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Rugged, Kaby Lake transport PC has 4x SATA plus 3x mini-PCIe and “VAM”

Mar 12, 2019 — by Eric Brown 365 views

Axiomtek’s modular, transportation-certified “tBOX300-510-FL” box PC runs Linux or Windows on 7th-gen Kaby Lake-U CPUs and offers 4x swappable SATA III, GbE with PoE, 3x mini-PCIe, and an Axiomtek VAM I/O module slot.

Axiomtek has launched a tBOX300-510-FL system for railway, vehicle, and marine applications such as surveillance, truck fleet management, storage, and passenger communications. The system is certified for CE, FCC, EN 50155, EN 50121-3-2, and EN 45545-2 standards and complies with E-Mark, ISO 7637-2, IEC 60945 and DNV 2.4.

Like Axiomtek’s tBOX500-510-FL and more feature-rich tBOX324-894-FL, the tBOX300-510-FL is a rugged system that runs Linux or Windows 10 on 7th Gen, dual-core Kaby-Lake-U processors ranging from the 2.8GHz Core i7-7600U to the 2.2GHz Celeron 3965U. Also like those systems, it supports the same series of modular I/O modules, which Axiomtek now calls value-added modules (VAMs).

tBOX300-510-FL and chart showing VAM options and other add-ons plus power protections
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The VAM catalog has grown to 9x modules, including 4-port GbE with optional PoE, serial, CAN, DIO, A/V, and mini-PCIe options. Other non-VAM options include storage, wireless, and power supply add-ons (see accessory chart above).


As the name suggests, the tBOX300-510-FL is most like the tBOX500-510-FL. The major drawback of the new system is that it only provides one VAM slot instead of two for the tBOX500-510-FL and it offers somewhat more limited temperature and vibration resistance. However, it doubles the SATA III storage bays to four swappable, RAID 0/1/10 ready interfaces, and it also adds shock resistance.

The IP30-protected, 321 x 210.2 x 105.33 system provides a -25 to 70°C operating range with SSDs (-25 to 55°C for HDDs), and anti-vibration support up to 3 Grms with SSD and 1 Grms with HDD. You also get humidity resistance and non-operating shock resistance (50 Grms, half-sine 11ms with SSD).

tBOX300-510-FL rear view with VAM slot filled by 4x GbE module with M12 connectors (left) and with empty VAM slot
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Like the tBOX500-510-FL, you get three different power inputs for different environments, although lacking its sibling’s wide-range inputs for the vehicle and marine supplies. There are 24-110 VDC (railway), 12/24 VDC (vehicle), and 24 VDC (marine) inputs, each of which has even wider power tolerances than those numbers indicate. The system provides optional M12 or terminal block power inputs, as well as an ACC ignition function and various power surge protections as listed in the chart above.

Dual slots support up to 32GB DDR4. In addition to the 4x SATA bays, you can assign mSATA duty to one of the 3x full-size mini-PCIe slots. Dual SIM slots and 4x antenna mounts are also available.

The tBOX300-510-FL is further equipped with a GbE port with optional PoE, 4x USB 3.0 ports, and an RS-232/422/485 (or serial console) port. You also get a DVI-I port, mic-in/line-out jacks, and a watchdog.

Further information

The tBOX300-510-FL is available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found in Axiomtek’s tBOX300-510-FL announcement and product page.


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One response to “Rugged, Kaby Lake transport PC has 4x SATA plus 3x mini-PCIe and “VAM””

  1. Deses says:

    Dedotated vam?

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