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RailPi 2.0 DIN Rail Enclosure & Industrial Expansion Board is Designed for Raspberry Pi 3 & ODROID-C2 Boards

January 17th, 2017 1 comment

We’ve already seen the Raspberry Pi compute module used for industrial applications with RevolutionPi RevPi Core industrial computer with a DIN rail enclosure, support for digital I/O modules and fieldbus gateways. Hagedorn Software Engineering GmbH, another German company has designed a similar industrial computer, called RailPi 2.0, with a DIN rail enclosure integrating an add-on board designed for Raspberry Pi 3 and ODROID-C2 boards.

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RailPi 2.0 specifications (adapted from Google Translation of website):

  • I/Os
    • 4x digital outputs, short-circuit-proof, PWM-compatible, with diode for the connection of inductive loads such as relays.
    • 2x optically decoupled inputs, current-limited, with dimensions compliant with the S0 standard to allow them to be used with  pules counters / current meters.
    • RS485 interface
    • 1-Wire bus placed at the front of the RailPi
    • Bus connector for extensions with GND,I2C Clock (5V), I2C data (5V), 5V, and 12V
  • Misc – Real-time clock
  • Power Supply – Input voltage range of 9-36V DC

The Raspberry Pi 3 / ODROID-C2 ports are also exposed through the enclosure with 4 USB ports, Ethernet, and more. RailPi website provides some more details, especially if you can read German. The expansion board schematics have also been released in PDF format.

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This type of equipment is quite specialized and sold in low volume, so pricing might be higher than you would expect. You’ll find two models on RailPi store with RailPi 2.0 + Raspberry Pi 3 board sold for 236.81 Euros, and RailPi 2.0 + ODROID C2 for 248.71 Euros.

If you don’t really need to complete system with industrial input / output boards, but would just need a DIN rail enclosure for your board, there are much cheaper options with on RS Components starting at 4.74 GBP (<$6) although at this low price it might only be part of the case, as well as ModMyPi, and eBay.

Thanks to Sander for the tip.

GOLE1 Plus Windows 10 mini PC & Tablet Combo Coming Soon for Around $200

January 16th, 2017 2 comments

GOLE1 was product launched last year than combined a tablet and mini PCs functionalities into one product with a 5″ touchscreen, a battery, and all the ports you’d expect from a mini PC with USB, HDMI, etc… I reviewed an early GOLE1 sample running both Windows 10 and Android 5.1, and beside a battery charging problem due to its being one of the first sample, I found it was a product fun to play with, however, I could not really find a practical use case for it. The 5″ display is just to small to run Windows 10 comfortably, and it’s a bit heavy to use like a normal tablet. Maybe if you have an application that require a small display panel to  control a large screen connected via HDMI, it’s different. I’ve been informed the company is about to launch a new version, called GOLE1 Plus, with a new revision of the Cherry Trail x5 processor, a bigger battery, and a large 8″ touchscreen display.

GOLE1 vs GOLE1 Plus vs GOLE1 specifications:

Gole1 Gole1 Plus
SoC Intel Atom x5-Z8300 quad core processor @ 1.44 / 1.84GHz
+ Intel HD Graphics Gen8
Intel Atom x5-Z8350 quad core processor @ 1.44 / 1.92 GHz
+ Intel HD Graphics Gen8
System Memory 4GB DDR3 4GB DDR3
Storage 32 or 64GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot 64 or 128 GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot
Display 5″ touchscreen display 1280×720 resolution 8″ touchscreen IPS display; 1280×800 resolution
Video Output 1x HDMI 1.4 port 1x HDMI 1.4 port
Audio I/F HDMI output, 3.5mm audio jack, speaker HDMI output, 3.5mm audio jack, speaker
Connectivity 10/100M Ethernet, dual band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 with external antenna 10/100M Ethernet, dual band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 with internal antenna
USB 3x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x micro USB port 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port
Misc Power , volume and back buttons (plastic) placed on top Power, and volume buttons (metal) placed on one side
Battery 2,600 mAh 6,000 mAh
Size (cm) 13.50 x 9.0 x 2.0 cm 19.86 x 13.6 x 2.7 cm

GOLE1 came with a dual boot firmware with Windows 10 Home 32-bit and Android 5.1, but the new GOLE1 Plus will only come with Windows 10 Home 64-bit. If you don’t like this OS, it should be possible to install Linux operating systems with some efforts due to audio and Wifi issues with Cherry Trail processors. The larger display will certainly make it more suitable for Windows 10, and the extra battery capacity will extend the battery life. However, don’t except to see any differences between Intel Atom x5-Z8300 and x5-Z8350 processors as only the burst frequency has been increased a little (1.84 vs 1.92 GHz).

