Embedded Controller With M.2 Slots Targets Edge Computing and Mobile Gateway Applications

Now available through industrial embedded PC supplier CoastIPC, the POC-40 compact embedded controller from Neousys Technology features an Intel Elkhart Lake Atom processor and measures just 52 x 89 x 112 mm, making it suitable for deployment into space constrained industrial automation applications.

Targeting factory data collection, rugged edge computing, and mobile gateway applications, the POC-40 features Intel’s x6211E dual-core processor, which delivers up to 1.8 times the performance boost of the previous generation. 

I/O interface options include two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort connector, a software-programmable RS-232/422/485 port, and three 3-wire RS-232 ports (COM2/COM3/COM4). The POC-40 also features two GigE ports and optional four-channel isolated digital input and output. For internal expansion, the controller has two M.2 SATA slots.

The x86-based compact computer provides significantly more computing power in similar dimensions than an ARM-based gateway. Additionally, with rich I/O and the ability to support the latest wireless communication modules, the POC-40 can be reliably deployed into industrial environments for edge/fog computing or decentralized data collecting and processing, according to Ariel Chen, product manager at Neousys Technology.

John DeWaal, President of CoastIPC, also commented: “Today’s industrial environments require flexible computing solutions that can fit into increasingly small areas while still offering powerful compute capabilities,” he said. “The POC-40, with the Intel Elkhart Lake Atom dual-core processor, offers two times the processing power at almost half the size of the POC-200 with a wide range of features to suit all types of applications.”

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