Compact Linux-based Controller

June 1, 2005
As the latest in the vendor’s line of Linux-based RTUs and controllers, the Micro-VersaTrak µIPm is a rugged, compact unit with a built-in mix of 14 discrete and analog I/O, 4 serial ports and a 10/100 Ethernet interface.

The µIPm is pre-loaded with open-source Linux and the industrial IPm firmware. The IPm firmware is loaded with industrial automation features that are ready-to-use out of the box. Many advanced automation capabilities such as I/O moves and datalogging can be configured using the vendor’s I/O Tool Kit software. No programming or knowledge of Linux is necessary in most applications, says the vendor. However, if needed, programming can be done using any mix of the IsaGraf IEC61131 languages or high-level C/C++. The µIPm is well-suited for either OEMs or end-users. It includes 16MB of flash disk and 16MB of fast dynamic memory, along with an industrial PowerPC CPU.