ECM-3455J: Micro Industrial motherboard based on Intel Celeron J3455

ECM-3455J: Micro Industrial motherboard based on Intel Celeron J3455

Industrial motherboards are the main controlling board for industrial computers that are used as a front-end to another control computer in a distributed processing environment. Industrial PCs have a small form factor, are highly dependable and precise. Industrial motherboards are the main PCBs controlling those PCs. They come in a wide range of form factors, including Nano ITX, Mini ITX, Micro ATX, and ATX motherboards. Due to their compactness, they are ideal for powering applications for kiosks, POS (Point Of Sale) systems, digital displays, vending machines, ATM banking machines, medical equipment, and gaming. They can also be employed for providing platforms for industrial, AI, and edge computing.

These motherboards are required to work in harsh and rugged environments reliably and consistently. Moreover, they must be expandable and have a long lifetime. BCM Advanced Research is going to release their new ECM-3455J industrial motherboard with a micro form factor. It is an Intel Celeron J3455 processor-based 3.5” SBC Micro Module.

Features of the industrial motherboard:

  • Intel® Celeron J3455 Quad Core SoC Processor 1.5 GHz up to 2.3GHz max
  • 1 x SoDIMM DDR3L 1600MHz up to 8GB
  • 32GB eMMC Onboard
  • Supports Dual Display: HDMI, LVDS
  • Supports Dual LAN
  • 1 x M.2, 1 x mini-PCIe with mSATA support & uSIM
  • TPM 2.0 to provide hardware-based, security-related functions
  • HDMI, 18/24-bit LVDS
  • 4 x USB 3.0, 4 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x COM
  • I²C, SMBus, GPIO
  • 2 x Gigabit LAN
  • Fanless Operation with Heatspreader
  • 9V-36V Wide Range DC-In

The motherboard features an Intel Celeron J3455 Quad-Core SoC Processor that has 1.5GHz of Base Frequency and 2.3GHz Burst Frequency. It is a low-power SoC processor with integrated Intel® HD Graphics 500. When running at base frequency, it dissipates a TDP power of 10W. There is a 32GB eMMC (embedded multimedia card) for convenience in an industrial environment. The ECM-3455J supports many cellular/WiFi/Bluetooth communication friendly I/O interfaces, including M.2, mini-PCIe with SATA, uSIM support, I²C, SMBus, plus two Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, and TPM 2.0 for hardware-based security.

One of the unique features of this industrial motherboard is its fanless design. It uses the solid aluminum block heat-spreader to help heat transfer and release the heat reliably without a fan. Thus, this board is suited for applications where compactness and quiet, fanless operation is required.

The board supports a wide range of input DC voltage from 9V to 36V, which according to the BCM team, makes it suitable for a variety of embedded applications:

  • Industrial control
  • Human Machine Interface (HMI)
  • Digital Signage
  • Small Point-of-Sale Terminal, Retail Kiosk
  • Interactive Self-serve Kiosk
  • Medical and Healthcare equipment

The motherboard supports Windows 10, Linux, and Android operating systems.

The product website further mentions the supported operating systems,

“Besides common OS support for Windows 10 IoT for x86 platform SBC, ECM-3455J also supports Linux and Android OS for mobile devices that require more computing power, more expansion and I/O interfaces with low power consumptions.”

Overall, the ECM-3455J is a compact, low-power, reliable, and high-power industrial motherboard. It is fanless, supports various operating systems, provides many communication-friendly I/O pins, provides security, and much more. This makes the ECM-3455J appropriate for applications in industrial, medical, healthcare, factory, and retail markets.

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