Single board computers, box PCs & panel PCs
An embedded computer system is an electronic system integrated in appliances and devices.
Embedded computing consists of three solutions: single board computers, box PCs and panel PCs. A single board computer is a complete computer solution, build on a single PCB. These motherboards are connected to a display. Box PCs are embedded computing units housed in a robust enclosure. These PCs are connected to the display with a cable. A panel PC is an all-in-one embedded computing product. Both computer and display are integrated in the enclosure.
Embedded PC solutions
Single Board Computers
A single board computer is a complete computer solution, build on a single PCB. These motherboards are connected to a display. Our industrial motherboards are equipped with the latest processors. The boards are of industrial quality, guaranteeing availability for up to 7 years.
These industrial qualities also guarantee operation in industrial PC temperatures of -20 tot +70 °C. We can also advise you on different form factors. Most used form factors for single board computers are: Mini-ITX, 3.5 inch, Nano ITX and Pico ITX. Motherboards can be integrated in our embedded box PC and panel PC solutions for a full solution. SKY-Technology can supply custom boards based on your application.
Embedded box PCs are often used as part of a larger application or as a specific embedded computer solution in vehicles or machinery. They often come in their own robust housing. Where standard computers are made for personal use and can perform multiple tasks at once, an embedded box PC is build to perform one single task.
Embedded computers are build around a CPU-platform, based on single board computers mentioned above. They are equipped with the right amount of power and energy consumption level necessary to perform the task.
Box PC can be equipped with a number of standard serial ports, USB, LAN or can be fitted with a complete I/O set to control the most demanding multi media applications. Embedded box PCs are developed to be as small and cheap as possible, but still remain a high level of reliability and optimal performance.
When composing an embedded box PC solution there are a number of things to consider. What cooling (active or passive?), does it need to be IP65 waterproof? Or does it need to be able to handle a wide temperature range?
A panel PC consists of an embedded computer unit and an LCD display in one panel mount, open frame or chassis enclosure. Panel PCs are perfect for visualizing data and media for different applications.
They can be used as touch panel PC for industrial devices. As multi media panel PC for hospital patient entertainment or as infotainment system in cars and taxis. The possibilities are endless!
Embedded PC specifications
This is what you need to take into account
A CPU, or processor, is the heart of the computer and determines its performance. The CPU is responsible for the calculations and control within the computer. The faster the CPU, the more tasks can be performed each second, the faster the PC.
The task the PC will be performing, eventually decides the choice of processor. Celeron, Anton, Pentium en I7 are the most used processors.
Keep in mind that a heavier CPU requires more cooling.
The operating system, or OS, is a piece of software that controls the PC. Widely used operating systems include Android, Microsoft (Windows) and Linux. The choice of operating system depends on the application the PC will be used for.
Do you prefer one operating system? We will do our absolute best to find a fitting embedded PC solution that supports the OS of your liking.
Input & output
The input and output of a PC refers to the moving of data. Received signals are input. Devices that offer input are mice and keyboards. Signals sent by the PC are output. A computer screen and printer are examples of output devices.
To communicate with input and output devices, the computer is fitted with I/O ports. Examples are LAN, USB, audio and serial.
Your application determines what ports your embedded PC needs. We offer customized I/O ports for PCs.
A PC consists of many parts that produce heat. The right cooling solution keeps the PC cool and protects it from overheating.
A cooling solution can be fanned or fanless. Many customers prefer fanless cooling, because it does not have any moving parts that can break.
Fanless cooling is more expensive than fanned cooling however. More expensive materials are used to offer the same level of cooling as a fan would.
Embedded PC enclosures
Standard or custom?
Panel PCs are final products, ready to be built into the application. How they are integrated in the solution determines their enclosure. Next to standard enclosures like panel mount, open frame and chassis, SKY-Technology als offers bespoke embedded computer enclosures.
Next to standard enclosure for embedded computer solutions, like panel mount, open frame and chassis, SKY-Technology develops bespoke embedded computer enclosures.
Some applications require customization of the PC enclosure or even a full custom design. SKY-Technology has long term relationships with high quality custom enclosure partners.