ARM-based Advantech ‘box’ computer for IoT, in distribution

July 03, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Rutronik has the palm-sized UBC-220, an ARM-based compact box computer hosting a Freescale ARM Cortex-A9 i.MX6 Dual Lite high-performance processor. With compact size, high capability, and superior connectivity, UBC-220 can be a computing gateway suitable for many different connected appications.

Advantech’s UBC-220 is equipped with a Freescale ARM Cortex-A9 i.MX6 Dual Lite 1GHz processor, 1 GB of onboard memory, and 4 GB of eMMC flash memory storage. With dual display support for Full HD 1080P HDMI and single-channel LVDS, UBC-220 is suitable for HMI and signage. With USB 2.0 and OTG expansion compatibility, as well as Gigabyte Ethernet and dual mini-PCIe slots for optional Wi-Fi and 3G modules, the box computer has the connectivity to bridge multiple devices in the same network and can acquire raw data for cloud-based services. The palm-sized UBC-220 supports various mounting methods including VESA, DIN rail, and flexible wall mounting. With the specially designed VESA bracket, UBC-220 can be integrated with Advantech openframe monitors to provide a fanless standalone system with rich I/O capabilities that supports device management for complex IoT infrastructures.

As the default operating system, UBC-220 is equipped with embedded Linux. For experienced Yocto Linux developers, Advantech also provides a Yocto Linux board support package as an optional design-in service. Advantech also provides a complete software toolchain, Linux source code package, and software support service for SW developers, intending to develop a new-generation IoT gateway based on UBC-220. It offers not only a stable H/W platform, but also the software package and service enable customers to more easily and quickly develop their own apps. In addition to Linux support, an Android OS image and BSP source code for application development are offered, Android Apps can also be integrated.