The embedded computers in the Compact M Series are equipped with Vortex86DX2 processors. This processor platform has been developed specifically for embedded applications. As a main product feature, the Vortex86DX2 processors combine all of the five main functions – the main processor (CPU), firmware (BIOS), graphics chip, northbridge and southbridge – on a single chip. Thanks to the highly integrated design, the energy requirements on the embedded computer can be reduced in addition to saving space. On the other hand, the low power consumption also results in an increase in the MBTF values (mean time between failures) on the embedded computers. Another advantage is the reduced production costs for the processor as a result of the single-chip design.
An advantage of the Compact 41 embedded computer is its unique interface structure. Embedded computers have CAN, USB, RS-232 and RS-485 interfaces and can be equipped with a PC/104 card. In addition to their robust construction, a comprehensive monitoring system ensures reliable operation of the embedded computers.