IEI (ICP Electronics Inc), distributed in Australia by ICP Electronics Australia has announced the release of the iKarPC-W08A Vehicle PC. This in-vehicle PC has a compact 8" WVGA touch screen with an 800x480 resolution, which is also sunlight readable (brightness 600nits). This capability enables screen content to be easily read even in harsh / direct sunlight. The touch screen is also equipped with an auto dimming feature allowing it to automatically adjust the screen brightness to suit the external light intensity.
The iKarPC-W08A utilises the low power consumption of the Intel Z510 1.1GHz processor, making it ideal for in-car and other mobile applications. The unit supports up to 4GB Compact Flash memory and also features an SSD slot for extra storage both making the iKarPC W08A resistant to high levels of vibration.
This in-vehicle PC offers wireless communication over WLAN 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth, HSPA/UMTS, GPS and Quad-Band EDGE/GRPS/GSM, all of which ensure smooth data exchange for GPS and internet connectivity. Other features include 1x RS232/422/485, 2x USB, 1x GB LAN and 1x DB 9 Vehicle Bus Protocol OBD II. OBD II is a diagnostic system which records and displays malfunctions inside the vehicle. It provides an internal communications network that connects components inside a vehicle. It also provides an interface for users to get vehicle data for diagnostic purposes or travel information such as vehicle speed, engine loading, engine R.P.M and fuel levels.
The vehicle bus protocol deals with data transmission reliability. The MCU acts as a converter between these protocols. IEI currently supports three major vehicle bus protocols: OBD-II, J1939 and FMS. The OBD-II is mostly for small car diagnostics while the SAE J1939 is suitable for off-road vehicles with diesel engines and the FMS is for commercial trucks or buses.
The wide temperature range from -20°C to +60°C is perfect for in-vehicle operation ensuring your system is running at its optimal level in all types of climates. The iKar can be mounted using a vehicle mounting kit or via suction to the windscreen and is available with or without DVB-T capability.