GOLE1 with 4GB RAM / 64GB storage was just under $150 shipped at the time of review last year, but the price seems to have increased since this it’s now around $190 including shipping on eBay and other websites. Considering the updated price for GOLE1, GOLE1 Plus should be better value once it is released as it is expected for sell for around $200.

Via miniPCDB

BioDigitalPC Credit Card Sized Pluggable Computer Fits into Desktop Docks, AIO Monitors, Datacenters-in-a-Suitcase, and More

January 12th, 2017 No comments

We’ve seen in the past at last two projects development CPU cards aimed for easy upgrade a replacement, starting with EOMA-68 standard currently with products based on ARM processors and mostly targeting the consumer market, followed more recently by Intel Compute Card that focuses on the smart devices and enterprise markets. But I’ve recently found out a third company has been doing pluggable CPU cards for a little while: Arnouse Digital Device Corporation (ADDC) with their BioDigitalPC cards designed for the military and small businesses, and pluggable into desktop docks, phones, all-in-one monitors, and even portable datacenters that fit into a suitcase. The company also has “reader boards” that you can integrate into your own products / enclosures. Everything is shown in the diagram below.

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The latest generation (Gen 9) of BioDigitalPC cards are based on Intel Atom Bay Trail-I single, dual or quad core processors with 2 to 8 GB DDR3, 32 to 128 GB SSD, four USB 2.0 interface, one USB 3.0 interface, two PCIe interface, and DisplayPort++ video output through a custom connector.

BioDigitalPC-Gen9The cards have roughly the dimensions of a business card (84×54 mm) and 6.5mm thickness. The cards can run any x86 operating system including Windows, Windows Server, LINUX, CentOS, RHEL, Ubuntu and others, and are hot pluggable. They also have a waterproof, dustproof, fire-resistant and rugged epoxy coating, can be purchased in commercial and industrial operating temperatures, and can withstand about 3,000G.

Mobyl Data Center 22 Supports Up to 22 BioDigitalPC Cards

Mobyl Data Center 22 Supports Up to 22 BioDigitalPC Cards

Pricing makes it 100% clear the solutions are not designed for the consumer market, as BioDigitalPC Gen 9 cards sell for $580 and up starting with the single core version, and the Mobyl Data Center 22 shown above goes for $88,000 with four military grade batteries, a 9.7″ display, 22 GbE cards, and a rugged Pelican Storm case, but without any BioDigitalPC cards. You’ll find the full details and price list on ADDC website.

Intel NUC6CAYS NUC Powered by Celeron J3455 Apollo Lake Processor is now Available for $233

January 12th, 2017 5 comments

Intel unveiled plans for two Apollo Lake NUCs, respectively NUC6CAYS & NUC6CAYH, in summer 2016. The former comes with 2GB memory and 32GB storage with Windows 10 Home preloaded, while the latter is a barebone system. The company has now started to sell the Windows 10 models on Amazon US for $232.99 with free shipping (if you happen to live in the US).

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Here’s a quick reminder of the main specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron J3455 quad core processor @ 1.5 GHz to 2.3 GHz (burst) with 12EU Intel HD graphics 500 @ 250 to 700 MHz (10W TDP)
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3L-1600 SO-DIMM RAM, upgradeable up to 8GB DDR3L-1866
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC flash, 2.5″ SATA3 bay for 9.5mm hard drives or SSDs, SDXC slot with UHS-I support
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60 Hz, VGA
  • Audio – Up to 7.1 channels via HDMI, 3.5mm front headset jack, 3.5mm rear speaker/TOSLINK combo jack
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45), 802.11ac 1×1 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB – 2x front USB 3.0 ports at the front (yellow one for charging), 2x rear USB 3.0 ports, 2x internal USB 2.0 ports via header
  • Misc – IR receiver, Kensington lock
  • Power Supply – 12~19V DC input (65W wall-wart power supply included)
  • Dimensions – 115 x 111 x 51 (plastic casing with inner metal structure)

Intel-NUC-HDMI-2.0-VGAYou’ll find more detailed specifications here. Intel won’t be the only company launching Apollo Lake mini PCs, as there are a few other models in the pipeline coming from China and other countries. If you are interested in Linux, note that one person managed to get hold of Voyo VMac with the intention of replacing Windows 10 by Linux, but could not as the bootloader is allegedly locked to Windows. This will most probably not be an issue on Intel Apollo Lake NUCs, but it’s possibly something to check first if you plan to purchase mini PCs from other brands and want to run Linux.

