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Jan 24, 2014  |  Eric Brown
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Adlink has launched a compact, rugged industrial PC, featuring a 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, dual MiniPCIe slots, a uSIM socket, and Linux support.

The Matrix MXE-5400 updates Adlink’s MXE-5300 model released in 2012, which ran on the “Sandy Bridge” generation of Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors. Adlink skipped over the 3rd Generation “Ivy Bridge” core processors and went straight for Intel’s 4th Gen. “Haswell” line of Core CPUs, specifically targeting the quad-core, 2.4GHz Core i7-4700EQ. The company is also working on a Matrix MXC-2300 model that runs on an Intel Atom E3800 (Bay Trail-I) processor.



Matrix MXE-5400, plain (left) and with wireless kit
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Adlink’s Matrix MXE-5400 exploits Intel’s vPro (iAMT 9.0, TXT, TPM 1.2, and Intel VT) technology, as well as Intel’s Quick Sync Technology and Core IPG. The company has added its own SEMA (Smart Embedded Management Agent) tool, which works with vPro to provide “efficient remote monitoring of system activity and health in real time, system control over a robust secured channel, and fully manageable complete utilization of system resources,” says Adlink.


SEMA 2.2 architecture
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The Matrix MXE-5400 is aimed at intelligent transportation, in-vehicle multimedia, surveillance, and factory automation applications, says Adlink. The fanless heatsink design measures a compact 9.0 x 8.0 x 2.9 inches, and supports standard (0 to 50°C) and extended (-20 to 60°C) operating temperatures. It also offers shock and vibration resistance.

The MXE-5400 comes standard with 4GB of DDR3 RAM, but can be expanded with up to 16GB. The computer offers CompactFlash and eSATA connections, and provides dual SATA 3 bays with optional 2.5-inch HDDs and SSDs. Dual Mini-PCI-Express slots are also provided, with one of them supporting mSATA duty, capable of “cooperating with internal SATA storage to deliver RAID 0/1/5 functionality,” says Adlink. There’s also a uSIM slot for a 3G radio, and an optional wireless kit with 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS, as well as antennas.



MXE-5400 port detail, front and back
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For wired networking, Adlink provides four gigabit Ethernet ports. There are also six USB 3.0 ports, as well as an internal USB connection “for a dongle,” says the company. Four serial ports are supplied along with DiDo and audio I/O. Triple independent displays are said to be possible with the DVi-I port and dual DisplayPorts.


Wall-mount option (left), internal SATA bays (middle) and dual mini-PCIe slots (right)
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Specifications

Specifications listed for the Matrix MXE-5401 include:

  • Processor — Intel Core i7-4700EQ (4x Haswell cores @2.4GHz); Intel QM87 chipset
  • Memory — 4GB DDR3L 1600MHz SODIMM, expandable up to 8GB or 16GB
  • Storage:
    • 2x SATA-III with 2.5-inch bays
    • Optional factory-installed 500GB SATA HDD
    • Optional factory-installed 32/64GB MLC industrial grade SSD
    • CFast Type 2 slot
    • eSATA
  • Display:
    • DVI-I
    • 2x DisplayPort
    • Triple independent displays
  • Networking — 4x gigabit Ethernet (3x Intel I210IT, 1x I217LM PHY)
  • Other I/O:
    • 6x USB 3.0
    • USB 2.0 (internal)
    • 2x RS232
    • 2x RS232/422/485
    • Audio line-in and line-out
    • 8x DIDO (with 1.5kv isolation)
  • Expansion/wireless :
    • 2x MiniPCIe (1x with mSATA support via jumper)
    • uSIM slot for 3G
    • Optional 3G/WiFi/Bluetooth/GPS wireless kit with antennas
    • Optional antenna
  • Other features — SEMA 2.2 (Smart Embedded Management Agent); supports hierarchical WDT; wall-mount kit
  • Power — 9-32 V DC; optional 160W AC-DC adapter
  • Ruggedization:
    • Operating temperature — 0 to 50°C (standard) or -20 to 60°C (extended)
    • Vibration resistance — 5Grms, 5-500Hz, 3 axes w/ CF or SSD; 0.5Grms, 5-500Hz, 3 axes w/ HDD
    • Shock resistance — 100G, half-sine 11ms w/ CF or SSD; 20G, half-sine 11ms w/ HDD
  • Weight — 3.8 k (8.39 lbs)
  • Dimensions — 230 x 205 x 75mm (9.0 x 8.0 x 2.9 inches)
  • Operating system — Windows 7/7 Embedded/XP/XP Embedded standard; Linux on request

 
Further information

The Matrix MXE-5400 appears to be available now at an unstated price. More information may be found at Adlink’s Matrix MXE-5400 product page.
 

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