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BL51E - Industrial Computer for Transportation with Intel Atom Processor E3900 Series

Railway & Automotive Embedded Computer for Communication & Control

The BL51E is a rugged, fanless EN 50155 railway and automotive box computer for in-vehicle functions like Passenger Information Systems (PIS) and surveillance based on Intel Atom Processor E3900.

  • BL51E Product ImageBL51E Fanless EN 50155 Railway / Automotive Box PC with Intel Atom E3900
  • BL51E Product ImageBL51E Fanless EN 50155 Railway / Automotive Box PC with Intel Atom E3900
  • BL51E Product ImageBL51E Fanless EN 50155 Railway / Automotive Box PC with Intel Atom E3900
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Main Features

  • Intel Atom E3900 series
  • Up to 8 GB DDR3 DRAM soldered, ECC
  • 1 HDD/SSD shuttle
  • 4 Gb Ethernet ports
  • 4 PCI Express Mini Card slots with micro-SIM slots
  • WLAN, 4G LTE, GPS or GLONASS
  • 2 USB 2.0, 2 DisplayPort, 1 CAN, 4 UARTs
  • 24 and 36 VDC nom. class S2 PSU, with ignition
  • -40 °C to +70 °C (+85 °C), fanless
  • Conformal coating of internal components
  • EN 50155 compliant (railways)
  • Prepared for ISO 7637-2 (E-mark for automotive)
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Technical Data

