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Vecow SPC-5600-i5-8500

!Vecow SPC-5600-i5-8500

The Vecow SPC-5600 Series is powered by 8 Cores Intel® Core™ i5 and can be used for vehicle computing, smart manufacturing, in-vehicle infotainment, intelligent control or any IIoT application.

For more information refer to the information materials provided by the manufacturer:

Device specifications

The table below contains the key specifications of the specific hardware model that has been certified for Nerve Blue usage. Use the article number listed here when ordering the device from the manufacturer only. Note that other device variants are not supported as Nerve Devices.

If required, contact sales@tttech-industrial.com for help with ordering Nerve Devices.

Item Description
Article number SPC-5600A-8500T32
CPU Intel Core i5-8500T
Cores 6
RAM 32 GB DDR4
Storage 512 GB 2.5" SATA SSD MLC
TPM TPM 2.0 included
Interfaces
  • 4x GB LAN
  • 4x COM RS-232/422/485 (ESD 8KV)
  • 4x USB 3.1 (external)
    1x USB 2.0 (internal)
  • 2x DisplayPort

Setting up the device for Nerve Blue usage

Requirements for the instructions below:

  • a monitor with a DisplayPort input
  • a keyboard
  • a USB drive formatted to FAT32

Refer to the user manual of the manufacturer to set up the hardware. Connect a keyboard and a monitor to the device and make sure that the device is ready to be powered on. Also, prepare a USB drive in case the BIOS version of the device needs to be updated.

BIOS update

To avoid possible issues and complications, the BIOS version on the SPC-5600 needs to be version V27.01.03. or later. Refer to the user manual of the manufacturer for information on how to update the BIOS version.

Required BIOS settings for Nerve Blue

Certain BIOS settings need to be changed to ensure the desired performance of the Nerve Blue system.

  1. Power on the device.
  2. Press Del while the device is booting to enter the BIOS menu.
  3. Change the following settings:

    Path Setting
    Advanced > CPU Configuration > Intel (VMX) Virtualization Technology Enabled
    Advanced > Power & Performance > CPU - Power Management Control > Boot performance mode Max Non-Turbo Performance
    Advanced > Power & Performance > CPU - Power Management Control > Intel (R) SpeedStep(tm) Disabled
    Advanced > Power & Performance > CPU - Power Management Control > Intel (R) Speed Shift Technology Disabled
    Advanced > Power & Performance > CPU - Power Management Control > C states Disabled
    Advanced > ACPI Settings > Enable Hibernation Disabled
    Advanced > ACPI Settings > ACPI Sleep State Suspend Disabled
    Advanced > Network Stack Configuration > Network Stack Enabled
    Chipset > System Agent (SA) Configuration > VT-d Enabled
    Security > Secure Boot > Secure Boot Disabled
  4. Save the changes and exit BIOS.

Installing Nerve Blue

Requirements for installing Nerve Blue on the device:

  • a monitor with a DisplayPort input
  • a keyboard
  • a USB drive
  • the Nerve_Blue_USB-installer_2.2.0_for_vecow-spc-5600.img.tar.gz which can be downloaded from the Nerve Software Center
  • a tool for creating bootable USB drives like Rufus on Windows

In addition, a workstation is required to prepare the bootable USB drive. Connect the monitor and the keyboard to the Vecow SPC-5600.

Before beginning with the installation, make sure that the device will boot from the USB drive. Press Del when the device is booting to enter BIOS and change the boot device settings.

On Windows

  1. Download the Nerve_Blue_USB-installer_2.2.0_for_vecow-spc-5600.img.tar.gz from the Nerve Software Center to a workstation.
  2. Extract the Nerve_Blue_USB-installer_2.2.0_for_vecow-spc-5600.img.tar.gz file to retrieve the Nerve_Blue_USB-installer_2.2.0_for_vecow-spc-5600.img. Depending on the program used, the file might need to be extracted more than once.
  3. Transfer the extracted Nerve_Blue_USB-installer_2.2.0_for_vecow-spc-5600.img file to the USB drive using Rufus.
  4. Plug the USB drive into a USB port of the Nerve Device.
  5. Make sure that the device will boot from the USB drive and power on the device.

The setup will start automatically and take a few minutes to complete. Select OK when the installation is complete and remove the USB drive. The device will reboot and reach a log in screen, asking for host access log in credentials. Make sure that the device will boot from the hard disk before rebooting the device.

On Linux

  1. Download the Nerve_Blue_USB-installer_2.2.0_for_vecow-spc-5600.img.tar.gz file from the Nerve Software Center.
  2. Enter the following commands to extract the Nerve_Blue_USB-installer_2.2.0_for_vecow-spc-5600.img.tar.gz file and transfer the extracted file to the USB drive:

    tar xf Nerve_Blue_USB-installer_2.2.0_for_vecow-spc-5600.img.tar.gz
    sudo dd if=Nerve_Blue_USB-installer_2.2.0_for_vecow-spc-5600.img bs=4M of=/dev/sd<drivename> status=progress
    sync
    

    Note

    Make sure to replace <drivename> with the system name of the USB drive.

  3. Plug the USB drive into a USB port of the Nerve Device.

  4. Make sure that the device will boot from the USB drive and power on the device.

The setup will start automatically and take a few minutes to complete. Select OK when the installation is complete and remove the USB drive. The device will reboot and reach a log in screen, asking for host access log in credentials. Make sure that the device will boot from the hard disk before rebooting the device.

Activating the Nerve Blue license

After the installation, the product license needs to be activated so that Nerve Blue can be used on the device. Connect a workstation to port LAN 1 and configure the network adapter of the workstation. The IP address has to be in the range from 172.20.2.5 to 172.20.2.254 with a 255.255.255.0 subnet mask.

Access the license activation UI at http://172.20.2.1:3333/ and refer to License activation in the user guide for more information.

Accessing the Local UI and registering the device

With the license activated, the node needs to be registered for use in the Management System through the Local UI. To access the Local UI, first connect a workstation to port LAN 1 and configure the network adapter of the workstation. The IP address has to be in the range from 172.20.2.5 to 172.20.2.254 with a 255.255.255.0 subnet mask. The credentials for the Local UI found in the customer profile are also required.

  1. Follow this link to connect to the Local UI: http://172.20.2.1:3333/
  2. Log in with the credentials from the customer profile.

    !Local UI Login

Continue with Node configuration for information on how to start registering the device in the Management System.

Physical ports and network interfaces

Below is a depiction of the node internal networking adapted to the SPC-5600 hardware. Refer to Node internal networking for more information. The table offers a quick overview of the network interfaces that can be reached through the physical ports of the SPC-5600.

Physical port Network name
LAN 1 mgmt
LAN 2 wan
LAN 3 extern1
LAN 4 io0

!SPC-5600 Networking