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Ubuntu-ready embedded PC has optional CEC, 4G, and dual mSATA

Jan 24, 2018 — by Eric Brown — 896 views

Logic Supply’s fanless, Apollo Lake based “ML350G-10” embedded PC offers 7x USB ports, up to 2x GbE, up to 2TB mSATA via 2x slots, optional WiFi/BT or LTE, and 2x DisplayPorts with optional CEC.

Most of Logic Supply’s embedded PCs have run on Intel Core chips, but the Vermont-based company has produced a few Linux-ready, Intel Atom-based models including the Bay Trail Celeron based ML100G-10 and quad- or octa-core Avoton Atom C2xxx driven ML600G-10. Now, the company has launched an “ML350 Fanless Computer” series starting with the Apollo Lake-based ML350G-10.



ML350G-10, front and back
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The highly customizable ML350G-10 is designed for industrial IoT, digital signage, data acquisition, and automation applications. The low-profile, 196 x 121.3 x 36.2mm system can operate at 0 to 50°C, and offers optional DIN-rail, VESA, and wall mounting. The aluminum frame system ships standard with a 36W 12V adapter for the 9-24V DC input, and you pay extra for a 12V/5A 60W Level 6 adapter.

The ML350G-10 gives you a choice of a dual-core Intel Celeron N3350 and quad-core Pentium N4200, both clocked at 1.1GHz and running at 6W TDP, with Intel HD Graphics 500 or 505, respectively. You can configure the system with 4GB or 8GB DDR3L-1600 RAM via a single socket.



ML350G-10 internal views
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The ML350G-10 has a dedicated mSATA interface with a standard 32GB SSD, expandable to 1TB. You can add a second mSATA SSD via the full/half sized mini-PCIe slot for up to 2TB storage total.

You also get a second, full-size mini-PCIe slot for wireless expansion options. These include 802.11n or ac with Bluetooth, as well as a Sierra Wireless Extrovert 4G LTE module with AT&T or Verizon SIM card. You can dedicate both mini-PCIe slots to wireless so you can have simultaneous WiFi and 4G. Antennas are optional.

Dual DisplayPorts enable simultaneous dual 4K displays. There’s also an optional “multi-CEC” module that enables Consumer Electronics Control communications between display devices for digital signage system management and control of on/off and power states. This much touted option was not listed in the spec sheet or configuration calculator screen, however. The same goes for the optional dual CAN bus capability, which was similarly promoted on the product page and announcement. Most likely, the CEC and CAN options are not yet available.



ML350G-10 with optional second GbE port
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Standard features include 2x USB 3.0 ports, 4x USB 2.0 ports, and one USB Type-C port. You also get a 3-way audio jack, a watchdog, and a Realtek RTL8111G based Gigabit Ethernet port. A second GbE port is optional if you choose the Pentium N400. The spec list says that dual RS-232/485 COM ports are optional, but the configuration calculator suggests that one of those may be standard.

Options include a $9 “port and dust blocking kit” that covers all standard — but not necessarily optional — I/O ports. Additional options include Intel Platform Trust Technology (PTT), key management for Windows 10, and hard drive encryption via BitLocker. You add $10 for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and 10x to 19x more than that for a choice of Windows 10 distros.

 
Further information

The ML350G-10 is available starting at $559 with a base feature set of a Celeron N3350, 4GB RAM, and 32GB SSD. Volume discounts are available. More information may be found on the ML350 announcement, ML350 product page, and ML350G-10 product, configuration, and shopping page.
 

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