The proven Raspberry Pi-based industrial computers have now been updated with the new Raspberry Pi 3 B+ module for long-term availability and enhanced specifications.
The emPC-A/RPI3+ embedded PC and the emVIEW-7/RPI3+ 7" panel PC both now offer a faster CPU, dual-band wireless LAN, and long-term availability. An outstanding innovation for product manufacturers is the guarantee that the 3 B+ modules will be manufactured at least through 2023. Another advantage for industrial IoT projects is the new Gigabit Ethernet support, although real throughput is limited to 300Mbit/s by the internal USB 2.0 connection.
The two embedded computers boast a network connection of triple the speed of their predecessors, and with the built-in IEEE 802.11ac wireless networking standard the two systems support both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Wi-fi modules have been pre-certified globally and can be quickly integrated into existing products. The new Bluetooth 4.2 module improves the speed for Bluetooth LE, allowing data packets containing up to ten times more data to be sent two-and-a-half times faster than with preceding modules.The IPSP protocol (Internet Protocol Support Profile) is also supported,enabling packets to be exchanged using IPv6 packets.Smaller, lower-performance devices, such as sensors and drives, can now communicate directly with iot cloud services over the Internet.The CPU fitted is now a Broadcom BCM2837, an ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit quad-core processor operating at 1.4GHz.
The fanless emPC-A/RPI3+ embedded PC is housed in a robust metal case, while the emVIEW-7/RPI3+ seven-inch panel PC version contains the electronics of the emPC-A/RPI3+ embedded PC plus a 7" display, which is also contained in a robust, attractive metal housing to meet industrial demands. The PCAP glass touchscreen has a resolution of 800 x 480px. Both systems can be DINrail mounted and the Panel PC can also be VESA mounted.