OnLogic rugged computers suit IoT edge

  • September 29, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

Vermont-based OnLogic’s Karbon 400 series of rugged computers are powered by Intel’s Elkhart Lake processors and are optimised for IoT and edge computing.

The two fanless computers are powered by Intel Atom x6000E processors, formerly known as Elkhart Lake. They are customisable devices engineered for Industry 4.0, edge computing and industrial IoT applications.

“In our testing, this latest generation of processors from Intel gives the Karbon 400 series double the performance of the previous generation,” said Maxx Garrison, OnLogic product manager. “Customers have two options – the compact and cost-effective Karbon 410 with core IO and expandability, and the Karbon 430 with additional expansion for complex IoT deployments. Every project is different, so we planned ahead by making the Karbon 400 ready for 5G integration when that becomes a more readily available option. We also made sure the systems could accommodate multiple AI accelerators, which are increasingly valuable in machine-learning applications.”

Both models can be configured with either the dual-core Atom X6211E or quad-core Atom X6425E CPUs, which exhibited a two-times improvement in performance during OnLogic benchmarking. Built-in modularity allows users to choose the connectivity and capabilities needed for their application.

Operating temperature is -40 to +70˚C and they have variable power input and no moving parts. There is up to 32Gbyte of DDR4 3200 memory, two USB 3.2 and two USB 2.0 ports, two LAN with optional PoE+, DisplayPort, external SIM slot, and available 4G LTE. Optional features include two com ports and GPIO.

The Karbon 430 model adds two M.2 2280 expansion slots, which can be used to equip additional storage, wireless connectivity or IO. The Karbon 430 also has an additional SIM card slot, enabling multi-carrier cellular connectivity configuration.

In addition to NRTL safety listing and CB scheme, both passed EMC testing to EN 60601-1 medical, EN 50121 railway, EN 55032/35, Automotive E-mark, and EN 60945 maritime standards. With 15kV ESD protections, 30A/m magnetic immunity and RF immunity up to 30V/m, they have been engineered from the ground up for reliability. The systems also passed testing to IEC and MIL810 shock and vibration standards.

“We subjected the Karbon 400 to some of the most extreme EMC testing we’ve ever done, and it excelled at every stage,” said Rodney Hill, OnLogic senior regulatory compliance engineer. “This specific suite of tests was constructed based on the extreme installation locations and project demands that modern IoT projects are putting on hardware. Your average computer just isn’t built for these kinds of environments, which is what makes the Karbon 400 so special.”

OnLogic is an industrial computer manufacturer that designs configurable computers engineered for reliability at the IoT edge. Its systems operate in harsh environment. Founded in 2003 as Logic Supply, the company has offices in the USA, Netherlands, Taiwan and Malaysia.