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Rugged car computer touted for smart power controls

Jan 25, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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Axiomtek announced a fanless, Intel Core 2 Duo-ready in-vehicle box computer that supports Linux. The eBOX310-830-FL resists vibration, can be switched on and off by a car's ignition switch, and complies with E-Mark E13 and ISO-7637 standards for vehicle manufacturers, says the company.

Designed as an in-vehicle computer, the eBOX310-830-FL can be integrated into cars, trucks, buses, or even boats, says Axiomtek. The 8.8 x 9.8 x 2.6-inch computer appears to be based on the Axiomtek EP830, an EPIC-format single-board computer (SBC), pictured farther below. The PC incorporates Intel's 945GME northbridge and ICH7M southbridge, and supports the chipmaker's Core 2 Duo, Core Duo, Core Solo, or Celeron M CPUs, while accepting up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, says Axiomtek.


eBOX310-830-FL (rear view)

The eBOX310-830-FL ships with a 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drive (HDD) bay, as well as a CompactFlash Type II socket, says the company. Dual MiniPCI Express slots are said to enable wireless configurations including GPS, GSM/GPRS, HSDPA, WiFi, WiMAX, and Bluetooth. I/O includes two gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and three COM ports, says Axiomtek. Additional I/O is said to include DVI-I, VGA, and audio.

Axiomtek EP830

The computer features a rugged aluminum and steel chassis with anti-vibration resistance up to 2Grms and temperature support from 32 to 122 deg. F (0 to 50 deg. C ), , says Axiomtek. The box supports 9 to 36 V wide-range DC power input, and offers ISO-7637-certified power protection that is said to prevent electrical transient, guarding against damage from automotive power.

An MCU power control microprocessor and a modifiable power ignition switch function turns on the eBOX310-830-FL automatically when the vehicle starts, and shuts it down when the vehicle is turned off, Axiomtek says. The computer is also said to include a watchdog timer and to comply with the E-Mark Certification (E-13) standard for automakers.

eBOX310-830-FL (front view)

Specifications listed for the eBOX310-830-FL include:

  • Processor — Socket M for Intel Core2 Duo, Core Duo, Core Solo, or Celeron M CPUs
  • Chipset — Intel 945GME and ICH7M
  • Memory — Up to 2GB DDR2 (400/533MHz) DRAM) via 1 x 200-pin SODIMM
  • Expansion:
    • 1 x CompactFlash Type-II slot
    • 2 x Mini-PCI Express slots
  • Storage — 2.5-inch HDD bay with optional 40GB to 160GB drives
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Other I/O:
    • 3 x RS-232 (COM1/2/3) ports
    • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
    • 1 x VGA port
    • DVI-I port
    • 1 x audio port (Mic-in/Line-out)
    • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse
    • 1 x SMA type connector opening
  • Other features:
    • Watchdog timer
    • 3 x status LEDs
    • DIN-rail-, wall-, or stand-mounting
    • Aluminum extrusion and heavy-duty steel chassis
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 122 deg. F (0 to 50 deg. C ) with HDD
  • Vibration resistance — 2Grms with HDD (5-500Hz, X, Y, Z directions)
  • Power:
    • 9~36VDC-in
    • ISO-7637-compliant
    • E-Mark Certification (E-13) compliant
    • 1 x VDC power input connector
    • Intelligent power ignition switch function
  • Dimensions — 8.8 x 9.8 x 2.6 inches (224.1 x 250 x 66.5mm)
  • Weight — 6.61 to 8.37 lbs (3.0 to 3.8 k)
  • Operating system — Linux, Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded

Availability

The eBOX310-830-FL will be available with Linux, Windows CE, or Windows XP Embedded operating systems around the middle of February, says Axiomtek. More information may be found here.


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