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Industrial PC supplies Mini PCI Express and SIM-card expansion

Oct 13, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Korenix announced a DIN rail-mounted industrial communication computer that offers Mini PCI Express and SIM-card slots. The rugged JetBox 8180 is equipped with an Intel Atom N270 processor with 1GB RAM, and offers CompactFlash and SATA storage, plus gigabit Ethernet, USB, and DVI ports, says the company.

The JetBox 8180 is designed for industrial communication network applications, such as distributing video for field site monitoring, says Korenix. Similar devices include the recent JetBox 8150, which runs on a Via Eden CPU.

The new JetBox 8180 comes optionally pre-installed with Windows XP Embedded on a CompactFlash card or SATA drive, but also supports Linux, as well as Windows XP and Windows CE, says the company.

Korenix JetBox 8180

The JetBox 8180 is equipped with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 and 1GB DDR2 RAM, says Korenix. A CompactFlash slot and a SATA slot are available, along with an optional 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD), says the company.

Designed for remote wireless connectivity, the computer ships with both a Mini PCI Express (Mini-PCIe) slot and a SIM-card slot. The JetBox 8180 provides a gigabit Ethernet port, a RS232/422/485 serial port, a PS/2 port, and four USB 2.0 ports, says the company.

A DVI port is offered for video, and dual-display capability, presumably via an additional VGA port, is also said to be available as an option. Additional features are said to include headphone, mic, and line-in audio connectors, plus a watchdog timer and status LEDs.

Constructed for fanless operation, the DIN rail-mount computer provides IP32 protection and features an aluminum heat-sink frame housing for heat dispersion, says the company. Shock resistance is said to be compliant with IEC60068-2-27 (50g peak acceleration), and vibration resistance is rated as IEC60068-2-6 (5g/10~150Hz/operating).

Equipped with a power supply that accepts DC input from 12~24 Volts, the computer is said to provide 1.65A maximum (0.86A typical) power consumption with DC 19V input.

Features and specifications listed by Korenix for the JetBox 810 include:

  • Processor — 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270
  • Chipset — 945GSE northbridge and ICH7M southbridge
  • Memory — 1GB of DDR2 RAM via single SODIMM slot
  • Storage — 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drive or CompactFlash
  • Expansion — Mini PCI Express card; SIM slot
  • Networking — 1 x gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • 1 x DVI
    • 4 x USB 2.0
    • 1 x serial (RS232/422/485)
    • 1 x PS/2
    • audio — line in. mic in, headphone out
  • Power requirements — 12~24VDC
  • Operating range — 32 to 122 deg. F (0 to 50 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 5.71 x 4.02 x 1.97 inches (145 x 102 x 50mm)
  • Weight — 24.7 ounces (0.7 kg)

Further information

Korenix did not provide pricing or availability information on the JetBox 8180. More information, including a datasheet, may be found here.

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