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Fanless industrial PC stores video on hot-swappable drives

Apr 25, 2011 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 16 views

Moxa announced a fanless, Intel Atom N270-based computer intended to be a network video recorder in railway and industrial applications. The V2416 includes two bays for hot-swappable disk drives, a CompactFlash slot, VGA and DVI-I video outputs, four serial ports, and dual gigabit Ethernet ports with M12-type connectors, the company says.

Moxa's V2416 is obviously related to three Atom N270-powered railway computers the company introduced last October: the V2404, V2422, and V2426. Of these, it most closely resembles the V2426, which had essentially the same case, with a front panel offering dual trays for a variety of proprietary I/O modules.

Moxa's V2416
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On the V2416 (above) these trays are instead employed for two hot-swappable SATA hard disk drives (3.5-inch mechanisms are possible, we presume, though this wasn't stated). According to Moxa, the V2416 has 1GB of built-in RAM, with a 200-pin DIMM slot that accepts a further 1GB, and also includes an integral 2GB DOM (disk-on-module) for storing either Windows Embedded Standard 2009 or Linux operating systems.

The V2416 further includes a CompactFlash slot, protected by a screw-attached door. Also up front is audio I/O, VGA (resolution to 2048 x 1536 pixels) and DVI-I (resolution to 1600 x 1200 pixels) video outputs, 3.5mm jacks for audio I/O (line in, line out), and a PS/2 port, Moxa says.

In contrast to these standard connectors, the front-mounted gigabit Ethernet ports and USB 2.0 host port employ M12 connectors. The V2416's rear panel, meanwhile, has two additional USB 2.0 ports with Type A connectors, four serial ports (RS232/422/485) with DB9 connectors, and terminals for six digital inputs and two digital outputs, according to Moxa.

Moxa says the V2416 accepts input power ranging from 12 to 48VDC, with a consumption of approximately 26 Watts. The standard operating range is -13 to 140 deg. F, but wide-temperature variants (-40 to 158 deg. F) are also available, the company adds.

Specifications listed by Moxa for the V2416 include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom N270 clocked at 1.6GHz
  • Chipset — 945GSE northbridge and ICH7M southbridge
  • Memory — 1GB of RAM onboard; additional 1GB via SODIMM slot
  • Storage — 2GB DOM (disk on module)
  • Expansion — Type I/II CompactFlash; two slots for hot-swappable hard disk drives
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet (M12 connectors)
  • Other I/O:
    • VGA
    • DVI-I
    • PS/2
    • 3 x USB 2.0 (1 M12, 2 Type A)
    • 4 x serial (RS232/422/485)
    • 6 x DI and 2 x DO
  • Power — 12 to 48VDC; 48 Watts
  • Operating temperature — -13 to 140 deg. F (-25 to 60 deg. C) standard; -40 to 158 deg. F (-40 to 70 deg. C) wide-temperature
  • Dimensions — 9.84 x 6.06 x 2.24 inches
  • Weight — 8.8 pounds (4kg)

Further information

Moxa did not cite pricing or availability for its new transportation computer, but the device appears to be available now. More information may be found on the V2416 product page.

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