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Advantech Launches ARM-based Programmable Gateways

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Advantech Launches ARM-based Programmable Gateways

The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech has introduced the EKI-1121L and 1122L ARM-based industrial communication controllers, which feature a pre-installed embedded Linux operating system for user-developed communications, monitoring and control applications.

These devices are based on an ARM7 SoC (system on chip), featuring dual 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports, and one or two serial ports, which are software configurable for RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485.  The standard configuration includes 16MB of SDRAM, 8MB of flash, and uClinux (an embedded Linux distribution) pre-installed.

“We’ve developed the EKI-1121L/1122L in response to customer demand for a cost-effective user-programmable platform for remotely monitoring and control of serial connected assets”, says Paul Wacker, Advantech’s Product Manager for Industrial Communication products. “The inherent networking capabilities of Linux mean these devices are ideal for protocol conversion and store-and-forward data collection gateways.”

The EKI-1121L/1122L are also Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Class 1, Division 2 (groups A, B, C, and D) approved, allowing them to be utilized in environments where flammable liquids, gasses and vapors may be present, common to oil & gas, mining, and chemical processing industries.

For more information, visit Advantech.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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