2.5-inch Pico-ITX SBC Offers LVDS, HDMI & DisplayPort Video Interfaces, Dual Gigabit Ethernet

2.5-inch Pico-ITX SBC: pITX-APL v2.0

Today I learned that Pico-ITX boards were also called 2.5-inch boards since they are about the size of a 2.5-inch SATA drive. Kontron pITX-APL V2.0 is one such 2.5-inch Pico-ITX SBC powered by an Intel Atom E39XX or Celeron Apollo Lake processor. The board can drive three independent displays via its 24-bit LVDS interface, HDMI and mini DisplayPort 1.2 output, comes with two Gigabit Ethernet ports and support for 4G LTE connectivity via M.2 slot and SIM card socket. Those features make it suitable for a wide range of applications including industrial client applications, kiosk, infotainment, digital signage, and POS systems. Kontron pITX-APL V2.0 specifications: Apollo Lake SoC variants Intel Atom x7-E3950 quad-core processor @ up to 2.0 GHz with 18EU Intel HD graphics; 12W TDP Intel Atom x5-E3940 quad-core processor @ up to 1.8 GHz with 12EU Intel HD graphics; 9.5W TDP Intel Atom x5-E3930 dual-core processor @ up to 1.8 GHz with 18EU Intel HD graphics; 6.5W TDP …

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Raspberry Pi or UP Board based Linutop Runs Digital Signage or Web Kiosk Software

Linutop XS

Linutop is a French company offering software and hardware solutions for digital signage and secure web kiosks, and this morning we received an email about Linutop OS now working on Raspberry Pi 4 board. Linutop OS is a Xubuntu (x86) or Raspbian (Arm) based OS using XFCE desktop environment, and shipping with the company’s Linutop Kiosk program used to setup a web kiosk or a digital signage player controlled via Linutop TV Digital Signage CMS (Cloud or self-hosted). The kiosk/DS software and the content management system (CMS) are not open-source, but there are free demo versions. If you want to install the full version it will cost you 79 Euros, and a self-hosted license for the CMS goes for 196 Euros. The company also offers Arm and x86 digital signage players based on Raspberry Pi or UP Board SBCs. Linutop XS/XS3 Linutop XS is based on a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B SBC housed in a metal case, and ships …

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Intel Atom P5900 “Snow Ridge” Processor to Power 5G Base Stations

Intel Atom P5900

Intel may have given up on developing 5G modems for mobile devices, but the company will still be participating in the ramping up of 5G technology by focusing on 5G infrastructure instead. So the company has just introduced the Atom P5900 “Snow Rigde” processor family designed for 5G wireless base stations requiring “high throughput, low latency processing for high-density network edge and security solutions”. The 10nm chips are offered with 8 to 24 cores based on the Tremont micro-architecture. There are four Atom P5900 “Snow Ridge” processors so far: Intel Atom P5921B 8-core processor @ 2.20 GHz with 9MB cache Intel Atom P5931B 12-core processor @ 2.20 GHz with 13.5MB cache Intel Atom P5942B  16-core processor @ 2.20 GHz with 18MB cache Intel Atom P5962B 24-core processor @ 2.20 GHz with 27MB cache P5912B supports up to 64GB ECC DDR4 memory, and other parts can handle up to 128GB RAM. The rest of the features are identical for all four …

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GOLE F7 Windows 10 Tablet Review – Part 2: Barcode & QR Code Scanner, NFC, and Ruggedness

GOLE F7 Waterproof tablet

GOLE F7 is a waterproof, shock resistant, rugged tablet running Windows 10 Pro 64-bit.  The company sent us a sample together with a charging dock, and you can check out “GOLE F7 Rugged Tablet Review – Part 1: Unboxing and Charging Dock” to find out more about the hardware interface and other physical features of the tablet. I’ve now spent more time with the tablet and tested some of the features such as Barcode scanner and NFC reader. I’ve only done minimal testing of the usual Windows 10 benchmarks since the Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor powering the tablet has been around for many years, and we have previous mini PC’s reviews showing the performance of the platform in Windows 10 with MINIX NEO Z83-4 Pro or even the previous GOLE F10 model. Instead, I’ve focused on the differentiating features including the ruggedness of the device. GOLE F7 System Info Windows System info shows the Atom x5-Z8350 is coupled with 4GB …

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Versalogic Grizzly Embedded Server Board is Powered by a 16-Core Intel Atom C3958 Processor

