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Atom-powered industrial PC offers choice of expansion slots

Aug 31, 2011 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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Axiomtek announced a fanless, industrial “shoebox” PC with two expansion slots, offering four different combinations of PCI or PCI Express cards. The IPC922-212-FL includes single- or dual-core Atom processors, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, multiple ports, plus both hard disk and CompactFlash storage, according to the company.

Axiomtek announced a fanless, industrial "shoebox" PC with two expansion slots, offering four different combinations of PCI or PCI Express cards. The IPC922-212-FL includes single- or dual-core Atom processors, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, multiple ports, plus both hard disk and CompactFlash storage, according to the company.

Axiomtek's IPC922-212-FL is a fanless, Atom-powered PC aimed at industrial applications. That's not unusual, but this device is like some other Axiomtek PCs (including the IPC914-211-FL we covered last year) in that its brains are provided by a PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manafacturers Group) 1.3 single board computer (SBC), visible at left in the image below.


Axiomtek's IPC922-212-FL
(Click to enlarge)

This design means expansion signals can be routed over a passive backplane, which Axiomtek offers in three different versions. Thus, depending on model, the IPC922-212-FL's expansion slots can be:

  • 1 PCI Express x1 and 1 PCI Express x4, or 2 PCI Express x1
  • 1 PCI Express x4 and 1 PCI-X
  • or 1 PCI and 1 PCI Express x4

As for the SBC, it's the SHB212 that we covered last April. Background details are provided later in this story, but we couldn't help noticing that the version installed in the IPC922-212-FL obviously has only one Ethernet port on its coastline, as opposed to the two such ports touted earlier this year.

For duty in the IPC922-212-FL, the SHB212 can be fitted with either the single-core Intel Atom D425, or the dual-core D525, both clocked at 1.8GHz and featuring 10-Watt TDPs. Maximum memory is 4GB of DDR3 RAM, installed in the SBC's single, 204-pin SO-DIMM socket, according to Axiomtek.

As for fixed storage, that's provided by either a CompactFlash slot, apparently on the back of the SBC itself, or by an optional 2.5-inch hard disk drive. (The SHB212 has two SATA ports, as you'll read later, but there's apparently room for only one disk drive inside the IPC922-212-FL.)

The rear of the IPC922-212-FL is featureless, since it is designed to be mounted flush with a wall. The front, meanwhile, has an Ethernet port, a VGA port, and two USB 2.0 ports deriving directly from the edge of the SHB212's coastline, plus four additional USB 2.0 ports and four serial ports (3 x RS232, and 1 x RS232/422/485).

According to Axiomtek, the IPC922-212-FL has a built-in DC-to-DC power supply that lets it tolerate DC input voltages from 18 to 28VDC. Featuring a remote power switch feature, the device is also operable via an AC adapter with a nominal 19VDC output, the company adds.

Specifications listed by Axiomtek for the IPC922-212-FL include the following:

  • Processor — Intel Atom D425 or Atom D525 @ 1.8GHz
  • Chipset — Intel ICH-8M
  • Memory — up to 4GB of DDR3 via 204-pin SODIMM
  • Storage — CompactFlash slot; 1 bay for 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drive
  • Expansion slots:
    • 1 PCI Express x1 and 1 PCI Express x4, or 2 PCI Express x1
    • 1 PCI Express x4 and 1 PCI-X
    • or 1 PCI and 1 PCI Express x4
  • Networking — 1 x gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • 6 x USB 2.0
    • VGA
    • 4 x serial (3 x RS232, 1 x RS232/422/485)
  • Power — 18~28VDC; 19VDC via AC adapter
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 104 deg. F (0 to 45 deg. C)
  • Dimensions —
  • Weight — 9.3 pounds (4.22kg)

Background on the SHB212

Like earlier SHB boards from Axiomtek — including the Intel Xeon- and Core-ready, full-length SHB105 released in December — the SHB212 supports the PICMG 1.3 form factor as well as the SHB (Sundance High speed Bus) standard. (Other Axiomtek SHB boards include the 2008-issue SHB102 SBC and last year's SHB111.)


Axiomtek SHB212

The SHB212 can, as noted earlier, be fitted with the Atom D425 and D525, and it also supports the Atom N455 clocked to 1.66GHz. Equipped with up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, clocked at either 667MHz (N455) or 800MHz, the SBC offers a CompactFlash slot and dual SATA ports for storage, Axiomtek said in April.

The SHB212 was also said to offer dual-display support via a VGA port and an internal 18-bit, single channel LVDS interface. The SBC also provides two rear USB 2.0 ports and four more internal, for six ports in all, plus an RS-232/422/485 and RS/232 port, as well as PS/2 connectivity, according to the company.


SHB212 port detail

Used on its own, the fanless board measures 7.28 x 4.96 inches (185 x 126mm) and runs on +12V DC power, says Axiomtek. Operating temperatures can range from 32 to 140 deg. F (0 to 60 deg. C), the company noted.

Further information

Axiomtek did not cite pricing or operating system support for the IPC922-212-FL, but the company says the device is available now. More information may be found on the IPC922-212-FL product page.

Jonathan Angel can be reached at [email protected] and followed at www.twitter.com/gadgetsense.


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