VIA EMIO-3210 I/O Cards
The retail industry is increasingly employing the use of self-service kiosks in order to replace traditional transitional management standard to meet customer needs in a variety of services. The advantages of kiosks placed in strategic locations include reduced operational costs, improved operational efficiencies, and enhanced customer experience. Kiosks enable companies to provide convenient self-services to customers such as product ordering, bill payments, company information search, etc.
In general kiosks require multiple ports and high bandwidth. The VIA Em-ITX platform provides rich multimedia capabilities in addition to abundant connectivity options. VIA’s first mainboard based on the Em-ITX form factor — VIA EITX-3000 — inlcudes a built-in 2D/3D graphics engine. The EITX-3000 provides connectivity through four serial ports (two RS-232 and two RS-232/422/485, configurable in BIOS setup), six USB 2.0 ports, and two Gigabit Ethernet ports.
Factory automation systems provide expanded services that result in enhanced efficiency and reduced operational costs. Most well known automation uses to enhance the efficiency in the factory include industrial communications, remote controlling, etc. With versatile computing capabilities, VIA EITX-3000 board can be transformed into a factory automation system complete with an HMI touch screen. And its capability to operate in a wide range of temperatures makes it ready for almost any harsh environment.
The EMIO-3210, an Em-IO expansion module designed for kiosk applications, is good for the system that needs multiple COM ports and high bandwidth. It supports six serial ports (six RS-232/422/485 ports, configurable in BIOS setup) and two IEEE 1284 parallel ports. A system with the combination of an EITX-3000 board and an EMIO-3210 can support 10 serial ports and two parallel ports!