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Rugged industrial PC powered by Atom

Jun 25, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 5 views

Axiomtek announced what appears to be its first “eBox” industrial computer to run on an Intel Atom. The compact, fanless eBOX620-831-FL is equipped with an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz CPU and 945GSE Express chipset, offers multiple I/O, and boasts a rugged housing and extended temperature support.


The eBOX620-831-FL's aluminum housing measures only 7.9 x 4.7 x 2.2 inches, compared to 9.0 x 7.2 x 5.5 inches for Axiomtek's recent eBOX639-840-FL, which runs on either an Intel Core 2 Duo or Celeron processor. Touted for its low power consumption, noiseless operation, graphic capability, and resistance to vibration and shock, the eBOX620-831-FL is targeted at industrial automation, digital signage, gaming systems, and vehicle applications, says the company.

eBOX620-831-FL (rear view)

The latest of Axiomtek's line of fanless eBOX PCs adopts the low-power "netbook" processor, Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270, with a 533MHz FSB. The CPU is mated with the usual 945GSE Express chipset and integrated GMA 950 graphics. A 200-pin DIMM socket supports up to 1GB DDR2 400/533 DRAM, says Axiomtek.

For storage, a CompactFlash slot, and a 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drive (HDD) bay are provided. Connectivity is said to include dual gigabit Ethernet ports, four high-speed USB 2.0 ports, three COM ports, and audio/video I/O.

eBOX620-831-FL (front view)

Certified with CE marking, the eBOX620-831-FL boasts an operating temperature range of 14 to 131 deg. F. Vibration resistance is rated at up to 1Grms, with a HDD installed.

Specifications listed for the eBOX620-831-FL include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz with Intel 945GSE+ICH7M chipset
  • Memory — up to 1GB DDR2 via 1 x 200-pin SODIMM; optional 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB configurations
  • Flash expansion — 1 x CompactFlash slot
  • Storage — 1 x 2.5-inch SATA HDD bay; optional 40GB to 160GB HDDs
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet ports
  • USB — 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • Serial — 3 x RS-232 (COM 1/2/3) ports
  • Other I/O:
    • 1 x VGA
    • 1 x audio Mic in/Line out
    • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse
  • Other features — Power on and HDD LEDs; Watchdog timer
  • Power — 12V DC-in 60W adapter; 1 x VDC power input connector; 1 x ATX power switch
  • Operating temperature — 14 ~ 131 deg. F (-10 ~ 55 deg. C)
  • Vibration endurance — 1Grms w/ HDD (5-500Hz, X, Y, Z directions)
  • Dimensions — 7.9 x 4.7 x 2.2 inches (220 x 120 x 56mm)
  • Weight — 4 lbs (1.8 K) net; 5.7 lbs (2.6 K) gross
  • Operating system — Linux, Windows XP Embedded, Windows CE


The eBOX620-831-FL will be available around the end of July, says Axiomtek. More information may be found here

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