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RAID-Capable Box PC from MEN Micro Offers Flexible Storage Capacity

Five Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and two HDD/SSD shuttles in compact, robust housing

BLUE BELL, Pa., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MEN Micro Inc., a world-renowned provider of embedded computing and I/O solutions for mission-critical industrial, mobile and harsh environment applications, now offers a box PC with five integrated Ethernet interfaces. The low profile, maintenance-free BL50S is designed for reliable storage in harsh environments.

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The robust BL50S boasts two hot-plug-capable HDD/SSD shuttles in a slim 2.4" housing.  It can support RAID 0 for applications requiring fast data transfer, such as audio and video in a video recorder, as well as RAID 1 for more data safety if used as a compact content server.

Of the five available Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, one is a Gigabit Ethernet uplink and the other four operate as a 4-port Ethernet switch with Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality. The BL50S combines two devices into one without any additional components.

The front panel includes one DisplayPort with 2560x1600 resolution, two USB 2.0 ports and other configurable slots for RS232, CAN bus or other I/O requirements.

One PCI Express Mini Card slot with two SIM card slots enables the implementation of a wide range of functionality, including mobile service standards such as GSM (2G), UMTS (3G) and LTE (4G), wireless communication standards WLAN/Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 and related standards as well as GPS or GLONASS positioning systems.

The BL50S is based on the AMD T48N Embedded G-Series APU running at 1.4 GHz, which provides high scalability in CPU (single/dual core) and graphics performance. Additionally, the new box PC offers 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM, one SD card and one mSATA slot. The class S2 wide-range power supply features a 24 VDC and 36 VDC nominal input voltage and a power consumption of 30 W.

As part of MEN Micro's family of scalable box PCs, the new unit provides easy and cost-effective I/O adaptations, regardless of the processor board in use.  The BL50S also accommodates other APUs from the Embedded G-Series for even more flexible configurations.  It is compliant with EN 50155 and prepared for E1 certification.

Designed for fanless operation at temperatures from -40°C to +70°C (+85°C for up to 10 minutes), the unit features a special aluminum housing with cooling fins that serve as a heatsink for the internal electronics, providing conduction cooling. The housing is also coated against dust and humidity for additional protection in harsh environments.

Technical Features:

  • 5 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
  • RAID 0/1, hot-pluggable on 2 HDD/SSD shuttles
  • AMD Embedded G-Series APU
  • Fanless and maintenance-free
  • Compliant to EN 50155 (railway)
  • Prepared for E1 (automotive)

Pricing for the BL50S is $2,202 USD per unit.  Delivery is six to eight weeks ARO.

For additional information, visit https://www.menmicro.com/09BL50S.html or contact Stephen Cunha, Phone: 215-542-9575; E-mail: Stephen.Cunha@menmicro.com.

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About MEN Micro Inc.
Since its founding, MEN Micro has focused on innovation, reliability and flexibility to develop standard and custom computing solutions that employ the highest technology levels. The company's computing solutions are used in harsh mission- and safety-critical environments found in the transportation (rail, road, air, sea) and industrial (automation, power & energy, medical, mining) markets.

With more than 250 employees worldwide, MEN Micro provides a robust offering of highly reliable embedded COTS boards, rugged COMs, scalable box PCs, safe computers and supporting devices widely used in extreme environmental conditions.

In addition to its full customization support, the company's core competencies include x86 and RISC processor architectures, development rules for safe applications, analog I/O design, FPGA technology and Windows, Linux and real-time operating systems as well as RAMS and obsolescence management.

The company is certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 (environment), EN 9100 (aerospace), IRIS (railway) and E1 (road traffic) quality management systems and is a member of several industry associations, including VITA and PICMG.

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