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Atom-based industrial PC has five gigabit ports

Jul 21, 2014 — by Eric Brown 1,826 views

MPL’s CEC10 industrial PC is a fanless, Linux-ready Atom E3800 model featuring -40 to +85°C support, five gigabit ports, and numerous expansion modules.

Switzerland-based MPL has been in business for 21 years, and has been making Linux-compatible, Intel-based industrial computers for at least eight. The CEC10, which MPL also refers to as the “New Generation CEC,” refreshes a line of Intel Atom-based CEC (Compact Embedded Computer) models, including the CEC7 (Atom Z530P), CEC6 (Z520PT), and the CEC5 (Z510P).

The 162 x 118 x 62mm CEC10 is designed for tasks ranging from “simple monitoring, up to more demanding communication, controlling, and visualization jobs where reliability is key,” says MPL. The computer offers 10 year availability, and a choice of extended (-20 to 60°C) or industrial (-40 to 85°C) temperature ranges.

CEC10 (New Generation CEC)
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The wide-range 8–36 VDC power supply is equipped with reverse polarity and load dump protection, as well as electromagnetic discharge protection. The system provides configurable power management, and wake-on functionality from various sources.


You can choose from single, dual-, or quad-core Atom E3800 models with clock rates up to 1.91GHz, and power consumption ranging from 8 to 18W, accordingly. You can load up to 4GB DDR3L ECC SDRAM onto the system, and choose from storage options including soldered eMMC flash or a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD. A Mini-PCIe expansion slot doubles as an mSATA connection.

The CEC10 is notable for offering five gigabit Ethernet ports. Additional I/O includes USB 3.0 host and device ports, as well as dual USB 2.0 ports. There’s also an RS-232 port and an optional second RS-232 or RS422/485 interface. For display, the system offers a DisplayPort along with an optional VGA or eDP connection.

Aside from the full-sized Mini-PCIe slot, a separate expansion board interface is available that supports modules such as CAN, GPS, WiFi, and additional serial connections. The system is said to be highly customizable, including the ability to depopulate features, or add gigabit fiber and PCI/104-Express connections.

Specifications listed for the CEC10 (New Generation CEC) include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom E3800 (4x, 2x, or 1x x86 cores @ up to 1.91GHz)
  • Memory — up to 4GB DDR3L ECC SDRAM
  • Storage:
    • Optional eMMC flash (soldered)
    • mSATA 2.0 interface (via Mini-PCIe)
    • Optional 2.5-inch SATA HDD/SSD
  • Display –DisplayPort; optional eDP or VGA
  • Networking– 5x gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 3.0 host port
    • USB 3.0 device port
    • 2x USB 2.0 ports
    • RS-232 port
    • Optional RS-232/422/485 or second RS-232 port
  • Expansion:
    • Mini-PCIe slot (full size) with mSATA support
    • Expansion board interface with 2 x PCIe, 2 x HSIC, 2 x UART, SATA, SDIO, LPC and I2C, supporting optional modules:
      • UPS LiPo
      • UPS Supercap
      • CAN
      • GPS
      • RS-232
      • RS-422/485
      • Rugged WLAN
  • Other features — Watchdog; DIN-Rail, flange, open frame, or MIL/outdoor mounting available; 10-year availability
  • Power:
    • 8–36 VDC supply
    • Reverse polarity and load dump protection
    • Electromagnetic discharge protection per MIL-STD-461E, IEC60945, EN50155
    • 8 to 18W consumption
    • Configurable power management modes down to 100µA
    • Wake-On (Ignition/RI) from ignition signal, RS232 ring indicator, or LAN
  • Operating temperature — -20 to 60°C or -40 to 85°C
  • Ruggedization — Ceramic capacitors; optional M12 connectors or SFP cages; EN 50155 (railway) and IEC 60945 (maritime) certifications coming soon
  • Dimensions — 162 x 118 x 62mm
  • Operating system — Linux (Debian); Windows (various)

Further information

The CEC10 (New Generation CEC) appears to be available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found at MPL’s CEC product page.

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One response to “Atom-based industrial PC has five gigabit ports”

  1. Gordon Lennox says:

    “The CEC10 (New Generation CEC) appears to be available now at an undisclosed price.”

    In view of the fact that this is a Swiss company selling a Swiss made computer which is being certified for use on maritime or rail systems, the starting price is most probably well over EUR 1000 plus sales tax.

    If you are a company buying in bulk (ie in the hundreds if not thousands), there will probably be some discount.

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