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VIA ARTiGO 1300 Quad Core x86 Rugged Digital Signage Player

September 17th, 2014 2 comments

VIA has recently announced ARTiGO 1300, a rugged digital signage player powered by a VIA quad core E-Series x86 processor with VX11PH media processor, provides two HDMI outputs for independent displays, USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and more. Beside digital signage applications, it can also be used for kiosks, menu boards, HMIs, and other IoT applications.

 

ARTiGO_A1300_Rugged_Signage_Player

ARTiGO A1300 Specifications:

  • Processor – VIA QuadCore E-Series @ 1.0 GHz
  • Chipset – VIA VX11PH Media System Processor with Chrome 645/640 GPU for 2D/3D, and hardware video decoding  support (MPEG-2, WMV9, VC-1 and H.264)
  • System Memory – 1x DDR3 1066/1333 SODIMM socket (up to 8GB)
  • Storage – Support 1x 2.5” SATA SSD/HDD, 1x mSATA SSD. 32Mbit Flash memory for AMI Aptio UEFI BIOS.
  • Video Output – 2x HDMI ports supporting resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 pixels. Dual independent HDMI display support.
  • Audio – VIA VT2021 High Definition Audio Codec, Line-in and Line-out
  • Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet port (Realtek RTL8111G) with support for Wake-On-LAN and Boot from LAN (PXE), optional Wi-Fi and 3G support
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports and 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Serial Port – 1x COM portfor RS-232/422/485
  • Expansion Slot – 1x Mini-card slot (PCIe + USB 2.0), 1x SIM card slot, 1x DIO port for 8-bit GPIO
  • Misc – Blue LEDs for 3G and USB Wi-Fi, 1x Red LED for SSD activity, 1x Green LED for power status, power on/off button, Watch Dog Timer
  • Power – 12V DC-in (typical: 28W). ACPI 3.0 compliant
  • Dimensions – 185mm(W) x 44.4mm(H) x 162mm(D)
  • Weight – 2.0 kg without HDD

ARTiGO_A1300_COM_DIO_USB_LEDThe design is fanless, and supports Windows 8, Windows 7, WES 7, and Linux based operating systems. Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity can be added with respectively VNT9271 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi module and Ublox 3.75G HSPA/UMTS mini PCIe module.

VIA ARTiGO A1300 is available now on VIA Embedded Store for $550 plus shipping ($45 to Thailand). Further details can be found on Artigo A1300 product page.

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Shuttle DSA2LS Fanless Android Mini PC with Dual Display Support for Digital Signage Applications

August 22nd, 2014 1 comment

Shuttle is a company making small form factor PCs, and I’ve recently mentioned their Intel Celeron J1900 based mini PCs. The company has now launched its first ARM based mini PC, called DSA2LS, powered by Freescale i.MX6 Duallite processor, and running Android 4.2. This computer is mainly destined to be used as a digital signage player with features such as VESA mounts, dual screen support, protective operation, and has been designed for 24/7 operation at 0 to 45 C. Other applications include kiosk, thin clients, and vending machines.

Shuttle_DSA2LS

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX6 DualLite dual core processor @ 1GHz with Vivante GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC + SD card slot up to 64 GB protected by anti-theft (or anti-troll) cover
  • Video Output – HDMI and VGA, supporting dual displays (but maybe not independent displays).
  • Audio – HDMI, Line OUT
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000M Ethernet (470Mbps max) with Wake-on-LAN support, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi antenna
  • Video Codecs – MPEG2, H.264, MPEG4/ Xvid DivX H.264, AVI/ Xvid H264 MJPEG, MOV/ H.264
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x mini USB 2.0 port (device)
  • Misc – Power button, status LED, RS-232 (DB9) port, Kensington lock
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A (internal), input 100-240V
  • Dimensions – 142(L) x 190(W) x 35(H)mm

Shuttle DS2LS comes with a power cord, VESA mount system with 8 screws, a Wi-Fi antenna, and a Quick Start Guide. The device is pre-loaded with Android 4.2.2. Contrary to most other devices, the power supply is built-in the box, and you simply need to connect the power cord. Other features useful for digital signage include power failure recovery, and auto power on.

DSA2LS Board and Power Supply

DSA2LS Board and Power Supply (Click to Enlarge)

In case you need HDMI and LVDS, DSA2LV motherboard with very similar specifications is available from the company.

Shuttle DSA2LS digital signage player has been announced in Europe, where it sells for 158 Euros including VAT. More information, including links to download the latest firmware and quick start guide, is available on Shuttle EU and Global sites.

Via AndroidPC.es

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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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