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Rugged vehicle-PC runs Linux on dual-core 5th Gen Core

Oct 27, 2015 — by Rob Reilly 1,212 views

Acrosser’s latest rugged vehicle-PC runs Linux on a 5th Gen Intel Core Broadwell-U processor, offering sufficient power to run multiple, simultaneous apps.

The Acrosser “AVI-QM97V1FL” vehicle-PC is aimed at systems integration projects like telematics, data recording and fleet and logistics management. A pair of DDR3-1333/1600 SO-DIMM sockets hold up to 16GB of non-ECC RAM. Supported 14nm 5th Gen Intel Core Broadwell-U processor models range from the Core i3 5010U, up through the Core i5 5350U, to the Core i7 5650U at the upper end.

Acrosser AVI-QM97V1FL vehicle-PC, front (upper) and rear views
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Two types of storage are supported on the AVI-QM97V1FL: SATA III 2.5-inch SSDs, and an M.2 SSD. The dual SSD setup lets you split storage for different jobs, like using the 2.5-inch drive for database management while reserving the M.2 SSD for the system’s OS and control software. The 2.5-inch SSD bay is externally swappable and offers anti-vibration and shock features.

A single mini-PCIe socket can be equipped with communication options, such as a Sierra 7355 4G LTE and GPS module or a Sparklan 251N(BT) WiFi and Bluetooth module. An externally accessible SIM slot, for use with the cellular module, allows changing of the cellular configuration card without opening the case.

AVI-QM97V1FL front (upper) and rear details
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The AVI-QM97V1FL offers one HDMI and one DVI port for video output. Other interfaces include four USB 3.0 ports, two RS232 ports, and one RS422/RS485 port, all on DB9 connectors. There are also two gigabit Ethernet interfaces, plus a CAN bus that supports both 2.0A and 2.0B protocols. A GPIO (4 in, 4 out) interface is accessible via a front panel-mounted DB15 connector.


Power to the AVI-QM97V1FL can range from 9 to 30 volts using a 3-pole terminal block. System management software implements smart boot/shutdown and low battery monitoring processes that help protect against operating system crashes, and Driver ID security is supported by an i-Button capability. The device operates at temperatures of between 0 and 60° C, and is rated to IEC-60068 levels of shock and vibration resistance. The case measures 290 x 190 x 45mm and weighs 4Kg.

Acrosser supports the AVI-QM97V1FL with Fedora 21 and Ubuntu 15.04, as well as Windows 7 and 8.

Specifications for the AVI-QM97V1FL include:

  • Processor:
    • Core i3 5010U — 2x cores @ 2.2GHz; Intel HD Graphics 5500
    • Core i5 5350U — 2x cores @ 1.8GHz / 2.9GHz turbo; Intel HD Graphics 6000
    • Core i7 5650U — 2x cores @ 2.2GHz / 3.1GHz turbo; Intel HD Graphics 6000
  • Memory — Up to 16 GB of DDR3-1333/1600 RAM via 2x SODIMMs
  • Storage:
    • 2x SATA III ports w/ power connectors, 1x swappable 2.5 inch anti-shock/vibration SSD bay
    • 1x M.2 SSD
  • Display:
    • HDMI type A connector
    • DVI-D connector
  • Wireless:
    • SIM card slot (external)
    • Antenna connectors for optional mini-PCIe based WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 4G LTE
  • Networking — 2x gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Other I/O:
    • 4x USB 3.0 ports
    • 2x JST pin headers
    • 2x RS232 ports
    • 1x RS422/RS485 ports (GPIO selectable)
    • 1x CAN bus 2.0A/2.0B interface
    • Audio line-out, mic-in
  • Expansion — 1x mini-PCIe socket; includes externally accessible SIM slot
  • Other features — watchdog timer, H/W monitoring, LEDs, i-Button
  • Power:
    • Input — 9 to 32V DC (+/-5%)
    • 3 pole terminal block
    • Smart boot/shut-down anti-crash control by power subsystem
    • System boot/shutdown delay (up to 1 hour)
    • Power on/off via remote cable switch or serial connection to battery and ingition switch
    • Low battery voltage monitoring and configurable shutdown
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60°C
  • Ruggedization:
    • Anti-vibration — 5 to 500 Hz, 3GRMS(CF/SSD), when operating with SSD (IEC 60068-2-64)
    • Anti-shock — 50G 500m/s2 11MS, when operating with SSD (IEC 60068-2-27)
  • Weight — 4 Kg
  • Dimensions — 290mm x 190mm x 45 mm
  • Operating systems — Fedora 21, Ubuntu 15.04, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

Further Information:

The AIV-QM97V1FL vehicle-PC appears to be shipping now, at an unstated price. More details may be found at the company’s AIV-QM97V1FL product page.

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