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Rugged box-PC offers HDMI and dual GbE, starts at $671

Feb 19, 2015 — by Eric Brown 997 views

Acnodes’s rugged, fanless, Linux-friendly “FES8680” box-PC features a 4th Gen Intel Core CPU, HDMI, dual GbE, and up to eight COM ports, and starts at $671.

The FES8680 is a spin-down of the rugged FES8670 announced by Acnodes last month, and similarly runs on Intel’s 4th Gen Core (Haswell) processors. The 10.24 x 8.19 x 2.3-inch FES8680 is built around a “long-life” Mini-ITX motherboard, and is targeted at outdoor advertising, POS/kiosk, transportation, and industrial control automation, says Acnodes.

FES8680, front (left) and rear views
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Although the FES8680 is touted for its rugged aluminum chassis, it lacks the earlier model’s extended temperature support or other ruggedization features. It does, however, similarly support a wide-range power input, and offers DIN-rail and wall-mounting options.

The $671 FES8680 starter package ships with a dual-core, 2.9GHz Core i3-4130T CPU and 2GB of DDR3 RAM expandable to 16GB. A 320GB hard disk drive is standard, as well. You can further expand with an mSATA slot shared with a mini-PCIe interface that supports an optional WiFi and Bluetooth module, with dual antenna connectors.

FES8680 rear view showing I/O ports

The FES8680 features dual gigabit Ethernet ports, as well as HDMI and DVI-I display connections, although the press release instead lists VGA and DVI-I ports. You also get four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and audio I/O.


Four COM ports are standard, although the configurator page instead lists five. Acnodes suggests we should not take exact specs too seriously, stating: “Most of the commercial and industrial computers are custom built to customer’s exact requirements.” There is one standard I/O upgrade package available on the configurator page, however: You can add a package of four more serial ports for a total of eight (3x RS232/422/485 and 5x RS232).

One thing we can be sure of is that the FES8680 runs Linux. However, the $671 model ships without a preloaded OS.

Specifications listed for the FES8680 include:

  • Processor — Intel 4th Gen Core with Intel HD Graphics, starting with Core i3-4130T (2x Haswell cores @ 2.9GHz)
  • Memory — 2GB DDR3 1600MHz expandable to 16GB via 2x SODIMMs
  • Storage:
    • SATA 3 with 2.5-inch bay loaded with 320GB HDD
    • mSATA interface shared with mini-PCIe
  • Display:
    • DVI-I
    • HDMI out
  • Wireless — Optional WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 module (via mini-PCIe) with 2x antenna holes
  • Networking — 2x gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Other I/O:
    • 4x USB 3.0 ports
    • 2x USB 2.0 ports
    • 2x RS232 ports
    • 2x RS232/422/485 ports
    • Optional package with 1x extra RS232/422/485 and 3x extra RS232 ports for total of up to 8x COM ports
    • Audio mic-in, line-out
  • Expansion — 1x mini-PCIe half-sized socket, shared with mSATA
  • Other features — Watchdog; optional wall and DIN-rail mounting
  • Power — 9-24 DC input; 120V AC 60W adapter
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 40°C
  • Dimensions — 10.24 x 8.19 x 2.3 in.
  • Operating system — supports Linux; Windows7 Pro available for $165

Further information

The highly customizable FES8680 starts at $671 with an Intel dual-core, 2.9GHz, 4th Gen Core i3-4130T processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 320GB HDD. It appears to be available now. More information may be found on the FES8680 product page.

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