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Rugged box computer features AMD processors, M12 Ethernet ports

Dec 20, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 5 views

MEN Micro announced a rugged box computer with a 1.5GHz AMD G-Series T52R processor and two gigabit Ethernet interfaces with M12 connectors. The “BC1” is equipped with 1GB of soldered DDR3 RAM, mSATA and SATA storage, and Mini PCI Express expansion, according to the company.

The 9.84 x 8.66 x 1.74-inch BC1 is designed for demanding environments that require dual displays, high-end graphics, and low power consumption, including railway and avionics applications, says MEN Micro. The computer is closely based on the SC24 single board computer (SBC) and AE51 extension board announced by the company in October.

MEN Micro's BC1

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The SC24 incorporates a backplane connector design based on FCI AirMax VS (Virtual Shield) connectors, including dual 72-pin graphics and I/O connectors. The AE51 extension board incorporated in the BC1 is the first of several planned extension boards that build upon this design. (For more details, see our earlier SC24 coverage.)

MEN Micro's SC24 SBC

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Like the foundational SC24, the BC1 is built around AMD's Radeon graphics-enabled AMD G-Series T52R processor, which offers a single core clocked to 1.5GHz and an 18-Watt TDP. However, the computer supports any G-Series processor, up to a dual-core, 1.65GHz T56N, says the company.

The BC1 comes with 1GB of soldered-on DDR3 SDRAM, and is also equipped with an SD card slot ready to accept a bundled 2GB card, says MEN Micro. Also available is an mSATA port, as well as a bay for an optional SATA hard disk drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD), says MEN Micro.

Front I/O on the BC1

Dual Mini PCI Express slots are said to be available, each paired with a SIM card slot for wide area networking purposes. One of the Mini PCI slots can be switched between the two SIMs, leaving the second slot free for other purposes, the company adds.

The BC1's dual DisplayPorts can push out dual 2560 x 1600 pixel streams, says MEN Micro. The first port offers an auxiliary function, letting it optionally be configured for a USB connection to allow for touch functionality. The second port comes standard with a USB channel, says the company.

BC1 block diagram
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In addition to the DisplayPorts, other front-facing I/O includes dual gigabit Ethernet ports with ruggedized M12 connectors, as well as a USB 2.0 port, says MEN Micro. There are also dual "SA-Adapter" slots for serial I/O, and a multi-purpose audio port.

The fanless device supports temperatures ranging from -40 to 158 deg. F, with shock and vibration resistance as detailed in the spec table below. The BC1's power supply unit operates from 9-36 V, and can safely bridge the power supply for a few milliseconds in case of a power failure, says the company.

Operating system support is said to include Linux, Windows 7, and Windows Embedded Standard 7.

Aerial view of BC1

Features and specifications listed for the BC1 include:

  • Processor — AMD Embedded G-Series T52R (single-core, 1.5GHz ) with Radeon HD 6310 graphics; other G-Series models also supported
  • Chipset — AMD A55E
  • Memory — 1GB soldered DDR3 SDRAM (667MHz)
  • Memory expansion — SD slot with 2GB SD card pre-installed
  • Storage — mSATA slot; SATA port (up to 6Gbps) with bay for optional HDD or SSD;
  • Expansion — 2 x mini-PCIe slots with SIM card slots
  • Front I/O:
    • DisplayPort 1 with AUX channel and hot plug detection
    • DisplayPort 2 with USB channel
    • 2 x gigabit Ethernet (M12 connectors)
    • USB 2.0 (type A connector)
    • 2 x SA-Adapter slots for serial I/O
    • HD audio via 9-pin D-Sub connector (line-in, line-out, SPDIF out)
  • Other features– 6 x LEDs
  • Power — 24 VDC nom. (9 to 36 V) supply voltage; 1,500 VDC isolation voltage; up to 25 W consumption
  • Ruggedization/compliance:
    • Operating temperature — -40 to 158 deg. F (-40 to 70 deg. C) screened with bursts up to 185 deg. F (-85 deg. C)
    • Shock — 50 m/s(2), 30ms
    • Vibration — 1 m/s(2), 5-150Hz (function)
  • Weight — 3.9 lbs
  • Dimensions — 9.84 x 8.66 x 1.74 inches (250 x 220 x 44.1mm)


The BC1 appears to be available now for $1,665, with delivery in six to eight weeks, says MEN Micro. More information may be found on MEN Micro's BC1 product page.

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