New Embedded/Thin-Client Computers from GE Fanuc Shift Processing from Local Desktop to Cost-Saving Server | Automation.com

New Embedded/Thin-Client Computers from GE Fanuc Shift Processing from Local Desktop to Cost-Saving Server

New Embedded/Thin-Client Computers from GE Fanuc Shift Processing from Local Desktop to Cost-Saving Server
Server Structure Decreases Power Utilization, Offers Easy Implementation

GREENVILLE, S.C. ¾ March 3, 2003 ¾ GE Fanuc Automation North America, Inc., an affiliate of GE Industrial Systems, has introduced its new family of Computer Dynamics Embedded/Thin Client computers – which shift processing from local desktops to a cost-saving server structure. The new computers feature embedded processors that use less power and typically require no active cooling, a common requirement for Pentium®-based systems. GE Fanuc is showcasing the new Embedded/Thin Client family of computers at National Manufacturing Week, March 3-6, Chicago.

The innovative Embedded/Thin Client computers provide 15" 1024x768 TFT LCDs, NS Gx1 300 MHz Geode and StrongARM SA-1110 processors. Models include the DisplayPac-TC, PAC-NFP-15 and DisplayPac-ARM flat panel computer – for rack-mount, arm-mount and stand-alone solutions that meet the needs of most any application. For easy server configuration, the new industrial computers utilize Thin Client technology – which is inexpensive to implement, requiring no more than power and Ethernet connections to achieve full functionality.

The DisplayPac-TC is a full-featured Thin Client computer that can operate either in a Thin Client network or as a stand-alone system. Out of the box, the system is set up to be a client for a variety of Server/Client packages, including Microsoft® Terminal Services (using RDP 5.0/5.01), Citrix (using ICA 6.0/6.2 protocols), and VNC. The DisplayPac-TC comes loaded with Microsoft Windows CE.net or XP embedded and can prevent users from making permanent changes to the system configuration through the use of protected Flash memory. Other features include up to 256M RAM and 128M DOM, 10/100BaseT Ethernet, one RS-232 port, one parallel port, two USB ports, PCMCIA slot (wireless ready), and PS/2 mouse and keyboard. A resistive touchscreen and NEMA 4/12 panel-mount plate are optional.

The PAC-NFP-15 is the system integrator’s best ready-to-play computing platform for home automation, security system and e-commerce applications. It is a modular, fan-less panel PC system powered by a NS GX1 300 MHz CPU with on-board 64M SDRAM and has the design of built-in HDD, DOC / DOM, LAN and CCD Camera. The PAC-NFP-15 is constructed of heavy-duty aluminum with silver coating and has a MTBF rating of over 50,000 hours. A resistive touchscreen and IDE HDD 2.5"/ Disk-on-Chip & Disk-on-Module for Windows CE storage device are available options.

The DisplayPac-ARM flat panel computing platform withstands the rigors of outdoor operation and operates without moving parts for maximum reliability. Powered by an Intel StrongARM SA-1110 206 MHz single board computer, the system offers low power operation while providing high-powered processing. This industrial computer offers display sizes of 6.4" VGA, 10.4" VGA, 10.4" SVGA and 12.1" SVGA. The DisplayPac-ARM is designed to run embedded operating systems including Windows CE, Linux and others, while running completely from on-board solid-state memory. In addition to 32M Synchronous DRAM and 32M Flash memory, the system provides a type-II PCMCIA socket for additional storage capacity or alternately, for I/O modules such as GPS or wireless Ethernet. A resistive touchscreen and a host of I/O features are standard packaging. With an operating temperature range of –40 to +70° Celsius, this industrial computer is ideally suited for many mobile applications.

About GE Fanuc Automation
GE Fanuc Automation North America, Inc., is a leading global supplier of automation solutions and is a joint venture between GE and FANUC, LTD of Japan. GE Fanuc products and services include collaborative production management, HMI/SCADA and plant intelligence software; nano to high-end controllers; embedded systems; a wide range of CNCs; motion control; operator interfaces; industrial computers; lasers; and a wide range of integration and customer support services. Headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., GE Fanuc is part of GE Industrial Systems. For more information, visit www.gefanuc.com.

About GE Industrial Systems
Since the founding of the General Electric Company by Thomas Edison in 1882, GE Industrial Systems has been known for technical innovation. GE Industrial Systems has over 7,600 U.S. and foreign patents on products that help provide peace of mind for people, the properties they own and their workplaces. In 2001 alone, GE Industrial Systems filed more than 200 U.S. and 340 foreign patent applications.

GE Industrial Systems spans the globe as an industry leader in integrated industrial, electrical and security equipment, systems and services. The business brings to customers the latest technologies that are used to distribute, protect and control energy and equipment, and to provide premise management. GE provides innovative product and service solutions for commercial, industrial, residential and utility customers. For more information visit the website at: www.geindustrial.com.

About GE
The General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) is a diversified technology and services company dedicated to creating products that make life better. From aircraft engines and power generation to financial services, medical imaging television programming and plastics, GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.ge.com.

For more information, visit www.gefanuc.com or contact: GE Fanuc Information Center, P.O. Box 8106, Charlottesville, VA 22906, Phone: (800) 648-2001, Fax: 434-978-5205, e-mail: [email protected].
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