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Rugged automation box touted for machine vision

May 6, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Advantech announced a ruggedized, fanless automation computer with a front-accessible I/O design. The UNO-3084 is equipped with a 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, dual DVI-I ports with support for up to three displays, dual Firewire interfaces, plus Ethernet, USB, and serial connectivity, says the company.

The latest in Advantech's line of UNO-branded automation computers, the UNO-3084 is aimed at machine vision applications and other industrial automation tasks. Equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo L7500 clocked at 1.6GHz, the UNO-3084 offers 2GB of DDR2 memory, expandable to 4GB, the company says.

Advantech UNO-3084

The system is said to ship with internal and external CompactFlash slots, as well as shock-protected dual SATA bays supporting solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs). RAID 0/1 data striping and mirroring are supported, and an additional SATA port is also supplied for a third drive, Advantech says.

The 9.3 x 7.6 x 7.0-inch, 11-pound UNO-3084 offers three PCI and one PCI-Express (PCIe) expansion slots. Advantech also offers a UNO-3082 model that is identical to the UNO-3084, but somewhat smaller and lighter, providing only two PCI slots (see image below).

The two-PCI slot UNO-3082 (left) and the three-slot UNO-3084 (right)

The UNO-3084's I/O is extensive, to say the least, led by dual gigabit Ethernet ports with teaming functionality. The computer supports up to seven USB 2.0 devices, or nine with the addition of two optional ports, says Advantech. The standard complement consists of four external USB ports, one internal port "for secured encryption," and two internal pin headers, says the company.

The system comes standard with dual RS-232/422/485 ports with automatic flow control, and options provide for up to four more RS232 ports of different types (see spec list below). The UNO-3084 is also said to be equipped with dual IEEE-1394b (Firewire) interfaces for machine vision applications, as well as four-channel isolated digital I/O for alarm triggers and handling. Two DVI-I ports, meanwhile, offer support for up to three displays, says the company.

UNO-3084, left side

Equipped with a 9 ~ 36 VDC power supply, the UNO-3084 requires 40 Watts under typical operation (without an add-in card), claims Advantech. Strict thermal testing  ensures that the system will operate at a stable temperature, even when the CPU is under maximum stress, claims the company.

Specifications listed for the Advantech UNO-3084 include:

  • Processor — Intel Core 2 Duo L7500 clocked at 1.6GHz
  • Memory — 2GB DDR2 RAM (4GB optional)
  • Flash expansion — 2 x internal type I/ II CompactFlash slot (1 x internal, 1 x external)
  • Storage — 2 x 2.5-inch SATA HDD brackets with RAID 0/1; 1 x external SATA 2.0 port (no hot swap)
  • Expansion — 3 x PCI v2.2 slots; 1 x PCIe
  • Display — 2 x DVI-D ports with support for 3 independent displays
  • Networking — 2 x 10/100/1000 Base-T RJ-45 ports (Intel 82574L); supports Wake on LAN, teaming, built-in boot ROM, and IEEE1588 hardware
  • Other I/O:
    • 5 x USB 2.0 ports (one internal)
    • 2 x USB 2.0 pin headers
    • 2 x additional USB 2.0 (optional)
    • 2 × RS-232/422/485 with DB9 connectors, automatic RS-485 data flow control
    • 2 x RS-232 only (optional)
    • 2 x COM-232 with packing (optional)
    • 2 x IEEE 1394b (Firewire) type B (bilingual)
    • Digital input (4-ch. contact DI0 ~ DI3)
    • Digital output (4 ch. DO0 ~ DO3)
    • PS/2 (optional)
    • LPT (optional)
  • Audio — AC '97, Line-out
  • Other features:
    • Watchdog timer
    • LEDs for power, standby, HDD, SRAM battery, Rx/Tx for COM ports
    • Advantech DiagAnywhere remote management agent (Windows CE/XPe only)
  • Power:
    • 9 ~ 36 VDC (e.g +24 V @ 5 A)
    • ATX, AT/ATX power jumper selection and BIOS AT simulation
    • Isolation between chassis and power ground
    • 40 W typical consumption w/o add-on card
  • Operating temperature — 4 to 131 deg. F (10 to 55 deg. C)
  • Shock protection:
    • IEC 68 2-27
    • CompactFlash — 50 G @ wall mount, half sine, 11 ms
    • HDD — 20 G @ wall mount, half sine, 11 ms
  • Vibration protection:
    • IEC 68 2-64 (Random 1 Oct./min, 1hr/axis.)
    • CompactFlash — 2 Grms @ 5 ~ 500Hz
    • HDD — 1 Grms @ 5 ~ 500Hz
  • Weight — 11 lbs. (5 k)
  • Dimensions — 9.3 x 7.6 x 7.0 inches (238 x 195 x 177mm)
  • Operating system — Linux, QNX, WES, Windows XP Embedded, Windows Vista/XP, Windows 7, Windows CE 6.0


Advantech did not offer pricing or availability information on the UNO-3084. More information may be found here.

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