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December 19, 2012

MEN Micro Unveils Rugged Box Computer with AMD Processors

MEN Micro, Inc. has unveiled an improved rugged box computer that is normally utilized for mobile applications. The latest BC50M now has room to house AMD’s (News - Alert) latest G-Series Advanced Processing Unit (APU).

Best-in-class flexibility in a low power, repair-free design is also provided by the modular BC50M, previously known as the BC1.

The BC50M is ideal for usage in several rugged applications like trains, commercial vehicles, airplanes and mobile machines and equipment. Depending on precise application needs, the BC50M can be scaled accordingly.

Apart from harmonizing the graphical performance and power usage to the environment, the unit’s I/O can be custom-designed with very little operating costs in a simplified manner.

On average, power usage of only 2.3 W, or a thermal design power (TDP) of 4.5 W, is provided by the latest Embedded G-T16R APU from AMD, which has been incorporated in the BC50M. The current box computers, which incorporate AMD’s 1.4 GHz dual-core Embedded G-T48N APU with Radeon HD 6310 graphics and the high-end Embedded G-T56N APU with Radeon HD 6320 graphics, will now be harmonized with the latest offering.

In a statement, Mike Greig, director, Product Marketing, AMD Embedded Solutions said, “The new AMD Embedded G-T16R APU targets very low power, small form factor and cost-sensitive designs, while maintaining the computing and graphics performance embedded customers demand. In combination with the robust and fanless design, MEN Micro's box and display computers are an attractive solution, especially for temperature-critical, mobile graphics applications.”

The highest resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels using dedicated graphic cards is available via the two front panel-accessible DisplayPort channels, which are normally present on the BC50M. Both these channels can also support a maximum of 1920 x 1200 pixels when used along with the AMD G-T16R APU.

The front panel also houses antenna connectors for two PCI (News - Alert) Express MiniCard slots.

The BC50M features 2 GB of DDR3 SDRAM, providing supplementary storage capabilities via an SD card and mSATA slot. Conduction cooling for the internal electronics is possible with the box computer’s extraordinary aluminum housing with cooling fins.

The BC50M is priced at $1,354 and can be delivered in no longer than two months.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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