As a quick answer to what is an embedded computer, we can say that it functions as part of a complete device rather than as a standalone machine. Such computers perform highly specialized tasks. Digital signage, industrial automation, and in-vehicle computing are just some of the applications for embedded PCs.
If you think about computers, you might see something different. The first thing that comes to mind is probably fanless embedded computer a rectangular box with cords sticking out. The sides of these consumer PCs are also cut with vents to allow airflow to cool the internal components.
Computer systems have changed radically in size and design as technology has advanced. Nowadays, commercial embedded computers bear little resemblance to their desktop tower counterparts. However, perhaps even more importantly, the way in which industry utilizes computers has evolved. Today, computers are used for things that seemed impossible not long ago, such as the Internet of Things (IoT). How exactly does an embedded PC work? How does it compare with consumer-grade tower computers in form and performance?
Industrial PC vs. IoT Gateway vs. Embedded Computer
An embedded system can be defined as any computer system that is embedded into another system. As we move forward in time and technology, the embedded systems become ever smaller and more sophisticated. Embedded systems are becoming more common, from the little computers in our cell phones to the super computers used in medical implants.
Embedded computing is the combination of computer hardware and software that is incorporated into products that help with their functionality. It is closely linked to the Internet of Things (IoT), in which physical objects become connected to the network and can be monitored and controlled remotely.
Appliance PC – What Is It?
We call our products “Appliances” because many of our clients use our products to complete one specific task or operation. Creating a dedicated device to do one thing well requires very customizable, ultra-reliable hardware that can be configured to the exact requirements of the given application.
The appliance PC has the same features as an embedded PC (specialized I/O, fanless, ventless chassis, small form factor). Rather than being designed to be incorporated into another device, the appliance PC is engineered for standalone operation.
The appliance PC is the perfect solution for needing a dedicated PC to perform a single task in a high-reliability environment. The appliance PC is a self-contained computer that includes all the features and components required to perform a specific task. You plug the appliance PC into the power, network, and any other required connections, and you are ready to go.
The appliance PC is designed to be a perfect tool for performing specific tasks such as: Security / Surveillance A surveillance system with a dedicated appliance PC can be used in a number of ways. The appliance PC will do its job without the need for a monitor, keyboard, or mouse. The appliance PC is also tranquil. It does not produce the loud fan noise of an embedded PC.
Embedded Computers: What Are They Used For?
A self-contained PC that is part of a larger system is what we mean by “embedded computer” at OnLogic. In addition to data collection devices used in solar arrays and navigation equipment on NASA’s planetary rovers, our embedded computers power digital signage displays and modern interactive kiosks. You probably passed right by several embedded computers in your travels today. Perhaps you weren’t even aware of them. Thousands of devices and systems that we use on a daily basis are powered by batteries.
Batteries are the power source for many embedded computer systems. When they’re finished with their useful life, the batteries need to be replaced. This process can take several hours or days depending on the battery type. How much time is spent in a typical day using embedded computers? Let’s say you work at a retail store with an electronic cash register. Every transaction processed by the register needs to be recorded.
Your embedded computer system also controls digital signs in the store. These signs display information about the products being sold, the prices of those items, and other details about the store. The digital signs are part of the same system as the cash register. That means that your embedded computer system must constantly monitor the cash drawer and record every purchase.