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Tuesday
Jul192011

Portwell Launches New Compact All-in-One Rugged In-Vehicle Computer with Touchscreen Interface

FREMONT, CALIF. -- July 19, 2011 -- Meeting the demands of in-cabin telematics system devices is a tough job that needs a tough solution. The flimsy plastic casings of consumer-grade computers simply don’t hold up.  Therefore, when American Portwell Technology, Inc., (http://www.portwell.com), purpose-built its new PARD-S071TW compact all-in-one in-vehicle computer, the Company housed it in a ruggedized metal aluminum case for durability and excellent EMI shielding. The PARD-S071TW was also designed with a wide seven-inch 16:9 touchscreen display for easy and convenient operator control as well as a range of embedded operating system choices.

Tough, powerful and compact (a mere 7.83” x 5.51” x 2.36”), American Portwell’s PARD-S071TW is the perfect partner for applications such as an in-vehicle fleet dispatch computer, in-vehicle mobile point-of-sale (POS) transaction terminal, GPS-based fleet navigation device and wide-range wireless network communication device.

Reliable, Flexible, Efficient
The PARD-S071TW in-vehicle computer is designed as an all-in-one unit to eliminate complicated system wiring. Its display provides wide-screen touch-enabled functionality that smoothes control and vehicle data monitoring. A fan-less aluminum enclosure eliminates rotating parts, which reduces maintenance and enhances product reliability. The IP65-compliant front faceplate is water and dust sealed to ensure sustainable operation under harsh conditions.

Purpose-built for Managed Fleets
“When we sat down to design the new PARD-S071TW, we wanted to make a purpose-built computer for managed fleets where consumer-grade computers are not rugged or reliable enough. So we made a list of all of the features a user would wish for in an in-vehicle computing system,” says George Liao, American Portwell Technology’s senior product marketing manager. “Taking up as little space as possible was a given, as was the need to survive hard work and harsh environments,” Liao confirms, “so we whittled it down to a mere 7.83” x 5.51” x 2.36” and put it in a metal aluminum case. Touchscreen is the most intuitive of all control interfaces being implemented inside a vehicle, so we added a wide seven-inch 16:9 touch display, then gave it an IP65-compliant protective seal. Wiring could have been a problem,” Liao explains, “but the all-in-one architecture eliminates complicated system wiring by merging several fixed function systems into a single high-performance system.”

Greater ROI and Long Product Life Cycle
The PARD-S071TW offers a variety of operating system choices, including Linux, QNX, Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded and Windows CE. These embedded operating system choices provide easy customization with affordable versions of the familiar desktop OS to minimize operator training costs. Liao also points out that PARD-S071TW’s x86-based computing core makes the telematics operation easy and less troublesome. “The system software is more flexible than the traditional entry-level RISC-platform,” Liao explains. “It integrates the functionality of multiple devices into a single system because an x86-based structure like this does not require complicated and expensive embedded OS porting processes. Consequently, investment in this unit comes with greater ROI.”

“Not only that,” Liao continues, “but our customers also benefit from the peace of mind they get from the long life cycle support inherent with every Portwell product.”

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Product details: http://www.portwell.com/products/detail.asp?CUSTCHAR1=PARD-S071TW

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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.

All products and company names referred to herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies or mark holders.

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Product Contact:
George Liao
Sr. Product Marketing Manager
American Portwell Technology, Inc.
510-403-3325
georgel@portwell.com

Media Contact:
Susan Wei
Marketing Executive
American Portwell Technology, Inc.
510-403-3354
susanw@portwell.com

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