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Feb 18, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 8 views

Vecow announced a fanless industrial computer that employs Intel Core i7/15 processors and is designed for harsh environments. The Vecow EC-3000 Fanless Embedded Controller offers up to 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, plus SATA and Compact Flash storage, mini-PCIe expansion, up to five gigabit Ethernet ports, six USB 2.0 ports, four serial ports, and dual display capability, says the company.

The EC-3000 is designed for automated traffic enforcement, security and surveillance, industrial automation, and digital signage applications, among others, says Vecow. The EC-3000 uses the first generation Intel Core i7/i5 processors, which means that customers won't face the shipment delays of the latest "Sandy Bridge" Core processors, due to faulty SATA support in Intel's initial batch of chips.

Vecow EC-3000
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The EC-3000 offers up to 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, as well as a Compact Flash slot, an internal SATA port, a SIM slot, and two external eSATA ports, says Vecow. An internal Mini PCI Express (PCIe) slot is standard, and a PCI-104 socket is optional, says the company.

The computer can drive dual displays, including analog displays of up to 2560 x 1600 pixels via the VGA port, and LCD displays via the DVI-I port at 1920×1080 resolution, says Vecow. Up to five gigabit Ethernet ports are available with the system, and six USB 2.0 ports come standard. Four serial ports are provided, with one being software-programmable. PS/2 and audio I/O are also said to be available.

EC-3000, rear view

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The fanless EC-3000 supports temperatures of up to -4 to 158 deg F (-20 to 70 deg. C), depending on the model, says Vecow. Shock and vibration resistance on the 9.45 x 7.68 x 3.0-inch computer is also said to be provided. Durability and tolerance to vibration is enhanced because all heat-producing components are placed close to the aluminum housing, says the company.

EC-3000, front view
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Features and specifications listed for the Vecow EC-3000 include:

  • Processor — Intel Core ("Nehalem") i7-620M (2.66GHz), i5-520M (2.4GHz), or P4500 (1.86GHz)
  • Chipset — Intel HM55 Platform Controller Hub with integrated HD Graphics Controller
  • Memory — up to 4GB DDR3 (1066MHz) SDRAM via 1 x 204-pin SODIMM
  • Storage:
    • 1 x Type 1 Compact Flash socket
    • 1 x SATA port and bay for 2.5-inch HDD/SDD
    • 2 x eSATA ports
  • Expansion — 1 x int. mini-PCIe with SIM socket; 1 x int. PCI-104 socket (optional)
  • Display — 1 x DB-15 VGA port for analog RGB (2560 x 1600); 1x DVI-I port for DVI/HDMI (1920 x 1080)
  • Networking — up to 5 x gigabit Ethernet ports (Intel 82574L)
  • Other I/O:
    • 6 x USB 2.0 ports
    • 1 x RS-232/422/485 (COM1); software-programmable
    • 3 x RS-232 (COM2 ~ COM4)
    • 1 x PS/2 keyboard
    • 1 x PS/2 mouse
    • 1 x mic-in
    • 1 x speaker-out
  • Power:
    • 8~28 VDC DC input
    • 1 x 4-pin pluggable terminal block with remote on/off
    • 1 x DC jack (2.5) for AC/DC adapter input
  • Operating temperature — -4 to 140 deg F (-20 to 60 deg. C) or -4 to 158 deg F (-20 to 70 deg. C)
  • Vibration resistance — 5 Grms, 5-500 Hz, 3 axes (w/ SSD)
  • Shock resistance — 50 Grms, half-sine 11 ms (w/ SSD)
  • Dimensions — 9.45 x 7.68 x 3.0 inches (240 x 195 x 76mm); wall-mountable


No pricing, availability, or operating system information was provided for the Vecow EC-3000. More information should eventually appear on the Vecow website.

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