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AbraxSys Rugged Industrial Grade Embedded Box Computers

Industrial MicroCube Embedded Computers

This product series features an all metal wall mountable chassis which is industrial designed for rugged applications. The chassis is equipped with an advanced convection cooling system which allows for fanless operations.

Inside, is either a 667MHz VIA Eden processor or a 500MHz AMD LX800 processor.  The AS1000PC offers one Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, three RS-232 COM ports, one RS 232-422/485 ports, one VGA port, one LPT printer port and audio connectors.


For more information, select the appropriate configuration below:

AbraxSys AS1000PC MicroCube ComputerModel AS1000PC
VIA ® 667MHz EDEN Processor
up to 120GB HDD
CF Type II expansion slot
up to 8GB Industrial CF optional
3x RS-232, 1x RS-232/422/485, 2x USB 1.1a ports
1x 10/100M Ethernet

AbraxSys AS1010PC MicroCube ComputerModel AS101PC
AMD LX800 Processor
Up to 1GB DDR-333 SO-DIMM
Compact Flash Type II Socket
2.5" SATA Hard Drive Option
Dual Drives For Data Logging
One PCI 104 Slot
ACP Enabled Version Available


What exactly is a rugged computer? How do you ruggedize your products? How are your computer systems different than a traditional consumer product or "industrial" PCs commonly coming out of Taiwan or China? These are questions that often arise when we are talking to potential customers so we thought that we would take the time to address them in this article. There are several key design features that distinguish a rugged computer from a similar consumer computer. Make sure you consider these before purchasing a rugged PC:

Metal Enclosure:
Most consumer PCs are enclosed in plastic. Plastic is typically not a suitable material for use in a rugged product because it cracks under heavy vibration or shock and has a relatively low melting point compared to metal. It’s also more challenging to minimize electro-magnetic interference (EMI) when using a plastic enclosure. As a result, most rugged computers are housed in a lightweight aluminum enclosure.

Corrosion & Scratch Resistance:
Most rugged products are housed in a metal enclosure so it’s important to coat or seal the metal with a finish that it is scratch and corrosion resistant. This is typically done with power coating or anodizing. All of AbraxSys' displays are treated with an industrial grade, high-thermal set powder coating finish. The coating is typically applied electrostatically and is then cured under heat to allow it to flow and form a "skin". It is usually used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint. There are several advantages of powder coating over conventional liquid coatings: (1) Powder coatings emit zero or near zero volatile organic compounds (VOC), (2) Powder coatings can produce much thicker coatings than conventional liquid coatings without running or sagging, (3) Powder coating overspray can be recycled and thus it is possible to achieve nearly 100% use of the coating, (4) Powder coating production lines produce less hazardous waste than conventional liquid coatings.

Industrial Components and Conformal Coating:
A circuit board won’t survive an in extreme environment unless it’s designed with components that can handle the wide operating temperature that the product may be exposed to. Additionally, certain components and connectors may need to be attached to the board using through-hole components instead of surface mount so that they don’t detach from the board in high vibration or shock conditions. All of the components on the circuit boards should be covered with a layer of transparent conformal coating to protect the components against moisture, dust, and external chemicals.

Optically Bonded Glass with Anti-Reflective Coating:
When sunlight readability is important or when changing temperatures are commonplace throughout the environment or additional protection is needed at the front LCD window, most consumer displays are not viewable in direct sunlight since they aren’t normally used outdoors. Rugged touch screen LCD computers are typically used in outdoor environments so they must be designed to be sunlight readable. This is done by attaching a piece of glass to the front of the display that has been covered with a special coating to minimize reflection. Such coatings will typically reduce the glare and reflection on the glass by 95%. This glass also protects the LCD from the elements and increases the contrast of the display.

Many traditional PCs (both consumer and "rugged") are designed and offered in a manner which limits the amount of add-on features are available. AbraxSys realizes that each customer's application is unique and as such has engineered its products to be very versatile and configurable. A multitude of various optional features are available for ALL of its products without the need to totally customize from scratch each and every model for each and every environment.


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