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Logic Supply unveils new rugged industrial computer

Logic Supply has released a new rugged and compact fanless industrial computer, the Karbon 300.

The company says the new machine combines the latest vision processing, security protocols, wireless communication technologies, and cloud architectures.

Logic Supply says the Karbon 300 has been “engineered to help innovators overcome the limitations of deploying reliable computer hardware in challenging environments”. 

Murat Erdogan, Logic Supply VP of products, says: “Computing at the edge is increasingly at the core of today’s Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT solutions.

“These devices are being deployed in environments that would quickly destroy traditional computer hardware.

“The builders and creators we work with require a careful combination of connectivity, processing and environmental protections.

“With Karbon 300, we’re providing the ideal mix of capabilities to help make the next generation of industry-shaping innovation a reality, and enable innovators to truly challenge what’s possible.”

System specifications

Designed for use as an industrial or mobile gateway, automation PC, workstation or digital media device, Karbon 300’s all-metal chassis measures 154 x 56 x 119 mm and can be wall, VESA or DIN rail mounted.

The system is powered by either an Intel Apollo Lake Atom E3930 Dual-Core, or E3950 Quad-Core processor.

Connectivity includes 3x LAN with optional Power over Ethernet (PoE+), dual DisplayPorts, dual RS-232/422/485 COM ports, 4x USB 3.0, integrated CAN bus and DIO.

Available wireless options include Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, 4G LTE and LTE Cat M1.

Expansion and storage can be configured via dual M.2 slots and the system is available with 4 or 8 GB of onboard high-speed LPDDR4 memory.

OS options include multiple versions of Windows 10 and Linux Ubuntu 18.04.

Karbon 300 can be configured with an Intel Movidius Vision Processing Unit (VPU) to accelerate machine vision algorithms and enable AI and machine learning applications.

Integrated hardware TPM provides Root of Trust data security to help protect sensitive information and integrated Consumer Electronics Control allows Karbon 300 to control connected displays in digital signage, kiosk or entertainment installations.

Erdogan says: “Our clients are constantly pushing the limits of what computers can do.

“We wanted to challenge ourselves to build a piece of rugged hardware that was more resistant to environmental damage than anything we’ve ever designed before.

“We’ve always been obsessive about reliability, but we subjected Karbon 300 to stresses above and beyond our usual battery of tests, including additional vibration and impact testing, as well as higher and lower temperature extremes.

“The result is a computer system that provides incredible installation flexibility, wherever computing power is needed.”

To meet the demands of extreme computing environments, Karbon 300 is tested according to IEC 60068-2-27 & IEC 60068-2-64/ MIL-STD-810 procedures for shock and vibration.

EMC, shock and vibration performance also meet the in-vehicle UNECE Reg.10 E-mark and rolling stock EN50155 standards.

The system is CE and FCC compliant. A wide input voltage rating, operating temperature range of -25 ~ 70°C (-13 ~ 158°F) and automotive power capabilities make the system well-suited to in-vehicle and other mobile installations.

With organizations identifying the need to move more of their computing resources to the edge, Karbon 300 can be pre-configured to seamlessly communicate with Amazon Web Services.

AWS IoT Greengrass with Machine Learning (ML) Inference is available as a pre-installed option, allowing Karbon 300 to perform ML tasks and enabling the use of ML models built and trained in the cloud to be utilized locally at the edge.

The Karbon 300 will make its debut at upcoming industry events, including Digital Signage Expo, Automate and ISC West.