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Industrial Workload Consolidation Platform

Multitasking is a necessity in current industrial automation solutions such as data acquisition, programmable logic controller (PLC), motion control, and machine vision—each with different sets of requirements.  A growing trend in industrial automation is the use of virtualization technology to combine previously discrete subsystems into a single system.

What were once multiple, separate systems can now be combined into just one platform using advanced hypervisor technology that allows host operating systems to coexist. For the customer, workload consolidation means fewer individual devices, allowing a smaller footprint with lowered system and environmental complexity.

The Intel® Industrial Solutions System Consolidation Series contains ADLINK’s MXE-5301, an fanless industrial computer with a power-efficient, quad core Intel® Core™ i7 processor with Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)2 and supports common I/O for industrial applications such as RS-232/422/485, USB 2.0 and 3.0, Ethernet, VGA+DVI dual-display output by DVI-I connector, and mini-PCI Express sockets. The platform is fanless and ruggedized for use in industrial environments and includes a minimum 120 GB solid-state drive and 16 GB DDR3 memory. The solution integrates a production-ready virtualization software stack with three preconfigured virtual machines (VMs) running a combination of real-time and embedded operating systems. Developers can utilize the two instances of Wind River VxWorks* RTOS to run applications with real-time performance requirements while simultaneously running embedded and/or general-purpose applications on Wind River Linux* 5.0. To help developers port their applications to the multi-OS environment, the development kit provides the Wind River Workbench* development environment.

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  • Intel Industrial Virtualization Development Kit
  • ADLINK MXE-5301
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