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Vehicle controller with J1939 interface

Ruggon (Taiwan) has introduced the Windows-based VX-601 controller with integrated display. It comes with CAN-based J1939 and on-board diagnostic interfaces.

The VX-601 vehicle computer comes with a display that dims automatically in low light to save power and prevent eyestrain (Photo: Ruggon)

The controller based on Intel’s i5-6300U 2,4-GHz processer is suitable for harsh environments and applications such as intra-logistics, cold chain logistics, waste management, mining, harbor freight handling as well as agriculture and construction machines. It features up to 8 GiB of memory, an 80-mm SSD for storage, and internal mini-PCIe slots for expansion.

The ECU (electronic control unit) is equipped with a broad range of interfaces. This includes CAN connectivity. The product comes with a J1939 protocol stack and supports also OBDII functions via CAN. Other interfaces include, for example, GNSS WiFi, 1-Gbit/S Ethernet, and multiple serial ports (e.g. EIA-232/422/485). Furthermore, the computer can be equipped with general-purpose I/O lines as well as up to four video input channels.

The VX-601 comes with a 1200-nit display. Normally, the brightness of LCD panels are in the range of 200 nit to 300 nit. According to the Taiwanese manufacturer even in direct sunlight the screen is readable due to the special anti-reflection layer. Dedicated user-programmable function keys around the touchscreen provide instant access to important operations, including brightness and volume. A tough projected capacitive touchscreen (PCT) option is available for improved gloved operation.

The controller is IP66-rated (IEC 60529) and complies also with MIL-STD-810G and IEC 60721-3-5 Class 5M3 specifications. Waterproofed external connectors are available. Operating temperature range is -30 °C to 55 °C – with an optional defroster/defogger to keep the screen readable.

The VX-601 operates from 9 VDC to 60 VDC. The built-in rechargeable 4500-mAh battery pack not only acts as an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) during brief power outages, but provides 1,5 hours of working time for mobile use, or when an external power source is not available. Smart power management features include ignition sense support to prevent glitches caused by voltage transients.


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