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The C6043 from Beckhoff Automation extends the series of ultra-compact industrial PCs to include a high-performance device with a built-in slot for powerful graphics cards. With the latest Intel® Core™ processors and highly parallelizing NVIDIA graphics processors, the PC becomes the perfect central control unit for ultra-sophisticated applications.
These include applications with high demands on 3D graphics or deeply integrated Vision and AI program blocks with minimal cycle times. The Beckhoff TwinCAT 3 control software is capable of mapping this as a fully integrated solution – without any additional software or interfaces. With the additional freely assignable PCIe compact module slot, the C6043 can be flexibly expanded with supplementary functions.
The use of Intel® Core™ processors in the 12th and 13th generations gives the C6043 enormous computing power, with the Intel® Core™ i5, i7, and i9 processors built in a hybrid architecture for the very first time. As with previous generations, Intel® Celeron®, Pentium®, and Core™ i3 are equipped exclusively with classic performance cores. Four additional efficiency cores are added to the Core™ i5, eight to the Core™ i7, and sixteen to the Core™ i9 processors. This combination of performance and efficiency cores allows applications to be implemented on a total of up to 24 real cores. While performance cores are primarily suitable for high-performance, single-thread applications, many additional threads can be executed in real time or in user mode on the additional efficiency cores.
Each individual core can be individually configured in clock frequency, just as it can with the 11th generation of Intel® Core™ processors. The power supply and the cooling have sufficient reserves to utilize the available computing power of the processors and the external graphics card. Depending on the graphics performance, the system is balanced in terms of available CPU power to always get the maximum out of the application. Measuring 132 x 202 x 127 mm (W x H x D), the device remains incredibly compact despite its computing power and represents yet another milestone in terms of power density.
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