In the fast lane with the Automation PC 910
The Automation PC 910 offers maximum computing power for the most complex tasks, such as sophisticated machine vision systems. It is based on the third generation of Core i-series processors – the benchmark for top-performing PC architectures.
Intel has reduced the size of the chip to an impressive 22 nanometers. A new microarchitecture with the graphics unit integrated directly in the CPU provides a considerable leap in performance over the second generation of Core i processors, not to mention compared to Core 2 Duo processors. Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs with up to four cores represent the maximum performance currently available on the industrial PC market – all while keeping power consumption to a minimum.
The rest of the PC infrastructure has also been streamlined for maximum computing performance and optimal data throughput. For example, a serial ATA-based CFast card has replaced the CompactFlash used previously in the Automation PC 910. CFast cards combine the form factor of a CompactFlash card with the fast SATA interface. At the same time, CFast cards retain all the advantages of CompactFlash, such as its extreme robustness.
Since the introduction of the Core Duo processors, the multi-core approach has been the foundation for continued development of CPU technology. Once single-core processors reached their physical limits, it was no longer possible to increase performance without considerably increasing power consumption. Multi-core technology resolved this conflict of interest, allowing greater performance to come hand-in-hand with more efficient energy use. The 3rd generation Core i-series equipped in Automation PC 910 systems includes a rich selection of high-performance dual-core and quad-core processors. This includes several low-power versions that allow the Automation PC 910 to be operated without fans, even with a Core i7.