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Digi SBC handles tough environments

Steve Rogerson
July 13, 2017
Digi’s ConnectCore 6UL SBC Pro is a secure, pre-certified connected single board computer (SBC) that can withstand rugged shock and vibrations in industrial applications.
Based on the NXP i.MX6UL ARM Cortex-A7 528MHz application processor, it provides integrated and connectivity options in a Pico-ITX form factor (100 by 72mm) and is designed to IEC 60068-2-1 for industrial operating temperature and performance.
Integrated wired and wireless connectivity is through dual 10/100Mbit Ethernet networking, pre-certified dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac networking, and Bluetooth 4.2 with Bluetooth Low Energy, as well as optional cellular capabilities and Digi XBee socket support for a broad line of XBee RF modules for 802.15.4, Zigbee, Thread, DigiMesh and sub-GHz wireless connectivity.
Additional features such as 4Gbyte of eMMC flash for data logging and storage applications and a wide array of peripheral and interface options provide design integration flexibility.
From a software perspective, it gives design engineers the flexibility to customise their designs with little effort and risk. It is based and tested on the Yocto Project Linux software platform and provides royalty-free access to source code through the Digi Yocto Linux board support package with Digi TrustFence device security framework.
Featuring a complete development environment, the SBC also has out-of-box support for various third party cellular modules including Huawei, Quectel, Sierra Wireless, Telit and U-Blox. The integrated remote manager capabilities allow secure remote device management and firmware updates over the air.
“Digi’s ConnectCore 6UL SBC Pro allows manufacturers of intelligent devices to focus on their core competency and bring connected products and ideas to market more immediately with less risk.” said Mike Rohrmoser, director of product management at Minnesota-based Digi. “It delivers a productisation-ready, reliable and secure embedded platform combining complete design flexibility, proven wireless connectivity integration and industry-leading Linux software platform support right out of the box.”
Geo-Instruments, a provider of geotechnical and structural monitoring products and services, has built a field device using the SBC that streamlines operations for its customers. In the past, a field engineer would record measurements at the site, return to the office, offload and process the measurements on a desktop PC, and finally distribute the resulting graphs. Now, using a Geo-Instruments accessory device, the technician can upload measurements directly from the field to an internet-connected server that automatically processes the measurements and makes graphs available on the web site.
“The device we built using the Digi ConnectCore 6UL SBC Pro provides significant time savings for the customer,” said David Brandse, software developer at Geo-Instruments. “It is an enabling technology that accelerates the customer’s access to data, which is what our core business is all about. With its open development environment and pre-certified capabilities, it made our development a low-risk, high-upside proposition.”