CPU
The following CPU types are supported:
  • Intel Atom x5-E3930, 2 cores, 2 threads, 1.3 GHz, 1.8 GHz Turbo Boost, 6.5 W, 2 MB cache
  • Intel Atom x5-E3940, 4 cores, 4 threads, 1.6 GHz, 1.8 GHz Turbo Boost, 9.5 W, 2 MB cache
  • Intel Atom x7-E3950, 4 cores, 4 threads, 1.6 GHz, 2.0 GHz Turbo Boost, 12 W, 2 MB cache
Memory
System RAM
  • Soldered DDR3, ECC
  • 8 GB max.
Security
Trusted Platform Module 2.0
Mass Storage
  • eMMC (soldered); 32 GB
  • The following mass storage devices can be assembled:
    • SSD/HDD 2.5" (SATA)
    • SD card
Graphics
  • Processor graphics
  • Maximum resolution: 4096 × 2160 pixels @ 60 Hz, 24 bpp (DisplayPort 1.2a)
Wireless Functionality
Possible functions:
  • GNSS
  • LTE
  • WLAN
Power Over Ethernet
  • PSE (Power Sourcing Equipment)
  • Supply classes 0, 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Number of ports: 2
  • Total power available: 30.8 W
Interfaces
  • This product includes interface options
    • Different wireless functions depending on assembled wireless interface cards
    • Variable I/O in cutouts
  • SSD/HDD slot
    • 1 × SATA 2.5"; SATA Revision 2.x; externally accessible
  • SD/microSD card slot
    • 1 × SD card; UHS-I (104 MB/s (SDR104)); externally accessible
  • Video
    • 2 × DisplayPort 1.2
  • Audio
    • 1 × D-Sub, 9-pin, plug
    • S/PDIF output
    • Stereo line input, single-ended
    • Stereo line output, differential
  • USB
    • 2 × USB 2.0, Type A
  • Ethernet
    • 4 × 10/100/1000BASE-T, M12, X-coded, receptacle
  • Wireless
    • GNSS antenna connector: 1 × SMA receptacle
  • PCI Express Mini Card
    • 4 × PCI Express Mini Card slot
    • Slot 1: PCIe Full-Mini; PCIe x1, USB 2.0
    • Slot 2: PCIe Full-Mini; PCIe x1, USB 2.0
    • Slot 3: PCIe Full-Mini; USB 2.0
    • Slot 4: PCIe Full-Mini; USB 2.0
  • SIM card
    • 8 × micro-SIM, internally accessible
  • Digital I/O
    • 2 × relay output, isolated, PCB plug, 6-pin
    • 2 × photocoupler output, isolated, PCB plug, 6-pin
    • 7 × digital input, isolated, PCB plug, 6-pin
    • 1 × odometer input, isolated, PCB plug, 6-pin
  • Serial
    • 1 × RS232, non-isolated, D-Sub, 9-pin, plug
    • 1 × RS422/RS485, isolated, D-Sub, 9-pin, receptacle
  • IBIS
    • 1 × IBIS Slave, isolated, PCB plug, 6-pin
  • CAN bus
    • 1 × CAN non-isolated, D-Sub, 9-pin, plug
  • LED
    • Status: board status (BMC), power status
    • Ethernet: activity, link
    • User configurable: 4 ×
  • Cutout
    • D-Sub options: audio, RS232, RS422, RS485, digital I/O, IBIS Master
    • Antenna connector options: RP-SMA plug, RP-SMA receptacle, QMA plug, QMA receptacle, FME receptacle, FME plug
  • Power
    • 1 × power in, COMBICON, 3-pin, plug
    • Ignition input
  • Earthing connection
    • M4 stud
Supervision and Control
  • Board management controller
  • Watchdog timer
  • Temperature measurement
  • Real-time clock, buffered by supercapacitor (3 days)
Electrical Specifications
  • Supply voltage
    • 24 V DC to 36 V DC nom. (EN 50155)
    • 110 V DC nom. (EN 50155)
    • 24 V DC nom. (ISO 7637-2)
  • Power consumption: 25 W without modems
  • Isolation voltage: 1500 V AC
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: (W) 390 mm, (D) 215 mm, (H) 66 mm
  • Weight: 4.25 kg approx., 5.5 kg approx. (box PC in 19" insertion frame)
  • Mounting
    • Wall-mount
    • Rack-mount in 19" cabinet
  • Cooling: Air cooling, natural convection, airflow 0.4 m/s
  • Protection rating
    • IP20
    • Other IP protection classes possible on request
Product Compliance: Rail - Rolling Stock
  • Operating temperature: -40 °C to +70 °C, +85 °C for 10 min (EN 50155:2017, class OT4, ST1)
  • Storage temperature: -40 °C (EN 50155:2017) to +85 °C (EN 60068-2-2, Bb)
  • Altitude: +3000 m max. (EN 50125-1:2014, class AX)
  • Humidity: +55 °C and +25 °C, 100 % RH max. (EN 50155:2017)
  • Shock: 30 ms @ 50 m/s² (EN 61373:2010/AC:2017-09, vehicle body, cat. 1, class B)
  • Vibration: 10 min @ 2.02 m/s² (functional) and 5 h @ 11.44 m/s² (long-life) (EN 61373:2010/AC:2017-09, vehicle body, cat. 1, class B x 2)
  • Power supply
    • General compliance with power supply requirements of EN 50155:2017
    • Interruption of voltage supply: 10 ms (EN 50155:2017, class S2)
  • Electrical safety
    • EN 50155:2017
    • EN 50153:2014 + A1:2017
    • EN ISO 13732-1:2008
  • Fire protection: EN 45545-2:2013 + A1:2015, HL1
  • EMC emission: EN 50121-3-2:2016
  • EMC immunity: EN 50121-3-2:2016
  • Protective coatings: EN 50155:2017, class PCX (As agreed between user and supplier)
Product Compliance: Road Vehicle
  • Fire protection: ECE R118 Rev.2 + Amend.1
  • EMC emission: ECE R10 Rev.5
  • EMC immunity: ECE R10 Rev.5
Product Compliance: Radio Equipment
EMC basic compliance: The product is prepared to comply with the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED). Standards compliance depends on the assembled radio (wireless) device.
Reliability
186 024 h predicted @ 40 °C according to IEC/TR 62380 (RDF 2000)
BIOS/Boot Loader
AMI Aptio UEFI Firmware
Software Support
  • Linux
    • Supported kernel: 4.8 or higher. For older kernels (e.g., 4.4.x), patches for the Intel Atom Processor E3900 Series platform are also available.
    • Driver support
  • Windows
    • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 64-bit
  • See also Application Note Recommendations for a Robust Software Setup
  • For more information and available packages see Software.

Ordering Information

Standard BL51E Models
09BL51E10

Intel Atom x7-E3950, 1.6 GHz, 8 GB DDR3 DRAM, ECC, 32 GB eMMC, 24 VDC and 36 VDC nom. (10 V to 50.4 VDC) class S2 PSU with ignition, -40 °C to +85 °C, conformal coating, compliant to EN 50155, prepared for ISO 7637-2 (E-mark for automotive)

09BL51E11

Intel Atom x7-E3950, 1.6 GHz, 8 GB DDR3 DRAM, ECC, 32 GB eMMC, 110 VDC nom. (66 V to 154 VDC) class S2 PSU, -40 °C to +85 °C, conformal coating, compliant to EN 50155

Miscellaneous Accessories
05BC00-01
05BC00-01

Starter Kit for Box PC:
- 1x AC/DC power supply
- 2x DisplayPort to DVI adapter (active)
- 2x M12 to RJ45 Gbit Ethernet cable, X-coded
- 4x HF cable with U.FL plug to RP-SMA plug

