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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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12th Gen. VELA Rack PCs are here
Get a 12th Gen. Rack PC in days. Powered by Advantech, our 12th Gen. VELA Rack PCs are now in stock and ready to configure. Combining 40 years of Advantech's world-leading industrial computing development with 30 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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    Quick specs
    • Internal Storage: 1x SATA III HDD/SSD Bay
      1x M.2 2280 M-key (SATA/PCIe)
    • Memory: up to 128GB 3200MHz DDR4 Memory
    • CPU Cooler: LGA 1700 CPU Heatsink
    • CPU: Choice of Intel 10th Generation Core i9/i7/i5/i3
      Embedded processor up to 65W TDP
    • Motherboard: Intel 12th Generation ATX Motherboard
    • Power Supply: 500W 80 Plus Bronze rated
    OverviewThe VELA RACK Pro series of configurable 19” rack-mount industrial computers powered by the latest Intel 12th Generation Core i9/i7/i5/i3 processors, ...
    VELA:RACK 4U Pro 12G
    4U 12th Gen Industrial Rack Computer
    19" 4U Configurable Industrial Premium Rack-mount Computer System featuring Intel 12th Gen Core i9/i7/i5/i3 processors, ...
    • Chassis: 19" 4U Rack-mount chassis with ...
    • Power Supply: 500W 80 Plus Bronze rated
    • Motherboard: Intel 12th Generation ATX M...
    • CPU: Choice of Intel 10th Generation Cor...
    • CPU Cooler: LGA 1700 CPU Heatsink
    • Memory: up to 128GB 3200MHz DDR4 Memory
    • Internal Storage: 1x SATA III HDD/SSD Ba...
    • Display: 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA...
    From £1772
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    Quick specs
    • Chassis: 19" 2U Industrial Rack-mount chassis with front-accessible USB interfaces
    • Power Supply: 850W 80 Plus Platinum rated
    • Motherboard: AIMB-788G2: Q670E Industrial ATX Motherboard
      AIMB-708G2: H610E Industrial ATX Motherboard
    • CPU: Choice of Intel 12th Generation Core i9/i7/i5/i3 up to 65W TDP
    • CPU Cooler: Advantech LGA 1700 CPU heatsink for 2U/4U chassis
    • Memory: up to 4x 288-pin DIMM sockets supporting up to 128GB DDR4 2933MHz system memory
    OverviewThe VELA:RACK 2U Pro 12G is a 19" 2U Configurable Industrial Premium Rack-mount Computer System by Impulse Embedded, and powered by Advantech. Th...
    VELA:RACK 2U Pro 12G
    Configurable Rack-mount Computer
    19" 2U Configurable Industrial Premium Rack-mount Computer System featuring Intel 12th Gen Core i9/i7/i5/i3 processors, ...
    • Chassis: 19" 2U Industrial Rack-mount ch...
    • Power Supply: 850W 80 Plus Platinum rate...
    • Motherboard: AIMB-788G2
    • CPU: Choice of Intel 12th Generation Cor...
    • CPU Cooler: Advantech LGA 1700 CPU heats...
    • Memory: up to 4x 288-pin DIMM sockets su...
    • Internal Storage: 1x M.2 2280 M-key (SAT...
    • Display: AIMB-788G2
    From £1827
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    Quick specs
    • Chassis: Industrial Full Tower Chassis with shockproof dual Hot-Swap 3.5" drive trays
    • Power Supply: 500W 80 Plus Bronze rated
    • Motherboard: AIMB-788G2-00A1: Intel Q670E Industrial Micro ATX Motherboard
      AIMB-708G2-00A1: Intel H410E Industrial Micro ATX Motherboard
    • CPU: Choice of Intel 12th generation Core i9/i7/i5/i3 up to 65W TDP
    • CPU Cooler: Advantech LGA 1700 CPU Heatsink for Tower Chassis
    • Memory: AIMB-788G2-00A1: 4x 288 pin DIMM sockets supporting up to 128GB DDR4 3200MHz system memory
      AIMB-708G2-00A1: 2x 288 pin DIMM sockets supporting up to 128GB DDR4 3200MHz system memory
    OverviewThe VELA Tower series of configurable 19” rack-mount industrial computers powered by the latest Intel 12th Generation Core i9/i7/i5/i3 processor...
    VELA:TOWER 12G
    Industrial Tower PC
    Wall mount Configurable Industrial Tower Computer System with 12th Gen Intel Core i9/i7/i5/i3 processors, up to 128GB DD...
    • Chassis: Industrial Full Tower Chassis w...
    • Power Supply: 500W 80 Plus Bronze rated
    • Motherboard: AIMB-788G2-00A1
    • CPU: Choice of Intel 12th generation Cor...
    • CPU Cooler: Advantech LGA 1700 CPU Heats...
    • Memory: AIMB-788G2-00A1
    • Internal Storage: 1x 2.5" SATAIII SSD/HD...
    • Display: AIMB-788G2-00A1
    From £1857
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    Quick specs
    • Chassis: Advantech 7130MB Industrial Full Tower
    • Power Supply: 500W 80 Plus Bronze rated or
      650W 80 Plus Gold rated (if two GPU's selected)
    • Motherboard: Intel 10th Generation MicroATX Industrial Motherboard with W480E chipset
    • CPU: Choice of Intel 10th Generation Core i9/i7 processors up to 65W TDP
    • CPU Cooler: Advantech LGA 1200 CPU heatsink
    • Graphics Card: NVIDIA RTX A4000 16GB GDDR6 ECC
      6144 CUDA Cores, 192 Tensor Cores
      48 Ray Tracing Cores
    OverviewThe VELA:Tower-GPU series of configurable industrial computers featuring NVIDIA  RTX A4000 graphics cards, the RTX A4000 is NVIDIA's most pow...
