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Growing Interest for Linux Tablets and Panels in 2021

The end of 2020 and beginning of 2021 has shown an uptick in searches and inquiries for Tablet PCs and Panel PCs with Linux Operating Systems.  The bulk of those searches are for Linux Tablet PCs.  With industrial panel PCs that handle Linux natively and rugged tablet PCs that can utilize Linux as a custom ODM or OEM project, Estone Technology explored potential causes for this uptick in search. The product lines for Linux panel… 

Rugged Tablet Screen With Digitizer Pen

Is a Rugged Tablet Right for Your Application?

Today’s consumer-grade tablets are impressive, but also often unequipped to meet the challenging demands of industrial applications. This leads to an increased need for rugged, utilitarian tablets. Industrial tablets are purpose-built and purpose-driven tools. Sectors where time and safety are essential benefit from these powerful and targeted pieces of equipment. Once an organization decides to integrate industrial tablets into their workflow, it’s important to do your research and make an informed choice. If you think… 

Wall-Mount Drop-In Frameless Panel PC

PPC-4107 Now Available – New, Easy In-Wall-Mount 7” Panel PC Supports PoE, Android, Linux

Estone Technology is the first name in innovation for tablets and panel PCs. Sometimes that means the latest in hardware technology, but sometimes it means simple improvements that make a world of difference in utilizing your technology. The newly released PPC-4107 7” Panel PC represents a new level of simplicity. The Power Over Ethernet powered panel with rear-facing ports locks easily into a pre-installed mount, meaning that all owners have to do is plug in… 

Rockchip RK3399 Logo

RK-3328 Development Board

As time marches on, builder and developer boards must adopt new technology and improve to provide builders a capable platform. The latest model in the popular “Raspberry Pi” line, the Raspberry Pi 3 B+, for example, features a 64-Bit Cortex A-53 Processing unit that supports a wide array of in-demand developer functions. Longtime followers of Estone Technology know that we manufacture boards for industrial operations and commercial designs – the same ease of use and… 

Rockchip RK3399 ARM Chip

Rockchip-Based Boards Offer Efficiency for Embedded Linux

When it comes to processing units for embedded boards, there are typically two options – Intel x86 architecture chips, and ARM (SoC) chips. In embedded technology, ARM SoC chips have widely become the preferred technology due to their cost and power efficiencies in limited spaces. However, when it comes to x86 type chips, the major trustworthy brands are known – Intel, AMD, and a couple other makers. Less well known are some of the ARM… 

Yocto Project

Yocto Project Linux for Tablet & Panel PCs

Custom Linux Distros through Yocto Project Gaining Traction for Tablets/Panel PCs For some Tablet and Panel PC applications, a familiar, user friendly operating system is necessary. Certain users will require the flexibility of Windows or Android operating systems to download key software or work with specific cloud-based programs. However, for many devices with specific purposes, full fledged consumer or commercial grade operating systems are a needless expense, and open the device up to misuse and… 

Panel PC Input-Output

Announcing Large-Format Panel PCs – the 21.5” PPC-6721

Panel PCs have become the preferred option for industrial control, equipment control, home and entertainment control systems everywhere. Their simple adaptability – no need for custom switches and buttons – means they are easier to work with, faster and cheaper to install, and that they provide a more customized control scheme than is otherwise possible. For these applications, a compact, efficient touchscreen and profile that fits into existing cabinets or wall-boxes is ideal. Estone Technology… 

QT Linux

Embedded Linux and the Qt (Cute) Framework

Though a variety of Operating System companies are now producing versions of their OSes designed for efficient, embedded systems and the Internet of Things, Linux-powered Operating System releases continue to reign supreme. Popular platforms today include many well known Android releases, Meego, Snapgear, Embedded Debian, and more. These operating systems are popular because they are typically designed around a very lean Linux kernel, and have been optimized for features and elements commonly found on and… 

Broken Tablet Kiosk

The Costs of Substituting a Consumer Tablet for a Panel PC

You’ve seen them, here and there – iPads and Android Tablets anchored in place on a kiosk, display stand, piece of signage, or a special purpose booth with a special mount, or maybe even zip ties and double-sided tape. When in need of a Panel PC for human-machine interaction purposes, data collection, or retail operations, the urge to use a consumer grade tablet can be strong. After all, they’re affordable, easily available, and familiar to… 

Various Inputs On PPC-4210 Panel PC

Versatile, POE Ready All-in-One Panel PCs Simplify Automation – PPC-4207 & 4210

It’s a fact – no matter what industry you’re a part of, or what industries you serve, automation is a growing part of everything with in it. Human-Machine Interaction, whether it’s controlling industrial equipment or accepting retail payments, is now a part of nearly every aspect of our days. For years, Human Machine Interactions (HMIs) have been the domain of buttons, switches, dials, and keypads, but over the past decade, touchscreens have become ubiquitous, offering…