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Rugged IoT box runs Linux on a pico-ITX core

Apr 29, 2014  |  Eric Brown
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Via’s rugged, Linux-ready “AMOS-3003″ industrial computer for IoT builds on Via’s EPIA-P910 pico-ITX board, which features its 1.2GHz Nano E2 processor.

Via Technologies has been so consumed with its ARM-based Wondermedia and Via Elite system-on-chips recently that one forgets that the Taiwan-based company was known for years for designing low-power x86 processors like the Eden and Nano. Here, Via keeps it all in the family by spinning an AMOS-3003 industrial computer based on its circa-2012 EPIA-P910 pico-ITX SBC, which in turn is built around Via’s dual-core Nano X2 E-Series CPU and VX11H media system processor (MSP).



Via AMOS-3003
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The x86-based, 64-bit Nano X2 E-Series processors began sampling in 2010, and the dual-core version came out the next year. Since then, there has been a quad-core version, which is the default processor of the EPIA-P910 Pico-ITX board, but is not available here. The Via VX11H MSP chipset integrates Via Chrome 640 graphics, featuring DX11 support for richer textures, as well as 3D stereoscopic display support, says the company.

Via is targeting the AMOS-3003 at Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which we suppose is shorthand for “compact, lightweight, wireless-enabled, embedded computers.” More specifically, Via notes support for data collection terminals for in-vehicle control, as well as machine-to-machine controllers for industrial automation. Other recent AMOS computers include Via’s Freescale i.MX6 based AMOS-820.



Front and side views of the AMOS-3003
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The AMOS-3003 supports up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and offers internal mSATA and SATA ports, with room in the 311 x 185 x 51mm box for 2.5-inch SSDs and HDDs. Two gigabit Ethernet ports feature Wake-on-LAN and PXE boot.

Wireless features are all optional. These include an internal USB pin header reserved for a Via WiFI module, as well as a pair of Mini-PCI-Express slots that support dual 3G SIMs. GPS and up to three antennas are also said to be optional.



AMOS-3003 port detail
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The HDMI and VGA ports can be used in simultaneous displays, including those with “different resolutions, pixel depths, and refresh rates,” says Via. Also found on the back panel are a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, and audio jacks. Around the side, you can find three serial COM ports that support RS-232/422/485 signals, as well as another DB9 port that offers DIO.

The rugged AMOS-3003 supports -20 to 70°C temperatures, and offers resistance to vibration and shock. The power supply offers a wide, 9 to 30V DC range. Software solution packs are available for Linux, as well as various Windows flavors, and there’s also an optional SMART ETK (Embedded Tool Kit) that can help “create customized designs with a quick time to market,” says Via.
 
Specifications listed for the Via AMOS-3003 include:

  • Processor — Via Nano X2 E-Series (2x 64-bit x86 cores @ 1.2GHz); Via VX11H MSP chipset with Chrome 640 DX11 3D/2D graphics
  • Memory — up to 8GB DDR3 1333MHz via 1x SODIMM
  • Storage — SATA interface with room for 2.5-inch HDDs and SSDs; mSATA interface
  • Display:
    • VGA port at up to 2048 x 1563
    • HDMI port
    • Dual independent displays
  • Networking — 2x gigabit Ethernet ports (Via VT6130 PCI and Realtek RTL8111G PCI) with Wake-on-LAN and PXE boot
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 3.0 ports
    • 2x USB 2.0 ports
    • USB 3.0 pin-header for Via VNT9271 802.11n WiFi USB module
    • Audio line-out, line-in, mic-in jacks (Via VT202 HD audio codec)
    • 3x RS-232/422/485 ports (BIOS selectable 5V/12V for COM1~3)
    • 8-bit GPIO port
  • Expansion — 2x Mini-PCIe slots (supports 2x SIMs for 3G HSPA/UMTS)
  • Other features — watchdog; LEDs; wall-mount brackets
  • Power — 9 to 30V DC with voltage protection
  • Operating temperature — -20 to 70°C
  • Ruggedness:
    • Vibration (with mSATA or 2.5-inch SSD) — 3Grms, IEC 60068-2-64, random, 5 to 500Hz, 1hr/axis
    • Shock (with mSATA or 2.5-inch SSD) — 50G, IEC 60068-2-27, half size, 11ms
  • Weight — 3.5 kg (7.7 lb)
  • Dimensions — 311 x 185 x 51mm (12.2 x 7.3 x 2 inches )
  • Operating system — Linux; Windows 7/8/WES7

 
Further information

The AMOS-3003 appears to be available now. More information may be found at Via’s AMOS-3003 product page.
 

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