The new Intelligent Thermal And Power Supervisor (ITAPS) from Ocular, Inc. (Dallas, TX) allows the company’s industrial panel PCs to be deployed over the extended temperature range of -20°C to +60°C. ITAPS monitors and manages power and temperature to prevent data corruption, ensuring reliable system operation in extremely harsh conditions.

Until now, most panel PCs were limited to the 0°C to +50°C temperature range. As a result, many embedded systems operating in harsh conditions could not take advantage of a panel PC or a humanmachine interface (HMI). ITAPS is available on Ocular’s Denali 7000 Industrial Panel PC platform, which features a 7-in. TFT screen, an x86-based processor and the WinCE operating system. ITAPS will also be available on the Denali 1040 Industrial Panel PC with its 10.4-in. TFT display. In addition, it can be implemented on any of Ocular’s standard embedded processor display platforms as well as customized panel PCs or HMIs.

In high temperature conditions, ITAPS prevents the system from starting to avoid circuit and component damage. If the system is running and the temperature exceeds a safe operating range, ITAPS intervenes directly with the operating system to execute an orderly shutdown. In addition, ITAPS constantly monitors the state of any battery connected to the system and charges the battery when necessary. In the event of a brown-out or power failure, the system can be switched immediately and seamlessly to battery power.

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This article first appeared in the January, 2010 issue of Embedded Technology Magazine.

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