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Thin, rugged Linux computer targets commercial vehicles

Jun 9, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 1,140 views

Acrosser’s latest ruggedized vehicle PC is only 35mm tall, runs Linux on a 3rd Gen Core with 16GB RAM, and offers extensive I/O including optional wireless.

The AIV-HM76V1FL is said to be Acrosser’s first slim vehicle mount computer, and is aimed at taxis, police cars, ambulances, firetrucks, heavy duty trucks, buses, construction vehicles, and trains. The computer offers anti-shock and vibration resistance and a 0 to 60°C operating range.

The AIV-HM76V1FL runs Fedora and Ubuntu Linux, as well as Windows, on one of three dual-core processors from Intel’s 3rd Generation “Ivy Bridge” family. These include a Core i7-3517UE, which runs at 1.7GHz (2.8GHz turbo), a 1.6GHz Core i3-3217UE, and a 1.4GHz Celeron 1047UE. You can load the dual SODIMM slots with up to 16GB of DDR3-1333 RAM.

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A CompactFlash slot is available, and there’s also a 2.5-inch SATA III bay that offers full protection against shock and vibration when loaded with an SSD. Dual gigabit Ethernet ports are provided along with dual mini-PCIe slots for loading wireless options including 3.5G, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Antenna connectors are provided for all these options.

The system ships with dual HDMI ports, plus a VGA port with a combo connector, so you can instead choose to add another USB port, or use it for audio or power. The combo connector is also said to simplify touch monitor installation.

Three USB 3.0 ports are provided along with two more internal USB headers. You also get four external serial ports, with one of them supporting RS232/422/485 configurations. Other I/O includes dual CAN interfaces, and audio in and out.

AIV-HM76V1FL detail view
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The wide range, 9 to 32V DC power supply is backed up with a variety of power management features for protecting system resources in case of crashes, low battery, and other situations. There’s also support for a I-Button for driver ID.

Specifications listed for the AIV-HM76V1FL include:

  • Processor — Intel 3rd Generation “Ivy Bridge”:
    • Core i7-3517UE (2x Ivy Bridge cores @ 1.7GHz/2.8GHz turbo)
    • Core i3-3217UE (2x Ivy Bridge cores @ 1.6GHz)
    • Celeron 1047UE (2x Ivy Bridge cores @ 1.4GHz)
  • Memory — 2GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, expandable up to 16GB via 2x SODIMMs
  • Storage:
    • SATA III port with swappable 2.5-inch anti shock and vibration HDD/SSD bay
    • CompactFlash Type I/II slot with UDMA 33 support
  • Display — 2x HDMI ports; VGA combo port with USB/audio/power support (includes combo cable)
  • Wireless:
    • SIM card slot (external)
    • Antenna connectors for optional mini-PCIe based WiFi (2x), Bluetooth, GPS, or 3.5G
  • Networking — 2x gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Other I/O:
    • 3x USB 3.0 ports
    • 2x USB headers
    • 3x RS232 ports
    • RS232/422/485 port (GPIO selectable)
    • 2x CAN Bus 2.0A/B interfaces
    • Audio line-out, mic-in
  • Expansion — 2x mini-PCIe for optional wireless modules only
  • Other features — Watchdog; HW monitor; LEDs; supports I-Button for driver ID
  • Power:
    • 9 to 32V DC (+/-5%) single voltage input, 3 poles terminal block
    • 12V DC, 120W output
    • Smart O/S boot/shut-down anti-crash control by power subsystem
    • System boot/shutdown delay (up to 1 hour)
    • 3x times boot fail retry
    • Power on/off via remote cable switch or serial connection to battery and ignition switch
    • Low battery voltage monitoring and configurable shutdown
  • Ruggedization:
    • 0 to 60°C operating temperature (fanless)
    • Anti-vibration — 5 to 500Hz, 3GRMS (CF/SSD), operating with SSD (IEC 60068-2-64)
    • Anti-shock — 50G 500m/s2 11MS, operating with SSD (IEC 60068-2-27)
  • Weight — 3kg
  • Dimensions — 290 x 190 x 35mm
  • Operating system — Fedora Linux 17 (32/64-bit) or 14; Ubuntu Linux 12.10 (32/64-bit); Windows 7 (32/64-bit); Windows Embedded (32-bit)

Further information

A limited number of AIV-HM76V1FL samples will be available this month, followed by volume production, says Acrosser. More information may be found at the company’s AIV-HM76V1FL product page.

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