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Rugged i.MX6 UL box PC ships with open Linux source

Feb 8, 2018 — by Eric Brown — 396 views

MayQueen Technologies has launched a fanless “Panzer” embedded PC that runs an open source Linux stack on an NXP iMX6 UL SoC, and offers -40 to 85°C support plus LAN, WiFi, USB, VGA, serial, CAN, and mini-PCIe.

Taiwanese distributor MayQueen Technologies has gone into the manufacturing business. Its first product is a Panzer industrial box PC. The Panzer features an open source Linux distribution running on a 60 x 46mm HW6UL-Core computer-on-module equipped with NXP’s 540MHz, Cortex-A7 i.MX6 UltraLite (UL) SoC. There’s a product page for the HW6UL-Core module, but at publication time, it was empty. MayQueen also resells the i.MX6-based Pistachio SBC from NutsBoard.org, including both the original dual-core “Lite” version and a quad-core version.



Panzer (left) and its HW6UL-Core module
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The fanless, 140 x 130 x 30mm Panzer supports a -40 to 85°C temperatures, and can resist vibration at up to 50-500Hz, 0.1mm, 1.5g. The device is equipped with 256MB LPDDR3, 256MB NAND flash, and a microSD slot.


Panzer portside details views
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Exposed Panzer ports include 10/100 Ethernet, 24-bit RGB VGA with WVGA support, and dual USB 2.0 ports. There are also some LEDs and an audio line out jack. On the flip side, you get a terminal plug interface with 12V power input, serial debug console, 5V DIDO (2x in, 2x out), 2x CAN, 4x RS232, and 3x RS485.


Panzer top and bottom views
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Other features include an RTC with optional coin battery and a 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n radio with optional antenna. There’s also a mini-PCIe slot and SIM card slot for an optional 3G/4G module.


Panzer block diagram
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MayQueen supports the device with a custom open source stack posted on GitHub with support for Linux 4.1.15 and Linux 4.9.11-LTS kernels. It also provides Yocto 2.1, Buildroot 201708 with Web of Things support, and U-boot 2015.04. The product page notes the availability of an “open hardware user manual.”

 
Further information

The Panzer is available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found at MayQueen Technologies’ Panzer product page and MayQueen GitHub page.

 

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