    VELA:TOWER-GPU
    Industrial GPU Tower Computer
    Configurable Industrial Tower GPU Computer System with NVIDIA RTX A4000 GPU, 10th Gen Intel Core i9/i7 processors, up to...
    • Chassis: Advantech 7130MB Industrial Ful...
    • Power Supply: 500W 80 Plus Bronze rated ...
    • Motherboard: Intel 10th Generation Micro...
    • CPU: Choice of Intel 10th Generation Cor...
    • CPU Cooler: Advantech LGA 1200 CPU heats...
    • Graphics Card: NVIDIA RTX A4000 16GB GDD...
    • Memory: up to 128GB 3922MHz DDR4
    • Internal Storage: 1x SATA III HDD/SSD ba...
    From £3138
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    Quick specs
    • Memory: up to 128GB 2933MHz DDR4 Memory
    • Motherboard: Intel 10th Generation Industrial Motherboard
    • Dimensions (W x H x D): 482mm x 177mm x 492mm
    • Chassis: 19" 4U rack-mount chassis with 4x hot-swap bays and front-accessible USB interfaces
    • CPU cooler: Advantech LGA 1200 CPU Heatsink
    OverviewThe VELA RACK Quiet series of configurable 19” rack-mount industrial computers powered by the latest Intel 10th Generation Core i9/i7/i5/i3 processors...
    VELA:RACK 4U Quiet 10G
    4U Rack-Mount Industrial Computer
    19" 4U Configurable Industrial Quiet Rack-mount Computer System featuring Intel 10th Gen Core i9/i7/i5/i3 processors, up...
    • Chassis: 19" 4U rack-mount chassis with ...
    • Power Supply: 500W 80 Plus Bronze rated
    • Motherboard: Intel 10th Generation Indus...
    • CPU: Choice of Intel 10th Generation Cor...
    • CPU cooler: Advantech LGA 1200 CPU Heats...
    • Memory: up to 128GB 2933MHz DDR4 Memory
    • Internal storage: 1x SATA III HDD/SSD Ba...
    • Display: AIMB-7XX
    From £1668
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    Quick specs
    • Chassis: 19" 2U Rack-mount chassis with one external 5.25" expansion bay and front-accessible USB interfaces
    • Power Supply: 350W 80 Plus Bronze rated
    • Motherboard: AIMB-787G2: Q470E Industrial ATX Motherboard
      AIMB-707G2: H420E Industrial ATX Motherboard
      AIMB-587F: W480E Industrial Micro ATX Motherboard
    • CPU: Choice of Intel 10th Generation Core i9/i7/i5/i3 up to 65W TDP
    • CPU Cooler: Advantech LGA 1200 CPU heatsink for 2U/4U chassis
    • Memory: up to 4x 288-pin DIMM sockets supporting up to 128GB DDR4 2933MHz system memory
    OverviewThe VELA RACK Pro series of configurable 19” rack-mount industrial computers powered by the latest Intel 10th Generation Core i9/i7/i5/i3 processors, ...
    VELA:RACK 2U Pro 10G
    2U 10th Gen Industrial Rack Computer
    19" 2U Configurable Industrial Premium Rack-mount Computer System featuring Intel 10th Gen Core i9/i7/i5/i3 processors, ...
    • Chassis: 19" 2U Rack-mount chassis with ...
    • Power Supply: 350W 80 Plus Bronze rated
    • Motherboard: AIMB-787G2
    • CPU: Choice of Intel 10th Generation Cor...
    • CPU Cooler: Advantech LGA 1200 CPU heats...
    • Memory: up to 4x 288-pin DIMM sockets su...
    • Internal Storage: 1x 2.5" SATAIII SSD/HD...
    • Display: AIMB-787G2
    From £1635
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    Quick specs
    • Chassis: 19" 4U Rack-mount chassis with 4 Hot-swap bays and front-accessible USB interfaces
    • Power Supply: 500W 80 Plus Bronze rated
    • Motherboard: AIMB-785: Q170 Industrial ATX Motherboard
      AIMB-705 H110 Industrial ATX Motherboard
    • CPU: Choice of Intel 6th generation Core i7/i5/i3 up to 35W TDP
    • CPU Cooler: Advantech LGA 115X CPU Heatsink for 2U/4U Chassis
    • Memory: AIMB-785: 4x 288-pin DIMM supporting up to 64GB DDR4-2133
      AIMB-705: 2x 288-pin DIMM supporting up to 32GB DDR4-2133
    OverviewThe VELA: RACK 4U Pro series of configurable 19” rack-mount industrial computers featuring Intel 6th Generation Core i7/i5/i3 processors, with a choic...
    VELA:RACK 4U Pro 6G
    4U 6th Gen Industrial Rack Computer
    19" 4U Configurable Industrial Rack-mount Computer System with 6th Gen. Intel Core i7/i5/i3, up to 64GB DDR4, Windows 7 ...
    • Chassis: 19" 4U Rack-mount chassis with ...
    • Power Supply: 500W 80 Plus Bronze rated
    • Motherboard: AIMB-785
    • CPU: Choice of Intel 6th generation Core...
    • CPU Cooler: Advantech LGA 115X CPU Heats...
    • Memory: AIMB-785
    • Internal Storage: 1x 2.5" SATA III
    • Display: AIMB-785
    From £1735
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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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