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Beckhoff announces CX5100 Multi-core PCs

November 042014
Beckhoff announces CX5100 Multi-core PCs

November 4, 2014 – Beckhoff Automation announces CX5100 Multi-core Embedded PCs with Intel Atom CPUs. The 22-nm technology found with these Atom processors results in higher performance while maintaining the same exceptional thermal balance and extended operating temperature range. All devices from the CX5100 Embedded PC series are fanless, characterized by low heat dissipation, low power consumption, and a compact, yet durable metal housing.

The DIN rail-mountable CX5100 controllers use processors of the latest Intel Atom generation (‘Bay Trail’), and are offered in three different processor and housing sizes:

  • CX5120: Intel Atom CPU, 1.46 GHz, single-core
  • CX5130: Intel Atom CPU, 1.75 GHz, dual-core
  • CX5140: Intel Atom CPU, 1.91 GHz, quad-core

The CX5100 devices supplement the existing CX5010 and CX5020 series of devices, the latter based on first generation Intel Atom processors.

When compared to CX50x0 devices, the CPUs in the CX5100 series offer significantly higher performance via out-of-order command execution. This means that users who have also implemented the TwinCAT 3 automation software suite can now benefit from the full availability of multi-core processors and the optimized distribution of different program tasks to individual cores, even with Intel Atom-based devices.

The basic interface equipment corresponds to that of the popular CX5000 devices: automatic recognition of K-Bus I/O or EtherCAT Terminals, two independent Gigabit-capable Ethernet interfaces, four USB 2.0 ports, a DVI-I interface and a “multi-option” interface that can be equipped to support a great variety of fieldbus systems. The extended operating temperature range from -25 to +60 °C enables the CX5100 Embedded PCs to be used in environmentally demanding applications.

The CX5100 controllers balance both price and performance by offering a mid-level Embedded PC option between the devices from the CX5000 series and the modular, top-of-the-line CX2000 series.

Beckhoff Automation is a provider of advanced and open automation solutions based upon proven technologies for customers to implement high-performance control systems faster and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC and motion control systems. Beckhoff’s “New Automation Technology” product range includes PC-based control, industrial PCs, automation controllers, operator interfaces, I/O, servo drives and motors. With representation in more than 60 countries, Beckhoff is well-positioned to provide global sales and service to its customers. Beckhoff sales and service are handled directly, with no intermediaries involved for exceptional customer service and consultation.

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