ICP Electronics Australia has released the ICP DAS’s XP 8331-CE6 and 8731-CE6 series of embedded compact PCs. The new embedded PCs are the new generation of Windows CE 6.0-based PACs from ICP DAS. They come complete with an x86 CPU, VGA connector for video output, 2x USB 2.0 port, 2x Ethernet ports and 4x serial ports and 1/3/7 I/O slots for high-performance parallel I/O modules and serial I/O modules.
The models referenced includes, in addition to this, have expandable I/O ports, the XP-8331-CE6 has three of these ports. The XP-8731-CE6 has seven ports. These ports give the XP-8331-CE6 and XP-8731-CE6 the capabilities for motion control, frequency input, PWM output, memory, counter input, just to name a few.
There are a number of benefits of running Windows CE 6.0 on XPAC. Including hard real-time capability, small core size, fast boost speed, and interrupt handling. The XPAC is also capable of running PC-based control software such as Visual Basic .NET and Visual C#. The upgrade would provide customers with both traditional PLCs and the features of Windows capable PCs.