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Industrial PC with the latest processors tuned for high performance

The Siemens Industry Automation division has simultaneously equipped four new industrial PCs – designed for tough industrial environments – with the powerful Intel Core i7 processor.
The compact Simatic IPC627C box PC and the Simatic HMI IPC677C panel PC are suitable for high-speed measurement, open and closed-loop control tasks, as well as for HMI functions directly at machine level. The robust 19“ series of devices includes the Simatic IPC847C rack PC, which is four units high and has extensive expansion options, and the compact Simatic IPC647C rack PC, which is two units high, both of which are suitable for processing large volumes of data, for example in measurement systems, in test bays or for industrial image processing. All the new PCs are designed for continuous 24-hour service, even when subjected to high temperatures, vibrations, impact and electromagnetic interference.

The new Siemens devices are the first industrial PCs in box, rack and panel PC designs available on the market that support the mobile Core i3 to Core i7 types of processor (including error correcting code = ECC). Compared to the previous models of the B-generation, the C-generation devices offer almost twice the computing performance, depending on their equipment level. The DirectX 10 onboard graphics and the DDR3 memory technology integrated in the CPU, optionally with integrated ECC, ensure particularly fast system reaction times even in the most demanding automation applications. To ensure low power consumption and high energy efficiency, the C-generation devices feature the latest mobile technology and efficiency power supply units with an efficiency of more than 80 percent. Further energy savings can be achieved by using the wake-on-LAN functionality and, in the panel PC version, a display that can be switched off.

All new devices are compatible with the previous models in terms of installation, interfaces and software and feature an onboard communication interface via the optional Profibus or Profinet interface with 3-port IRT switch.Maximum flexibility in the choice of bulk storage device is offered by the Simatic IPC627C and Simatic HMI IPC677C with solid state drive (SSD), hard disks with or without RAID1 mirror disk system, and CompactFlash (CF). Both devices have two free PCI/PCI Express expansion slots and one slot for CF cards. The Panel PC version is available with 12“, 15“ and 19“ touch displays as well as 12” and 15” touch panels. For use in the food and beverages sector, a specially designed stainless steel front panel with a 15“ touch display is available. The Box PC version can be wall or rack-mounted in a wide variety of positions.

The new Simatic IPC847C rack PC offers extensive expansion options with up to eleven PCI/PCI-Express slots. A redundant power supply unit and RAID1 or RAID5 hard disk system in the hot-swap frame, which enables the hard disks to be replaced during operation, or solid state drive, guarantees high system availability and data security. The IPC847C is also available with an optional tower kit for use as an industrial workstation or server in control rooms in the production and processing industry. The compact Simatic IPC647C rack PC offers identical processing performance to the IPC847C but is only half the height. With three PCI/PCI-Express slots, the IPC647C offers sufficient options for any expansions. Both rack PCs can optionally be equipped with a 32 GB solid state drive as a robust bulk storage device and have two COM, one LPT and two PS/2 and audio interfaces. The rack PCs are also fitted with an internal USB interface which is secured against unauthorized removal, which can accommodate a software dongle, for example. For dual monitoring a PCI-Express x16 graphics card is available.

The industrial PCs are available with new energy-saving mobile processor versions Intel Core i3 (2.13 Gigahertz) to Core i7 (2.53 Gigahertz). The RAM is expandable up to 8 GB in both rack PCs and up to 4 GB in the IPC627C and HMI IPC677C. All versions are equipped with a DVI interface (VGA via optional adapter) and with two 10/100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet ports with teaming capability. Further options include the preinstalled and activated Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows XP Professional operating systems and, for the IPC627C/677C, also Windows Embedded Standard 2009. Windows Server 2008 Standard is available for the IPC647C/847C and HMI IPC677C versions.

The (Erlangen, Germany) is the worldwide leading supplier of environmentally friendly production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated automation technologies and comprehensive industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility and Osram. With around 207,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry achieved in fiscal year 2009 total sales of approximately €35 billion.

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, industrial controls and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services. With around 39,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry Automation achieved sales of €7.0 billion in fiscal year 2009.

Reference Number: IIA2010032224e

Gerhard Stauss | Siemens Industry
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