TECHBASE has been making modular industrial computers based on hobbyist boards for several years with products like ModBerry M300 IoT Gateway.
ModBerry M500 is another of their model, powered by a Raspberry Pi 3 board and launched in 2016. The company has now upgraded the industrial gateway to Raspberry Pi 3 B+ board, and added PoE support in the process.
ModBerry M500 specifications:
- SoC – Broadcom BCM2837B0 quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor @ 1.4 GHz with VideoCore IV GPU
- System Memory – 1GB DDR3
- Storage – 8GB micro SD card
- Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4 and 3.5mm jack for CVBS (composite + stereo audio)
- Gigabit Ethernet (max 300 Mbps)
- Dual band 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 LE
- Optional Zigbee, LTE/3G, GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth cards
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
- Expansion I/Os
- 2x RS-232/RS-485
- 4x digital inputs, 4x digital outputs up to 30V DC
- 1x CAN
- Optional 4x Analog input; 18-bit resolution
- Optional ExCard I/O modules for more RS-232/485 ports, Ethernet ports, PCIe slots, analog input and output, digital I/Os, relays, M-Bus interface, and more
- Misc – RTC with battery, watchdog timer
- Power Supply
- 10~30V DC up to 1A
- Power over Ethernet (PoE)
- Dimensions – 106 x 91 x 61 mm (ABS casing with DIN rail enclosure)
- Weight – 300 grams
- Operating Conditions – Temperature: -25 ~ 80°C; humidity: 5 ~ 95% RH (non-condensing)
The company provides an ever-expanding line of ExCard I/O modules, whose list you’ll find in the product brief. The industrial automation gateway runs firmware based on Linux Kernel 4.0, and supporting CODESYS automation software for control systems.
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