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Rugged, expandable Panel PCs run Linux on Bay Trail Atom

Oct 8, 2015 — by Eric Brown 1,083 views

Advantech’s latest 10.1- and 15.6-inch touch-panels run Linux on a dual-core Atom E3827, and offer extended temperature support and iDoor expansion.

The TPC-51WP and TPC-1551WP continue Advantech’s line of rugged touch-panel PCs, dating back to the circa-2010, Intel Atom-based TPC-651H. The new devices have a more up-to-date Atom processor: the dual-core, 1.75GHz E3827 system-on-chip that includes Intel HD Graphics. Linux and multiple Windows flavors are supported.

TPC-1051WP (left) and TPC-1551WP
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The 10.1-inch, XGA TPC-1051WP and 15.6-inch, WXGA TPC-1551WP offer “truly flat” and “ultra-sensitive” projected capacitive touchscreens with backlighting and 16:9 aspect ratios, says Advantech. The screens feature 300 nits luminance and 170°/160° viewing angles.

Rear views of TPC-1051WP (left) and TPC-1551WP
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The two models are otherwise identical aside from differing dimensions, weights, and extended operating temperature ranges (-20 to 55°C on the TPC-51WP and 0 to 55°C on the larger TPC-1551WP.) They both offer vibration resistance and other rugged features like chassis grounding protection and IP66 protection against dust and water.

Detail views of TPC-1051WP (left) and TPC-1551WP
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The fanless systems are available with 4GB or 8GB of DDR3L RAM, and come with CompactFlash slots and optional SATA SSD sockets. Other features include dual gigabit Ethernet ports, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, and RS-232 and RS-232/422/485 ports.

Closeup view of the 1051WP and TPC-1551WP’s attached computer
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The mini-PCIe slot supports standard wireless options, as well as Advantech’s own iDoor Technology add-on modules. These include DI/O ports, Power over Ethernet, Profibus, and CANOpen modules (see spec list below). As usual, Advantech also offers a suite of applications, such as its SusiAccess remote management package.

side view

Specifications listed for the TPC-51WP and TPC-1551WP include:


  • Processor — Intel Atom E3827 (2x Bay Trail cores @ 1.75GHz)
  • Memory — 4GB or 8GB DDR3L-1600 RAM
  • Storage — CompactFlash slot; optional 2.5-inch SATA SSD slot
  • Display:
    • TPC-51WP — 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 touchscreen with 500:1 contrast
    • TPC-1551WP — 15.6-inch, 1366 x 768 touchscreen with 1300:1 contrast
    • 2048 x 2048-dot projected capacitive touch
    • True flat configuration
    • 300 nits luminance
    • 170/160 viewing angle
    • 50,000 hour backlight
  • Networking — 2x gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 3.0 port
    • USB 2.0 port
    • RS-232 port
    • RS-232/422/485 port
  • Expansion — Full-size mini-PCIe slot with iDoor Technology module support:
    • PCM-24D2R4-AE — 2-port isolated RS-422/485 mPCIe, DB9
    • PCM-26D2CA-AE — 2-port isolated CANBus mPCIe, CANOpen, DB9
    • PCM-27D24DI-AE — 24-channel isolated digital I/O w/ counter mPCIe, DB37
    • PCM-24R1TP-AE — 1-port figabit Ethernet, Intel 82574L, mPCIe, RJ45
    • PCM-24S2WF-AE — WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2T2R w/ Bluetooth 4.0, half-size mPCIe, 2-port SMA
    • PCM-24S23G-AE — Wide-temp 3.75G HSPA and GPS, 2-in-1, full-size mPCIe w/ redundant SIM Card holder, 2-port SMA
  • Other features:
    • Watchdog; LED
    • Desktop, wall, panel, and optional VESA mounting
    • Software including SusiAccess, WebAccess, WebAccess/NMS, PanelExpress, WebOP Designer
    • Optional TPC-1251T-EHKE storage and iDoor expansion chassis
    • Intelligent Home key and i Key “for intuitive UI”
  • Power– 24 VDC ± 20% with AC/DC option; 36W (TPC-51WP) or 48W (TPC-1551WP) typ. consumption
  • Ruggedization:
    • -20 to 55°C (TPC-51WP) or 0 to 55°C (TPC-1551WP) operating temperature
    • IP66 front-panel protection
    • Anti-scratch screen (7H hardness)
    • 1 Grms (5 to 500 Hz) vibration resistance with HDD
    • Chassis grounding protection
  • Weight — 2.56 kg (TPC-51WP) or 5.0 kg (TPC-1551WP)
  • Dimensions:
    • TPC-51WP — 283 x 202 x 61mm (11.2 x 8.0 x 2.4 in.)
    • TPC-1551WP — 420 x 269 x 62mm (16.5 x 10.6 x 2.4 in.)
  • Operating system — Linux; Windows 7, WES7, Win EMB 8.1 Industry Pro

Further information

The TPC-51WP and TPC-1551WP are now available, with pricing undisclosed. More information may be found at the TPC-51WP and TPC-1551WP product pages.

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