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Rugged Skylake embedded PC has wide range power

Dec 5, 2016 — by Eric Brown 1,254 views

Axiomtek’s “eBOX565-500-FL” computer runs Linux or Windows on dual-core Intel 6th Gen CPUs, and offers four USB 3.0 ports and wide-range power.

The eBOX565-500-FL updates the two-year-old eBOX560-880-FL embedded PC, which provides dual-core Intel 4th Gen “Haswell” Core and Celeron CPUs. The very similar eBOX565-500-FL instead taps the 14nm Intel 6th Gen “Skylake” ULT processors, once again offering two dual-core options: the 2.4GHz Core i5-6300U and the 2.0GHz Celeron 3955U.

eBOX565-500-FL, front and back
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Aside from the processor, the main difference is the addition of a wide-range, 9 to 36 VDC power supply, which pushes the height up to 141.6 x 106 x 73mm instead of the previous 55mm. Thanks to Skylake, the system also doubles the maximum RAM from 8GB of DDR3L-1600 to 16GB of the speedier DDR4-2133.

The new system offers dual-display support via front and back-mounted HDMI ports instead of HDMI and DisplayPorts on the Haswell model. The temperature range has narrowed slightly to -10 to 50°C when using an SSD, and there’s one less SMA antenna, with three.

eBOX565-500-FL detail views
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Otherwise, the two systems appear to be identical. You get a 2.5-inch SATA bay with optional drives starting at 40GB (HDD) and 4GB (SSD). The fanless system once again offers mSATA and full-length mini-PCIe slots, as well as an optional wireless module.


The eBOX565-500-FL is further configured with four USB 3.0 ports and both RS-232/422/485 and RS-232 ports. The dual GbE ports now offer Jumbo Frame, (9.5K), WoL, PXE, and teaming support, and you also get a reset button, a watchdog, LEDs, and both AT/ATX and ATX switches.

The IP40 protected box is once again hardened against vibrations at up to 3 Grms with SSD. Various mounting options are also available.

eBOX560-500-FL (left) is similar to eBOX565-500-FL (right), but with Core-i7, no wide-range power, and no Linux support
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Axiomtek also announced an almost identical “eBOX560-500-FL” system that advances to a 6th Gen Core i7-6600U with two 3.4GHz Skylake cores. As this comparison page indicates, the eBOX560-500-FL also differs in that it offers a standard 12VDC power supply, reducing the height to 55mm. Oddly enough, it also offers a slightly wider temperature range, bumping the high end up to 55°C. Unlike the eBOX565-500-FL, no Linux support is listed, but we can’t imagine why it wouldn’t run.


Last month we reported on another larger, but more advanced Axiomtek Skylake computer called the eBOX670-891-FL. The rugged, fanless 280 x 190 x 70mm system has a 9-36 VDC supply, IP40, -40 to 55°C support, and vibration resistance. The Linux-ready system has dual SATA bays, and adds CFast storage. It also offers 4x GbE, 6x USB 3.0, and more display and serial ports, among other additions.

Further information

The eBOX565-500-FL is listed as “coming soon.” More information may be found at Axiomtek’s eBOX565-500-FL and eBOX560-500-FL product pages.

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