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Written by Jeff Child

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Panel PCs are a category of display systems that are meant to be mounted on a factory wall or on the side of an industrial machine. And rather than simply being a display, panel PCs embed complete single board computing functionality, providing a complete embedded solution.

  • What’s new in Panel PC technology?

  • Aaeon’s OMNI-2155-CML

  • Adlink Technology’s MLC-AL/MLC-KL

  • MEDS-P2210-P200 from American Portwell

  • SPC-1533-B1 from Avalue Technology

  • Axiomtek’s GOT815W-511

  • OFP-W2700-PCV16 from Ibase

  • Kontron’s all-in-one Panel PC MediClient

  • PC IPPC 0811-B01 from Nexcom

  • WIN Enterprises’ PL-50310

Because they provide a complete, all-in-one, embedded computing and HMI (human-machine interface), panel PCs enable any embedded system to display information and enable user control. You’ll find that most modern panel PCs are touchscreen displays unless they are basically digital signage displays. As you can see from the product album of representative panel PCs in this article, there is a generous mix of products that vary in size and feature sets. Panel PCs embed full blown SBCs, often using the latest and greatest embedded microprocessors, including Intel Whiskey Lake, Comet Lake and others.

Panel PCs tend to be installed in long-life cycle applications, which is why using embedded processors make sense. Traditionally, industrial systems such as factory automation and process control are among the most common uses for panel PCs. More recently, medical panel PCs have emerged that are outfitted with special safety and hygiene friendly features specifically for use in a range of hospital uses.

In an application example of panel PCs, Adlink Technology offers a story of a medical equipment manufacturing and system integration service provider in the greater China area that needed a panel PC to be integrated in its digital operating room solution. A modern medical panel computer has to be able to run multiple systems at the same time over a lengthy surgical procedure (Figure 1). These systems include the picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and the patient data management system (PDMS), among others.

FIGURE 1
A modern medical panel computer has to be able to run multiple systems at the same time over a lengthy surgical procedure.

In order to protect the patient and the equipment inside the operating room, a medical panel computer must pass the strict IEC/EN 60601-1 standard for the safety and essential performance of medical electronic equipment to prevent against static interference with other equipment during surgery. With all that in mind, the integrator chose Adlink’s MLC Series medical panel PC. The MLC’s high-performance quad-core Intel Core processor ensures PACS and PDMS run smoothly to display and acquire medical images and patient data in real time. IP65 protection is provided for the whole unit to make maintenance and cleaning easier for healthcare professionals

PUBLISHED IN CIRCUIT CELLAR MAGAZINE • MARCH 2022 #380 – Get a PDF of the issue


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Jeff served as Editor-in-Chief for both LinuxGizmos.com and its sister publication, Circuit Cellar magazine 6/2017—3/2022. In nearly three decades of covering the embedded electronics and computing industry, Jeff has also held senior editorial positions at EE Times, Computer Design, Electronic Design, Embedded Systems Development, and COTS Journal. His knowledge spans a broad range of electronics and computing topics, including CPUs, MCUs, memory, storage, graphics, power supplies, software development, and real-time OSes.

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Panel PCs

by Jeff Child time to read: 2 min