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Rugged field controller supports multi-wireless, does PoE PD

Apr 7, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 386 views

Axiomtek’s “ICO310” is a Linux-ready, DIN-rail field controller and IoT gateway, featuring a Braswell CPU, -20 to 60°C support, IP40, and PoE PD.

Axiomtek bills its ICO310 as the industry’s first field controller with PoE PD (Power over Ethernet Powered Device), which lets you power the device over one of its dual GbE ports. The ICO310’s compatibility with IEEE 802.3at compliant PoE signaling and power sourcing standards, through which power source devices (PSDs) and powered devices (PDs) negotiate power levels, is said to “simplify network installation and minimize the total costs of replacement and maintenance.”

ICO310, front and back
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The ICO310 is somewhat similar to Axiomtek’s year-old, Intel Atom-based rBOX510-6COM, a robust DIN-rail system for IoT gateways that lacks PoE capability. The new system is designed for industrial IoT applications such as smart energy, smart factory automation, facility monitoring systems, says Axiomtek. The ICO310 supports the MODBUS protocol, and can run Axiomtek’s AXView 2.0 intelligent remote monitoring and management software for industrial IoT.

Typical ICO310 deployments for PoE PD (left) and a solar energy IoT gateway
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The ICO310 runs Linux or Windows on one of two Intel ”Braswell” processors fabricated at 14nm. The Celeron N3060 and N3160 each feature 6W TDPs and four 1.6GHz cores. The N3060 can achieve burst speeds of up to 2.48GHz while the N3160 tops out at 2.24GHz. Yet, the N3060’s 320MHz Intel HD Graphics 400 can burst to only 600MHz while the N3160’s identical GPU can jump to 640MHz.

The ICO310 supports up to 8GB DDR3L RAM, and integrates a SATA SSD or HDD bay. One of the two mini-PCIe slots supports mSATA storage. A SIM card slot is available along with three internal antennas that support optional, mini-PCIe based 3G/GPRS and WiFi modules, which are supported by both slots.

ICO310 detail view
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Axiomtek’s field controller is further equipped with a pair each of USB 3.0 ports, USB 2.0 ports, and RS-232/422/485 ports. One of the two Gigabit Ethernet ports supports PoE PD. If you need a display, there’s a VGA port, and a DIO interface handles other contingencies.

The 155 x 110 x 48mm, extruded aluminum and steel system measures one kilogram, and offers IP40 protection. The fanless computer supports -20 to 60°C temperatures, and is protected against vibration (2g @ 5 to 500Hz, amplitude 0.35mm). It also supplies a watchdog, as well as a wide-range 12-24V DC terminal block power input with overvoltage and reverse protection. Wall-mounting is optional.

Further information

The ICO310 is available now at an unstated price. More information may be found at Axiomtek’s ICO310 product page.

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