Elo TouchSystems Announces 17A2 All-in-One 17-in LCD Touchcomputer

Continuing its history of innovative engineering, Elo TouchSystems has turned its recently announced 1729L 17″ integrated multifunction touchmonitor into a fully-functioning, fanless, all-in-one touchcomputer. The new 17A2 not only retains both the compact footprint of the 1729L and its comprehensive range of options, but also adds a host of new features to help customers gain an even firmer foothold in the point-of-service marketplace. Many diverse applications take advantage of the capabilities of the new 17A2 all-in-one touchcomputer including loyalty systems, kiosk information systems, home control, casino management, POS systems and Internet access points such as those for web surfing and hotel reservations.

Expanded versatility, bigger screen, and improved serviceability all in a compact design
The 17A2 touchcomputer with dual video display capability includes a choice of the industry-leading Elo TouchSystems touch technologies: AccuTouch Five-Wire Resistive, IntelliTouch Surface Wave, CarrollTouch Infrared and the company’s innovative Acoustic Pulse Recognition (APR) that blends the benefits of all three. Elo’s touch technologies provide stable, durable touch options that are resistant to scratches and liquids and can be activated in a variety of ways. Also, the 17A2 comes with 1280 x 1024 SXGA resolution and 5 x 4 aspect ratio to display clear, precise graphics for improved readability.

The space-saving, compact design of the 17A2 touchcomputer offers increased flexibility for easy integration of a variety of optional field-replaceable peripherals including: three-track magnetic stripe reader (MSR) for credit, ID and loyalty card transactions; customer-facing display to verify those transactions; biometric fingerprint recognition for increased security; 3-watt speaker bar with optional single-line or omni-directional barcode scanner; and DVD drive. Elo’s unique cable management design conceals cables from view providing additional security from tampering and robust tie-downs for strain relief. The multi-adjustable stand offers flexibility to accommodate a variety of installation configurations and the base is easily removed for secure mounting to countertops and walls. Serviceability is enhanced with easy access to the hard drive and compact flash through a slide-out drawer.

Enhanced System Performance
In order to provide the higher computing power necessary for today’s point-of-service applications, Elo placed a 1 GHz Intel Celeron M processor with 400 MHz front-side-bus (FSB) at the heart of the new 17A2 all-in-one touchcomputer. DDR2 system memory capacity can be expanded to 1.5GB and an integrated mini-PCI slot enables optional high-speed wireless LAN connectivity via 802.11g standards. Two serial, four USB 2.0 and one Ethernet port provide expansion capability to accommodate both legacy and future peripheral add-ons. Elo has also added cash drawer, powered USB, and VGA-out ports and support for Windows Embedded for Point-of-Service (WEPOS). In addition, the new 17A2 all-in-one touchcomputer is compatible with all of Microsoft’s major operating systems such as Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Embedded and Windows Vista Business.

Ready for Public Access
“The 17A2 is designed for touch from the ground up and includes all of the functionality expected from an Elo public-access product, with features such as reliable, silent, fan-less operation and cables hidden from the user’s view” comments Elo TouchSystems product manager, Frank Lung. Lung confirms that the optional peripherals are seamlessly integrated into the 17A2′s compact design and the all-in-one touchcomputer offers a new adjustable base that can function as a tall or short stand. “The controls, placed on the side and not on the front, include a lockout function and multilingual on-screen display (OSD). We not only manufacture the 17A2 touchcomputer but also provide a single point of contact for service and support. After all,” Lung adds, “Elo invented touch technology over 35 years ago and we’ve been consistently innovating and improving our designs ever since.”

About Tyco Electronics
Tyco Electronics Ltd. is a leading global provider of engineered electronic components, network solutions, wireless systems and undersea telecommunication systems, with fiscal 2007 sales of US$13.5 billion to customers in more than 150 countries. We design, manufacture and market products for customers in industries from automotive, appliance and aerospace and defense to telecommunications, computers and consumer electronics. With approximately 8,000 engineers and worldwide manufacturing, sales and customer service capabilities, Tyco Electronics’ commitment is our customers’ advantage.

About Elo TouchSystems
Tyco Electronics’ Elo TouchSystems’ broad portfolio comprises the largest selection of touchscreen technologies, touchmonitors and touchcomputers specifically designed for the demanding requirements of diverse applications, such as industrial, medical, POS, kiosks, retail, hospitality, transportation and gaming. Over 35 years ago, Elo founders invented the touchscreen and since then, Elo has been recognized as the global leader in touch technology. For more information on Elo products and services, please contact 800-ELO-TOUCH (800-356-8682) or direct email inquiries to eloinfo@elotouch.com.

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