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Atom based DIN-rail industrial PC won’t be rattled

Feb 2, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 975 views

Axiomtek’s rugged, Linux-ready DIN-rail PC has a dual-core Atom E3827, remote IoT management, 4GB soldered RAM, and isolated serial, GbE, and DIO ports.

Like Axiomtek’s Freescale i.MX287 based rBOX610, the rBOX510-6COM is a fanless, ruggedized DIN-rail computer designed for extreme environments. This time, Axiomtek has turned to the dual-core Atom E3827 from Intel’s most recent Bay Trail-I family of system-on-chips. The 1.75GHz SoC has 1MB of L2 cache, 542/792MHz graphics, and an 8W TDP.

rBOX510-6COM, front and back
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The Linux-ready rBOX510-6COM is best suited for “indoor and outdoor industrial applications such as power plant automation, facility monitoring systems, and intelligent transportation systems,” says Axiomtek. Other applications are said to include “remote, IoT/M2M, and harsh environments” including gas stations, refineries, and mine control rooms.

The rBOX510-6COM supports temperatures of -40 to 70°C and offers multiple ruggedization certifications for vibration and ingress, including the EN50121-4 standard for railway gear. It ships with 4GB of soldered DDR3L RAM, and offers isolated serial, gigabit Ethernet, and DIO ports to prevent static charging and over-voltage. A 12-48 VDC-in power supply includes a terminal block.

rBOX510-6COM detail view
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Storage options include a CompactFlash slot and an SSD-ready SATA bay. The computer also features a VGA port, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, dual isolated gigabit Ethernet ports, and an isolated DIO 8-in, 8-out port. Four of the six RS-232/422/485 ports also provide voltage isolation.

Three full-sized mini-PCIe slots support 3G/GPRS and WiFi connections, which are further supported with dual SIM slots and three antennas. The computer features two real-time clocks with battery support, plus a “gold capacity” backup.

AXView 2.0 interface (left) and architecture
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The rBOX510-6COM supports Axiomtek’s AXView 2.0 smart monitoring software for Internet of Things and M2M management. AXView features SNMP, MQTT, MODBUS, SNMP Trap, and email support. It also offers local hardware monitoring, local SRAM backup, remote management, app storage, and a “service cloud,” says the company.

Specifications listed for the rBOX510-6COM include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom E3827 (2x Bay Trail-I cores @ 1.75GHz)
  • Memory/storage:
    • 4GB soldered DDR3L RAM
    • CompactFlash slot with optional 8GB card
    • 2.5-inch SATA SSD/HDD (or mSATA) bay
  • Display — VGA port
  • Wireless:
    • Optional WiFi or 3G/GPRS via mini-PCIe slots
    • 2x SIM card slots
    • 3x antennas
  • Networking — 2x isolated gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Other I/O:
    • 4x isolated RS-232/422/485 ports
    • 2x standard RS-232/422/485 ports
    • USB 3.0 port
    • USB 2.0 port
    • Isolated DIO (8-in, 8-out) port
  • Expansion — 3x full-size mini-PCIe slots
  • Other features:
    • 2x watchdog timers
    • RTC with battery plus “gold capacity”
    • LEDs
    • Wall-mount support
    • Support for AXView 2.0 intelligent management solution for IoT/M2M
  • Power — 12-48 VDC-in with terminal block; OVP, UVP, and reverse protection on DC version
  • Ruggedization:
    • Operating temperature — -40 to 70°C
    • Vibration endurance — [email protected]~150Hz, amplitude 0.35mm
    • Certifications — IP30; Heavy Industrial CE; FCC Part 18; EN50121-4; UL60950-1; IEC60068-2-6, IEC60068-2-27, and IEC60068-2-32
  • Weight — 1.5 kg (3.3 lb)
  • Dimensions — 135 x 110 x 100.6mm
  • Operating system — Linux, Windows 7/8 Embedded


Back in November, Axiomtek announced a very similar, Linux-ready ICO300 Gateway Solution system designed for IoT control. The industrial computer is spec’d slightly lower than the rBOX510-6COM. It runs on a single-core Atom E3815 or a dual-core E3827, and offers up to 4GB or 8GB of RAM, depending on the Atom model.

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Like the rBOX510-6COM, the ICO300 offers a wide-range power supply, DIN-rail support, plus industrial temperature, vibration, and ingress resistance. It also similarly provides dual isolated gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB ports, a DIO port, and SATA and CompactFlash connections. In this case, there are four serial ports instead of six, and none are isolated. Wireless is supported via a mini-PCIe card, a SIM slot, and dual antennas.

Further information

Axiomtek’s rBOX510-6COM will be available in late of February at an unstated price. More information may be found at the rBOX510-6COM product page.

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