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Advantech UTX-3115 Rugged Fanless Computer Powered by Intel Atom E3826 SoC Supports Intel Intelligent Systems Framework

June 20th, 2014 No comments

Advantech UTX-3115 is a rugged low power fanless computer powered by Intel Atom “Bay Trail-I” E3826 dual core processor and lots of various ports that can be used as a digital signage, for machine or factory automation, & “smart IoT gateway”, and that happens to be supported by Intel’s Intelligent Systems Framework (ISF).
Advantech_UTX-3115
Before checking out Intel ISF, let’s go Advantech UTX-3115 hardware specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom E3826 dual core processor @ 1.46 GHz with 1MB L2 cache and Intel HD graphics.
  • System Memory – 2 x 204-pin SO-DIMM DDR3 1333/1066MHz, up to 16GB
  • Storage – 2.5″ bay for HDD or SSD storage
  • Video Output
    • 1x HDMI up to 1080p60
    • 1x micro HDMI up to 1080p60
    • 1x VGA up to 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz
    • Dual channel LVDS up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz (shared with micro HDMI)
  • Connectivity – Dual Gigabit LAN (LAN1: Intel I210AT, LAN2: Realtek RTL8111G), optional Wi-Fi module
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB 2.0
  • Serial Ports – 1x RS-232 with 5v/12v, 1x RS-422/485
  • Expansion slot
    • 1x Half size Mini PCIe expansion slot for Wi-Fi module (shared with SIM card)
    • 1x Full size Mini PCIe expansion slot for mSATA storage
  • Power – 12V/3A
  • Dimensions – 138.5(W) x 35.98(H) x 116.4(D) mm
  • Operating Temperature Range – -20 ~ 60° C
  • Relative Humidity – 95% @ 40° C (non-condensing)

This computer supports Windows 7/8, as well as some embedded operating systems, and ships with a 36W power adapter, a CD with drivers and documentation, and extra documentations for CCC and RoHS. Power cables, and VESA or DIN-Rail wall mounts are also available as options.

Intel’s Intelligent Systems Framework appears to be comprised both of software packages for things, Intel calls them “Intelligent Systems“, and cloud based solutions to manage them securely over the network. You can learn a bit more by watching this 24-minute presentation below focusing on generalities rather than specificities. The session is divided into four parts, first with an IoT overview and its challenges (big data processing, costs, security), followed by Intel ISF overview, the IoT gateway stack (Intelligent Device Platform) provided by Wind River for ISF, and finally an overview of their UTX-3115 rugged computer.

Advantech UTX-3115 has been mass-produced since March 2014, but the company has not disclosed pricing. You can get more details on Advantech UTX-3115 product page.

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Geniatech Announces Dragon Board Industrial SBCs Powered by Amlogic Dual and Quad Core Processors

June 19th, 2014 2 comments

Not to be confused these DragonBoards, Geniatech has announced two industrial single board boards, namely Dragon Board I and Dragon Board II, respectively powered by Amlogic AML8726-MX dual core Cortex A9 SOC, and S801/S802/M805 quad core Cortex A9r4 SoC, and targeting applications such as digital signage player, and display applications for the hospitality industry.

Dragon Board II

Dragon Board II

Let’s go through the specifications of both boards:

  • SoC
    • Dragon Board I (DB I) – Amlogic AML8726-MX dual core ARM Cortex A9 @ 1.5GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU
    • Dragon Board II (DB II) – Amlogic S802 quad core ARM Cortex A9r4 @ 2GHz with Mali-450MP6 GPU
  • System Memory
    • DB I – 1GB (1600Mbps data rate)
    • DB II – 2GB (1600Mbps data rate)
  • Storage – 4GB NAND flash (up to 32GB as option), micro SD card slot, SATA interface
  • Video I/O
    • Common – HDMI output, LVDS, and CVBS.
    • DB I only – VGA
    • DB II only – HDMI input  and MIPI interface
  • Audio I/O – 3.5mm headphone jack and microphone jack, CVBS, and HDMI. speakers header.
  • Connectivity – 0/100Mbps Ethernet (RJ45)
  • USB – 2x full size USB ports, 1x USB OTG header, 1x USB header for touch panel
  • Serial – 1x 4-pin serial port , 1x DB9 RS232
  • Debugging – 4-pin serial port, JTAG
  • Expansion Headers – 30-pin header for USB, ADC, I2C (TP), GPIO interface
  • Expansion slot – mini PCIe, optional SIM card slot
  • Misc – IR sensor, 4x LEDs, 5V for fan (and +12V for DB II), 5V buzzer, 1x reset button, 1x power button (DB II only)
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A
  • Dimensions – DB I: 80*170mm; DB II: 107.7×176 mm
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Dragon Board I Ports Description (Click to Enlarge)

