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aquaero
Fan controller and monitoring system.
The perfect solution for watercooled PCs and HTPCs.
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aquaero
5 - The perfect device
Functional description
The concept
The aquaero 5 is a completly new developed controller for virtually any PC, but
especially for silent and watercooled PCs. A new application which has been noted due
development are HTPCs and multimedia applications.
A powerful 32-bit CPU with Watchdog functions executes all functions in realtime. The
aquaero device can be configured directly at the device or through the aquasuite
software by attaching the device to USB 2.0. The aquaero operates fully autonomous
and doesn‘t need a PC or running software in the background.
Fan controller
One of the key-features of the new aquaero 5 is the fan control. The aquaero provides 4
fan channels and it can be expanded with 6 external connected poweradjusts to a 10
channel fan controller. The rpm of all fans is monitored and the fans can be fully
controlled in the voltage range from 0 to 12V by free defined controllers. The aquaero 5
provides fantastic controlling possibilities beginning with two point controllers up to
intelligent PID controllers. All output channels are short circuit protected and providing
current and voltage measurement. Also the temperature of the output stage is
monitored.
The fan channels are supplying PWM free analog DC voltage to prevent noise
generation. Any fan channel can deliver a current of 1,65A and the maximum combined
current of all channels is 5A. Depending on the used heatsink the maximum power
dissipation is dynamic limited.
A integrated realtime electronic fuse can be set for any channel in 100mA steps.
Operating the device
The aquaero 5 is setting new standards, especially in the ease of use. The PRO and XT
version can be configured completely at the device. We have build a very easy to use tree
menu and input dialogs with assistant functions which are very easy to understand. Of
course the aquaero supports several languages and can work with metric and imperial
units. Symbols and animated icons are improving the usage as well as the big graphic
display. Important messages are displayed by Pop-Up windows.
With the aquaero XT you have 4 softkeys that can be freely named and assigned to
actions. Dimmable illuminated buttons on the capacitive touch front allow an easy
operation even at night. Brightness, dimming and behavior of the screen and buttons
can be adjusted. You also can select different button-clicks or turn them off.
The aquaero XT and PRO can be also fully operated through the IR remote control
aquaremote and allows fast changes of names since you can type them directly on the
full featured keyboard.
Aqua Computer GmbH & Co.KG
Gelliehäuser Str. 1 - 37130 Benniehausen
aquaero
5 - The perfect device
Functional description
USB 2.0 interface for 5 devices
In comparison to similar products of our competitors the aquaero 5 has a native USB 2.0
interface. You won’t need any drivers for the installation as the aquaero has been
developed under the HID specification, so the required drivers are already included in
your OS. You will have complete support for all 32/64 bit Windows versions. But don’t be
surprised, you will find 5 new devices in your device manager:
USB mouse, Keyboard, Multimedia device, IR receiver and of course the aquaero.
All this just gives you a very small overview of the possibilities of this device.
Included Windows software: aquasuite 2012
The aquasuite software has been redesigned. Now it has a complete new graphical
interface for device management. You can analyze all data in real time or transfer the
internal aquaero cache into the aquasuite database.
You also have full remote access to the aquaero, which means that you can control the
aquaero display through the aquasuite software.
The aquasuite 2012 will be extended during the next months. After that you can control
all actual Aqua Computer devices in just one suite. This software fully supports DirectX
and will be used for all new Aqua Computer products in the next years. The software also
supports remote control through a intranet or the internet.
Power management functions
The aquaero 5 is an all-in-one solution for multimedia and HTPC users. It connects itself
as a USB keyboard and in connection with your BIOS it can boot up or shut down your
PC. The start-up event can be raised by a timer, a key or a IR command given to the
aquaero. An emergency shutdown via relay is also possible. The aquaero can take its
stand-by power from the USB connection or an extra cable and it only needs approx.
0,35 W (display off) while waiting for the next task. Of course you can enable the display
during stand-by if you need it.
aquaremote: The aquaero controls your PC
The so called aquaremote, a IR remote with a small keyboard, a mouse-pad and
multimedia keys, gives you the opportunity to control your PC. The current key level (shift,
control, etc.) will be displayed in the aquaero through a pop-up window. The mouse can
be controlled by a pad with 8 integrated buttons. Mouse strikes with pressed mouse
buttons are possible and the keyboard is also usable in the BIOS Setup.
