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Article | April 4, 2014
Beckhoff: Multi-touch panel PCs
Delivering multi-touch functionality and automation capability with an ARM Cortex A8 processor, the compact, fanless CP26xx series of Panel PCs from Beckhoff Automation is suitable for use in PLC and motion control of small to medium-sized machines.
In contrast to the ARM9 architecture, the ARM Cortex A8 processor used in the CP26xx Panel PC series has a hardware-based floating point unit, which makes floating point operations (Real, LReal) significantly faster. TwinCAT automation software from Beckhoff turns the Panel PC into an all-in-one HMI, PLC, and motion control system.
The CP26xx features a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU with access to 1 GB internal DDR3 RAM memory. The standard operating system is Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact 7. Additionally, a 256 MB Micro SD card is included as standard and up to 4 GB are optionally available. A 128 kbyte NOVRAM helps ensure fail-safe storage of TwinCAT process data. Also available is an on-board 10/100BASE-T Ethernet adapter, an EtherCAT adapter with RJ-45 connector and an RS-232 interface with two USB-2.0 ports.
The aluminum panel housing, with high-quality glass front, offers IP 65 protection at the front and IP 20 in the back. Users have a choice of eight different multi-touch TFT displays in sizes between 7-in. and 24-in., as well as 4:3, widescreen, landscape or portrait formats. The operating temperature range for the panels is 0 to 55 °C.
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