The need for specialized computers on the industrial floor has seen the introduction of embedded computers and need to minimize reliance on desktop computers. Embedded computers such as those manufactured by Beckhoff, are uniquely designed to perform specific functions and function as part of a larger system. Beckhoff embedded PCs are specially designed to be deployed on the industry floor to control software-specific tasks. The Beckhoff range of embedded products feature space saving, budget-friendly, and high-performance models. The Beckhoff CX series of embedded computers, for example, is comprised of small sized models which can be plugged together as a modular control system depending on the application requirements.
The CX5120-0142 is an embedded PC designed and manufactured by Beckhoff. It belongs to the Beckhoff CX5100 series which has a compact design and a fixed number of system interfaces. The CX5120-0142 runs on an Intel Atom processor that has a single core and a 1.46 GHz clock rate. This embedded PC has low power consumption thus eliminating the need for a cooling fan. With a small size, the embedded computer can be mounted in confined spaces such as in control cabinets without affecting its performance.
To facilitate easy monitoring and troubleshooting, the CX5120-0142 features diagnostics LEDs for power, TC, bus, and flash access status. Since reliable date and time is crucial for the smooth running of applications, the Beckhoff CX5120-0142 has an internal battery-backed clock. The CX5120-0142 supports the Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2016 LTSB 32 bit operating system and TwinCAT 2 NC PTP runtime control software.