The 3.5-inch SBC MSI MS-98M3 is manufactured for autonomous mobile robots

The 3.5-inch SBC MSI MS-98M3 is manufactured for autonomous mobile robots

MSI is known for its consumer motherboards mini computersbut they also have a division called MSI IPC (Industrial Computer) that makes compact devices such as the MS-98M3 3.5 inch Single Tablet PC (SBC) powered by an Intel Tiger Lake UP3 processor and designed for Autonomous Mobile Robotics (AMR).

SBC supports up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, SATA and NVMe storage, and offers two 2.5Gbps Ethernet ports, up to four display interfaces with HDMI, DisplayPort, LVDS, and/or eDP, four USB 3.2 ports, and two M expansion sockets. 2 for storage and wireless connectivity, as well as many other internal headers.

MSI MS-98M3 Specifications:

  • Tiger Lake UP3 SoC “IoTG” (one or the other) @ 1.5GHz to 4.4GHz depending on SKU
    • Included
      • Intel Core i7-1185G7E / i5-1145G7E quad-core processor with Iris Xe graphics; TDP: 28 watts
      • Intel Core i3-1115G4E dual-core processor with Intel UHD graphics; TDP: 28 watts
      • Intel Celeron 6305E dual-core processor with Intel UHD graphics; TDP: 15 watts
    • Industrial grade
      • Intel Core i7-1185GRE / i5-1145GRE quad-core processor with Iris Xe graphics; TDP: 28 watts
      • Intel Core i3-1115GRE dual-core processor with Intel UHD graphics; TDP: 28 watts
  • System memory – up to 64GB dual-channel DDR4 3200MHz via 2x 260-pin SO-DIMM sockets
  • Storage – 1 SATA 3.0 port, 1 M.2 NVMe socket (see Expansion section)
  • I/F display
    • 2x dual-channel 18/24-bit LVDS (shared with eDP) up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
    • 2 x eDP (shared with LVDS) up to 4096 x 2160 @ 60 Hz
    • 1 x HDMI port, up to 4096 x 2160 @ 30Hz
    • 1 DisplayPort up to 7680 x 4320 @ 60Hz (8K)
    • Up to 4 times of independent displays
  • Audio – Realtek ALC888-VD2-GR HD Audio Codec
  • networks
    • 2x 2.5GbE RJ45 ports via Intel I225-LM controllers (note that speed is limited to 1000Mbps when operating temperature over 70°C)
    • WiFi anf / or optional cellular connectivity via M.2 module and SIM card holder (see expansion)
  • USB – 4 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports and 4 internal USB 2.0 interfaces
  • Serial – 4 internal COM ports with RS-232/422/485 support, 0V/5V/12V, automatic flow control
  • expansion
    • 1x M.2 M key socket (PCIe Gen4 x4 NVMe), 2280
    • 1 M.2 key socket B (SATA 3.0, PCIe x1, USB 2.0, w/ NANO SIM-Holder), 2242/3042
    • 1 M.2 Key Socket E (PCIe x1, USB 2.0), 2230
    • 16x GPIOs (8x GPI; 8x GPO), 5V
  • I/O controller – Fintek F81966AB-I
  • Security – Infineon SLB9670VQ2.0 TPM 2.0
  • Miscellaneous – 256 level controlled counter, intelligent fan controller
  • Power Supply – 12~24V via DC jack with OCP and OVP (Overcurrent and Overvoltage Protection)
  • Dimensions – 146 x 102 mm (3.5″ SBC)
  • Weight – 650 grams
  • The temperature range of
    • Built-in SKUs – Operating: -10~60°C; Storage: -20~80°C
    • Industrial SKUs – Operating: -40~70°C (with Turbo disabled); Optional support for -40~85°C; Storage: -40~85°C
  • Humidity – 10~90%, non-condensing
  • Certifications – FCC, CE, RCM, VCCI, BSMI, UKCA, IC

MSI MS-98M3 Specifications SBC MSI MS 98M3 3.5

The MSI MS-98M3 SBC appears to be designed for Windows-based bots, as by default the company offers support for Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2019 LTSC (64-bit, RS5), Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2021 LTSC (64-bit, 21H2), and Windows 11 IoT Enterprise (64-bit, 21H2, pre-scan), although customers can also request 64-bit Ubuntu 22.04 support and custom 64-bit Linux images built with Yocto Project 3.1.

One example of a board-based robot is the AMR-AI-PJ-UVGI, a full-fledged AMR smart hospital robot that can eliminate germs in the environment at close range, and move autonomously to specific areas such as surgery rooms or wards. MSI claims that the robot can inactivate the SARS-COV2 virus within seconds “under research conditions” thanks to its built-in 253.7nm UVGI wavelength ultraviolet light.

AMR-AI-PJ-UVGI robot for hospitals
AMR-AI-PJ-UVGI robot

The company did not provide availability and pricing information. More details about the MSI MS-98M3 3.5-inch SBC, such as user manual and data sheet, can be found at Product pageand the MSI AMR robot too its dedicated page. More information can be found at Press release.

Thanks to TLS for the tip.

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