The company can provide support for Android 4.2 and embedded Linux for both boards. Documentation seems a bit messy and at time inaccurate, and they mention Dragon Board is limited to 1080p, but with S802 is nearly certain they do support 4K30, and that’s what they confirmed at Computex 2014 (see ARMFlix video below). It’s also possible Dragon Board II supports Android 4.4, and not Android 4.2, as I’ve only seen Android 4.4 for devices based on Amlogic S802.

The boards appear to be available now, but the company did not disclose princing. Further more or less accurate details can be found on Geniatech’s Dragon Board page, and especially in the download section where you can download the product briefs.

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Aaeon Announces CoMs, 3.5″ & mini ITX Embedded Boards Powered by Intel Bay Trail Processors

May 24th, 2014 1 comment

AAEON has announced the release three embedded boards and modules based on Intel Celeron J1900, N2930, N2807 and Atom E3800 series processors, which are all part of Intel’s low power Bay Trail family. EMB-BT1 is s mini-ITX board powered by Intel Atom 3825 or 3845, Gene-BT05 is a 3.5″ industrial board also based on Atom 3815/3815 or Celeron N2930 processors, and COM-BT is a series of COM Express type 6 computers-on-module.

EMB-BT1 mini-ITX Board

Aaeon_EMB-BT1EMB-BT1 is a fanless board designed for digital signage, POS, Kiosk and networking applications among others, with the following key features:

  • SoC – Intel Atom E3825 with 2 cores @ 1.33 GHz (TDP: 6 W) or Atom E3845 with 4 cores @ 1.91 GHz (TDP: 10W)
  • System Memory – DDR3L-1066 MHz (3825) or DDR3L-1333 MHz (3845)
  • Storage – Up to 2x SATA 6.0Gb/s, 2x SATA 3.0Gb/s
  • Display – 1x VGA, 1x HDMI, 1x LVDS with dual independent display support
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet (via Realtek 8111G)
  • USB – Up to 1x USB 3.0, 8x USB 2.0
  • Serial – Up to 5x RS-232, 1x RS-232/422/485
  • Expansion
    • 1x Full-size Mini Card with optional mSATA
    • 1x Half-size Mini Card
    • 1x PCI-E〔x1〕
  • Power – 12V DC
  • Dimensions – 17 x 17 cm (mini-ITX form factor)

You can get more information and access the user’s manual, datasheet, BIOS and drivers on Aaeon EMB-BT1 page.

Gene-BT05 Industrial Board (3.5″)

Gene-BT05 3.5″ fanless industrial boards are best suited for building automation, factory automation and medical equipment, and come with the following specs:GENE-BT05_Board

  • SoC
    • Intel Atom E3815 with 1 core @ 1.46 GHz (TDP: 5 W)
    • Intel Atom E3825 with 2 cores @ 1.33 GHz (TDP: 6 W)
    • Intel Atom N2930 with 45 cores @ 1.83 GHz (TDP: 7.5W)
  • System Memory – 1x DDR3L 1066/1333MHz SODIMM, Up to 8 GB
  • Storage – 1x SATA 3.0Gb/s, 1x CFast. Optional mSATA (using Mini Card I/F)
  • Display
    • 1x VGA, 1x HDMI, 1x 18/24-bit dual channel LVDS
    • Onboard 4/5/8-wire Resistive Touch Screen Controller (Optional)
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB – 1x USB3.0, 3x USB2.0
  • I/Os – 4x COM ports (2 x RS-232, 2 x RS-232/422/485), 8-bit Digital I/Os
  • Expansion – 2x Mini Card/PCIe (1x Full-size, 1x Half-size)
  • Power – 12V DC
  • Dimensions – 101.6 x 46 mm (3.5″ form factor)

There’s currently no Gene-BT05 in Aaeon’s list of 3.5″ Sub-compact boards, but you could check out the product brief, and Texim-Europe has the three boards listed for sale (4 to 8 weeks lead time).

