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PORTWELL Announces Revolutionary IN-Vehicle PC with the Boot Speed of an Appliance

New PCS-8277 telematics system based on Coreboot® technology with HD graphics processing engine

FREMONT, CALIF. —August 23, 2011—American Portwell Technology, Inc., (http://www.portwell.com) announces PCS-8277, a revolutionary in-vehicle PC-based telematics system with powerful graphics/video processing capability, an appliance-fast system boot and easy maintenance design. PCS-8277 features a dual-core AMD G-T56N 1.6GHz processor, Radeon HD 6310 graphics engine, fan-less design, wireless communication support (3.5G, WLAN, GPS and Bluetooth), support for CAN BUS 2.0B and Coreboot technology that enables a system boot in less than 5 seconds—a revolutionary achievement for a traditional x86-based platform.

PCS-8277 is the ideal solution for applications such as in-vehicle signage, in-bus and on-the-train surveillance systems, and fleet dispatch and remote management.

Fast and Robust
American Portwell’s PCS-8277 in-vehicle telematics system is equipped with a great range of features. It includes two Gigabit LAN ports to enable fast and independent data upload and download, and an external accessible HDD/SSD bay to make systems maintenance and upgrade easier than ever. It is built with a well-protected enclosure that complies with MIL-STD-810F (method 514.5) vibration operation requirements that ensure system operation in harsh environments. In addition, the PCS-8277 runs on a wide range power input of 9V-32V DC for more flexible power input selection. It is also designed with an intelligent delayed boot/shut mechanism with surge protection to ensure system reliability operating in the dynamic transportation environment. Moreover, it comes with an integrated digital I/O for remote control and monitoring of peripheral devices without the need for extra control/sensor modules.

Great Computing Power and Enhanced Graphics in a Fanless Compact Platform
According to George Liao, senior product marketing manager at American Portwell Technology, Inc., other manufacturers of PC-based telematics normally use low-end processors to facilitate a fan-less design that is capable of functioning in a wide operating temperature environment. “PCS-8277, however, uses a state-of-the-art high-end dual-core processor,” Liao states, “and customers can still run the system in fan-less architecture. This configuration enhances system reliability while reducing maintenance and the faster processing feature allows a system developer to use high-end software or real-time programming within the in-vehicle applications,” he adds. In addition, PCS-8277 is equipped with a HD graphics engine, which is capable of handling high definition video stream. This HD graphics engine supports multiple video formats, which makes PCS-8277 perfect for applications such as in-vehicle digital signage because it reduces the CPU’s loading and enables it to operate more smoothly when multi-tasking. “The PCS-8277 indeed delivers the most powerful graphics/video processing capability currently on the market,” Liao confirms.

Boot up in a Flash
George Liao believes the new PCS-8277 has revolutionized the traditional x86-based platform. “By incorporating Coreboot technology, the system boot time can be less than five seconds,” Liao explains, “which makes this PC-based platform function just like an appliance. The Coreboot technology not only shortens the system boot-up lead time so dramatically,” Liao adds, “but it also increases operation efficiency, especially for applications that require frequent stops, such as mail and package delivery services. ”

Simplified Installation
Liao further points out that the company made a special effort to simplify complicated installation and configuration procedures by designing the new PCS-8277 with built-in rich I/O and control protocols. “We also kept our eye on future product planning,” Liao confirms, “by providing a three mini-PCIe bus for added module expansion, giving the PCS-8277 the most expansion-ready bus available in its class. Not only that,” Liao adds, “but customers also gain peace of mind from the long life cycle support inherent with every Portwell product.”

Product details: http://www.portwell.com/products/detail.asp?CUSTCHAR1=PCS-8277

About American Portwell Technology
American Portwell Technology, Inc., is a world-leading innovator in the Industrial and Embedded Computing market and an Associate member of the Intel® Embedded Alliance. American Portwell Technology designs, manufactures and markets a complete range of telematics solutions, embedded computer boards and systems, and rackmount systems for both OEMs and ODMs. American Portwell is both an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 certified company. The company is located in Fremont, California. For more information about American Portwell’s extensive turnkey and private-label branding solutions, call 1-877-APT-8899, email info@portwell.com or visit us at http://www.portwell.com.

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