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Expandable vehicle PC has multiple video inputs

Dec 1, 2010 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 7 views

Ibase announced an in-vehicle PC designed for video capture or digital signage applications. The I-VC5 accepts four channels of video input, sports eight serial ports and ten USB 2.0 ports, and has both dual Mini PCI Express slots and a PCI-104 slot, the company says.

According to Ibase, its I-VC5 can operate fanlessly in temperatures ranging from 32 to 140 deg. F, can work off a 6VDC power supply, and is designed to withstand shock and vibration. Applications include infotainment, navigation, tracking, high-speed 3G internet access, database access, incident reporting, and fleet management, the company says.

Ibase's I-VC5
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The I-VC5 (above) employs Intel's 1.66GHz Atom N450 CPU and ICH-8M I/O controller, and accepts up to 1GB of RAM via a single SODIMM slot, according to Ibase. Mass storage is provided by a bay for 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives, a removable 2.5-inch tray, and a CompactFlash slot.

As the images above and below show, the I-VC5 is festooned with ports on both front and back. According to Ibase, the device's two camera inputs accept four video channels in all, with a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 and a maximum frame rate of 30fps.

Ports on Ibase's I-VC5
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Video output may be sent to an LVDS connector on the device's front panel, or to a VGA port on its rear panel. Ibase cites a total of 10 USB 2.0 ports, though only four of these (two front, two rear) appear to feature external Type A connectors.

Ibase says the I-VC5 has eight serial ports — six RS232 and two RS232/421/485. (Although the data sheet doesn't say, it seems that one of the RS232 ports is served up internally via a header.) Other connectivity, meanwhile, includes a gigabit Ethernet port, digital I/O (four in, four out), and audio (mic in, line in, line out), according to the company.

Internally, the I-VC5 has a PCI-104 slot and two Mini PCI Express slots, according to Ibase. It's said the latter may be used to add 802.11b/g wireless networking and a Cinterion HC25 module that provides both GPS and GSM cellular connectivity.

According to Ibase, other options for the I-VC5 are an accelerometer module and a UPS. Touchscreen capabilities may be added via USB when an appropriate LVDS screen is connected, the company adds.

Features and specifications listed by Ibase for the I-VC5 include:

  • Processor — 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450
  • Chipset — ICH-8M
  • Memory — up to 1GB of DDR2 RAM via single SODIMM slot
  • Storage — internal 2.5-inch bay, removable 2.5-inch tray, CompactFlash slot
  • Expansion:
    • 2 x Mini PCI Express
    • 1 x PCI-104
  • Networking — gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • 1 x VGA
    • 1 x LVDS
    • 2 x camera inputs (accept 2 video channels apiece)
    • 10 x USB 2.0 (4 external)
    • 8 x serial (2 x RS232/422/485; 5 x external RS232; 1 x internal RS232)
    • digital I/O (4 in, 4 out)
    • audio — mic in, line in, line out
    • UPS connector
  • Power requirements — 6~35VDC
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 140 deg. F (0 to 60 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 8.85 x 8.18 x 2.75 inches (225 x 208 x 70mm)
  • Weight — n/s

Further information

Operating system support was not specified by Ibase, though the I-VC5's common chipset should be welcome to Linux. The device appears to be available now, and more product information may be found on the company's website, here.

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