05BL01-00
05BL01- - Insertion Frame for Large Box PCs

19" insertion frame for large Box PCs (BL) including 2 heat sinks

Details
0781-0002

HF antenna cable with U.FL connector to RP-SMA connector, 200 mm

0780-0006

Active DisplayPort (DP) to single link DVI-D adapter, 20cm, max. resolution 1920x1200, AMD / ATI Eyefinity technology

SA-Adapters
08SA02-27
SA2 - RS422/RS485 Interface Adapter

RS422/485, full duplex, optically isolated, -50°C to +85°C screened, conformal coating

Details
08SA03-15
SA3 - RS232 Interface Adapter

RS232, optically isolated, -40°C to +85°C screened, conformal coating

Details
08SA15-05
SA15 - 8-Channel Binary I/O Adapter

8 digital I/O channels, -50..+85°C with qualified components, conformal coating, no RoHS

Details
08SA24M00
SA24M - IBIS Master

IBIS master interface, conformal coating, -40°C to +85°C (screened)

Details
Mass Storage
6101-0151

ATP Solid State Drive (SSD), 2.5", SATA Gen3, 960 GB TLC, NAND flash memory, operating temperature -40° to +85°C

PCI Express Mini Cards
15PX50-00
PX50 - CANopen Communication Interface

PCI Express Mini Card, CANopen Slave interface, Hilscher

Details
15PX50-01
PX50 - CANopen Communication Interface

PCI Express Mini Card, CANopen Master interface, Hilscher

Details
15PX53-00
PX53 - PROFIBUS Communication Interface

PCI Express Mini Card, Profibus Slave interface, Hilscher

Details
15PX53-01
PX53 - PROFIBUS Communication Interface

PCI Express Mini Card, Profibus Master interface, Hilscher

Details
0799-0006
0799-0006

WLAN PCI Express Mini Card DNXA-116, operating temperature -40 °C to +85 °C
For the module's driver contact MEN's support team.

15PX06-00
PX6 - Security Smart Card Reader

PX6, Security Smart Card Reader, 2FF Card holder, PCI Express Mini Card connector pass through, -40..+85°C

Details
15PX07-00
PX7 - PCIe Mini Card to M.2 Adapter

PCI Express Mini Card for converting PCI Express Mini to M.2 and PCI Express x1 to USB3.0, USB 3.0 extension for Box PCs, -40 to +85, conformal coated

Details
6100-0325

Quectel, EC25-E, LTE cat 4, PCIe MiniCard, USB 2.0, GNSS, EU version, -40 °C to +80 °C

6100-0336

Sierra Wireless EM7455, M.2 LTE Advanced Cat 6 modem, -40 °C to +85 °C, SKU1103582

6100-0354

Telit LE910-EU V2, LTE cat 4, PCIe MiniCard, USB 2.0, (no GNSS), EU version, -40 °C to +85 °C

Software

Linux

This product was tested successfully initially with kernel 4.8.x. Meanwhile helpful patches for the Apollo Lake platform have been integrated into older kernel (e.g. 4.4.157) versions as well. See kernel log files for details.

13MD05-90

MDIS5 System (and Device Driver) Package (MEN) for Linux. This software package includes most standard device drivers available from MEN.

13MM02-90

Linux driver (MEN) for RX8581/RX-8574 real-time clock for all products with an additional RTC component. Please note that this driver is already included in upstream Linux kernels starting from 3.14!

13SC24-91

Linux tool (MEN) for UART mode setting for MEN box PCs

Windows
13Y021-70

Windows ERTC/SMB support package

Application Examples

Passenger Information and Server Systems for Buses

Rugged embedded box PCs are the ideal solution to build server, storage and PIS systems for public and private buses. They can be used to control any kind of passenger information system, for example infotainment streaming, entertainment, next stop signs, audio systems or ticketing machines.


Passenger Information and Security Services

PIS and entertainment solutions give passengers orientation regarding stops, schedules and routes, hints for changing trains, short-term changes of the route or delays.


Diagnosis and Maintenance Systems

In one application, a predictive maintenance system is combined with passenger information services like pending seat reservation, current trip information and potential connections.


Vehicle-to-Vehicle/Land-Communication

In one application the train exchanges diagnosis data with the depot, gets route information and transmits data from its surveillance systems.


Efficiency Management

Based on menRDC, applications like fleet management, energy management and driver assistance systems can be combined on a single general purpose platform, taking care of all kinds of efficiency management functions.


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