American Portwell Launches PCS-8230 In-vehicle Infotainment System

American Portwell Technology, Inc., a member of the Intel Embedded Communications Alliance (Intel ECA), announces its PCS-8230, a low power, compact single-DIN in-vehicle embedded Car PC infotainment system. Utilizing the Intel Embedded Compact Extended (ECX) Form Factor single board computer (SBC), Portwell’s PCS-8230 is based on the Intel Atom Z510 series processor using the Intel System Controller Hub US15W chipset. Its fanless design, low power output and compact size make it the ideal choice for in-vehicle infotainment as well as POS, medical healthcare, kiosk, entry-level gaming and digital signage applications.

Ultra Low Power Consumption, Fanless Design
“Portwell’s new PCS-8230 provides ultra low power consumption — a mere 6V ~ 24V wide DC power input — and low power output,” explains Jack Lam, American Portwell Technology’s senior product marketing manager. “The entire self-contained system emits an extraordinarily low heat. The CPU generates just 2.5 watts. That’s perfect for the confines and requirements of in-vehicle infotainment.

“In addition, when we designed the PCS-8230, we kept one eye on size and the other on noise, and we produced a fanless unit that measures only 180mm wide x 192.2mm deep x 50mm high,” adds Lam. “We also made certain that it provided all of the features necessary for today’s infotainment systems: DVB-T/FM tuner; WiFi; two USB ports; three integrated SDIO sockets; support for dual-display (optional VGA or LVDS); standard multimedia audio and video functions; optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and USB-Disk Module (UDM); 5.1 channel audio; and open architecture for easy customization.”

Another First from Portwell and Intel
According to Frank Shen, American Portwell Technology’s product marketing director, Portwell’s close relationship with Intel — because of Portwell’s membership of Intel ECA — meant that the two companies were able to work together to make the PCS-8230 the first Intel Atom-based in-vehicle infotainment platform. “We also looked at maximizing the integration of various peripheral devices by increasing the versatility of the I/O,” Shen adds. “In addition to the SDIO slots and USB ports on the front panel, the rear I/O handles input for VGA display, the CH5.1 audio, a single RS-232 serial port, four more USB ports and the antenna connection for WiFi or TV tuner.

“All in all,” Shen confirms, “our new PCS-8230 compact, low power, low heat, single-DIN computing platform is not only the perfect choice for in-vehicle infotainment systems, it’s also the ideal solution for any OEM or ODM that requires an excellent performance-per-watt application.”

About American Portwell Technology
American Portwell Technology, Inc., is a world-leading innovator in the Embedded Computing market and a member of the Intel Embedded and Communications Alliance. American Portwell Technology designs, manufactures and markets a complete range of in-vehicle infotainment systems, embedded computer boards and systems, and rackmount systems for both OEMs and ODMs. The company is located in Fremont, California. For more information about American Portwell’s extensive turnkey and private-label branding solutions, call 1-877-APT-8899 or email info@portwell.com.