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Compact, rugged box-PC has four GbE ports, runs Linux

Nov 3, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 3,362 views

Aaeon’s rugged, Linux-ready “Boxer-6404” industrial controller offers quad- or dual-core Bay Trail SoCs, plus four GbE ports and -20 to 60°C operation.

The Boxer-6404 shares some of the specs of Aaeon’s Boxer-6403 industrial PC, but is for the most part a more entry-level system. Yet this more purely industrial-focused system offers twice the number of Gigabit Ethernet ports, as well as a higher level of ruggedization. The system supports Linux, as well as various flavors of Windows.


Like the Boxer-6403, the Boxer-6404 is available with the quad-core Celeron J1900 or the dual-core Celeron N2807, both member of Intel’s Bay Trail family of system-on chips. Missing, however, are the previously supported Celeron N2930 and Atom E3825. Once again you can load up to 4GB or 8GB DDR3L RAM, depending on whether you choose the dual- or quad-core option.

The biggest difference compared to the Boxer-6403 is instead of offering two Gigabit Ethernet ports, the Boxer-6404 offers four. In addition, instead of mSATA, there’s a CFast slot, and instead of HDMI and LVDS interfaces, there are one or two HDMI ports with audio support.

Boxer-6404 detail views
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Like the earlier model, the Boxer-6404 provides a USB 3.0 port, but there are only two USB 2.0 ports instead of three. In place of the previous pair of RS232/422/485 ports, there is a single RS232 port. There are no DIO or LPC interfaces, and in place of tghe dual mini-PCIe slots with mSATA and SIM card support, there’s only a single slot with USB support and optional wireless modules.

While the Celeron J1900 model is still limited to -20 to 55°C operation, the N2807 version supports -20 to 60°C instead of the earlier -20 to 40°C. Vibration and shock resistance have also been amped up.

Specifications listed for the Boxer-6404 include:

  • Processor — Intel Celeron or Atom (Bay Trail) with Intel HD Graphics:
    • Celeron J1900 (4x cores @ 2.42GHz), 10W TDP
    • Celeron N2807 (2x cores @ 1.58GHz, 5W TDP
  • Memory — up to 4GB (with N2807) or 8GB (J1900) DDR3L 1333MHz via 1x SODIMM
  • Storage — CFast slot
  • Display — 1x or 2x HDMI ports
  • Networking — 4x gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 2.0 ports
    • USB 3.0 port
    • RS232 port
  • Expansion — Mini-PCIe slot with USB support and optional wireless modules
  • Other features — VESA wall and DIN-rail mounting; power button
  • Power — 12V DC input with lockable jack; ATX mode
  • Ruggedization:
    • Operating temperature — -20 to 55°C (J1900) or -20 to 60°C (N2807), both with 0.5 m/s airflow
    • Vibration resistance — 5Grms, 5-500Hz
    • Shock resistance — 50G (11ms)
  • Dimensions — 166 x 107 x 30mm
  • Operating system – Linux; Windows 7/8/8.1

Further information

The Boxer-6404 appears to be available now, at an unstated price. More information may be found at the Boxer-6404 product page.

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