Aqua Computer GmbH & Co. KG
Gelliehäuser Str. 1 - 37130 Benniehausen
aquaero
5 - The perfect device
Functional description
The controller – intelligence in the background
The better the controller works the less noisy is your PC – this is the basic function of the
new aquaero 5.
In comparison to the aquaero 4 we changed the structure of the controller circuit. The
new structure is shown below:
Sensor -> controller -> actors (e.g. air fans)
You can choose between the following controllers („Two point“, “Curve”, „Ideal Value“,
“RGB” and “manual”). Now you can allocate as many actors to a controller as you like.
Besides that virtual and software sensors can be used as the input for a controller.
With the aquaero 5 all switching outputs can be used as actor, so the controller can
handle the relay or the multiswitch. Through the curve controller you can configure the
output power in relation to the temperature on your own wishes in a graphical way. By
using the manual regulators you can allocate one value to many actors which helps you
controlling a group of fans by just changing one parameter.
Database included: Log-data and event memory
Creating graphical charts and logging data wasn’t possible with the old aquaero. The
new aquaero 5 has an internal flash data cache so you can save up to 140.000 values in
the device memory. You decide which data you need to store or not. The saved data can
be analyzed directly in the aquaero.
If you connect the aquaero to the mainboard via USB the saved data will be transferred to
the aquasuite automatically.
All events, alarms and warnings, will be logged to the database together with the date
and time. Based on this data you will have a complete overview of your system. Also it’s
possible to raise events based on the data which initiate actions like a „power-on“ IR
command.
Actions
Based on the event memory the aquaero 5 provides the possibility to raise actions when
an event occurs. These actions can perform the following jobs:
Switching RPM generator signal, buzzer on, buzzer interval, buzzer single tone, relay on,
15 or 2 seconds switching time, load profile 1-4, sending IR-Command 1-8. Also
keyboard functions can be send to the PC: Key power on, key sleep, key wake up.
Aqua Computer GmbH & Co. KG
Gelliehäuser Str. 1 - 37130 Benniehausen
aquaero
5 - The perfect device
Functional description
USB-Display: Watching external supplied data on the aquaero screen
The display of the aquaero can be used for external data like media player information.
You can display information with up to 20 fps. These screens with external data can be
shown alternately to the screens of the aquaero. At the moment we are developing a
driver for the popular LCD-Hype software. While displaying animations the aquaero still
works in the background and all menus can be used.
Transmit/Receive infrared commands
You can control other devices in your house with the optional IR transmitter of the
aquaero. The aquaero 5 can handle all important IR-protocols so you are able to
manage your home theater components. You won’t need the aquasuite software for this
management. The aquaero is able to turn on/off your amplifier or you TV after the PC
gets started. Furthermore through the aquasuite software the aquaero can analyze, learn
and reproduce the signals of other IR-remotes.
aquaero 5 – the control centre
The aquaero 5 has an integrated realtime clock with an perpetual calendar. You will be
able to choose different time zones. Summertime will be changed automatically.
Additionally to these features you can configure 32 timers, that can control many
functions e.g. automatic PC start-up.
Temperature sensors – digital, real, virtual or by software ?
Eight analog temperature sensors and a digital temperature/humidity (LS aquabus
channel) sensor can be connected to the aquaero. Moreover external sensors of other
Aqua Computer devices (aquastream, poweradjust) can be connected to the aquaero 5.
Altogether up to 40 temperature sensors can be used.
But there's more to come, you will be able to configure virtual sensors by binding real
sensors to one virtual. By combining information, this virtual sensor can display an
average, maximum or difference value of the connected sensors. Also software sensors
can be used, which are getting the current sensor value from a windows software.
Software sensors can be proved by using Watchdog and Fail-Safe functions.
Aqua Computer GmbH & Co. KG
Gelliehäuser Str. 1 - 37130 Benniehausen
aquaero
5 - The perfect device
Functional description
Power outputs and RGB-LED
In addition to the 4 analog fan channels the new aquaero has two more voltage
regulators. These are using a 16kHz PWM and can be used the same way as the 4
analog channels with the restriction that they are not providing an rpm input. The power
outputs are regulated through a 16bit interface and can be adjusted in 0.01 % steps.
