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Rugged box-PC runs Linux on quad-core Bay Trail Celeron

Mar 19, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 2,024 views

Aaeon’s rugged, fanless “Boxer-6614” box-PC runs Linux on a quad- or dual-core Celeron SoC, and offers 8GB RAM, HDMI and VGA, dual GbE, and dual mini-PCIe.

According to Aaeon, the Boxer-6614 is a vastly improved upgrade to the Boxer-6613, also called the AEC-6613. Indeed, while that system ran on an Intel Atom D2550, which still required the separate Intel NM10 chipset, the Boxer-6614 offers a choice of two 22nm “Bay Trail” Celeron system-on-chips, which are closely associated with the Atom E3800 family.

We missed the AEC-6613, but have covered several other of Aaeon’s entry-level Boxer/AEC branded fanless computers. These include the recent, 4th Gen Intel Core based AEC-6638.

Boxer-6614 front view
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The Boxer-6614 is primarily designed for automation, transport, and signage, but is also, rather specifically, “ideally suited” for use in cranes, petrol stations, and surveillance equipment, says Aaeon. The fanless, 21.2 x 10.7 x 6.4cm system supports extended temperatures up to -20 to 60°C, and features anti-shock and vibration protection.

The Boxer-6614’s default SoC choice is the quad-core, 1.83GHz Celeron N9230, which features a 2MB cache and a low, 7.5W TDP. You can also opt for the dual-core, 1.58GHz Celeron N2807, which has even lower 5W power consumption. The computer supports up to 8GB of DDR3L, which together with the faster processor, contributes to a 38 percent performance boost compared to the Boxer-6613, claims Aaeon.

Boxer-6614 rear view
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The Boxer-6614 supports a 2.5-inch SATA drive and offers a CompactFlash slot. VGA and HDMI ports are provided with dual display support, and you get a USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports. The computer also provides dual RS232 ports and two more RS232/422/485 ports (selectable from BIOS), as well as an audio jack.

Boxer-6614 details
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A full-size mini-PCIe slot and a SIM slot support an optional wireless module, although no details were provided. There’s also an optional half-size mini-PCIe slot.

Aaeon supports the computer with Fedora and Ubuntu Linux, as well as Windows. It also supplies its High Safe support for system diagnosis and monitoring, including watchdog timers and digital I/O control. SDKs are available for each High Safe function, says the company.

Specifications listed for the Boxer-6614 include:

  • Processor — Intel Celeron (Bay Trail) with Intel HD Graphics
  • Celeron N2920 (4x cores @ 1.86GHz, 7.5W TDP
  • Celeron N2807 (2x cores @ 1.58GHz, 5W TDP
  • Memory — up to 8GB DDR3L 1333MHz via 1x SODIMM
  • Storage:
    • 2.5-inch SATA HDD/SSD bay
    • CFast slot with cover protection
  • Display — HDMI port; VGA port; simultaneous displays
  • Wireless — Optional wireless module via mini-PCIe; 2x antenna holes; SIM card slot
  • Networking — 2x gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Other I/O:
    • 3x USB 2.0 ports (1x front-facing)
    • USB 3.0 port
    • 2x RS232 ports
    • 2x RS232/422/485 ports (supports auto flow)
    • Audio line-out jack (front-facing)
  • Expansion — Full-size mini-PCIe slot; half-size mini-PCIe slot (only for factory install)
  • Other features – LEDs; watchdog
  • Power — 9-30 V DC with 3-pin terminal block; optional DC-in 12V with DC jack lockable
  • Ruggedization:
    • Operating temperature (with airflow) — -20 to 55°C (with CFast) or -20 to 60°C (with HDD)
    • Vibration resistance — 5Grms, 5-500Hz with CFast; 1Grms, 5-500Hz with HDD
    • Shock resistance — 50G (11ms) with CF; 20G (11ms) with HDD
  • Weight — 2 k (4.4 lb)
  • Dimensions — 21.2 x 10.7 x 6.4cm
  • Operating system — Linux (Fedora or Ubuntu 14.04 with Linux 3.13.0); Windows 7/8.1; WES7/8

Further information

The Boxer-6614 appears to be available now, at an unstated price. More information may be found at the Boxer-6614 product page.

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