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Apollo Lake based IoT gateway and embedded controller runs Ubuntu

Dec 11, 2017 — by Eric Brown — 859 views

Adlink’s rugged “MXE-210” gateway offers Atom x7-E3950 or x5-E3930 SoCs, industrial protocol support, and mini-PCIe wireless and storage options.

The Intel Apollo Lake based MXE-210 adds to a line of rugged Adlink MXE computers such as the Bay Trail Atom based MXE-200i. The compact, 140 x 110 x 58mm MXE-210 is an “IIoT-ready combination embedded controller and IoT gateway” designed for rugged industrial automation, transportation, agriculture/aquaculture, and smart city applications, says Adlink.



MXE-210 with (left) and without DIN-rail mounting
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When used as a controller, the MXE-210 “leverages the same protocols to directly communicate with and manage any standard industrial device,” says the company. It supports a variety of wireless technologies via mini-PCIe, as well as industrial protocols including Modbus, EtherCAT, DDS, and MQTT. It also supports a CANOpen implementation provided by Prismtech’s Vortex Edge Connect industrial IoT middleware.

Three temperature ranges are available — 0 to 50°C, -20 to 70°C, and -40°C to 85°C. When equipped with an mSATA SSD, vibration resistance is rated as 5 Grms, 5-500 Hz, 3 axes, and shock is listed as 100 G, half sine 11ms duration.



MXE-210 front and rear panel details
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The aluminum alloy built computer supports EMI/EMS EN 61000-6- 4/2 certified protection in extreme environments, as well as EN 50155 EMC compliance, making it suitable for use with rolling stock. There’s a wide-range 6-36VDC power input and an optional 40W AC-DC adapter. DIN-rail mounting is standard, and wall mounting is optional.

The MXE-210 runs 64-bit versions of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or Windows 10 IoT Enterprise on a quad-core, 1.6GHz/2.0GHz Atom x7-E3950 with 12W TDP or a dual-core, 1.3GHz/1.8GHz Atom x5-E3930 with 6.5W TDP. The system ships with 2GB DDR3L-1600, expandable to 8GB via a single SODIMM slot.



MXE-210 mainboard details
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Storage features include a microSD slot, a full-size mini-PCIe slot dedicated to mSATA, and an optional 2.5-inch SATA interface. Several MLC-grade SATA and mSATA SSDs are optional.


MXE-210 block diagram
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The mSATA mini-PCIe interface appears to be in addition to two more full-sized mini-PCIe slots, which are accompanied by a uSIM slot that supports optional wireless kits with antennas for WiFi/Bluetooth, 3G, 4G LTE, and LoRa. The uSIM slot can be swapped out for an optional (by project) embedded SIM (e-SIM) slot that automatically switches between regional networks, “enabling a more secure and robust alternative to multiple SIM cards currently to deliver data as rolling stock moves between regions.”

The MXE-210’s front panel provides a DisplayPort 1.2 with DP++ support, as well as 2x GbE, 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, and 2x RS232/422/485 ports. A watchdog, power button, and LEDs are also available. Options include audio mic-in and line-out, as well as two more RS232/422/485 ports, and 8x isolated DI with interrupt with 8x isolated DO interfaces. The serial and DIDO options won’t be ready until Q1 2018.

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Security features include TPM 2.0, Intel Boot Guard, and UEFI Secured Boot. The system also integrates support for Adlink’s SEMA 3.5 device monitoring solution “with BMC.”

 
Further information

The MXE-210 appears to be available at an undisclosed price. More information may be found at Adlink’s MXE-210 announcement and product page.
 

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