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Rack mount PCs from Impulse come with a market leading three year warranty as standard. With a wide rack mount PC range, catering for both market-specific 19" rack mount PC requirements and also custom rack computers, you can depend on Impulse to deliver the perfect rack PC solution for your application.

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10th Gen. VELA Rack PCs are here
Get a 10th Gen. Rack PC in days. Powered by Advantech, our 10th Gen. VELA Rack PCs are now in stock and ready to configure. Combining 38 years of Advantech's world-leading industrial computing development with 28 years of Impulse's industrial computing capabilities, the VELA Rack range of configurable rack PC systems has the pedigree to support the most critical applications.
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    VELA:RACK 4U Pro 10G
    4U 10th Gen Industrial Rack Computer
    • 10th Generation Intel Core processors
    • 4x shock resistant hot swap drive bays
    • Built to your specification
    • Chassis: 4U
    • Suitable for: Computing
    • CPU family: 10th Gen Core
    • O/S support: Linux, Windows 10 IoT, Wind...
    • Trusted platform: TPM
    From £1519
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    VELA:RACK 4U Quiet 10G
    4U Rack-Mount Industrial Computer
    • 10th Generation Intel Core processors
    • Low noise PWM controlled system fans
    • Built to your specification
    • Chassis: 4U
    • Suitable for: Computing
    • CPU family: 10th Gen Core
    • O/S support: Linux, Windows 10 IoT, Wind...
    • Trusted platform: TPM
    From £1407
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    VELA:RACK 2U Quiet 10G
    2U 10th Gen Industrial Rack Computer
    • 10th Generation Intel Core processors
    • 3x 3.5" shock-resistant drive bays
    • Built to your specification
    • Chassis: 2U
    • Suitable for: Computing
    • CPU family: 10th Gen Core
    • O/S support: Linux, Windows 10 IoT, Wind...
    • Trusted platform: TPM
    From £1425
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    VELA:RACK 2U Pro 10G
    2U 10th Gen Industrial Rack Computer
    • 10th Generation Intel Core processors
    • 2x Hot swappable HDD bays
    • Built to your specification
    • Chassis: 2U
    • CPU family: 10th Gen Core
    • O/S support: Linux, Windows 10 IoT, Wind...
    • Trusted platform: TPM
    • RAID
    From £1398
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    VELA:RACK 4U Pro 9G
    4U 9th Gen Industrial Rack Computer
    • 9th Generation Intel Core processors
    • 4x shock resistant hot swap drive bays
    • Built to your specification
    • Chassis: 4U
    • Suitable for: Computing
    • CPU family: 9th Gen Core
    • O/S support: Linux, Windows 10 IoT, Wind...
    • Trusted platform: TPM
    From £1141
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    VELA:RACK 2U Pro 9G
    2U 9th Gen Industrial Rack Computer
    • 9th Generation Intel Core processors
    • 2x Hot swappable HDD bays
    • Built to your specification
    • Chassis: 2U
    • Suitable for: Computing
    • CPU family: 9th Gen Core
    • O/S support: Linux, Windows 10 IoT, Wind...
    • Trusted platform: TPM
    From £1068
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    VELA:RACK 2U Quiet 6G
    2U 6th Gen Industrial Rack Computer
    • 6th Generation Intel Core processors
    • Windows 7 operating system supported
    • Built to your specification
    • Chassis: 2U
    • Suitable for: Computing
    • CPU family: 6th Gen Core
    • O/S support: Linux, Windows 10 IoT, Wind...
    • Trusted platform: TPM
    From £1119
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    VELA:RACK 4U Quiet 6G
    4U 6th Gen Industrial Rack Computer
    • 6th Generation Intel Core processors
    • Windows 7 supported
    • Built to your specification
    • Chassis: 4U
    • Suitable for: Computing
    • CPU family: 6th Gen Core
    • O/S support: Linux, Windows 10 IoT, Wind...
    • Trusted platform: TPM
    From £1144
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    VELA:RACK 4U Pro 6G
    4U 6th Gen Industrial Rack Computer
    • 6th Generation Intel Core processors
    • Windows 7 supported
    • Built to your specification
    • Chassis: 4U
    • Suitable for: Computing
    • CPU family: 6th Gen Core
    • O/S support: Linux, Windows 10 IoT, Wind...
    • Trusted platform: TPM
    From £1207
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    VELA:TOWER 6G
    6th Gen Industrial Tower Computer
    • 6th Generation Intel Core processors
    • Windows 7 supported
    • Built to your specification
    • Chassis: Tower
    • Suitable for: Computing
    • CPU family: 6th Gen Core
    • O/S support: Linux, Windows 10 IoT, Wind...
    • Trusted platform: TPM
    From £1368
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    VELA:TOWER 10G
    10th Gen Industrial Tower Computer
    • 10th Generation Intel Core processors
    • M.2 NVMe drive support
    • Built to your specification
    • Chassis: Tower
    • Suitable for: Computing
    • CPU family: 10th Gen Core
    • O/S support: Linux, Windows 10 IoT, Wind...
    • Trusted platform: TPM
    From £1515
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    VELA:TOWER 9G
    9th Gen Industrial Tower Computer
    • 9th Generation Intel Core processors
    • 3-year warranty as standard
    • Built to your specification
    • Chassis: Tower
    • Suitable for: Computing
    • CPU family: 9th Gen Core
    • O/S support: Linux, Windows 10 IoT, Wind...
    • Trusted platform: TPM
    From £1185
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    Rack computers in a nutshell

