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AAEON unveils new 17in rugged fanless panel PC

Industrial computing manufacturer AAEON (opens in new tab) has released a new addition to its wide-temperature range AHP series.

The AHP-2176 17in rugged fanless panel computer is an entry-level product aimed at "cost conscious system integrators and customers," according to the Taiwanese firm, and is powered by an Intel Celeron 827E processor with built-in passive cooling.

Providing up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, the AHP-2176 also features two Gigabit Ethernet ports, a CompactFlash slot, and a 2.5in series ATA HDD interface in addition to six USB 2.0 ports - two front-facing for easy access - a PCI Express mini card slot, a line out connector, and one VGA connector.

Like the rest of the AHP family, the AHP-2176 is built for rugged environments (-20°C - 60°C), with its potential applications ranging from industrial and factory automation to smart building as well as the utility and energy sectors.

"The AHP-2176 utilises an aluminium IP65 certified front bezel and offers waterproof, anti-shock and anti-vibration properties fit for rugged environments," said Alan Chou, a project manager of AAEON's panel appliance and automation division.

With surge protection up to 1000V DC and supporting an input voltage of 9-30V DC, the AHP-2176 is suitable for a variety of mounting options including panel, wall, and desktop configurations and features a 1,280 x 1,024 pixel responsive LCD touch screen at 350 cd/m2 luminance.

"As a fanless panel computer, the AHP-2176 is able to offer increased longevity and requires less maintenance," added Mr Chou.

The AHP-2176 supports Windows XP, Windows 7, and Linux Fedora operating systems.

For more, check out ITProPortal's exclusive report from its recent visit to AAEON's headquarters in Taipei, where the global OEM PC manufacturer discussed its plans for new ruggedised Android tablets in 2013 (opens in new tab).

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