EDATEC ED-IPC3020 is A Fanless RPi 5 PC with M.2 SSD and RS485/RS232 Interfaces

EDATEC ED-IPC3020 is A Fanless RPi 5 PC with M.2 SSD and RS485/RS232 Interfaces

The EDATEC ED-IPC3020 is a fanless PC based on the Raspberry Pi 5. It stands out because it supports NVMe M.2 SSD and features RS232 and RS485 serial ports. It also offers the standard I/O capabilities of the Raspberry Pi 5.

The new Raspberry Pi 5 SBC has a PCIe 2.0×1 interface that lets you connect various devices, like SSDs. Companies like PineBerry Pi have used this feature to create add-ons like the PineBerry Pi HatDrive. Now, with the EDATEC series, we get a full Raspberry Pi 5 computer that includes M.2 NVMe storage.

The fanless industrial PC integrates the Raspberry Pi 5 with accessible ports and an add-on board for M.2 NVMe, serial ports, RTC battery, and buzzer. It also includes speaker and 5V output connectors for potential future use with a Raspberry Pi 5 smart display.

EDATEC’s ED-IPC3020 supports all Raspberry Pi OS variants and includes scripts for drivers and configuration to enable additional features. Its design features a thermal pad for cooling and an M.2 SSD connected to the Pi 5 via GPIO and PCIe.

EDATEC ED-IPC3020 specifications(Mostly RPI-5 Specs):

  • SoC:
    • Broadcom BCM2712 quad-core Arm Cortex-A76 processor, up to 2.4 GHz
    • VideoCore VI GPU
    • 4Kp60 H.265 decoder
  • Memory:
    • Options: 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4X-4267 SDRAM
  • Storage:
    • MicroSD card slot for the OS
    • M.2 Key-M PCIe socket for 2230, 2242, or 2260 NVMe SSD (can also boot OS)
  • Video Output:
    • 2x micro HDMI ports, up to 4Kp60
  • Networking:
    • Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port (optional PoE support)
    • Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5
    • Bluetooth 5.0 Classic and BLE
  • USB Ports:
    • 2x USB 2.0 Type-A (up to 480Mbps)
    • 2x USB 3.0 Type-A (up to 5Gbps)
  • Audio:
    • 3.5mm stereo audio output jack (green)
    • 3.5mm stereo audio LINE IN jack (red)
  • Serial Ports:
    • RS485 via 3-pole Phoenix terminal with 120Ω terminal resistor
    • RS232 via 3-pole Phoenix terminal
  • Expansion I/Os (internal only, not usable with ED-IPC3020 enclosure):
    • 3-pin 5V/1A DC OUT 2.0mm pitch WTB connector (extended LCD)
    • 4-pin speaker 1.5mm pitch WTB connector (dual channel stereo audio output)
    • 2x MIPI CSI/DSI connectors (extended LCD screen, supporting I2C touchscreen and backlight adjustment)
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Power button
    • Power LED, ACT LED, 2x green UART LEDs (COM1 and COM2)
    • RTC with SuperCAP and CR1220 battery backup
    • Buzzer (alarm for bad configuration)
  • Power Supply:
    • 5V DC/5A via USB-C port
    • Power Consumption: 25 Watts (Max)
  • Physical Specifications:
    • Dimensions: 102.8 x 89.5 x 32.5mm
    • Weight: 300 grams
    • Temperature Range: Operating: -25°C ~ 60°C; Storage: -25°C ~ 60°C
    • Humidity: 5% ~ 95% (non-condensing)
  • Certifications:
    • FCC 47 CFR Part 15 Subpart B
    • Various EN IEC standards (62368-1, 62311, 61000-3-2, 61000-3-3, 55032, 55035)
    • Various EN 301 standards (489-1, 489-3, 489-17, 489-52, 328, 440, 511, 908-1, 908-2)

EDATEC’s ED-IPC3020 starts shipping in January, with pre-orders on Aliexpress ranging from $165 to $243, based on RAM (4GB/8GB) and storage options (microSD or 128GB/256GB SSD).

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Larry Dighera

In this video Randall Restle explains the “industrial” aspect of the EADTEC ED-IPC3020:

Now that I’ve got hands on the ED-IPC3020, it appears to be a well built and rather complete RPi-5 solution that includes M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, Audio I/O and even a buzzer all within a fan-less metal case; these are things that would have to be purchased additionally to a bare RPi-5. So, I feel it is priced competitively.

However, I’m finding the lack of documentation, other than this datasheet: https://edatec.cn/uploads/soft/240119/IPC3020datasheet-en.pdfhttps://edatec.cn/uploads/soft/240119/IPC3020datasheet-en.pdf, frustrating, and the lack of a support forum leaves me without specifics regarding, for instance, how to use the buzzer. Perhaps, when I find time to open the case, some of these issues will resolve themselves. Also, the metal case appears to function well as a Faraday cage effectively disabling the RPi-5 on-board WiFi. Of course, this is easily overcome by inserting a USB WiFi adapter. 

So far, the EDATEC ED-IPC3020 feels like a valuable addition to the RPi-5 marketplace.

Best regards

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