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Box PC gains dual-core Atom option, PCIe

Mar 30, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 5 views

Axiomtek launched a fanless industrial box computer with an Intel Atom N450 or dual-core Atom D510 processor, each clocked at 1.66GHz. The eBOX620-800-FL supports up to 2GB DDR2 memory, provides PCI Express expansion, offers a variety of connectivity including gigabit Ethernet, and supports a wide temperature range, says the company.

The eBOX620-800-FL is designed for applications including digital signage, gaming, industrial control automation, PoS, kiosk, and medical equipment, says Axiomtek. The box computer upgrades last June's eBOX-621-831-FL, which ran on Intel's earlier 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270.

Axiomtek eBOX620-800-FL

The new model moves up to Intel's Atom N450 and D510, two of Intel's "Pineview" Atoms, which bring the graphics processor on-die for power and footprint savings. Compared to the N270, the single-core N450 is not that much faster than the slight bump in clock rate to 1.66GHz would indicate, but the dual-core D510 should provide a considerably larger boost.

Compared to the eBOX-621-831-FL, the eBOX620-800-FL's chief addition is the addition of a Mini PCI Express slot. In addition, there's now an optional DVI-I port to go along with the standard VGA offering, and one of the three RS/232 ports has been switched to a more flexible RS-232/422/485 port. The box is also slightly smaller, but heavier, and gains a new power supply.

Front view of eBOX620-800-FL

As before, the eBOX620-800-FL supports up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM via a single SODIMM slot, and offers a front-facing CompactFlash slot and a SATA port with an internal 2.5-inch bay. The computer is further equipped with dual gigabit Ethernet ports, four USB ports, a PS/2 port, audio I/O, and the aforementioned trio of serial ports, says Axiomtek.

The fanless box computer offers vibration resistance, and supports a 14 to 122 deg. F (-10 to 50 deg. C) operating temperatures with the D510 and 14 to 131 deg. F (-10 to 55 deg. C) with the N450, says the company. Operating system support is said to include Linux, Windows CE, and Windows XP Embedded (XPE).

Features and specifications listed by Axiomtek for the eBOX620-800-FL include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom N450 (single-core) or Atom D510 (dual-core), both @ 1.66GHz; Intel ICH8M controller
  • Memory — up to 2GB DDR2 of RAM via 1 x 200-pin SODIMM
  • Memory expansion — 1 x CompactFlash slot
  • Expansion — 1 x PCIe mini card (USB + PCI Express signal)
  • Storage — 1 x 2.5-inch SATA HDD bay
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Other I/O:
    • 4 x USB 2.0
    • 1 x RS-232/422/485 (COM 1)
    • 2 x RS-232 (COM 2/3)
    • 1 x VGA
    • 1 x DVI-I (optional)
    • audio mic in and line out
    • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse
  • Power — AC 60W adapter; AC 90-264V input; DC [email protected] output
  • Operating temperature — 14 to 122 deg. F (-10 to 50 deg. C) with D510; 14 to 131 deg. F (-10 to 55 deg. C) with N450
  • Vibration endurance — 2Grms with CompactFlash only (5-500Hz, X, Y, Z directions)
  • Dimensions — 7.87 x 4.7 x 2.2 inches (200 x 120 x 56mm)
  • Weight — 4.36 pounds (1.98 kg)
  • Operating systems — Linux, Windows XP Embedded, Windows CE


The eBOX620-800-FL will be available around the end of May at an undisclosed price. More information may be found at Axiomtek's eBOX620-800-FL page.

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