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Industrial Linux PC boasts 16 serial ports

Dec 3, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 771 views

Aaeon’s “Boxer-6914” PC runs Linux on an Atom D2550, and offers 16 serial ports, six USB ports, SATA, CFast, dual GbE’s, and optional wireless.

Aaeon’s Fedora Linux ready Boxer-6914 is quite similar to the Boxer-6614 it released earlier this year, but it lacks the external heatsink, and adds a lot more serial ports, as well as additional USB ports and DIO. Instead of running an Intel Celeron from the Bay Trail family, it harkens back to an Intel Atom D2550 “Cedar Trail” processor. The Atom D2550 has dual 1.86GHz cores, a 10 Watt TDP, and 640MHz Intel graphics. This is a processor with a separate Intel NM10 controller chipset, not a system-on-chip.

Boxer-6914 front (left) and rear views
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The Boxer-6914 is “ideally suited for static machines that require a multitude of functionalities with minimal servicing,” says Aaeon. Examples include ticket vending machines and train station turnstiles “where functionalities such as IC card readers and VFD displays are some of the key requirements,” says the company.

Aaeon delivers the Atom processor via its COM-CV Rev B COM Express Type 6 module, which also supports the Atom N2600 CPU. Although the COM-CV Rev B product page says it supports 4GB of DDR3 via a single SODIMM slot, the Boxer-6914 supports up to 8GB with the help of a second slot.


The Boxer-6914 provides a covered, front-facing CFast slot, as well as an internal SATA HDD bay. There are two gigabit Ethernet ports, as well as optional WiFi via the two full-size mini-PCIe slots.

All but two of the 14 RS232 ports are board-mounted instead of internally cabled to ensure greater reliability. The two cabled RS232 ports are optional. In addition, there are two cable-less RS232/422/485 ports for a potential total of 16 COM ports overall.

Boxer-6914 front (left) and rear details
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Six USB ports are provided, including two USB 3.0 ports. Other features include DVI-D and VGA ports, an audio jack, and 30-channel DIO. All the I/O ports except for the audio jack and two USB ports are mounted on the back of the system to provide easier installation and upkeep, as well as greater reliability, says Aaeon.

The wide range 9-30 V power supply uses a 3-pin DC input terminal block. Depending on airflow and storage options, operating temperatures are claimed to range up to -20 to 60°C. Vibration and shock resistance are also provided.

Specifications listed for the Boxer-6914 include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom D2550 (2x Cedar Trail cores @ 1.86GHz); 1MB cache; Intel NM10 chipset
  • Memory — up to 8GB DDR3 800/1066MHz via 2x SODIMM slots
  • Storage:
    • 2.5-inch SATA HDD bay
    • CFast slot (front-facing with cover protection)
  • Display – DVI-D port; VGA port
  • Wireless — Optional wireless module via mini-PCIe; 2x antenna holes; SIM card slot
  • Networking — 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 3.0 ports
    • 4x USB 2.0 ports (2x front-facing)
    • 12x cable-less RS232 ports
    • 2x optional RS232 ports requiring cable
    • 2x RS232/422/485 cable-less ports
    • Audio line-out jack (front-facing)
    • 30-ch. DIO
  • Expansion — 2x full-size mini-PCIe slots
  • Other features — LEDs; watchdog; wall-mounting
  • Power — 9-30 V DC with 3-pin terminal block; optional 12V DC
  • Ruggedization:
    • Operating temperature:
      • -20 to 60°C (with airflow, CFast)
      • -20 to 55°C (with airflow and wide-temp HDD and RAM)
      • -20 to 55°C (without airflow, with CFast)
      • -20 to 5-°C (without airflow, but with wide-temp HDD and RAM)
    • Vibration resistance — 5Grms, 5-500Hz with CFast; 1Grms, 5-500Hz with HDD
    • Shock resistance — 50G (11ms) with CFast; 20G (11ms) with HDD
  • Dimensions — 332.8 x 190 x 136.8mm (13.1 x 7.48 x 5.39 in.)
  • Operating system — Linux (Fedora); Windows 7/XP

Further information

The Boxer-6914 appears to be available now, at an unstated price. More information may be found at the Boxer-6914 product page.

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