robust enclosure. Where regular personal computers are designed to be able to handle as many tasks as possible, an embedded computer box PC is often build to perform one specific task.
Embedded computers are build around a CPU-platform. They are equipped with the level of power and power consumption they need to perform the desired task. They can be fitted with just a few standard RS-232 serial ports or can be build with a full I/O set to be able to handle the most demanding multi media applications. Embedded Box PCs can be designed in such a way that the size and price are kept to a minimum. While getting optimal reliability and performance. There are also some options to consider when designing your embedded computer Box PC. Type of cooling, IP65 proving or adding the ability to handle extra wide performance temperatures are just a few.
3. Embedded Panel PC
Embedded Panel PC’s are perfect for visualizing data and media in a range of applications. They can be used as a touch panel PC for controlling industrial equipment. As a multimedia panel PC for hospital patient entertainment or as an infotainment system in cars and taxis. The possibilities are endless!
When choosing an embedded panel PC for your application there is the option to select a standard product or you can choose to custom design a panel PC. That way you can take in account the needed performance and durability and can even design the exterior of the embedded computer panel PC to fit your user requirements.
Tips for Buying an Embedded Computer
Think about the following options before you choose your solution
Before you buy an embedded computer solution, please consider what things are important for your application. Our product specialists can help you find out which solutions fits your applications best.
What kind of CPU are you thinking about? Celeron, Aton, Pentium or I7? Cooling of a heavier CPU needs to be very good. Will you choose for active or passive cooling?
There are different operating systems that can be chosen for your solution. For example Android, Microsoft and Linux are a few of them. Consider which system you like best and why, so you can inform your product specialist and find the best solution.
Input- and Output
There are a few standard inputs and outputs. But custom in- and outputs should be no problem. A few standard in/outputs are LAN, USB, audio and serial.
A fanless application is great. Because there are no moving parts that can get broken after using the application. But, fanless applications are more expansive. An application without fan needs other parts to realize enough cooling.
Embedded Computer Enclosures
Discover our three embedded computer enclosures
Custom Embedded Computer Enclosures
Embedded computer panel PCs are end-products, ready to be build into the final application. The way they are integrated in their final application decides what enclosure the panel PC needs. Next to housing embedded computer solutions in standard enclosures like panel mount, open frame and chassis, SKY-Technology can develop custom or full custom embedded computer enclosures. Some applications require parts of the housing to be custom designed or altered or even completely custom made. SKY-Technology has long term quality partners to develop custom housing to integrate an LCD display solution in a custom enclosure.
Open frame Enclosure
An open frame mount enclosure around a panel PC does not have a front bezel. This has to be added on later if required.
A chassis mount enclosure is a panel mount enclosure with a stainless steel bezel. This makes it a perfect fit for use in harsh industrial environments.
Panel mount Enclosure
A panel mount enclosure is suitable for those panel PCs that have to fit into a rough opening. Kiosk applications often use panel mount housing.
Additional Feature Information
Choosing the right AD or computer board involves making decisions. These decisions all depend on the application the embedded computer board will be used in. Is the application located inside or outside? Does it have to be able to withstand high or low temperatures? With or without fan? Or does the embedded PC solution need to be waterproof? All these circumstances need to be taken into account when selecting your final product.
SKY-Technology helps you consider the right features and select the right product.
The availability of an embedded computer product depends on a number of factors. Consumer based embedded computers have a shorter availability than industrial PC based products. Industrial boards are based on chipsets that are made for long term use.
In general, SKY-Technology supplies industrial based products. This ensures a long term availability for their customers.
Platform and OS
Our embedded computers are based on either Android, Linux or Microsoft. The type of operating system depends on the manufacturer of the product. SKY-Technology is a Microsoft Embedded Partner. This means we are fully qualified to support Microsoft solutions. Android operated systems are supported by us as well. If a Linux based system is chosen, the customer will handle support of the product.
In-House Support and Repair Service
When purchasing a solution or product from SKY-Technology you will also enjoy the benefits of a support and repair service, located in-house. This means not having to deal with external service companies. The International Service and Support Group (ISSG) takes care of the SKY-Technology support and repairs and is located in the same office building.
Monitors, Cables, Touch Screens
Displays cables and connectors in different lengths and other custom options.
PCAP and resistive touch screens, multi touch, protective glass and polarizers.
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