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Rugged mini-ITX based box PC goes all out on expansion

Jul 21, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 813 views

Portwell’s rugged, fanless “WEBS-35C3” box PC offers 6th Gen Intel Core CPUs, triple display and 4K video, and expands via mini-PCIe, PCIe, PCI, and M.2.

The WEBS-35C3 is based on Portwell’s WADE-8017 Mini-ITX board, which runs on the latest, 14nm-fabricated 6th Gen Intel Core (“Skylake”) processors with LGA1151 socket and Intel Q170 chipset. Applications include kiosk, intelligent digital security, in-vehicle infotainment, factory automation, and surveillance, says Portwell.

WEBS-35C3 rear panel, showing port layout
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Earlier this year, Portwell released an WEBS-21A0 industrial PC based on its smaller Nano-ITX NANO-6050 SBC, which in turn is based on a 5th Gen Broadwell Core chip. Other Skylake-based industrial PCs include the Adlink MVP-6000 that, like the WEBS-35C3, appears to be built around a Mini-ITX board.

WADE-8017 details
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The fanless, 253 x 201 x 123mm WEBS-35C3 computer gives you a choice of three 35W TDP Skylake Core chips: the quad-core i7-6700TE and i5-6500TE, and the dual-core i3-6100TE. Unlike Broadwell, Skylake offers advanced Intel HD Graphics Gen9, giving you greater multimedia firepower including 4K and triple display support.

The WEBS-35C3 has almost all of the features of the WADE-8017, including up to 32GB DDR4 RAM, dual GbE ports, dual RS-232/422/485 ports, and four RS-232 ports. It also offers the two USB 2.0 and four USB 3.0 ports, as well as an exposed GPIO port, and audio I/O.

WEBS-35C3, showing dual SATA bays
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Dual 2.5-inch SATA 3.0 slots are available, along with VGA, DP, and HDMI ports. Optional WiFi, 3G/GPS, and 4G LTE modules can be added via a mini-PCIe slot or M.2 socket.

The system makes good use of the WADE-8017’s unusual PCIe expansion scheme, which offers a “Side Expansion Bus” (SEB) that enables coplanar PCIe expansion. In addition to the mini-PCIe slot, you get 2x PCIe x1, 1x PCIe x1, 2x PCIe x8, and 1x PCI, with the latter available with an isolated chamber that accommodates a PCI add-on card separately.

Portwell’s SEB (Side Expansion Bus) concept
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The rugged WEBS-35C3 offers a -20 to 50°C range (approximately — the spec says TBD), and rated shock and vibration resistance. There’s also a 12-36V DC power supply. As usual with Portwell, no OS support is listed, but Linux and Windows should run fine.

Specifications listed for the WEBS-35C3 include:

  • Processor — Intel 6th Gen (“Skylake”) Core with Intel Q170 PCH chipset; LGA1151 socket, 35W TDPs:
    • i7-6700TE (4x cores @2.4GHz/3.4GHz Turbo); 8MB cache
    • i5-6500TE (4x cores @2.5GHz/3.1GHz Turbo); 6MB cache
    • i3-6100TE (2x cores @2.7GHz); 4MB cache
  • Memory — Up to 32GB DDR4 (2133/1866) RAM via 2x DIMM
  • Storage — 2x SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) 2.5-inch HDD/SDD bays; 1x mSATA (via mini-PCIe)
  • Display — VGA, DisplayPort, and HDMI ports for up to 4K; triple display support
  • Networking — 2x Gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • 4x USB 3.0 ports
    • 2x USB 2.0 ports
    • 4x RS232 ports
    • 2x RS232/422/485 ports
    • 8-bit GPIO
    • Audio I/O (Realtek ALC886-GR HD codec)
  • Expansion:
    • 2x PCIe x8 Gen 3
    • 2x PCIe x4 (x1 signal)
    • PCIe x4 (x1 signal) with 1x PCI slot
    • Mini-PCIe (full sized, supports mSATA) with optional wireless modules
    • M.2 Type E with PCIe x1, USB 2.0, SDIO, UART, or I2C, with optional wireless modules
  • Other features — Watchdog; HW monitoring; wall mounting; optional customized heat spreader
  • Power — 12-36V DC with 3-pin terminal block connector; power switch
  • Operating temperature — -20 to 50°C (TBD)
  • Vibration resistance — 5Grms/10-500Hz (IEC 60068-2-06)
  • Shock resistance — 50G, 11ms (IEC 60068-2-27)
  • Dimensions — 253 x 201 x 123mm
  • Weight — 7kg

Further information

The WEBS-35C3 appears to be available now from Portwell, Arrow Electronics, and Avnet, with pricing undisclosed. More information may be found at the WEBS-35C3 product page.

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