Aaeon COM-BT COM Express modules

There’s no complete information about the company’s Bay Trail COM express modules, and albeit they’ve announced Atom and Celeron versions of the CoM in their latest press release,I could only find a product brief with Intel Atom Bay Trail-I processors. Here are the key features listed in that document:Aaeon_COM-BT

  • SoC
    • Intel Atom E3815 with 1 core @ 1.46 GHz (TDP: 5 W)
    • Intel Atom E3827 with 2 cores @ 1.75 GHz (TDP: 8 W)
    • Intel Atom E3845 with 4 cores @ 1.91GHz (TDP: 10W)
  • System Memory – 1x DDR3L 1066/1333MHz SODIMM, Up to 4 GB
  • Storage – 2x SATA II (3.0Gb/s), optional 4GB eMMC
  • Display
    • HDMI, Display Port, eDP and VGA up to 2560 x 1600
    • LCD Interface – Up to 18/24-bit dual-channel LVDS
  • Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet (Intel I211)
  • USB – 1x USB3.0, 8x USB2.0 including one for USB OTG
  • I/Os – 2x serial ports (Tx/Rx only), up to 8 GPIOs (4 Input, 4 Output)
  • Expansion – 4x PCIe [x1], including one shared with Gigabit LAN
  • Misc – Optional TPM 1.2, watchdog Timer, H/W status Monitoring
  • Power – 12V DC
  • Standard – COM Express compact module, Pin-out Type 6, COM.0 Rev. 2.1
  • Dimensions – 95 x 95 mm

Further details about the three boards should become available during Computex 2014, on June 3-7 in Taipei, Taiwan, as Aaeon will showcase samples of the GENE-BT05, COM-BT and EMB-BT1 board at their booth  (K0315a).

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PQ Labs iStick A350-SSD is a Quad Core HDMI TV Stick with an mSATA Connector and a Battery

May 20th, 2014 9 comments

Since there are now so many quad core HDMI TV Sticks and TV Boxes, it would be easy to discount PQ Labs iStick A350-SSD as yet another Android TV devices powered by Rockchip RK3188 SoC, were it not for its mSATA connector and included battery. The company has also managed to add 3 USB ports, and a micro USB port, in a form factor only slightly bigger than a standard HDMI TV dongle.

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iStick A350-SSD specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3188  quad-core Cortex A9 @ 1.6GHz with Mali-400MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 4 GB NAND Flash, mSATA connector, micro SD slot
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI, audio jack
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6330 module)
  • USB – 3x USB Host, 1x micro USB
  • Misc – Recovery switch, power button, active cooling system
  • Battery – 270 mAh (3.7V)
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 10 x 5.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0 to 55 ℃; storage: -25 to 85 ℃
  • Humidity – 10% to 90% RH, non-condensing

The device is currently running Android4.2. The only downside is the presence of a fan for cooling but as everything is packed in such as small case it may be required. The 270 mAh is too small to run the device for any reasonable amount of time, so it probably acts as a UPS to avoid losing data during a power failure, and have enough time to power off the device gracefully. The company specializes in digital signage solutions, and they also have large USB touch screen frames that can be connected to their iStick devices.

PQ Labs iStick A350-SSD fitted with a 250GB SDD (top) vs Rikomagic MK804 IV (bottom) - Click to Enlarge

PQ Labs iStick A350-SSD fitted with a 250GB SDD (top) vs Rikomagic MK802 IV (bottom) – Click to Enlarge

Ian Morrison (aka linuxium) got hold of the device, added a 250 GB SSD, and is now running the device as an OwnCloud server. He posted several pictures and screenshots, including the one above, on G+ Mini PCs community.

PQ Labs iStick 350-SSD can be purchased for $169 via the company website. The also have two other versions: iStick 350 without mSATA connector, nor battery, and iStick 300 with a Rockchip RK3168 dual core SoC.  It is really a unique and neat device, but the price is a little stiff, and hopefully for people on a tight budget, some alternative will pop-up closer to the $100 mark.

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Shenzhen DigiCasting LX-N10 Is an AllWinner A31s Powered Board for Digital Signage Applications

May 19th, 2014 2 comments

Shenzhen DigiCasting, a Shenzhen based company specialized in digital signage solution, has recently introduced LX-N10 board specifically designed to connect to LVDS display for applications such as digital signage players. The board is powered by AllWinner A31s, comes with up to 2GB RAM, and optional 4GB eMMC, and various ports and headers.

