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Rugged 3.5-inch SBC taps Atom E3800 SoC

Mar 8, 2014 — by Eric Brown 1,073 views

ADL released a compact SBC based on Intel’s Atom E3800, featuring multiple GbE, SATA, and display ports, PCIe expansion, and extended temperature operation.

The new “ADLE3800HD” SBC is best suited for industrial control and automation, in-vehicle fleet communication, or infotainment systems for transportation systems used in extreme environments, says ADL Embedded Solutions. Other potential applications are said to include rugged mobile computing, digital signage with secure content delivery, portable medical devices, interactive kiosks, and vending, ATM and point-of-sale (POS) terminals.

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Like ADL’s recently announced, PC/104-style ADLE3800PC single board computer, the ADLE3800HD runs on Intel’s Atom E3800 (Bay Trail-I) system-on-chip, built with Intel’s 22nm, 3D Tri-gate process for faster performance and better power efficiency. The graphics engine is capable of simultaneously decoding 10 or more streams of 1080p video, and offers hardware accelerated decoding of codec standards like H.264, MVC, VPG8, and VC1/WMV9. It also supports DirectX 11, Open GL 4.0, says ADL.

Intel Atom E3800 (“Bay Trail-I”) SoC block diagram
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Like the ADLE3800PC, this so-called 3.5-inch SBC, which measures 5.8 x 4.0 inches, supports up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and offers dual SATA connectors. The I/O is similar, but slightly reduced, especially in regard to expansion, where you’re limited to a single PCIe lane available via a pin connector.

Real-world coastline ports include dual gigabit Ethernet ports, with signals for a third GbE port available on board. There are also four USB 2.0 ports, with four more internal connections, and a VGA/DVI port. Additional onboard connectors include SPDIF audio I/O, 8-bit GPIO, and a serial interface.


The ADLE3800HD has a wide 21V-30V temperature range, and supports -20 to 70°C temperatures, with optional -40 to 85°C support, says ADL. Other options include heatsinks and heatspraders. No operating system support was listed, but the similar ADLE3800PC ships with Linux support, as do nearly all of ADL’s board-level products.

Specifications listed for the ADLE3800HD include:

  • Processor — various Intel Atom E3800 (Bay Trail-I) dual- and quad-core options
  • Memory — up to 8 GB DDR3L-1333 via 1.35V, 204-pin SoDIMM
  • Storage — 2x SATA 3 Gb/s
  • Display:
    • DVI connector with analog VGA
    • I-PEX connector for custom DVI/HDMI/DP (or 1x USB 3.0 cabling) for up to 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz
    • Dual display support
  • Networking — 3x gigabit Ethernet (2x RJ45 ports, 1x pin connector)
  • Other I/O:
    • 8x USB 2.0 (4x ports, 4x pin connectors)
    • SPDIF I/O (7.1 HD audio)
    • RS232 pin connector
    • 8-bit GPIO (PCA9535BS controller via Intel SoC SMBus)
  • Expansion — PCIe x1 lane via 2×40-pin connector
  • Operating temperature (with heatsink) — -20 to 70°C; optional -40 to 85°C
  • Power — 24VDC input (21V – 30V range)
  • Dimensions — 147 x 102mm; 3.5-inch form factor

Further information

No pricing or availability information was supplied for the ADLE3800HD. More information may be found at ADL’s ADLE3800HD product page.

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