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Rugged, fanless industrial PC features three video ports

Nov 11, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 6 views

Aaeon announced a rugged, fanless industrial controller with an Intel QM57 chipset and 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 or 2.66GHz Core i7 processor. The AEC-6635 supports up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, offers DVI-D, VGA and DisplayPort video ports, and provides CompactFlash, SATA, gigabit Ethernet, USB2.0, serial, plus PCI Mini Card connections.

The AEC-6635 follows a long line of Aaeon industrial computers, including this year's Intel Celeron P4500 equipped AEC-6625, which offered a very similar design and feature set. Like the recent Aaeon AIS-Q572 and AIS-Q574 controllers, the AEC-6635 incorporates the 2010 generation of Intel Core computers.

Specifically, the computer is available with either a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 or 2.66GHz Core i7 processor, both accompanied by an Intel QM57 chipset, says the company. With either processor, the computer consumes a fairly modest 35 Watts, claims the company.


The AEC-6635 supports Core processor technologies such as Intel's TurboBoost, says Aaeon. The computer is suitable for intelligent transportation, digital signage, kiosks, ATM, point of sale (POS), industrial automation, and building automation, says the company.

AEC-6635, rear port detail

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The computer is notable for offering three different display options: VGA and DVI-D ports are available on the back panel along with most of the other I/O, and a DisplayPort is mounted on the side. Below that sits a CompactFlash slot with a protective covering, and inside the box there's a 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drive (HDD) bay, says Aaeon.

The AEC-6635 supplies six USB 2.0 ports total, with two of them on the front of the device. The only other front-facing I/O consists of a bank of DIO connectors.

Front (left) and side of AEC-6635

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On the back of the controller one finds dual gigabit Ethernet ports, and four serial ports, including one RS-232/422/485 port. Inside is a PCI Mini Card slot, which is probably where the optional Wi-Fi adapter is installed.

The 8.35 x 6.22 x 2.52-inch box is ribbed with heat sinks and supports fanless operation of -4 to 122 deg. F (capable of being extended to 131 degrees with air flow). Shock and vibration resistance are also  provided (see spec list below).

The AEC-6635 supports a variety of operating systems, including Linux (Fedora 2.4), as well as Windows CE 6.0, Windows XP Embedded, Windows XP, and Windows 7, says Aaeon.

Specifications listed by Aaeon for the AEC-6635 include:

  • Processor — Intel Core i7 @ 2.66GHz or Core i5 @ 2.4GHz
  • Chipset — Intel Q57
  • Memory — up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM via 204-pin SODIMM
  • Storage - CompactFlash slot (side-mounted with cover protection); 2.5-inch SATA drive
  • Expansion - Mini Card slot
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet
  • Wireless - optional Wi-Fi kit
  • Other I/O (rear-facing unless noted):
    • 6 x USB 2.0 (2 x front)
    • 3 x RS-232
    • RS-232/422/485
    • VGA
    • DVI-D
    • DisplayPort (side-mounted)
    • DIO (4 x in, 4 x out); front-mounted
  • Power — DC-in 9 ~ 30V; 35-Watt consumption
  • Operating temperature — -4 to 122 deg. F (-20 to 50 deg. C); with airflow: -4 to 131 deg. F (-20 to 70 deg. C)
  • Vibration resistance — 5 g rms, 5 ~ 500Hz with CF; 1 g rms, 5~ 500Hz with HDD
  • Shock resistance — 50 G peak acceleration (11 msec. duration) with CF; 20 G peak acceleration (11 msec. duration) with HDD
  • Dimensions — 8.35 x 6.22 x 2.52 inches (212 x 158 x 64mm)
  • Weight — 10.34 lbs (4.7 k)


No pricing or availability information was available for the AEC-6635. More information may be found on Aaeon's AEC-6635 product page.

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