Versalogic Grizzly with Heat Pipe

Launched in 2016, Intel Atom Denverton processors are usually found in motherboards for low power servers hosted in data centers as well as in network appliances. But Versalogic Grizzly embedded server board fitted with the 16-core Atom C3958 Denverton processor aims specifically at embedded systems with applications ranging from smart-grid, and smart-city applications, to transportation, security, and defense operations. Versalogic Grizzly (VL-ESU-5070) key features and specifications: Processor – Intel C3958 16-core Denverton server-class processor @ 2.0 GHz System Memory – 4x SO-DIMM sockets for up to 128 GB DDR4 of ECC memory Storage – 2x SATA 3 ports, bootable mSATA socket, bootable M.2 NVMe SSD socket Networking – 2x 10GbE SFP+ ports (copper or fiber), 4x Gigabit Ethernet ports Video output – None, but optional VGA/LVDS mini PCIe card available Audio – No on-board audio, but optional VL-ADR-01 audio interface available USB – 2x USB 3.0 host ports Serial – 2x RS-232 ports Expansion One full, one half-length Mini PCIe …

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NEXCOM In-vehicle Computers Enable 24/7 Monitoring of Trains, Buses, and Trucks

NEXCOM nROK 6222

Taiwan based NEXCOM has introduced two new mobile computing solutions specifically designed for transportation with nROK 6222/VTC 6222 Intel Apollo Lake computers enabling 24/7 monitoring of trains, buses, trucks, and other vehicles. The computers come with five Ethernet ports, including four PoE enable, in order to connect IP cameras, and two HDMI output, one VGA output to let drivers monitor the front and back of the vehicle, and passengers view travel-related or other information. NEXCOM nROK 6222/VTC 6222 key features and specifications: SoC – Intel Atom x7-E3950 quad-core Apollo Lake processor clocked at 1.6 GHz / 2.0GHz with Intel HD Graphics 505 System Memory – 4GB DDR3L 1866 SO-DIMM (default) up to 8GB Storage –  2x 2.5″ SATA 3.0 SSD up to 15mm thick, SD card slot, internal USB DOM Video Output – VGA, 2 x HDMI Connectivity nROK 6222 – 1x Gigabit Ethernet (M12) port, 4x Ethernet (M12) ports with 802.3af/at PoE (60W max) VTC 6222 – 1x Gigabit …

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GOLE F7 Rugged Tablet Review – Part 1: Unboxing and Charging Dock

GOLE F7 Rugged Tablet Review

GOLE F7 is a rugged Windows 10 Pro tablet with a 10.1″ touchscreen display, an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 Cherry Trail processor,  and “triple-proofed” with resistance to shocks, waterproofness, and dustproofness (see full specs). The tablet also comes with various features that can be useful to industrial use cases. The company sent me a sample fitted with 4G, a QR and bar code scanner, and a fingerprint print, as well as a separate charging dock. I’ll first have a look at the device and its hardware features in the first part of the review before trying it out with Windows 10 Pro in the second part that will focus on special features and ruggedness. The tablet comes with a rubber cover to protect all sides. All ports are covered to make the tablet dust-and-waterproof, and I could easily pull those to reveal USB, Ethernet and a COM port on one side… … a 3.5mm audio jack, micro HDMI port, micro USB …

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Dust, Water, and Shock-Proof GOLE F7 10.1″ Rugged Tablet Runs Windows 10

GOLE F7 Rugged Tablet

Shenzhen GOLE Technology is known for its tablet mini PC combos that mix the features of mini PCs and tablets into one device. Some example or GOLE F6 (aka GOLE 10), or GOLE1 Plus. Their latest model, GOLE F7, is closer to what we’d think of a traditional tablet, but the 10.1″ Cherry Trail tablet is fairly thick and rugged, with the company’s highlighting its “triple-proofing” capabilities, namely dust-proofness, waterproofness and resistance to shocks. GOLE F7 specifications: SoC – Intel Atom x5-Z8350 quad-core Cherry Trail processor @ 1.44 / 1.92 GHz with Intel HD graphics System Memory – 4GB DDR (option: 2GB) Storage – 64GB eMMC flash (option: 32GB), MicroSD card slot Display Standard – 1920×1200 IPS touchscreen display with 300 ANSI lumen brightness Option – 1280 x 800 IPS touchscreen display with 500 ANSI lumens brightness (requires MOQ purchase) Video Output – 1x micro HDMI 1.4 Audio – Integrated speakers and microphone; 3.5mm audio jack Camera – 5.0MP rear …

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