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Rugged signage player runs Android on quad-core i.MX6

Feb 12, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 778 views

AOpen’s rugged “MEP320” media player and signage device runs Android 4.2.2 on a 1GHz Freescale i.MX Quad, and offers a thin profile and dual HDMI ports.

Taiwanese OEM vendor AOpen has long been making Linux-ready mini-PCs such as its circa-2010 Intel Core-based MP57. Now, it’s introducing a rugged AOpen Media Engine MEP320 Android media player for digital signage based on an ARM platform. Its other current signage players run Windows on Intel processors.

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The MEP320 runs on a quad-core Freescale i.MX6 with 1GB of DDR3 RAM. You get 8GB of eMMC flash, an SD slot, and four USB ports for storage. A USB OTG port is also available, along with dual HDMI ports, a COM port, and audio I/O.

The system is designed to communicate with the outside world with a gigabit Ethernet port. However, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G are optional, and the system is fitted with antenna holes and a SIM slot. It’s likely that these options take up the one available mini-PCIe slot.

Rear panel of MEP320
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The 166 x 154.5 x 23mm MEP320 is designed for long term continuous use and comes with two-year availability. Ruggedization features include 0 to 50°C temperature support as well as shock and vibration resistance.

The Android 4.2.2 system ships with all open source device drivers, says AOpen. The firmware includes automatic switch-on when the device is plugged in, as well as power on/off scheduling via “APAR.” The MEP320 is available to digital signage companies with testing and certification services, as well as optional display systems.

Specifications listed for the AOpen Media Engine MEP320 include:

  • Processor — Freescale i.MX6 Quad (4x Cortex-A9 cores @ 1GHz); Vivante GPU GC2000 GPU with H.264 HP, MPEG4 ASP, MPEG2 MP acceleration, OpenVG 1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0
  • Memory/storage:
    • 1GB DDR3-1066MHz RAM
    • 8GB eMMC flash
    • SD slot
  • Display — 2x HDMI ports (up to 1920 x 1080_
  • Wireless:
    • 802.11b/g/n (optional)
    • 3G (optional)
    • Bluetooth 2.1 (optional)
    • 2x antenna holes
    • SIM slot
  • Networking — gigabit Ethernet port
  • Other I/O:
    • 4x USB 2.0 host ports
    • USB OTG port
    • COM port
    • Audio line in, mic-in
  • Expansion — mini-PCIe slot
  • Ruggedization:
    • Operating temperature — 0 to 50°C
    • Vibration — 0.5 Gms, Random, 10 to 500Hz, X,Y,Z 3Axes, 1hr/Axis
    • Shock — 8G, half sine, 11ms duration
    • MTBF — 50,000 hrs
  • Dimensions — 166 x 154.5 x 23mm (6.54 x 6.08 x 0.90 in.)
  • Power — 12V DC in
  • Operating system — Android 4.2.2

“It’s important for AOPEN to collaborate with its partners to build better tools for everyone and gain mutual success by providing upstream open source services,” stated Jack Chou, AOpen General Manager Europe.

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the AOpen Media Engine MEP320. More information may be found in AOpen’s MEP320 product page.

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