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Rockwell Automation Introduces Windows® CE Industrial Computer

Bridges the gap between simple embedded terminals and robust, full-featured industrial computer systems

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 27, 2003 —Rockwell Automation has expanded its Allen-BradleyÒ VersaViewÔ industrial computer line with the new VersaView CEÔ industrial computer, combining the Microsoft WindowsÒ CE platform with rugged computer hardware designed specifically for industrial applications. VersaView CE is a dependable, open platform computing solution ideal for human machine interface (HMI), customized applications, information management, and remote terminal applications in situations where users need the flexibility to customize or use third-party software programs but don’t necessarily want the full functionality of an industrial computer.

“VersaView CE bridges the functionality gap between embedded terminals and traditional industrial computers running full-scale Windows installations,” said Mark Weiland, product manager, Rockwell Automation. “It provides end-users and OEMs the
flexibility to use application specific or tailored software packages while still benefiting from the ease of use and economical cost typically found in embedded terminals.”

For optimal industrial implementation and high performance, the Allen-Bradley VersaView CE uses an IntelÒ CeleronÒ 650 MHz processor and 256 MB of both flash and RAM memory. It has no moving parts such as fans or hard drives, making it ideal for traditional industrial and other rugged application environments where reliability can be an issue. To meet a range of operator and application requirements, VersaView CE computers are available with 6.5-, 10.4- 12.1- or 15-inch TFT active matrix color displays with multiple keypad and touch screen options.

The VersaView CE computers come pre-loaded with Rockwell SoftwareÒ RSView Machine EditionÔ runtime and can support applications such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, terminal services for thin-client applications and a software development kit (SDK) for C++ and Visual BasicÒ. These software tools provide everything necessary to develop a local machine HMI interface and integrate it with enterprise-level systems.

Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) is a world-leading provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions that help customers meet their manufacturing productivity objectives. The company brings together leading brands in industrial automation for Complete Automation® solutions, including Allen-Bradley® control and engineered services and Rockwell Software® factory management software, Dodge® mechanical power transmission products, and Reliance Electric® motors and drives. The company also is a leading provider of contact management technologies and applications that help companies more efficiently manage interaction with their own customers. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, the company employs about 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

For more information on the VersaView CE Industrial Computer, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1603. Or, visit www.rockwellautomation.com.
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