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Vehicle PC copes with power uncertainties

Apr 15, 2011 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Acrosser announced another entry in its line of fanless vehicle PCs, this time featuring Intel's D425 or D525 Atoms. The AR-V6002FL includes CAN bus support, four serial ports, a 2.5-inch drive bay and CompactFlash slot, two Mini PCI Express slots, and an optional GPS receiver, according to the company.

Acrosser's AR-V6002FL follows a variety of other vehicle PCs from the company, which have most recently included the AR-5403FL release in February. Again fanless (we believe it's what the "FL" in the name stands for), the device this time uses Intel's single-core Atom D425 or dual-core D525, both clocked at 1.8GHz and featuring 10-Watt TDPs.

Featuring the expected ICH8M I/O controller, the AR-V6002FL accepts up to 4GB of DDR3 memory in a single DIMM slot, 1GB being pre-installed, according to Acrosser. Fixed storage is via either a 2.5-inch bay for disk storage, or an externally accessible CompactFlash slot, the company adds.

According to Acrosser, a special feature of the AR-V6002FL is its smart power management. The device accepts 12V or 24VDC input, can be turned on and off (with adjustable delay time) by a vehicle's ignition, and protects itself against under-voltage, the company says.

The rear panel of Acrosser's AR-V6002FL
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The AR-V6002FL's rear panel (above) includes a microphone input and speaker output, a connector for a remote switch, four serial ports, four USB 2.0 ports, and a gigabit Ethernet port. Also featured are a VGA output, a CAN bus connector with CAN 2.0A and 2.0B support, and a connector for 8-bit GPIO (four in, four out), says Acrosser.

Acrosser says the AR-V6002FL also has two internal Mini PCI Express slots, intended for optional GSM cellular (Sierra MC8790 or Huawei EM770W card), Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth modules. With an externally accessible SIM slot, the PC also has an internal USB connector designed to accept an available GPS module (Wieson ZYM-5020), the company adds.

Specifications listed by Acrosser for the AR-V6002FL include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom D425 or D525, clocked at 1.8GHz
  • Chipset — Intel ICH-8M
  • Memory — up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM in single DIMM slot (1GB standard)
  • Storage — 2.5-inch bay for SATA devices; CompactFlash slot
  • Epansion:
    • 2 x Mini PCI Express slots
    • SIM slot
  • Networking:
    • LAN — gigabit Ethernet
    • WLAN — Wi-Fi (optional)
    • PAN — Bluetooth (optional)
    • WWAN — GSM (optional)
  • Other I/O:
    • 5 x USB 2.0 (4 external, 1 internal)
    • CAN bus
    • 8-bit GPIO (4 in, 4 out)
    • 4 x serial (2 x RS232, 2 x RS232/422/485)
    • VGA
    • audio — mic in and speaker out
  • Power requirements — 12VDC or 24VDC; consumption n/s
  • Operating range — 4 to 122 deg. F
  • Dimensions — 11 x 7.14 x 3 inches (280 x 181.5 x 76.8mm)
  • Weight — n/s

Further information

Acrosser said the AR-V6002FL is available now, adding that it is compatible with Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, or the Fedora 12 version of Linux. More information may be found on the AR-V6002FL product page.

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