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Vehicle-mount computer runs Debian Etch

Aug 21, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

[Updated Aug. 23] — AML has announced a sealed, metal computer intended for mounting in industrial vehicles. The MT7570 clocks its AMD Geode GX533 processor at 400 MHz, includes 802.11b/g wireless capabilities, and comes standard with Debian Linux 4.0 (“Etch”).

The company says the MT7570 is intended for mounting on vehicles such as forklifts, and use in applications such as real-time, harsh-environment receiving, put-away, picking, and shipping. To that end, it includes a 12.1-inch touchscreen with the limited resolution of 800 x 600 pixels (SVGA), which according to the company makes the device accessible by gloved operators.

AML's MT7570

If required, the MT7570 can be fitted with a keyboard (shown below). An internal power converter accommodates 9 to 36 VDC or 36 to 75 VDC, depending on configuration. In case of power failure, the system can also operate up to 30 minutes on an optional internal UPS battery.

MT7570 with optional keyboard

AML stresses the system's terminal emulators (VT100/220, TN5250, TN3270). Other features include:
  • Processor — AMD Geode GX533, clocked at 400 MHz
  • Memory — 128 MB SDRAM (256 MB optional)
  • Storage — 512 MB internal flash
  • Display — 12.1-inch, 800 x 600 pixel touchscreen display; “super hi-bright,” with 160-degree viewing angle
  • Audio — amplified speakers and headphone jack; line-in/out; microphone jack
  • Wireless networking:
    • 802.11 b/g
    • Bluetooth 1.1 and 1.2 compatible radio (optional)
  • Other I/O ports — 2 x USB 2.0; reduces to 1 x USB 2.0, when optional Bluetooth module is present
  • Dimensions — 15.6 x 12.75 x 2.6 inches (440 x 400 x 65 mm) with mounting arm
  • Weight — 14.3 lbs (6.45 kg) with mounting arm
  • Power supply — 9 to 36 VDC or 36 to 75 VDC
  • Operating temperature — -20 to 50 degrees C (-4 to 122 F)
In addition to Debian Linux 4.0 (based on a 2.6.18 Linux kernel), the AML MT7570 is available with Windows XP Embedded. The device appears to be shipping now, though pricing was not stated.

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