EDATEC Launches a Raspberry Pi 5-Powered Industrial PC with Built-In M.2 NVMe Storage Adapter

With added RS485 and RS232 ports, analog audio in and out, and support for M.2 NVMe storage, the ED-IPC3020 offers a lot of features.

Gareth Halfacree
5 months agoInternet of Things / HW101

Embedded and industrial electronics specialist EDATEC has announced its third product line to be powered by the new Raspberry Pi 5, a system designed for industrial computing dubbed the ED-IPC3020 — and the first to boast support for M.2 NVMe solid-state storage.

The ED-IPC3020 is, EDATEC explains, an all-in-one compact computer which houses a Raspberry Pi 5 in a rugged fanless chassis — with sufficient cooling, the company claims, to tame the board's powerful quad-core 2.4GHz Arm Cortex-A76 processor. The Raspberry Pi's Ethernet, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0 ports are fully accessible at the front of the device, with the two micro-HDMI ports and USB Type-C power input off to the side.

Those aren't the only ports available, though. To fulfill its destiny as an industrial computer, EDATEC has given the ED-IPC3020 RS485 and RS232 serial ports, along with stereo analog audio out and in — the Raspberry Pi 5 having launched missing the analog audio/video (AV) jack which had been a staple of previous models in the series.

The biggest change over a stock Raspberry Pi 5, though, can't be seen on the outside. EDATAC's machine comes with an adapter board which allows an M-key M.2 Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solid-state drive (SSD) — in 2230, 2242, or 2260 footprint — to be connected to the Raspberry Pi 5's new user-accessible PCI Express lane for high-speed high-capacity storage.

It's not the first company to do so, of course: Raspberry Pi itself is working on an M.2 HAT+ for the board, due to launch next year, while Pineberry Pi and Pimoroni have both begun taking orders for their own M.2 adapters. EDATEC's, though, is positioned as the first targeting industrial users.

The ED-IPC3020 has launched on the EDATEC AliExpress store with prices starting at $165 for a model with 4GB Raspberry Pi 5 and 32GB microSD, or $207 to switch to an 8GB Raspberry Pi 5. More information is available on the company's website.

Gareth Halfacree
Freelance journalist, technical author, hacker, tinkerer, erstwhile sysadmin. For hire: freelance@halfacree.co.uk.
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