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Rugged vehicle PC offers power protection, wireless options

Jun 22, 2015 — by Eric Brown 960 views

Aaeon’s rugged, Linux-ready “Boxer” PC for vehicles offers a 4th Gen Core CPU, dual GbE and four 10/100 PoE LAN ports, mini-PCIe expansion, and a SIM slot.

The Boxer-6301VS Embedded Box PC joins the aging, Atom D510 based AEV-6312 as Aaeon’s only other in-vehicle computer. There will soon be more, however, as Aaeon says it plans to introduce several variants of the Boxer-6301VS, including a model with a dual CANBus connections. The press release suggests the current model has a CANbus port, but this is not listed on the product page or datasheet.

Boxer-6301VS, front and back
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Like Aaeon’s AEC-6638 embedded PC, the Boxer-6301VS is a ruggedized, fanless computer that runs Fedora Linux or Windows on a 4th Gen “Haswell” Intel Core processor. It specifically supports the Core i5-4402E, a dual-core, 1.6GHz chip with 3MB cache, a 25W TDP, and Intel HD Graphics 4600.

Like Aaeon’s general purpose, Bay Trail Celeron based Boxer-6614, the Boxer-6301VS is a rugged, fanless box computer. The 255 x 190 x 88mm Boxer-6301VS, however, is squarely aimed at in-vehicle applications.

Boxer-6301VS detail view, front and back
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You can load the Boxer-6301VS with up to 8GB of DDR3L RAM, and store video or other data on a CFast slot and dual 2.5-inch SATA HDD/SSD bays with hot-swap and hot-plug support. Other features include a VGA port, audio jacks, and six USB ports, including dual 3.0 ports. You also get a variety of RS-232/422/485 and RS-232 ports. The system is further equipped with dual gigabit Ethernet ports and four Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) 10/100 Ethernet ports, and three mini-PCIe slots along with three SIM slot enable the addition of various wireless options.

Boxer-6301VS dimensions, front and back
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The Boxer-6301VS is certified for ISO-7637 and E-Mark for various electrical protection features. These include surge protection, power on/off delay, low voltage battery protection, and critically low voltage battery protection, says Aaeon. The device also stands out with its wide-range power support, -20 to 50°C temperature support, as well as its shock and vibration resistance.


Specifications listed for the Boxer-6301VS include:

  • Processor — Intel Core i5-4402E (2x Haswell cores @ 1.6GHz); Intel QM87 chipset; Intel HD Graphics 4600; 25W TDP
  • Memory — up to 8GB DDR3L 1333/1600MHz SDRAM via 1x SODIMM
  • Storage — CFast slot with cover protection; 2x SATA 2.5-inch HDD/SSD bay with hot swap and hot plug
  • Display — VGA port
  • Networking — 2x gigabit Ethernet port; 4x 10/100 Ethernet ports with PoE
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 3.0 ports (front)
    • 4x USB 2.0 ports (2x front)
    • RS-232/422/485 x2 port (front)
    • RS-232/422/485 x1 port (rear)
    • RS-232 x4 port (front)
    • RS-232 x2 port (rear)
    • Audio mic-in, line-out
  • Expansion — 3x mini-PCIe slot (full-length); 3x SIM card slots with antenna connectors; optional mini-PCIe wireless module
  • Other features — LEDs; wall mounting
  • Power:
    • DC 12/24V input
    • DC9 to 30V wide range support via 3-pin terminal block x 1 (ACC, V-, V+)
    • Default 24V battery
  • Ruggedization/certificates:
    • Operating temperature — -20 to 50°C (without airflow); -20 to 55°C (with airflow)
    • Shock resistance — 50G (CFast) or 20G (SSD) peak acceleration (11 ms duration)
    • Vibration resistance — 3 Grms (CFast) or 1 Grms (SSD) @ 5-500Hz
    • Load dump protection
    • EMC protection — CE/FCC Class A
    • ISO 7637 power supply certified
    • E-Mark E13 certified
    • OVP/UVP/reverse protection, on/off delay, and battery protection
  • Dimensions — 255 x 190 x 88mm
  • Weight — 3.9 kg
  • Operating system — Fedora Linux, Windows 7/8/8.1

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the Boxer-6301VS Embedded Box PC. More information may be found in Aaeon’s Boxer-6301VS product page.

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