In order to address the evolving needs of today's industrial computer users, Logic Supply has unveiled the small form factor, fanless ML350. Powered by Intel Apollo Lake processing, the ML350 is a highly customisable computing platform, purpose-built from board to chassis for applications ranging from digital signage and machine automation, to industrial IoT and edge computing.
"We believe computers should be designed for the people who use them," said Murat Erdogan, Director of Product Management at Logic Supply. "This belief has pushed us to search for new, innovative hardware solutions - systems built from board to chassis to connect and power our clients' innovations. With the ML350, we had the opportunity to create a board and chassis combination that would provide the flexibility and configurability to accommodate a wide range of embedded and industrial IoT applications."
The ML350 has been engineered to strike a suitable balance between size and performance, while allowing for optimal configuration. Redundant solid state storage, WiFi/Bluetooth, 4G LTE, dual Gb LAN, dual DisplayPorts and optional expansion via CAN bus, give the ML350 flexibility seldom seen in such a compact fanless computer.
"Designing the ML350 motherboard from the ground up provided the opportunity to include a few commonly-requested features," said Erdogan. "The system's two mPCIe and one mSATA slots give users the freedom to select the expansion and connectivity they need, like concurrent 4G and WiFi, and we also wanted to include capabilities that would be well-suited for the applications that might employ the ML350, like CEC for digital signage."
Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) allows connected devices to exchange information, enabling users to control multiple devices with a single interface.
In practice, the ML350's optional multi-screen CEC capability means that users can control the on/off state of attached displays through the system, simplifying power management in, for example, industrial digital signage applications like restaurants, outdoor digital billboards or transportation hubs.