The LEC-5510 in-vehicle computer from Lanner Electronics is designed to be used in all mobile land vehicles, including: construction equipment, semis, cabs, vans, trains and buses. Tested thoroughly for both shock and vibration, Lanner’s latest platform is based around the dual core Intel Atom D510and features abundant I/O, including 4 x USB 2.0, 2 x serial, audio, VGA and digital I/O. The LEC-5510 also comes with a Holux GR89 GPS receiver as well as 2 x Mini-PCIe slots. One of the Mini-PCIe expansion slots is attached to a SIM card reader, allowing for 3G connectivity.
To withstand vibration and shock, the LEC-5510 is designed with multiple safeguards for a longer lasting platform. There is a 1GB memory chip directly on the motherboard to protect from RAM dislodgement due to vibration. The hard drive bay incorporates rubber pads and an additional protective casing to give extra dampening. Many of the I/O ports come in a DB9 or terminal block form factors which screw the connector directly into the appliance to ensure secure connections.
The LEC-5510 has a completely cableless interior and comes standard without a fan, which increases product longevity. The platform has been tested for vibrations up to 2g at 5-500Hz and shock along all three axes at 30grms acceleration. Along with the regular CE and FCC certifications, the computer meets the e13 (emark) certification for in-vehicle computers.
The new computer features power ignition control that allows in-vehicle inter-process communications (IPCs) to switch seamlessly between vehicle power to battery power and vice-versa. The controller senses when the vehicle is turned on and off, allowing the appliance to only use battery only when necessary.
The LEC-5510 uses the 1.66GHz dual core Intel Atom D510 processor with the ICH8M chipset. It has Intel Ethernet (2 x Intel 82574L) Controllers and Intel Graphic Controllers (Intel GMA3150). Along with 1GB of onboard RAM there is a SODIMM slot for DDR2 memory that can hold up to 2GB of memory, for a maximum of 3GBs.
The LEC-5510 can be expanded via a PCI 104 slot. Modules already in the design phase include a 4-port Video Encode module, an add-on external fan kit, and additional I/O ports in the M16 form factor.
The platform has been extensively tested and when equipped with industrial components (hard drives, RAM and CF) it has a temperature range between -20 and 55o Celsius. The LEC-5510 also features an input range of between 6 and 30V of DC power.
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