LX-N10

LX-N10 Digital Signage Board (Click for Higher Resolution Picture)

LX-N10 board (aka DS-108) specifications:

  • SoC – AllWinner A31s quad core ARM Cortex A7 processor @ 1.2 GHz with PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 1 GB DDR2 (2GB optional)
  • Storage – micro SD slot up to 32GB, and optional 4GB eMMC
  • Video Output – HDMI, LVDS + backlight + touchscreen header
  • Audio – HDMI, 3.5mm stereo jack. Built-in 4R/20W, 8R/10W amplifier
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n,  10/100M Ethernet
  • USB – 2x external USB 2.0 host ports, 2x internal USB headers
  • Other Headers – GPIO (3 GPIO, 1 ADC), 3x RS-232 (2x Tx/Rx, 1x Tx/Rx/CTS/RTS), Audio 1 & 2 and IR
  • Misc – RTC + battery slot, LED
  • Power Supply – 12V
  • Dimensions – 87.7 x 123.8 mm (6 layer PCB)
  • Temperature range – -20 to 70 C
AllWinner_A31_Digital_Signage_Player

LX-N9 Player

The company provides Android 4.4.2 for the board. If you’d rather a solution with an enclosure, LX-N9 players is also available and based on LX-N10 board.

Both the board and signage player are available now. There’s no information about either on the company website, but if you want to know more you can contact them at Shenzhen DigiCasting website.

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VIA Embedded Store Launches for Embedded ARM & x86 Boards and Systems

May 5th, 2014 7 comments

Most of the time for boards and systems targeting industrial or embedded applications, companies will not provide pricing information, and if you want a sample for evaluation, or want to order a few for a project requiring limited quantities, you’ll need to contact sales, talk about your project, volume, schedule, etc… But for VIA Embedded boards and systems, you won’t need to go through this loop anymore, as the company has just launched VIA Embedded Store where you can buy boards such as VAB-820 pico-ITX board or a rugged system such as AMOS-820 directly online without questions asked.

VIA_Embedded_StoreI’ve gone through most of the checkout procedure and you can proceed as a guest or by registering, and they’ll just ask billing and shipping information, shipping method, and payment method selection (Only Paypal at this time).  It’s a simple as that, no need to fill some “I’m not a terrorist” forms like on some US websites.

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Intel Announces its First “Bay Trail” Fanless NUC Kit

April 18th, 2014 12 comments

Intel already announced a Bay Trail NUC selling for $140 earlier this year, but despite the low power dissipation (7.5W TDP) of the Intel N2820 processor, it requires a fan for cooling. The company has now unveiled its first fanless mini PC with Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE powered by Intel Atom E3815 Bay Trail-I processor with 5W TDP. This NUC is destined for industrial and enterprise solutions such as digital signage, point-of-sales, kiosks, and thin clients.

Intel_NUC_Kit_DE3815TYKHEHere are the specs of this tiny x86 computer:

  • SoC – Intel Atom E3815 single core processor @ 1.46GHz single core with 512KB cache and 5W TDP, coupled with Intel HD Graphics up to 400 MHz.
  • System Memory – Up 8 GB 1.35V, 1333/1600 MHz (down clocked to 1066 MHz) DDR3L SO-DIMM
  • Storage – 4-GB eMMC, support for one internal 2.5″ SATA HDD or SDD (up to 9.5mm thick)
  • Video Output:
    • 1x HDMI 1.4a
    • 1x Embedded DisplayPort* (eDP) 1.3 (2-lane with backlight and adjustable voltage/timings)
    • 1x VGA
  • Audio – Multi-channel digital audio via HDMI interface, headphone/microphone jack
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 ports, and 3x internal USB 2.0 ports
  • Serial - 2x serial port headers (TXD/RXD/RTS/CTS, w/5V transceivers)
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet port, Half-length PCIe mini-card slot and wireless antennas pre-assembled (for wireless card support)
  • Expansion header with DMIC, AppLaunch GPIO, HDMI_CEC, SMBus, I2C[0:1], PWM[0:1] w/5V buffers, 1.8/3.3/5 Vstby power
  • Misc – Discrete Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2), Watchdog timer,
  • Power – 12V, 36W wall-mount AC-DC power adapter. 12-24V DC internal power header.
  • Dimensions – 190mm x 116mm x 40mm
Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE Description (Click to Enlarge)

Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE Description (Click to Enlarge)

The kit includes Intel NUC Board DE3815TYBE with enclosure, a vertical stand, a VESA mount bracket with screws (75x75mm and 100x100mm compatible), a 12V/3A power adapter with multi-countries AC plugs, an Intel Atom sticker, and an integration guide. It can run Windows Embedded 8 Standard (WES 8), WES 7, or various Linux distributions. Intel promises a 3-year product life cycle, and 3-year advanced warranty replacement.

The latest Intel NUC is expected to start shipping on April 28, but price has not been disclosed. You can find more information on the product page.

Via FanlessTech

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