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BL70W - Rugged Box PC for Transportation with Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7

Railway & Automotive Embedded Computer for Wireless Connectivity

The BL70W is a rugged, fanless EN 50155 railway and E-Mark automotive box computer, based on the Intel Core and Celeron families. It is used as railway communication and management computer, and - thanks to its built-in multitude of wireless interfaces - as passenger information and internet access system for public transportation.

  • BL70W Product ImageBL70W Rugged Box PC for Wireless Applications (Intel)
  • BL70W Product ImageBL70W Rugged Box PC for Wireless Applications (Intel)
  • BL70W Product ImageBL70W Rugged Box PC for Wireless Applications (Intel)
  • BL70W Product Image
  • BL70W Product Image
  • BL70W Product Image

Main Features

  • Intel Core i7, 3rd generation
  • Up to 16 GB DDR3 DRAM soldered, ECC
  • 4 PCI Express Mini Card slots each with dual micro-SIM for GSM (2G), UMTS (3G), LTE (4G), WLAN, 9 antenna cut-outs
  • GPS/GLONASS interface
  • 2 Gigabit Ethernet, 2 USB 2.0, 2 DisplayPorts
  • 1 RS232, 1 RS422/485
  • 3 flexible slots for IBIS, RS232, RS422/485 or CAN
  • 24 VDC and 36 VDC nom. class S2 power supply, incl. ignition
  • -40 °C to +70 °C (+85 °C), fanless
  • Compliant to EN 50155 (railways)
  • Compliant to ISO 7637-2 (E-mark for automotive)
BL70W Product Image

Technical Data

  • The following CPU types are supported:
    • Intel Core i7-3517UE, 2 cores, 4 threads, 1.7 GHz, 2.8 GHz Turbo Boost, 17 W, 4 MB cache
    • Intel Core i3-3217UE, 2 cores, 4 threads, 1.6 GHz, 17 W, 3 MB cache
    • Intel Celeron 1047UE, 2 cores, 2 threads, 1.4 GHz, 17 W, 2 MB cache
  • Chipset
    • QM77 Platform Controller Hub (PCH)
System RAM
  • Soldered DDR3 with ECC
  • 16 GB max.
Trusted Platform Module 1.2
Mass Storage
The following mass storage devices can be assembled:
  • microSD card
  • mSATA
  • SSD 2.5" (SATA, on request)
  • Processor graphics
  • Maximum resolution: 2560 x 1600 pixels (DisplayPort 1.1a)
Wireless Functionality
Possible wireless functions:
  • GNSS
  • LTE
  • WLAN
  • Video
    • 2x DisplayPort
  • USB
    • 2x USB 2.0, Type A
  • Ethernet
    • 2x 10/100/1000BASE-T, M12 A-coded
    • 2x 10/100BASE-T, M12 A-coded
  • PCI Express Mini Card
    • 4x PCI Express Mini Card slot
    • Slot A: PCIe Full-Mini; PCIe x1, USB 2.0
    • Slot B: PCIe Full-Mini; PCIe x1, USB 2.0
    • Slot C: PCIe Full-Mini; PCIe x1, USB 2.0
    • Slot D: PCIe Full-Mini; USB 2.0
  • SIM card
    • 2x micro-SIM card slot, internally
  • Digital inputs
    • 7x, 6-pin PCB plug
  • Relay outputs
    • 2x, 6-pin PCB plug
  • Photocouplers (shutters)
    • 2x, 6-pin PCB plug
  • Odometer input
    • 1x, 6-pin PCB plug
  • IBIS slave interface
    • 1x, 6-pin PCB plug
  • Serial
    • 1x RS232, isolated, D-Sub, 9-pin, plug
    • 1x RS422/RS485, isolated, D-Sub, 9-pin, receptacle
  • Power input
    • 1x power inlet connector
    • Ignition input
  • LED
    • Status: board status, power status
    • Ethernet: link, activity
    • User configurable: 8x
  • Cutout
    • Antenna connector: RP-SMA receptacle, RP-SMA plug, QMA receptacle, QMA plug, FME receptacle, FME plug
    • D-Sub options: Audio, RS232, RS422/RS484, CAN bus, digital I/O, real-time Ethernet, Profibus, IBIS master
Supervision and Control
  • Board management controller
  • Watchdog timer
  • Temperature measurement
  • Real-time clock, buffered by supercapacitor (3 days)
Electrical Specifications
  • Supply voltages
    • 24 V and 36 V nominal input voltage according to EN 50155
    • 24 V nominal input voltage according to ISO 7637-2 (E-mark) requirements
    • Input voltages of 48V, 72V, 110V (on request)
    • EN 50155 power interruption class S2
  • Power consumption: 24 W typ.
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: (W) 390 mm, (D) 215 mm, (H) 66 mm
  • Weight: approx. 3 kg
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature range (operation):
    • -40°C to +70°C, with up to +85°C for 10 minutes according to class TX (EN 50155)
  • Cooling concept
    • Fanless operation, natural convection
  • Temperature range (storage): -40°C to +85°C
  • Relative humidity (operation): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Relative humidity (storage): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Altitude: -300 m to +3,000 m
  • Shock: 50 m/s², 30 ms (EN 61373)
  • Vibration (function): 1 m/s², 5 Hz - 150 Hz (EN 61373)
  • Vibration (lifetime): 7.9 m/s², 5 Hz - 150 Hz (EN 61373)
  • Protection rating:
    • IP20 (IEC 60529)
    • Other IP protection classes possible on request
MTBF: 198 000 h @ 40°C according to IEC/TR 62380 (RDF 2000)(model 09BL70W00)
  • Fire Protection
    • EN 45545-2 (Railway)
    • ECE-R118 (Automotive)
  • Electrical Safety
    • EN 50153
    • EN 50155
EMC Conformity (Railway)
EN 50121-3-2
EMC Conformity (Automotive)
  • ECE R10 (E-mark)
  • ISO 10605 (ESD)
BIOS/Boot Loader
InsydeH2O UEFI Framework
Software Support
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7
  • Linux
    • tested/verified with: Ubuntu
  • For more information on supported operating system versions and drivers see Software.

