Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Advantech box PC targets IoT gateways and smart factories

Steve Rogerson
July 16, 2019



Taiwanese embedded platform maker Advantech has launched the Ark-1220, a compact Din-rail fanless embedded box PC for industrial or outdoor uses such as machine automation, intelligent factories, in-cabinet equipment integration and IoT gateways.
 
Using Intel Atom E3940 QC processors with front accessible IO ports on a single bezel, it comes pre-loaded with Advantech’s Wise-PaaS/DeviceOn device management app. This app includes hardware security certification and parameter settings required by the relevant application domain to help simplify the initial deployment phase and subsequent management.
 
It uses zero-touch technology connection for software and hardware integration, allowing users to monitor real-time health status and send software and firmware updates over-the-air (OTA) on-site.
 
For system security, the PC can use the TPM 2.0 trusted platform module function by request and supports BitLocker under Windows 10 IoT. McAfee and Acronis are integrated into Wise-PaaS/DeviceOn for anti-virus protection and data recovery and backup.
 
The machine is powered by Intel Atom E3940 quad core SoC, with up to 1.8GHz with turbo burst on. The dual channel memory sockets support up to 8Gbyte DDR3L 1866MHz sodimm.
 
Designed for rugged environments, it handles a -30 to +70˚C operating temperature range with 0.7m/s air flow that is suitable for working outdoors. Its power input of 12 to 28V DC-in suits environments with a fluctuating or unstable power supply.
 
Functional IO includes four USB 3.0, two LAN and two com ports on the front panel. Dual 4K ultra HD independent displays have a resolution of up to 3840 x 2160 pixels at 30Hz. The Gen9 graphics engine runs on low power while enhancing media processing capability with video encoding and playback performance that offers a 40% improvement compared with the previous generation.
 
The equipment lets manufacturers access clearer analysis and management via panel displays or interactive displays in intelligent factories and machine automation processes.
 
The PC measures 53.5 by 158 by 114mm.