IoT controller delivers robust platform with minimal footprint

12th December 2017
Lanna Cooper

A robust and reliable IIoT-ready combination embedded controller and IoT gateway has been introduced by global provider of computing solutions, ADLINK Technology. ADLINK’s MXE-210 offers a small footprint and is fully operable in harsh environments from -40 to 85°C, making it a suitable choice for industrial automation, transportation, agriculture/aquaculture, and smart city applications.

Functioning as both a gateway and embedded controller, the MXE-210 bridges the gap between Operations Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) data interchanges, with support for third party manufacturers via its wide range of industry standard compliances; support is included for Modbus, EtherCAT, DDS, MQTT, and CANOpenby Vortex Edge Connect, as well as WiFi, BT, LoRa, 3G, and 4G LTE for data communication and wireless connectivity.

As a controller, the MXE-210 leverages the same protocols to directly communicate with and manage any standard industrial device.

“As Industrial Internet of Things applications continue to expand, manufacturers and other industries require functionality across a range of environments without the need to resource individual manufacturers to meet the conditions of each location.” said Ryan Huang, Product Manager for ADLINK’s Embedded Platform & Module Business Unit.

“The MXE-210 series provides industrial grade EMI/EMS EN 61000-6- 4/2 certified performance in extreme environments and, withEN 50155 EMCcompliance, is ideally suited for use with all manner of rolling stock.”

The MXE-210 gateway’s single embedded SIM (e-SIM) automatically switches between regional networks, enabling a more secure and robust alternative to multiple SIM cards currently to deliver data as rolling stock moves between regions. The pre-installed e-SIM also eliminates time spent swapping out installed SIM cards.

The MXE-210 series further supports a wide range of comprehensive security measures, providing protection from the inside outwith the benefits of TPM 2.0, Intel Boot Guard, and UEFI Secured Boot.

In addition, the MXE-210 comes equipped with an Intel Atomx7-E3950/x5-E3930 processor (formally codenamed Apollo Lake-I), one DisplayPort, two USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, two GbE ports, two COM ports(RS232/422/485), two mPCIe slots, one USIM slot, one mSATA, one SATA-III, one Micro SD slot, and support for DIN-rails and wall mounting.

Optional extras include audio mic-in, line-out support, eight isolated DI with interrupt and eight isolated DO, and two additional COM ports (RS232/422/485).

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