Dive into Marine Applications with the Fanless MC-3201 Series

News13 Jun 2024
Author: Louisa Rochford
Dive into Marine Applications with the Fanless MC-3201 Series
  • Intel 11th Gen Core i7 processor or Intel Celeron with max TDP 28W.
  • NMEA ports and remote power switch.
  • Wide operating temperature of -20°C to +55°C.
  • Compact form factor of 220mm x 80mm x 170mm.
  • 8GB DDR4, 4x Gigabit Lan, 2x COM and 1x removable 2.5” HDD/SSD TPM2.0.
  • IEC 60945 and IACS E10 certifications.

In the marine industry, complex systems are integrated to enhance daily operations on the water, such as navigation and communication. These systems improve the efficiency of the industry’s processes worldwide. With heavy-duty seafaring operations taking place in demanding environments, reliable electronic devices are required, leaving engineers on the hunt for technology that can withstand harsh conditions without sacrificing performance. Because of this, devices that offer robust connectivity, a reliably rugged design and straightforward integration into marine systems are highly valued.

The M-S models of embedded PCs from MOXA’s MC-3201 series can do just that. They’re solid yet compact devices that are designed to meet the requirements of marine regulations, conforming to IEC 60945 and IACS E10 standards. Key features, such as its integrated NMEA ports and remote power switch, make the MC-3201 a practical solution for marine system control.

Key Features and Tools

The MC-3201 is designed to improve productivity and efficiency with key features such as:

Performance and Speed: A high-performance processor ensures the swift execution of tasks such as complex computations or high-volume data processing, thereby minimising downtime and maximising output.

Robust Connectivity Options: Connectivity options include two serial ports, four Gigabit LAN ports, two USB 3.1 (type A) ports, four USB 2.0 (type A) ports, and four NMEA ports. The MC-3201 can easily integrate with other devices, allowing for smooth and uninterrupted operations in the system.

Energy Efficiency: An energy-efficient design reduces power consumption despite its high performance. This lowers operational costs and supports environmentally friendly practices.

Security: A built-in TPM2.0 module means sensitive data is securely stored using cryptography and protected from unauthorised access.

Regulatory Compliance: The MC-3201 complies with marine standards that ensure it is safe and suitable for the intensity of marine environments. This includes IEC 60945, which sets the minimum performance requirements for navigation and radiocommunication equipment. IACS E10 is a test specification that demonstrates the device’s ability to function as intended under specific testing conditions for electromagnetic compatibility, operating temperature range, shock/vibration protection and more.

Nautical Design and Other Highlights

The design of the MC-3201 isn’t just for show. Its lightweight build ensures portability, while its durable, rugged structure guarantees long-term use. The device weighs just 1.40 kg, making it easy to transport to its desired location and suitable for installation in a wide variety of places.

The device’s fanless construction means that it is quiet and less likely to be disrupted by a common point of failure in typical fan-based systems. When fans are working to cool a device, they are creating airflow, but this airflow can also draw in harmful levels of dust, dirt, and moisture from the surrounding environment into the interior electronics of the device. The MC-3201's fanless design removes that risk entirely.

NMEA ports on the rear panel make it ideal for marine settings. It can integrate with navigation systems, sonar devices, and other marine electronics, enabling efficient data transmission and communication on the water. This capability is essential when enhancing navigation accuracy and communication efficiency in marine environments.

Last but certainly not least is the remote power switch, which adds a layer of convenience and control, particularly in installations where the device is not easily accessible. This feature allows engineers to manage the power status of the MC-3201 remotely, which is beneficial in everyday use and critical situations where quick access to power control is required.

Aside from the design features of the MC-3201, the computer also comes with peace of mind with a three-year warranty period, meaning the network infrastructure will remain protected against manufacturing defects and operational issues. This puts the focus on core industrial applications without having to worry about potential disruptions.

Marine Insight with Technology Know-how

The MC-3201 is a powerful marine PC that can handle intense conditions in a small form factor. Its advanced features and practical highlights make it a valuable addition to any seafaring vessel.

At Impulse, we build, configure, and test our PCs before shipping them from our headquarters in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Our partnership with MOXA, who also test every single one of their systems before they leave the factory, means we can supply top-quality marine devices across the UK that are ready to face the rough seas—no matter the weather.

For more information, please get in touch with our knowledgeable team at 01782 337 800 or email sales@impulse-embedded.co.uk.

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