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December 18, 2012
Fujitsu Limited

Fujitsu Launches the ESPRIMO N5280FA Long-Life Server

Enhanced ESPRIMO Long-Life series handles factory floors, other harsh environments

Tokyo, December 18, 2012 — Fujitsu today announced the immediate availability of the ESPRIMO N5280FA long-life server, available in two maintenance contracts of different lengths, for up to ten years.

Industrial systems, such as factory automation and material-handling systems(1), and emergency-dispatch systems used by police, fire, emergency medical services, and other public infrastructure all rely on products that can remain in service, operate continuously, and be maintained for long periods of time. Fujitsu has been meeting the needs of these markets since 1989 with special personal computers designed for industrial settings. With the introduction of the new long-life servers, Fujitsu has now made it possible to build client-server systems for high-reliability systems on a larger scale.

The new model is being offered alongside the existing long-life personal computers as part of a new ESPRIMO Long-Life series, which will be expanded with additional models in the future.

Most personal computer models are sold for about half a year, with a service life of about five years. Fujitsu, however, offers models in its ESPRIMO Long-Life series for roughly three years, with a ten-year service life, to meet the needs of the industrial sector and public infrastructure.

Fujitsu is building on this experience with the debut of the new long-life server. It incorporates Intel's Embedded CPU and Microsoft's Embedded OS, both time-tested products that have been used in industrial instrumentation and detection equipment, as well as river and dam monitoring and intelligent traffic systems. The same model will be available for years to come, so customers can avoid the added effort of hardware and application systems evaluations and qualification testing whenever new hardware or operating systems are released. In addition, the ten-year service life of this model is perfectly suited to industrial systems and public-infrastructure systems that require extended uptime.

The ESPRIMO N5280FA and its target markets

Product Features

1. CPU and OS with long-term availability

The CPU is the 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i3 Processor, which excels both in raw performance and cost/performance. Having Windows Server® 2008 for Embedded System Standard (32-bit) preinstalled enables high performance and long-term availability.

2. Ensures high reliability

  1. Equipped with Long-life 2.5" 160-GB specification HDD for 24-hour continuous operation
    The server uses a 2.5" HDD rated for 24-hour continuous operation, with higher reliability than the 3.5" HDD that would typically be used. This increases cooling efficiency, improves the HDD's operating conditions, and has 2.2 times the lifespan of a conventional HDD.
  2. Overall system reliability enhanced through use of ECC memory
    The server uses DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-10600/ECC) for high-speed memory, and with error checking and correction (ECC), memory errors are automatically detected and corrected to improve overall system reliability.
  3. Equipped with Long-life power supply that complies with Medical electrical equipment standard for electromagnetic compatibility
    The custom power supply incorporates long-life parts, such as the aluminum electrolytic capacitors and cooling fan. This power supply also complies with Medical electrical equipment standard for electromagnetic compatibility(Medical electrical equipment - Part 1-2: General requirements for safety - Collateral standard: Electromagnetic compatibility) for power flickers (during flickers, voltage is held for 100 ms for dips to 60%), and meets industrial requirements for handling voltage and frequency fluctuations as well as noise tolerance.
  4. Mirrored disk included as standard equipment for increased reliability
    To safeguard data and ensure stable system operations, a mirrored disk is included as standard equipment. The system is configured as a high-reliability hardware RAID (RAID Level 1), which is not dependent on the operating system.

3. Tolerates harsh operating environments

The server meets standards for controller computer environments (JEITA IT-1004), including operating temperatures up to 40°C and anti-dust measures. Dust filters are included as standard, so it can be used in harsh environments such as factory floors and public-infrastructure settings.

4. Available with standard maintenance (5 years) or long-term maintenance (10 years) contracts

Combining hardware designed for reliability with Fujitsu's SupportDesk contract for maintenance and operating-support services ensures steady operations for as long as ten years.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and Availability
Product Name Service Contract Length Suggested Retail Price (excl. tax) Shipment
ESPRIMO N5280FA Standard contract (5 years) JPY 748,000 Mid- December
Long-term contract (10 years) JPY 980,000

Glossary and Notes

Material-handling systems:
Systems managing conveyor belts, automated warehousing, and other equipment transporting materials, parts, and finished goods at points of production and distribution.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

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