These outputs can be set by the controllers like the air fans. They can be perfectly used
control big fans or powerful LEDs.
Additionally the LED output was extended to an RGB output. A LED connected to this
output is able to change its color based on the temperature sensors.
Profiles: Always the right setup
Silence, LAN or night: The right ambient for whatever you are up to do can be set with
one keypress. With its 4 integrated profiles you can choose the requested parameterset
to the current situation. The profiles can be selected, created or deleted in the device or
the aquasuite. The profiles can also be selected by the internal timer.
Flow measurement - the right strategy for a exact value
The aquaero has got an input for a flow meter. Besides that the 1st channel, configured
as a sensor, can be used for the flow measuring. You can also use 6 external inputs by
adding poweradjust units to the aquaero. The aquaero uses an intelligent algorithm to
calculate the flow level. Depending on the impulse numbers the aquaero automatically
uses different algorithms to produce precise measuring. This way you can use flow
sensors with less or more impulses/l.
Alert ! Alert !
The aquaero 5 is the guardian of your PC. Different problems need different actions, so
the aquaero has 8 different alarm and warning levels to classify problems. To every alert
you can adjust a warning level by yourself. You can also name those levels like
„warning“, „alert“ or „emergency shutdown“ and you can decide what happens when an
alarm occurs. Right now the following alert types are existing:
Temperature alert, fan rpm alert, flow alert, fill-level, pump and overvoltage alert.
Beep, beep, beep
In case of an alert the aquaero has a beeper that warns you.
Aqua Computer GmbH & Co. KG
Gelliehäuser Str. 1 - 37130 Benniehausen
aquaero
5 - The perfect device
Functional description
aquabus
Besides all the other functions of the aquaero it has 2 aquabus interfaces. Through the
aquabus connection you will be able to link other Aqua Computer devices to the
aquaero. All the other linked devices will be identified and integrated as a part of the
aquaero. There are no separate device menus in the aquaero anymore.
Next to the aquabus input there is a high speed input as well. You can use it to connect
the aquastream or the poweradjust. Older Aqua Computer devices can be connected to
the LS connector.
Current aquabus periphery
poweradjust 2: the poweradjust 2 device was developed simultaneously to the new
aquaero and fits to it perfectly. By connecting the poweradjust 2 to the aquaero it will
have another powerful amplifier incl. voltage regulation and temperature measuring.
There will be another temperature sensor and a flow meter integrated to the aquaero
sensor structure.
aquastream XT: by connecting this pump to the aquaero you will have total control over
it. You can affect the pump power or change every parameter. If an error occurs it will be
shown as an alert in the aquaero. You are also able to use the aquastream internal
temperature sensor through the aquaero.
multiswitch: If you connect a multiswitch you will have 17 more switching outputs
connected to your aquaero. They can be configured and managed through regulators.
tubemeter: this device can show you the fill level in your aquatube.
There will be more to come...
All this is only the beginning. It will take years until the aquaero 5 reaches its function
capacity limit. We will continue developing and extending the software possibilities
through permanent firmware updates. The whole concept has been designed for a long
product life and new periphery will be announced soon.
Aqua Computer GmbH & Co. KG
Gelliehäuser Str. 1 - 37130 Benniehausen
aquaero
5 - The perfect device
Technical specifications - part 1
aquaero 4
aquaero 5 XT
aquaero 5 PRO
aquaero 5 LT
character-LCD
graphic
graphic
not available
Resolution
2x20 Chracters
256x64
256x64
Color
blue/white
black/white
black/white
Max. Speed
low
~20 pages/s
~20 pages/s
Cover
optional
standard
optional
Units
metric
metric & imp.
metric & imp.
