Advantech has launched a rugged “WISE-710” IoT protocol gateway that runs Linux and its WISE-PaaS/EdgeLink stack on the i.MX6 DualLite and offers a crypto chip, 2x GbE, mini-PCIe, 3x serial/CAN, DIO, and optional analog and temperature interfaces.
Advantech previewed its WISE-710 gateway back in May and has now announced its release on Design World. The 100 x 70 x 36mm “industrial protocol gateway” runs Ubuntu 16.04 or the optional Yocto 2.1 on the tried-and-true NXP i.MX6 DualLite, which has shipped on earlier Advantech embedded computers such as its UBC-220.
WISE-710 on the desktop and wall
The WISE-710 can optionally be loaded with Advantech’s WISE-PaaS/EdgeLink protocol-conversion software, which supports more than 200 communication protocols including Modbus, OPC-UA, MQTT, and IEC-60870-5-104 “to enable data collection from legacy devices,” says Advantech. WISE-PaaS/EdgeLink offers LWM2M client and Node ID technology and supports user-defined data acquisition periods for each input interface, “thereby reducing the volume of data transmitted and stored on the cloud.”
Another novelty here is a Microsoft Azure-certified Microchip ATECC508A secure element, which is also said to ensure compliance with Amazon AWS security regulations. The crypto chip offers embedded key encryption, authentication, and anti-tamper technology for IoT aggregation and prevents “unauthorized firmware updates and proliferation on the cloud,” says Advantech. (Coincidentally, we just covered a USB armory Mk II SBC that offers a very similar ATECC608A chip.)
The 1GHz, dual-core -A9 i.MX6 Dual is accompanied by 1GB DDR3, 8GB eMMC, and a microSD slot that supports data logger microSD cards. There are dual (non-native) GbE ports and a full-size mini-PCIe slot with optional WiFi, 3G/4G LTE (with SIM slot), and optional antennas. The announcement also mentions an optional NB-IoT wireless module, but it was not included in the accessory list.
WISE-710 detail views
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The WISE-710 is further equipped with a micro-USB 2.0 host port plus RS232/485 and RS485/CAN serial ports and an internal RS485 interface. The system integrates isolated 4-in/4-out DIO with “wet contact & dry contact by switch,” as well as a modular interface that supports one of two additional options: 8x analog inputs with 4x digital inputs or 4x RTD (Resistance Temperature Detector) inputs with 4x thermocouple channels.
There’s a 24VDC terminal block input and low 5W typical power consumption, as well as -20 to 55°C support with 10 ~ 95% RH @ 40°C, non-condensing humidity resistance. You also get 2Grms vibration resistance per IEC 60068-2-64 and 10G shock resistance compliant with IEC 60068-2-27.
Multiple LEDs are included and you can choose from wall, DIN-rail, and pole-mount options. The detail view also shows a GND connection and a QR code interface.
The WISE-710 is available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found on Advantech’s WISE-710 product page.
Eric Brown, Editor — Eric is a long-time observer of the embedded Linux and Android market. He’s a frequent contributor to Linux.com and MIT Technology Insider. At LinuxDevices.com, he was Chief Writer from 2007 to 2009 and Editor from 2009 to 2012. Other former positions included executive staff positions at PC World and NewMedia Magazines.