Mini-ITX compute boards have long life cycle support

November 05, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Taiwan-based Adlink Technology is offering a series of Mini-ITX computing platforms for commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) uses in infotainment (gaming/retail), medical, and industrial automation applications that require rich I/O options and high performance graphics capabilities.

These Mini-ITX embedded boards are based on both 4th generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3 desktop processors and AMD Embedded Second Generation R-Series APUs. They specifically target the infotainment and industrial automation markets. Boards come with hardware features such as support for both a PEG x16 card slot and an additional PCIe x1 I/O card slot. Additional features include a removable BIOS chip, a vertical USB port for security dongles, and SATA docking sockets to accommodate SATA-DOM (disk-on-module). All boards feature dual power inputs that allow for use of either a single 12V-DC power supply or a standard ATX power supply. The boards offer up to four serial ports (RS232/422/485) and multiple USB 2.0/3.0 ports.

Entry level Mini-ITX embedded boards are based on the latest Intel Atom processor roadmap and mainly focus on industrial automation and medical applications. These Intel Atom processor-based Mini-ITX boards are also available in Extreme Rugged versions for operation in -40°C to +85°C environment.

Adlink notes that, “All of ADLINK’s Mini-ITX boards follow a strict form, fit, function principle. When a user wants to move to a newer generation Mini-ITX board in the future, there is no need to modify existing enclosures and cabling, saving time and resources and reducing solution cost.”

The Mini-ITX platforms follows the company's industrial design process, including Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT), extended operating temperature, MIL-STD, and shock & vibration. ADLINK’s Mini-ITX embedded boards are offered with a seven year product availability.

All of Adlink’s Mini-ITX embedded boards come equipped with SEMA (Smart Embedded Management Agent), enabling on-premises management and control of distributed devices. SEMA-equipped devices connect seamlessly to Adlink's SEMA Cloud solution to enable remote monitoring, autonomous status analysis, custom data collection, and initiation of appropriate actions. All collected data, including sensor measurements and management commands, are available through a web interface or via API from any place, at any time via encrypted data connection.