PC Control and Screenshot
no
complete
complete
Type of key
mechanical
capacitive
mechanical
Number of keys
3
3 + 4 softkeys
3
Tone
without
adjustable
adjustable
Key LED
without
adjustable, red
without
IR Remote
without
HTPC keyboard
optional
8-Bit
32-Bit
32-Bit
32-Bit
Frequency
6 MHz
48 MHz
48 MHz
48 MHz
Log-Data Flash Memory
without
~ 140.000
~ 140.000
~ 140.000
aquaero
yes, USB 1.1
yes, USB 2.0
yes, USB 2.0
yes, USB 2.0
HID-Keyboard with Wake Up
no
yes, IR keyb.
yes, option IR
yes, but no IR
HID-Mouse
no
yes, IR mouse
yes, option IR
no
Media Device
no
yes
yes
yes
USB IR Receiver
no
Yes
Yes
no
(no more available)
Display
Controlling the aquaero
not available
CPU and RAM
USB-Devices
Aqua Computer GmbH & Co.KG
Gelliehäuser Str. 1 - 37130 Benniehausen
aquaero
5 - The perfect device
Technical specifications - part 2
aquaero 4
aquaero 5 XT
aquaero 5 PRO
aquaero 5 LT
4
4 internal
4 internal
4 internal
Maximum current
0,8 A
1,65A
1,65A
1,65A
Maximum power cosumption
10W
dynamic
dynamic
dynamic
Output for PWM-fan
no
channel 4
channel 4
channel 4
RPM measurement
yes
yes
yes
yes
Voltage range
full range
full range
full range
full range
Resolution
256 Steps
0.01% (16-Bit)
0.01% (16-Bit)
0.01% (16-Bit)
Heatsink
optional
ir (water opt.)
optional
optional
Expansion
no
6 external
6 external
6 external
Current measurement
no
yes
yes
yes
Shortage detection
no
yes
yes
yes
Programmable fuse
no
100mA steps
100mA steps
100mA steps
Temperature control
no
yes
yes
yes
no
2x 16kHz PWM
2x 16kHz PWM
2x 16kHz PWM
Maximum current
1A
1A
1A
Resolution
0,01%
0,01%
0,01%
N/O
changer
changer
changer
0,5A
1A
1A
1A
Low Speed
LS+High Speed
LS+High Speed
LS+High Speed
as peripheral
complete
complete
complete
time/day
perpetual cal.
perpetual cal.
perpetual cal.
Autom. Summer/Wintertime
no
yes
yes
yes
Timezone
no
yes
yes
yes
(no more available)
Fan channels
PWM Channels
Relay output
Maximum current
aquabus
Integration
Real Time Clock (unbuffered)
Aqua Computer GmbH & Co.KG
Gelliehäuser Str. 1 - 37130 Benniehausen
aquaero
5 - The perfect device
Technical specifications - part 3
aquaero 4
aquaero 5 XT
aquaero 5 PRO
aquaero 5 LT
6
8
8
8
External analog sensors
2x aquastream
>20
>20
>20
External digital sensors
no
temp/humidity
temp/humidity
temp/humidity
aquaero hardware monitor
no
3
3
3
Temperature range analog
0/100°C
-40/120°C
-40/120°C
-40/120°C
Display accuracy analog
0.1K
0.05K
0.05K
0.05K
Virtual temperature sensors
no
4 due software
4 due software
4 due software
LED Output
two colors
RGB
RGB
RGB
Timer
2
32
32
32
Action
relay
free definable
free definable
free definable
Weekday function
yes
yes
yes
yes
Eventlog
4 (Alarm)
2000 events
2000 events
2000 events
Profile storage in device
2
4
4
4
Language storage in device
1
2
2
2
Controller
4
61
61
61
Ideal value (PID)
yes
8
8
8
Two point
yes
16
16
16
Curve
no
4
4
4
RGB
no
1
1
1
Multiple targets
no
yes
yes
yes
Switching outputs useable
no
yes
yes
yes
IR transmitter
no
yes (optional)
yes (optional)
yes (optional)
RPM signal generator
no
yes
yes
yes
(no more available)
Temperature sensors
Aqua Computer GmbH & Co.KG
Gelliehäuser Str. 1 - 37130 Benniehausen
Aqua Computer GmbH & Co. KG
Gelliehäuser Str. 1
37130 Benniehausen
Deutschland
Tel.: +49 (0) 5508-9749-290
www. aqua-computer.de
info@aqua-computer.de