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Tiny, rugged, box-PC implements Intel's IoT platform

Feb 19, 2015 — by Eric Brown 2,528 views

Adlink is prepping a rugged, compact “MXE-200i” box-PC preloaded with Wind River’s Linux-based IDP XT IoT gateway stack running on quad- or dual-core Atoms.

Adlink’s Matrix MXE-200i, which should formally launch in April, appears to be based in part on the Intel IOT Platform reference model. This in turn builds on the previous Intel Gateway Solutions for IoT hardware/software platform.

Matrix MXE-200i
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The MXE-200i comes preloaded with an Internet of Things gateway software stack from Intel subsidiary Wind River, called Wind River Intelligent Device Platform XT, which supports Wind River’s Linux and VxWorks operating systems. The MXE-200i will also be available in MXE-200 and MXE-202 models, but without the preloaded OSes. All MXE-200 models would appear to run other Linux and Windows distributions.

Wind River IDP XT architecture
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Compared to last year’s Matrix MXE-5400 rugged box-PC, which runs on a 4th Gen Intel Core processor, the Atom-based MXE-200i is much smaller, lighter, simpler, and presumably less expensive. The idea is that you can sprinkle these 120 x 100 x 55mm systems around a industrial environment to handle all your wired and wireless IoT inputs. Transportation and facility management applications are also supported. The rugged system offers shock and vibration resistance and can handle temperatures up to an optional -20 to 70°C, says Adlink.

Different views of the MXE-200i with antennas
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Like the MXE-5400, the MXE-200i supports Adlink’s cloud-enabled SEMA (Smart Embedded Management Agent) remote management tools, which also features system control over a secured channel and utilization of system resources, says the company. Together with the Intel and Wind River stacks and Embedded Control security software from Intel subsidiary McAfee, the fanless MXE-200i “guarantees the essential cornerstone manageability and security critical to IoT-ready platforms,” says Adlink.

MXE-200i detail view
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Customers can choose from the quad-core Intel Atom E3845 or dual-core E3826, which offer relatively low 10W and 7W TDPs, respectively. RAM appears to be fixed at 2GB, but you can expand storage via SD and mSATA slots with optional data cards and SSDs.

MXE-200i’s embedded motherboard, top (left) and bottom
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There are far fewer ports compared to the MXE-5400, but the ingredients are basically the same, with an HDMI port, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, a USB 3.0 port, dual USB 2.0 ports, and both RS232 and RS232/422/485 ports. Internal power-isolated digital I/O with interrupt support is optional. MXE-200i expansion is available via dual mini-PCIe slots, as well as a uSIM slot supporting optional WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, or LTE modules.

MXE-200i mounting options
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The system supports a wide-range 6-36 V DC input, and is available with an optional 40W AC-DC adapter. DIN-rail and wall mounting options are also available.

Summary of Matrix MXE-200i specs


Specifications listed for the Matrix MXE-200i include:

  • Processor:
    • MXE-200 — Intel Atom E3845 (4x cores @ 1.91GHz, 10W TDP)
    • MXE-202/200i — Intel Atom E3826 (2x cores @ 1.46GHz, 7W TDP)
  • Memory — 2GB DDR3L-1066 RAM
  • Storage:
    • SD slot for up to 16GB, supporting up to 16GB
    • mSATA on one mini-PCIe slot, supporting up to 64GB
  • Display — HDMI port
  • Wireless — uSIM slot; optional WiFi, Bluetooth, or 3G module with optional antennas
  • Networking — 2x gigabit Ethernet ports (Intel I210IT)
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 3.0 port
    • 2x USB 2.0 ports
    • RS232 port
    • RS232/422/485 port
    • Optional 8x isolated digital I/O
  • Expansion — 2x mini-PCIe sockets (1x with mSATA support)
  • Other features — watchdog; supports SEMA remote management with BMT; optional DIN-rail and wall mounting
  • Power — 6-36 V DC; optional 40W AC-DC adapter
  • Ruggedization:
    • Operating temperature — 0 to 50°C (standard) or -20 to 70°C (extended, requires industrial SD or mSATA storage)
    • Vibration resistance — 5Grms, 5-500Hz, 3 axes w/ SD or mSATA
    • Shock resistance — 100G, half-sine 11ms w/ SD or SSD
  • Weight — 650 g
  • Dimensions — 120 x 100 x 55mm
  • Operating system — Windows Embedded 7 Standard, Wind River Linux; Wind River IDP XT 2.0 preloaded on MXE-202i

Further information

The Matrix MXE-200i should be available in mid-April, says Adlink. No pricing has been set. More information may be found at Adlink’s MXE-200i product page. More details regarding Wind River’s IDP XT software are on the company’s Intelligent Device Platform product page.

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