Vecow makes its latest entry into the industrial 4.0 and AIoT application market place with the announcement of the Whiskey Lake-UE based EMBC – 3000 3.5″ SBC and the SPC 5200 slim fanless computer system. The units are extremely similar, and it would seem the EMBC-3000 is inside the SPC-5200, so there are several options for the system features and setups. Whiskey Lake-UE processors, such as Core i7-8665UE, are the embedded, long-lifespan version of Whiskey Lake-U processors.
Vecow has a long history in the embedded industrial computing industry, going back to 2011. Their latest embedded systems are a 3.5 form-factor SBC, the EMBC-3000 and the SPC-5200 slim build embedded computer, both built around the 8th Gen Whiskey Lake-UE processors with 15W TDPs. The EMBC-3000 are available with i-series or Celeron processors.
The EMBC-3000 has been developed with machine vision and AGV (Automated Guided Vehicles) in mind, for use in factories, warehouses, distribution centers and other places where there is human and non-human interaction, like M2M, or M2H environments. The applications include factory-automation, intelligent control, and AVG/AGR. The uses span a wide range of industrial 4.0 and AIoT applications as well.
The units all support DDR4 2400MHz SO-DIMM up to 32 GB and a variety of I/O ports and connectors. There are four USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports with 10Gbps data transfer rates, four COM RS-232/422/485, sixteen isolated DIO, one SIM card socket, two Mini PCIe slot (8GT/s) and two SATA III (6G) ports. The units support triple displays, through Displayport, DVI-D and the dual-channel 24-Bit LVDS display interface and ports. Designed for a low profile form-factor, to fit inside a robot factory vehicle, with dimensions of 146mm x 102mm, EMBC-3000 offers full function SUMIT A, B expansion boards for 10GigE LAN, GigE LAN and PCIe slot for graphics cards, USB adaptor, and video card connectivity.
- Processor — Intel 8th Gen “Whiskey Lake” UE-series Core and Celeron (2x or 4x core @ up to 2.0GHz); Intel Gen 9.5 HD Graphics (24 EU); 15W TDP (configurable TDP of 12.5W to 25W)
- Memory — up to 32GB of 2400MHz DDR4 via dual sockets
- 2x SATA 3.0 with the power connector
- mSATA available via mini-PCIe (see farther below)
- Networking — 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports (Intel I210 and 1219LM with AMT 12.0) with WoL and PXE
- DisplayPort up to 4096 x 2304 @ 60Hz
- LVDS (24-bit, dual-channel) at up to 1920 x 1200 with backlight connector
- DVI-D at up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz
- Triple independent display support
- Mic-in, line-out interfaces (Realtek ALC892 HD audio)
- Other I/O:
- 4x USB 3.1 Gen 2 host ports at up to 10Gbps
- 2x USB 2.0
- 4x RS232/422/485
- GPIO, fan connector
- 2x mini-PCIe (PCIe/USB) slots (1x with mSATA support, 1x with SIM card slot)
- Optional SUMIT A and B connectors on the i7-8665UE model for stackable 10GbE, GbE, PCIe/graphics, USB adaptor, or video cards
- Other features — Watchdog; HW monitoring; 2x LEDs; optional TPM, heatsink, heatspreader, cables
- Power — 9-48V DC; ATX connector; power and reset buttons; ignition control (16 Model)
- Operating temperatures — -40 to 85°C; 5% to 95% humidity, non-condensing
- Dimensions — 146 x 102mm (“3.5-inch form factor”)
- Operating system — Linux or Windows 10
The SPC 5200 is a slimline fanless computer system, meant to be used inside other devices or as a stand-alone industrial device. There is a slightly lower operating range for the SPC-5200 -40°C to 70° C. The dimensions are slightly bigger than the EMBC-3000 due to the enclosure, 246.1 x 53.8 x 44.0mm and there are shock absorption and vibration resistance, which are important during vehicle applications.
There is no pricing or ship date as of yet, for either the EMBC-3000 or the SPC-5200. You may find further details on the respective product pages. The information found in this article was provided in part by the Linuxgizmos article for the two hardware platforms.
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