Global Processing

Programmable automation controllers triple processing performance

April 21, 2005
Engineers and scientists building processing-intensive control applications now can triple their processing performance with a new family of Compact FieldPoint controllers. The new cFP-2100 controllers include a 200 MHz Pentium-class Vega processor that, when combined with new SDRAM memory, is more than three times faster than previous controllers, according to the manufacturer. The new Compact FieldPoint devices are categorized as programmable automation controllers (PACs), delivering the flexibility of PCs with the ruggedness of PLCs. The Compact FieldPoint 2100 family of controllers offers additional improvements compared to existing controllers, including more memory — increased from 16/32 MB RAM to 64/128 MB RAM — and a larger industrial-grade temperature range — increased from -25 degrees C to 60 degrees C, to -40 degrees C to 70 degrees C.