The test underlines the ruggedness and quality of MPL embedded PC solutions
which are designed from scratch for rugged applications without compromises.
The tested Industrial PC (PIP10, Pentium M 1.4GHz) designed by MPL AG, is a fanless, compact, robust, and high
quality Embedded Computer with a guaranteed long-term availability. The PIP Family, including the PIP10, has been
designed specifically for the use in environments with vibrations and shocks.
The key for a successful and reliable product that will
withstand vibrations and shocks, is a down to the
component level tuned concept and therefore can be used
reliable in railways, ships, and automotive applications. It
includes the design and construction of the PCB, the
housing, and the planing of the final assembly and
mounting possibilities for the accessories (PMC & PC/104
Most in the market available solutions use the reference
design of Intel that has been done for commercial PCs.
Needless to say that this is definitively not the right solution
as it obviously does not offer the robustness required over
time as the design target was different one. The special
and compact design of the PIP offers clear advantages
compared to other IPCs. A PIP comes with an on-board
power supply (8 - 28VDC) as well as a full set of interfaces
already on-board so no special internal cabling is required.
In shock & vibration environments, the housing plays a major role. It must be adjusted to the form factor of the PCB
and must offer a good stability. A standard sheet metal housing, as available on the market, is not sufficient to those
requirements and therefore not adequate.
Also of highly important in a vibration & shock tolerant system is to select the best connectors available on the market
to prevent failures. Key is the contact pressure of the connector and the gold plating of the contacts. The market is
offering very inexpensive not to say cheap connectors which reduce the cost but also the reliability of the so called
Only a design without compromises as described above, allow an Embedded Computer System to withstand shock
and vibrations (as found for example in industry, nautical, and transportation application) reliable over years. The PIP
Concept of MPL AG has proven its reliability in the past by countless applications all over the world.
Shock and vibration proof systems require a balanced design from PCB, to housing, assembly of the system, and
possible mounting of additional accessories. The 22 years experience of MPL in this demanding market segment
have been influencing the PIP concept and the PIP family (5x86 to Pentium M) strongly.
A real robust Embedded Computer should never depend on a
complex Heat Pipe Systems, as those will not withstand such
conditions (shock & vibrations) over a long period of time.
Much better is an excellent effective passive cooling as used in
the PIP concept. But this is only possible with the right PCB
design and construction as described previously. In
comparison to most in the market available products, the
PIP10 and the PIP concept differentiate in various areas and
make it to the best and reliable solution for tough
MPL AG also has experience in development of High-Speed
cameras, which have been use in combination with the PIP in
crash test for the car industry.
For more information about the shock & vibration proof PIP family and concept, please contact us by email email@example.com