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Rugged embedded box gets tough with Kaby Lake

Jan 26, 2017 — by Eric Brown — 589 views
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Axiomtek’s “eBOX640-500-FL” offers 7th Gen Core CPUs with up to 32GB DDR4 in an IP40-rated box PC with -10 to 55°C support and vibration resistance.

The Intel Kaby Lake fueled eBOX640-500-FL embedded PC comes fast on the heels of the 6th Gen Skylake based eBOX565-500-F system announced in December. The eBOX640-500-FL has a somewhat similar boxy desktop design, but is significantly larger (230 x 180 x 82mm) and more feature rich — more along the lines of the Skylake based, 280 x 190 x 70mm eBOX670-891-FL announced in November.



eBOX640-500-FL front (left) and side views
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Unlike these two Skylake eBoxes, there’s no Linux support listed with the eBOX640-500-FL, which supports Windows 10 IoT and WE8S. It should not be much trouble running Linux, however.

The eBOX640-500-FL supports Skylake as well as the 7th Gen Core and Celeron Kaby Lake processors. As with the recently announced, 3.5-inch CAPA500 SBC, Axiomtek doesn’t say which Kaby Lake models it supports except to say it similarly runs on an LGA1151 socket and features an Intel H110 chipset.

The fanless, rugged eBOX640-500-FL features IP40 ingress protection, -10 to 55°C temperature support, and 2 Grms vibration resistance (5-500 Hz, X, Y, Z directions) when using an SSD. It also offers a wide voltage range, 10 to 30 VDC power input from with power protection. The system is designed for embedded controllers, cloud computing servers, multimedia applications, security surveillance, and industrial automation, says Axiomtek.

The eBOX640-500-FL supports up to 32GB of dual-channel DDR4-2133 RAM. All the externally accessible I/O is located on the front panel, making it ideal for space constrained environments, says the company.



eBOX640-500-FL detail view
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The eBOX640-500-FL is equipped with 2x GbE ports and 2x 2.5-inch SATA bays with optional 40GB SSD and 80GB HDD. An mSATA rides along on a full-size mini-PCIe slot, and a SIM card slot, 2x SMA antenna connectors, and optional 3G and WiFi modules are also available.

According to the press release, the computer supports triple independent displays, although the product page calls it a “dual view” device. In any case, you get HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA ports on the front panel at up to 4K resolution. The system offers a RS-232/422/485 port, 3x RS-232 ports, 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 ports, and audio I/O. Wall, DIN-rail, and VESA mounting options are available.

 
Further information

The eBOX640-500-FL will be available in February at an undisclosed price. More information may be found on the Axiomtek eBOX640-500-FL product page.
 

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