AEC-6877 Unparalleled Powerful Fanless Embedded Computer

28th September 2012
ES Admin
AAEON released today the AEC-6877 fanless embedded computer, powered by the 3rd Generation Intel Core i7/ i5/ Celeron processor. Using the latest Tri-Gate transistors and 22nm technology with integrated HD4000 graphics, the AEC-6877 provides nearly double the graphics performance over its predecessor complimented by the latest Intel QM77 chipset providing more I/O interfaces and faster connectivity.
With high performance, three independent displays and two PCI/ PCIe expansion slots, the AEC-6877 serves performance and graphic demanding applications targeted factory automation and industrial automation, which requires additional control features via expansion slots.

The AEC-6877 comes with two DDR3 1066/1333/1600MHz SODIMM slots to support a maximum of 8GB of memory. Featuring superior connectivity with two DisplayPort, one VGA, one DVI-D, two Gigabit Ethernet, one RS-232 port, one RS-232/422/485 port, one PS/2 Keyboard, one PS/2 Mouse port and independent Mic-in/ Line-in/ Line-out, the AEC-6877 provides extremely fast connections for enhanced efficiency with rich I/Os. The AEC-6877 offers two 6Gb/sec SATA connectors that can support RAID 0,1,5,10, and a CFast slot for external storage. Optional wireless features can be added via a mini-Card slot and additional functions can be added via one PCIe x4 or two PCI expansion slots. The powerful and passively cooled AEC-6877 embedded computer can operate in 0~60°C (with airflow) environments. Designed with a wide voltage input range of DC 9~30V and offering four types of power protection: Over-Voltage, Low-Voltage, Short Circuit and Surge Protection, the AEC-6877 is well protected to operate in harsh manufacturing environments with unsteady power supply or variance in grounding.

“In modern day manufacturing facilities, the relentless drive for higher productivity and quality, together with the ever increasing complexity of the products, fanless computing systems with highest processing power, fast connectivity, designed with expandable slots are in high demand. This is where the AEC-6877 comes into play,” said Alan Chou, Product Manager of AAEON’s Panel Appliance & Automation Division. “The AEC-6877 also offers three independent Full HD displays, supporting DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.1 and OpenCL 1.1. This allows multiple monitoring or large display boards to be supported in the shop floor for the display of 2D/3D images or videos.”

Intelligent Remote Device Management and Device Monitoring
For effective remote device management, the free AAEON Hi-Manager program can be installed on each deployed AEC-6877, allowing BIOS-level remote management from a remote console. Hi-Manager can also be installed on an AEC-6877 to monitor other AAEON devices. For individual device monitoring, the free Hi-Safe program with its user-friendly monitoring interface can be installed.

Group Management using Hi-Manager
The AAEON Hi-Manager is a powerful tool based on the Intel Active Management Technology 8.0 and has backward compatibility with earlier versions of iAMT. This allows users to locate all iAMT devices in the intranet, power On/Off target devices remotely, set power On/Off scheduling, arrange device groupings for better management, offer event logs and timer settings, recover systems, remote KVM management and access to target device hardware information for asset management. Hi-Manager can be installed on all AAEON platforms and can remotely manage AAEON client devices that use Intel Q77, QM77 and HM76 chipsets and running Microsoft Windows XP, Window 7 Operating Systems.

Status Monitoring using Hi-Safe
The AAEON Hi-Safe is a free and powerful hardware-based program geared toward SDKs for UIs running Microsoft Windows Operating systems. It provides an easy way to develop the end user’s own UI software to monitor vital System information such as those for the processor, RAM and VGA. It monitors received data from the Super I/O, fan, temperature and voltage, offers configuration options for Digital I/O pin direction and data, provides watchdog timer and fan speed settings, SMBus base address detection and device ID settings, optional monitoring of UPS data information, and offers two modes for backlight display control if one uses the LVDS interface. Being based on the user interface SDK, no coding is needed and customers can create their own customized user interface by downloading the function codes provided by AAEON.

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