We see more and more industrial devices making use of Raspberry Pi boards, after Kunbus RevolutionPi RevPi Core industrial computer based on Raspberry Pi Computer Module, and RailPi 2.0 embedded computer equipped with a Raspberry Pi 3 (or ODROID-C2) board, Janz Tec is now offering another option with emPC-A/RPI3 industrial embedded controller featuring Raspberry Pi 3 board, and supporting variable DC power input, 24V digital inputs and outputs, and interfaces such as CAN, RS485…
- SoC – Broadcom BCM2837 quad core ARM Cortex-A53 processor @ 1.2 GHz (but limited to 4x 600 MHz on purpose to avoid overheating) and VideoCore IV GPU
- System Memory – 1GB DDR2 RAM
- Storage – externally accessible micro SD slot
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4 port
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet port, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth LE (BCM43143)
- USB – 4x USB 2.0 ports
- Debugging – 1x 9-pin D-SUB connector for serial debug console (RS232 only with RxD and TxD)
- I/O connector with:
- 1x CAN (ISO/DIS 11989-2, opto-isolated, term. settings via jumper, SocketCAN supported)
- 1x RS232 (Rx, Tx, RTS, CTS) or switchable to RS485 (half duplex; term. settings via jumper)
- 4x digital inputs (24V DC)
- 4x digital outputs (24V DC)
- Misc – Real-time clock, battery buffered
- Power Supply – 9 … 32 V DC
- Dimensions – 99.8 x 96.7 x 30.0 mm
- Temperature Range – Operating: 0 °C … 35/40°C; storage: -20 °C … 75 °C
- Humidity – 5 % ~ 95 %, non-condensing
The enclosure supports desktop, wall or DIN rail mounting. While customers can boot the operating system of their choice from micro SD card, the company offers support for Raspbian JESSIE Lite operating system, and can also provide – at extra cost – CODESYS V3 runtime environment, Oracle Java Embedded, and CANopen protocol stack and tools.
As with all other industrial solutions, the added features come at a costs, as Janz Tec emPC-A/RPI3 pricing starts at 250 Euros without micro SD card, power supply, nor any optional software options. The embedded computer can be purchased on Saelig website, and you may want to visit the product page for more information.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
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