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Fanless embedded PC system for railway applications

Impulse Embedded offers the RC300-CS, a fanless rugged embedded PC system, offering MXM GPU targeting AIoT for railway and rolling stock applications.

The device uses an Intel 9th generation desktop Core i7-9700TE processor and can be provided with an Nvidia GeForce/Quadro MXM adapter. This adapter enables the installation of some of the newest MXM graphics modules, such as the RTX 2080 and Quadro RTX5000, providing powerful inference capabilities right at the Edge. The Core i7-9700TE is a 35W TDP octa-core processor with no hyperthreading and a 3.8GHz max turbo boost, supporting 64GB of DDR4 2666 through two SO-DIMM slots. For storage, there is an M.2 2280 M-key and four swappable 2.5″ 7mm SSD storage bays with external access and locks.

The device is packed with I/O and expansion features — there are three SIM slots, one half-size mini PCIe for Wi-Fi BT modules, two full-size mini PCIe with PCIe and USB signals, and an M.2 3042/3052 B-key for 5G cellular expansion. With seven antenna breakouts around the box, users can set up multiple cellular connections for redundancy. As well as the wireless expansion options, there are four serial ports, 8-bit isolated digital inputs, 8-bit isolated digital outputs, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and four USB3.0 ports.

It is a high-performance machine with a rich I/O interface, AI capability via GPU expansion, wide voltage input, and 5G networking capabilities. It has also been certified to reach the various EU standards for use in railway and rolling stock applications. These certifications include EN50155 for electronics, EN45545 for fire, and EN61373 for shocks and vibrations, equipping the RC300-CS with the means to withstand the varied and harsh operational conditions that are common in railway applications.

The company can assist customers in designing and configuring the device with the required memory, peripherals, storage and operating system in their UK-based engineering facility.