Another caveat to be aware of if you’d like to use the NUC as an HTPC is that the chip required for HDMI 2.0 output on Apollo Lake platforms may filter out some signals, and HDMI audio pass-through may or may not work perfectly.

Via NUC Blog and Liliputing

ECS Liva Z / ZE Apollo Lake mini PCs Showcased at CES 2017

January 6th, 2017 7 comments

We first heard about ECS Liva Z mini PCs based on Intel Apollo Lake processors at Computex 2016, but at the time there was very little information about the platforms. Since then Intel has officially launched Apollo Lake processor, and ECS is now at CES 2017 where they showcased ECS Liva Z and Liva ZE mini PCs powered by Intel Celeron N3350, N3450 or N4200 processor.

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Both models are pretty similar, but Liva ZE adds a 2.5″ SATA bay, a digital microphone input, and four RS232 COM ports.

LIVA Z LIVA ZE
CPU Intel Apollo Lake SoC
(Intel Celeron Processor N3350 / N3450 / N4200)
(6W TDP)
PCH Integrated
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 500 / 505
Memory 2x DDR3L SO-DIMM Slots
Storage 1x eMMC 32G/64G
1x M.2 2242 SATA III
1x eMMC 32G/64G
1x M.2 2242 SATA III
1x 2.5″ SATA III
Wi-Fi Intel AC3165 1×1 802.11ac + BT 4.0
Ethernet 2x Gigabit LAN with RJ-45
(Realtek RTL8111H)
Display Outputs 1 × HDMI (confirmation required for 1.4b or 2.0 + HDCP 2.2)
1 × mDP 1.2
Audio 1x Combo Jack (Realtek ALC283) 1x Combo Jack (Realtek ALC283)
1x Digital Microphone Input
USB 3 × USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps)
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C (5 Gbps)
Dimensions 117 mm × 128 mm × 33 mm 117 mm × 128 mm × 51 mm
PSU External – 19V @ 2.1A
(40 W)
External – 19V @ 3.42A
(65 W)
VESA Mounts 75 mm / 100 mm, one bracket included
OS Microsoft Windows 10 Linux-based OS (UEFI mode)
Microsoft Windows 10

Another difference is that while ECS LIVA Z appears to be only available with Windows 10, Liva ZE will be sold with Linux or Windows 10.

ECS Liva ZE mini PC

ECS Liva ZE mini PC

We’ll see have to wait for availability and pricing information.

Via Anandtech

Intel Compute Card is a Business Card Sized Platform for Modular & Upgradeable Computers & Devices

January 6th, 2017 4 comments

Intel has just introduced their Compute Card, the name likely originating from their Compute Stick & Module series, integrating all main components you’d find in a computer such as a processor, memory, storage, and wireless connectivity into an standardized ultra thin business card sized module that can be used in compatible devices from smart kiosks to security cameras and IoT gateways, as well as computers and laptops.

intel-compute-cardIntel has some demos at CES 2017, but has not announced any specific models yet. We still have some of the key features for the Compute Cards:

  • Processor up to 7th Gen Intel Core, memory, storage and wireless connectivity are all included in the card
  • Intel Compute Card-based device will provide the power, cooling and the optimized user I/O for that particularly solution
  • Connection to devices will be done via an Intel Compute Card slot with a new standard connector (USB-C plus extension)
  • USB-C plus extension connector will provide USB, PCIe, HDMI, DP and additional signals between the card and the device
  • Dimensions – 94.5 mm x 55 mm x 5 mm

It’s not the first time company have created compute module for upgradeability and modularity, as with, for example, EOMA68 CPU card going into a mini computer and laptop, just like BBC demo of Intel Compute Card below featuring Core-M processor.

Intel is now working with early partners such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sharp, and InFocus to develop products taking Compute Card. More details, including pricing, will be made available in Q2 2017 just before the Compute Card and compatible devices should start to hit the shelves around the middle of the year. You’ll find a few more details on Intel’s Compute Card product page and press release.

Giada F105D Apollo Lake Mini PC Supports up to 3 Displays via HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, and VGA Ports

December 22nd, 2016 No comments

Giada F105D is an upcoming mini PC powered by either a Celeron N3350 dual core or N3450 quad core processor part of Apollo Lake family with up to 4GB RAM, a 2.5″ SATA bay, and three video outputs: HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort and VGA.

