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Winmate FM08 modular vehicle-mount PC

Intel "Bay Trail" based industrial vehicle-mount computer offers touch as well as keypad operation
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer, August 2015)

Taiwanese Winmate Communications is expanding its lineup of vehicle-mount computers with the FM series of modular, Intel Bay Trail-based panels. Initially available in 8-inch (described on this page) and 10.4-inch versions, the FM line employs a modular design consisting of the display/touch front, the system center, and the docking back. The picture below shows the display and system of the FM08 from the front and sides.

The FM08 is designed for applications that benefit from touch, but also from readily accessible programmable function keys, and separate QWERTY and numeric keypads. From the looks of the preliminary design specs available to RuggedPCReview, the FM08 and FM10 actually share the system and docking modules, is that the choice comes down to keypads and smaller 8-inch screen or larger 10.4-inch screen with just function keys.

The image below shows the backside of the FM08 as well as a side view. Clearly visible is the separation of the minimal I/O block in the slender system unit itself (just a USB port and SD and SIM card slots), and then the full-size ports in the docking module. Shown in the illustration are three legacy serial ports, a VGA port, and an RJ45 LAN jack. Also note the three different VESA mount patterns.

For processing, the Winmate FM line is based on one of Intel's expansive line of "Bay Trail" CPUs, the quad-core Atom E3845. This is the top-of-the-line of the E3800 product family that Intel described as "the first system-on-chip (SoC) designed for intelligent systems, delivering outstanding compute, graphical, and media performance while operating in an extended range of thermal conditions."

Note that while "Bay Trail" processors constitute Intel's lower cost, less complex CPU lineup and are based on an overhauled Intel Atom architecture, they are far more powerful than earlier Atom chips. In RuggedPCReview's benchmark testing, for example, the E3845 used in this Winmate FM08 vehicle-mount panel outperforms first generation Core CPUs. They also offer decent graphics performance as they include GPUs that use the same Intel execution units (EUs) as Ivy Bridge's HD 4000. This gives them support for most of the same APIs and features -- DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.X, and OpenCL 1.2 are all present on the API side, as is dual-display support. For detailed specs of the Intel Atom E3845, see here.

On the memory side, the FM08 comes with up to 8GB of low voltage DDR3L RAM. Standard mass storage is provided by M.2 MLC (multi-level cell) solid state disks ranging from 64GB up to 256GB.

On the operating platform side, the FM08 can be configured with Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro, Windows 7 FES (For Embedded Systems), and Windows Embedded Standard 7.

As a dedicated vehicle PC, the FM08 can accommodate a wide 10 to 60 Volt input range, ignition control, and also a 28.1 watt-hour internal battery that provides backup power.

GFG resistive touch

There is a growing variety of touch technology options available today, with almost all consumer products using the effortless and elegant capacitive multi-touch. For their FM vehicle-mounts, however, Winmate chose a resistive digitizer, as even today a stylus on a resistive touch display offers more precision than capacitive touch, and also that resistive touch works with gloves and is totally immune to rain.

One problem with generic resistive touch is that the surface film is scratch- and damage-prone, and can introduce distracting optical properties, like the "pooling" that happens when the soft touch surface is depressed. So Winmate decided to use GFG — Glass-Film-Glass — resistive technology that employs a highly scratch-resistant very thin glass on top of the resistive layer. Additional advantages of GFG include greater corrosion-resistance, ease of cleaning, and immunity of pooling.

Ruggedness

As far as ruggedness and durability go, vehicle-mount panel computers have different requirements than mobile systems that are carried around. Vibration and shock resistance are of primary importance as the units are continually subjected to them. The FM08's -22 to 122 degree Fahrenheit operating temperature range allows deployment in a very wide range of settings, including industrial freezers and similar. And since, unlike fixed-mounts, vehicle-mounts may be operated outdoors, FM08 units have an IP65 ingress protection rating where the first "6" indicates the unit is totally dustproof an the "5" that the unit can also handle low pressure jets of water.
Winmate is a Taiwanese company founded in 1994. Specializing in industrial display technologies and solutions, Winmate also branched out into Tablet PCs, digital signage, rugged Mobile PCs, embedded automation controllers, marine grade displays and computers, and Panel PCs such as the Stainless Panel PC shown here.

Contact Winmate:

Web: www.winmate.com.tw
Email: sales1 @ winmate.com.tw
OEM/ODM Contact: ODM@winmate.com.tw
Specifications Winmate FM08
Status Added 10/2015
Form-factor Fanless vehicle-mount PC
OS Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro, Windows 7 FES, WES 7
Processor Intel "Bay Trail" Atom E3845
CPU Speed 1.91GHz
Chipset Bay Trail SoC chipset
Graphics Intel HD Graphics (Intel Gen7 with DX11, OGL 3.2)
Standard/Max RAM Up to 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz in one SD-DIMM slot
Disk/drive 64GB to 256GB M.2 MLC SSD
Display type Sunlight-readable TFT, 500 nits
Display size/res 8.0-inch, 800 x 480 pixel
Digitizer GFG resistive touch (finger touch and stylus)
Card slots 1 x SD Card, 1 x SIM
Keyboard/scale Backlit 55-key QWERTY + numeric keypad, 10 function keys
Operating temperature -22° to 122°F (-30° to 50°C)
Sealing IP65
Vibration MIL-STD-810G Method 514.6 Procedure I
Humidity 5 to 95% RH, non-condensing
Shock MIL-STD-810G Method 516.6 Procedure I
Certifications CE, FCC
Housing Magnesium Alloy housing with fanless design
Size (WxHxD) Panel: 10.6 x 8.4 x 1.25 inches (268 x 214 x 32 mm), dock: 7.9 x 9.6 x 2.04 inches (202 x 245 x 52 mm)
Weight Panel itself 3.5 lbs (1.6kg), docking 3.5 lbs (1.6kg)
Power 10~60V DC; 7.4 V 3,800 mAH 28.1 watt-hour Li-Polymer backup/UPS
Interface Panel itself: 1 x USB 3.0, power; dock: 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x RJ45 10/100/1000 with PoE support, 2 x RS232, 1 x CANBUS/audio, SMA for external antenna
Wireless Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Class 1 Bluetooth 4.0, u-Blox NEO-M8N GPS, optional 3G (HSPA+, GSM/GPRS/EDGE) or 4G (LTE, HSPA+, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, EV-DO Rev A, 1xRTT) WWAN
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Web Winmate FM08 vehicle-mount PC
Data sheet Winmate FM08 vehicle-mount PC spec sheet