MPL Capabilities

MPL Capabilities

MPL offers standard PC technology without its limitation. The products are long-term available, they are ruggedized by design, they have extended temperature capabilities, they are based on internal experience. MPL offers unique products. Why? How is this possible?

MPL designed products are Better by Design

Low power designs
Since the foundation of MPL AG in 1985, we design products, solutions, and concepts that have the lowest power consumption in the industry. In all designs, the internal design rule is, among others, to keep the overall power consumption of the product as low as possible. Lower power consumption generates less heat, this means the components in these systems are under less stress and therefore have a higher lifetime, as well as the reliability. A increase of the MTBF is the direct result of this.
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Fanless concepts since 1985
Generally the weak parts in many Industrial PC or embedded control systems are rotating parts, especially fans, considered as wear and tear part. Since the foundation of MPL AG, another design rule is, to develop a solution that does not require fans. The designs are set up so that the cooling is being done through convection and/or special mechanical cooling concepts.
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Extended temperature -40C up to +85C
Each product that we design needs to withstand the standard, industrial, or MIL temperature range. To achieve this, we start with the selection of the components. Using only the reference design of the chip suppliers is not sufficient to meet this target. Each product sold with the extended temperature option receives in addition to the specific product tests the burn-in cycles, a further test cycle in our environmental chamber to verify the capability of the products under extended temperature. This precaution gives our customer the best security for their products.
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Shock & vibration proof systems
When developing a product, we consider that a product can be used in tough environments under vibration and/or shock conditions. It is our target to meet or even exceed with our products the requirement of applications in defense, railways, traffic, avionics, space, .... Achieving this tough requirements is only possible by selecting quality connectors with thicker gold plating and mechanical fixation for add on cards (PC/104, PMC, PCI).
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Real industrial design
In most cases an industrial PC producer utilizes the reference design of the chip manufacturers, which is basically nothing else than the design of commercial PC's. Such a "Industrial PC" design (despite of industrial form factors), is by far not sufficient for a reliable product. This is the reason we design our PCs and control board completely from scratch according our know-how and experience in markets like defense, railways, traffic, avionics, space, industry... We are convinced that only with this effort, an user has the assurance to get a better solution than an office PC.
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Flexibility
Another key for success is the flexibility we can offer to our customers. The broad product families (PIP family 5x86 up to Core2 Duo technology) allow easy customization. Each of the products in the same family comes with the same form factor with numerous different configurations according to customers needs, even with small quantities. The products are available with customization based on a project or as OEM products with our customer logo.
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High quality
The production and the design of all MPL product are being done in Switzerland according the MPL slogan "High Tech - Made in Switzerland". Quality is the top priority in the design, production and operation. It starts with the selection of the components over the design rules of a product, the test of a product and the support over its life.
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Direct and fast support from the design engineer
Our customer can get access to our design engineers to reduce the none operation time of our products. We do not work with call centers or large support teams. Generally, in far less 12-18 hrs you have a reply from the design engineers desk. Only this we believe, gives you the best quality on reply for the product in question.
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MPL is 100% self-financed
Due to this fact we are able to keep stock of all components for our standard products and our customers OEM products. This allows us quick production cycles. We carry stock of tested standard products to have short lead times. All of our products we have sold since 1985 we are still capable to repair at MPL AG, and it is our policy to keep spare parts for all sold products.
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Reliable designs
This starts with the selection of the components, then only best quality gives reliable designs. This is what we stand up and we differentiate ourselves. For example the connector we use in our products have the maximum gold plating (30) on the pins, as this guarantees that in vibrating, dirty air, humid environments, the contacts remain good and cause no problems over the lifetime of the product.
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Long-term available solutions
When designing a product, our mains target is the long-term availability as this is a cost reduction factor for the customer. Where ever possible, we only use products out of the embedded road map of the different suppliers. Further, we keep stock of end-of-life components, allowing us to continue to produce the product if our customers wish to have it.
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Ruggedized
Our products are specifically designed for use in harsh environment applications, The broad experience since 1985 in this market has been influencing our engineering continuously. In numerous application through the world of our standard products as well as OEM and customer specific products prove the capability and know-how in extreme temperatures, thermal cycling stress, high shock and vibration conditions....
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Development & engineering
We work continuously on new and innovative solutions for embedded PCs, controls, peripherals, and solutions to help our customers to differentiate their products. Our close cooperation with the world leaders of chip technologies are the base to develop the best possible solutions at a reasonable cost, also in low volumes.
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