Advantech's industrial automation group has introduced the ECU-1710A automation controller, which is designed for solar module manufacturing and other applications.
The controller combines an embedded computer and plug-in DAQ cards into one low-profile, small-footprint unit, the company says. It integrates the DAQ cards (PCI-1710UL and PCI-1720U) onto the motherboard, which offers 16-channel analog input, 4-channel analog output, 16-channel isolated digital input and 16-channel isolated digital output channels.
In order to enable customers to develop their own applications and monitoring solutions, the ECU-1710A supports DAQNavi. DAQNavi is a single integrated software package for programmers to develop their application programs and includes all utilities, drivers, SDK and documents necessary for hardware configuration, testing and programming, Advantech explains.
The ECU-1710A is powered by an Intel Atom D510 dual-core processor and 1GB DDR2 RAM. It provides the following communication interfaces: two 10/100M Ethernet, two RS-232 serial and two USB 2.0 ports.