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Industrial Motherboard with THIN design for Passenger Information System



A passenger information [display] system (PIS or PIDS) is an automated system to show the real time information about the public transportation status, including predictions about arrival and departure times; it not only makes passenger journeys more convenient and efficient, but also provides important information for both passengers and drivers.


Passenger Information Systems (PIS) requires powerful computing and graphic engine capabilities as they need to support simultaneous streamed video broadcasting and fast database updates for instant feedback. One of our customers in Europe was looking for a small, easy to maintain, reliable industrial Mini-ITX to install into their system for their PIS application in the railway and underground. Due to the system will be installed on the high-speed rail station, it will require industrial-grade motherboard for long-time operation and with high reliability. Advantech AIMB-217 was considered the ideal solution because it combines the great graphic performance and plentiful I/O for peripheral integration, as well as the THIN & fanless design and the extended temperature -20~70C support.


Powered by the latest Intel® Pentium®, Celeron®, and Atom® N4200/N3350/x7-E3950 processors (formerly Apollo Lake processor) with a low power CPU TDP of 6~12W only, AIMB-217 provides 30% CPU performance enhancement and 45% graphic performance boost compared with previous generations. Moreover, AIMB-217 offers significant graphics performance boost up to 4K2K and can support three simultaneous, deliver stunning graphics and media performance that satisfies the needs of high-quality display applications for PIS. Besides, AIMB-217 supports rich I/O including MiniPCIe/M.2 for wireless & storage expansion to meet the needs of information display, video playback and system upgrade and expansion. Furthermore, AIMB-217 can operate under wide temperature settings ranging from -20~70 °C, making it an ideal solution for use in semi-outdoor environments for rail station and underground located outdoors.

AIMB-217 product Features and Specifications

  • Supports Intel Pentium/Celeron/Atom processor N4200/N3350/x7-E3950  
  • Two 204-pin SO-DIMM up to 8 GB DDR3L 1866 MHz SDRAM
  • Supports, DP++ (or LVDs), HDMI, VGA (or eDP)
  • Supports 1 PCIe x1 or 1 M.2 (E key), 1 Mini-PCIe expansion slot, 6 COMs, 4 USB 3.0 & 4 USB 2.0, dual LAN.
  • Lower total cost of ownership with DC12V support and onboard TPM1.2 (optional) & Amplifier (optional)

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