Ordering Information

Standard BL70W Models

Box computer with 4 PCI Express Mini card slots and 8 microSIM card sockets and 1 GPS/GLONASS interface, 24 and 36VDC PSU, Intel Dual Core i7-3517UE, 1.7 GHz, 4 GB DDR3 RAM, µSD card slot, mSATA slot, 2x DisplayPort, 2x Gb Ethernet, 2x USB, 1x RS232, 1x RS422/485, 1 IBIS slave interface, 1 odometer input, 2 SA-Adapter slots (UARTs, fieldbuses), -40..+70(+85)°C screened, conformal coating, IP40 (front IP20), EN 50155, prepared for E1


Design your own system
With MEN's system configurator, which is available for download in a universal Excel format, you can configure a system to suit your individual needs.
Get your BTO configurator here
The 'BTO How To Use' guide provides instructions on how to use the configuration file.
BTO Configuration Guide

Miscellaneous Accessories
05BL01- - Insertion Frame for Large Box PCs

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


Starter Kit for Box PC:

  • 1x AC/DC power supply
  • 2x DisplayPort to DVI adapter (active)
  • 2x M12 to RJ45 Gbit Ethernet cable, A-coded
  • 4x HF cable with U.FL plug to RP-SMA plug
  • USB Flash drive with example image

Linux image for box PCs and panel PCs (10BC00-90) on 8 GB USB Flash drive, 0 to +40°C


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


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

SA2 - RS422/RS485 Interface Adapter

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

SA3 - RS232 Interface Adapter

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

SA8 - CAN Bus ISO High-Speed Interface Adapter

CAN bus ISO high-speed, optically isolated, -40..+85° screened, conformal coating

SA15 - 8-Channel Binary I/O Adapter

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

Mass Storage

MicroSD card, 8 GB, aMLC, -25°C to +85°C


MicroSD card, 16 GB, aMLC, -25°C to +85°C


SSD mSATA 3.x, 64 GB, MLC, -40°C to +85°C


MicroSD card, 4 GB, -40°C to +85°C

PCI Express Mini Cards
PX50 - CANopen Communication Interface

PCI Express Mini Card, CANopen Slave interface, Hilscher

PX50 - CANopen Communication Interface

PCI Express Mini Card, CANopen Master interface, Hilscher

PX52 - Real-Time Ethernet Interface

PCI Express Mini Card, Real-Time Ethernet Slave interface, Hilscher

PX52 - Real-Time Ethernet Interface

PCI Express Mini Card, Real-Time Ethernet Master interface, Hilscher

PX53 - PROFIBUS Communication Interface

PCI Express Mini Card, Profibus Slave interface, Hilscher

PX53 - PROFIBUS Communication Interface

PCI Express Mini Card, Profibus Master interface, Hilscher

PX5 - USB HID to Stereo Audio Interface

USB HID to analog audio PCI Express Mini Card, 1 stereo input and 1 stereo output, conformal coated

PX6 - Security Smart Card Reader

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


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

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




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


MDIS5 low-level driver sources (MEN) for 16Z076_QSPI


MDIS5 low-level driver sources (MEN) for 16Z029_CAN (MSCAN/Layer2)


MDIS5 driver (MEN) for 16Z029_CAN (CANopen master)


MDIS5 low-level driver sources (MEN) for 16Z034_GPIO, 16Z037_GPIO and 16Z127_GPIO


Linux FPGA update tool (MEN)


MDIS5 low-level driver sources (MEN) for generic SMBus driver


MDIS5 low-level driver sources (MEN) for board management controller on MEN Intel CPUs


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!


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


Windows FPGA update tool (MEN)


HD Audio Driver (VIA) for SC24, SC25, BC50M, BL50W, BL50S, BL70W, BL70S, DC15 and DC17


Windows Installset (MEN) for SC24, SC25, BC50M, BC50I, BL50W, BL50S, BL70W, BL70S, DC15 and DC17


Windows 32-bit network driver (Intel)


Windows 64-bit network driver (Intel)


Windows 7/8 32-bit graphics driver (Intel) for F22P, G22, CB70C, SC25, BL70W and BL70S


Windows Embedded Standard 7 BSP


Windows 7/8 64-bit graphics driver (Intel) for F22P, G22, CB70C, SC25, BL70W and BL70S


Windows ERTC/SMB support package


MEN Firmware Update Package (Intel Management Engine) for A22, BC70M, BL70E, BL70S, BL70W, CB70, CB70C, F22P, F22C, G22, G22C, MH70I

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.

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