    The 19” rackmount chassis format has been around for nearly a century, with the form factor standard rack as we know it today being introduced by AT&T in the early 1920’s for their telephony and telecommunication systems, designed to save space and allow their equipment to be flexibly mounted.
     
    The first industrial rackmount computer was released in 1985 by IBM and this was a passive backplane system using a full size ISA based 8088 single board computer, with built in memory, storage, power and MS DOS.  This system allowed expansion for five additional ISA cards allowing the system to be specified to the customers requirement using any number of I/O and comms boards, many of them being proprietary.
     
    Rack computer chassis use what are called “rack-units”, each being 1.75mm high so for instance a 4U rack chassis is 7 inches in height (4 x 1.75”) whilst a 2U rack is 3.5” high.  These standardised units means that chassis, along with 19” peripheral equipment, can be mixed and matched in a full 19” rack cabinet, many offering up to 48U in overall height.  Mounting of rack chassis in a cabinet is done using slide rails should the chassis need to be pulled out, or statically mounted used mounting brackets at the front and rear of the chassis.
     
    19” x86 rackmount computer chassis are made from high grade steel or aluminium, normally with a front lockable door, behind which is access to the system fans, filters and drive bays. Additional features normally include LEDs for power, temperature and other system management functions plus ports for connecting peripherals into the system via USB, serial and even PS/2.  On the rear of the chassis is where the connectivity to the main board and expansion slots are found.  Traditionally industrial rack-mount computers use motherboards or a combination of backplane and single board computer (SBC) all of which are designed to fit in to a standard 19” chassis.  Backplane and SBC based systems are still used when many more additional cards are needed than can be offered on an industrial motherboard with up to 20 slots available in some 6U based chassis systems.  All the I/O ports required can then be fed out on to the rear of the chassis for easy connectivity in the cabinet. These ports can be a combination of main board I/O connectors like USB, serial, display etc… as well as add-on cards fitted in to ISA, PCI and PCI Express slots, offering more specialist connectivity like analog/digital I/O as well as multi-port serial and Ethernet interfaces. This design gives true versatility for the user depending on their application requirements which is why rack computers are heavily used in test, measurement and control applications. With many components and boards being fitted inside the rack system, careful and considered cabling of the system internally is essential in order to maximise airflow between the front fans which often bring in cooling air, and the rear fans which extract warmer air from out of the chassis ensuring the internal temperature in the system is kept to minimum improving system performance and reliability.
     
    In addition to the rack computer there are now many rack-mountable peripherals and devices which all use the 19” form factor, these include rack LCD monitors, KVM drawers, UPS’, signal conditioning and DAQ systems and allows engineers to fully delivery an all-in-one rack cabinet to their exact application requirements.  Such examples where rack computing technology is used in the industrial computing sector include automotive test beds, flight simulator systems, rolling stock and trackside rail control and power substation monitoring.

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