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Rugged, $350 Apollo Lake mini-PC has dual mini-PCIe slots

Mar 12, 2019 — by Eric Brown — 1035 views

Aaeon’s Ubuntu-ready “Boxer-6405U” industrial mini-PC runs on an Apollo Lake SoC and offers 2x GbE, 4x USB 3.0, dual mini-PCIe, and extended temp and vibration tolerance.

Aaeon has launched a $350, general-purpose embedded mini-PC for applications including machine vision, AI edge computing, and industrial IoT gateways. The rugged, “turnkey” Boxer-6405U is a slightly feature-reduced variant of the similarly Apollo Lake based Boxer-6405 and larger, SATA-enabled Boxer-6405M.



Boxer-6405U, front and back
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The Boxer-6405U has the same 166 x 106.6 x 37mm dimensions as the Boxer-6405, which was billed as an AI edge device due to the optional availability of its Movidius Myrad 2 UP AI Core mini-PCIe card. Yet you could likely use the same card on the Boxer-6405U or any other mini-PCIe equipped system.

The Boxer-6405U supports Ubuntu 16.04.4, Windows 10, or Windows 10 IoT on Intel’s quad-core Pentium N4200 or dual-core Celeron N3350. The system supports only 2GB DDR3L instead of 8GB on the earlier models, but unlike those systems it provides 16GB or 32GB eMMC.

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There’s an option for mSATA storage on the half-size mini-PCIe slot rather than an additional dedicated mSATA slot. There’s also a full-size slot that similarly supports PCIe/USB. There’s no SIM slot, but the antenna mounts are still located on the right side.

Otherwise, the main difference here is that there are only 2x RS-232 (DB9) ports rather than 3x RS-232/422/485 ports. The system also lacks the earlier models’ VGA port and audio jacks, and there’s only one LED.



Boxer-6405U detail views
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The Boxer-6405U provides 2x Intel GbE ports, 4x USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port. A 9-24VDC input is available via a 2-pin connector. There’s also a power button and wall mounting. The operating range is similar to the earlier models, but lower by ten degrees on both ends at -20 to 50°C with airflow. Vibration resistance is rated at 3 Grms, 5~500Hz.

 
Further information

The Boxer-6405U is available now for $350 (with 16GB eMMC) with 3-day shipment times. More information may be found in Aaeon’s Boxer-6405U product and shopping pages.

 

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