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Except for the processor, F105D-BS200 and F105D-BQ200 mini PCs have the same specifications:

  • SoC
    • F105D-BS200 – Intel Celeron N3350 dual core processor @ 1.1 / 2.4 GHz with 12EU Intel HD 500 graphics (6W TDP)
    • F105D-BQ200 – Intel Celeron N3450 quad core processor @ 1.1 / 2.2 GHz with 12EU Intel HD 500 graphics (6W TDP)
  • System Memory – Up to 4GB DDR3L-1600MHz with 2GB on-board + 2GB on 204-pin SO-DIMM socket
  • Storage – 1x 2.5″ SATA drive bay (max. height 7.5mm), 1x M.2 (PCIe), 1x mSATA III, 1x micro SD slot
  • Video Output
    • VGA up to 2560×1600 @ 60Hz, 24bpp
    • HDMI 2.0 up to 3840×2160 @ 60Hz, 2560×1600 @ 60Hz, 24bpp
    • DisplayPort up to 4096×2160 @ 60Hz
  • Audio – Realtek ALC662-VDO, 1x MIC-IN, 1x AUDIO OUT & SPDIF, HDMI & DisplayPort
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports (Realtek 8111F) with Wake-on-LAN support
  • USB – 3x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Expansion – 1x full-length Mini-PCIe with SSD support, 1x halg/full-length Mini-PCIe with Wi-Fi / BT module support
  • Misc – 1x COM port (DB9), watchdog timer
  • Power Supply – 19V/2.1 A
  • Dimensions – 190 x 149 x 26 mm
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The mini PC will support Windows 10 and Linux operating systems, and optionally comes with desk, wall and/or VESA mounting kits. The company states that the solution is ideal for “digital signage applications, such as government, office, bank, shopping mall, hospital, interactive All-in-One PC”.

I could not find any details about availability and pricing, but the F105D appears to be an upgrade of Braswell based F103D model that sells for the equivalent of $250 in South Africa with 2GB RAM. You may find a few more details about the two new Apollo Lake models on their product page.

Via AndroidPC.es

Kunbus RevolutionPi RevPi Core Raspberry Pi based Industrial Computer Sells with Digital I/O Modules and Fieldbus Gateways

December 16th, 2016 8 comments

Kunbus, a German company specialized in industrial network solution, has decided to design an industrial system based on Raspberry Pi Computer module supporting variable power supply, a wide temperature range, DIN rail mounting, etc, as well as corresponding digital I/O modules and fieldbus gateways.

industrial-raspberry-pi-revpiRevolutionPI RevPi Core specifications:

  • SoC – Broadcom BCM2835 ARM11 processor @ 700 MHz
  • System Memory – 512 MB
  • Storage – 4GB flash
  • Video Output – Micro HDMI port
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet port
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB port
  • Misc – RTC, 3x status LEDs (2 programmable)
  • Power Supply – 10.7 V to 28.8 V; polarity protection; 4 kV / 8 kV ESD protection & EMI passed (according to EN61131-2 and IEC 61000-6-2), surge and burst tests passed
  • Power Consumption – Max: 10 Watts including 2 x 450 mA USB load; typ.: 4 watts.
  • Dimensions – 96 x 22.5 x 110.5 mm (Polycarbonate case)
  • Housing type – DIN rail housing for DIN rail version EN 50022
  • Weight – 108 g
  • Protection class – IP20
  • Temperature Range – Operating: -40 °C to +55 °C (exceeds EN61131-2 requirements); storage: -40 °C to +85 °C (exceeds EN61131-2 requirements); N/B.: No guarantee that the system can start at less than 30 °C with a 24V power supply.
  • Humidity – up to 93% (non-condensing) @ 40°C

The system runs Raspian Wheezy with RT-patch for Linux kernel 4.1.13.

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Beside RevPi Core described above, the company also offers three different galvanically isolated “RevPi DIO” digital IO modules with a 28-pin I/O connector as shown in the first picture, as well as RevPi Gates gateways supporting industrial communication standards including Profinet, Profibus, EtherCat, Modbus, Sercos, CANopen, and more. RevPi DIO and Gates are connected to RevPi core through a overhead Pi Bridge connector allowing two expansions per RevPi Core.

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Some RevPi Gates Gateways

You can find the full details on Kunbus RevolutionPi microsite, and purchase RevolutionPi RevPi Core (169 Euros), DIO modules and gateways on their webstore.

Thanks to Sander for the tip.