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Most onboard computers on Pioneers, PeopleBots, PatrolBots, GuiaBot, Seekurs and Seekur Jr.s, are a Versalogic industrial EBX-size board. Newer Pioneer 3 and Seekur Jr. robots have mini-ITX-sized boards. Current Pioneer 3 and Seekur Jr. robots have a Corvalent Q87 mini-ITX single board computer. Previous Pioneers contained Versalogic "Mamba" EBX-37, "Cobra" EBX-12, VSBC-8 VSBC-7, VSBC-6, or other computers. PowerBots have full size ATX Corvalent 965AT computers, previously a Phoenix ATX-G computer was used.
Pioneer LX has an embedded computer integrated with other electronics inside its control/compute "core".
A short run of experimental AmigoBots, called "Centibots", was also produced, with top-mounted VIA computers. All other Amigobots have no onboard computer.
Most robots have hard-disk drives, varying widely in size in pace with storage technology. Starting with the Mamba onboard computers, SSD (solid state disks) are now used instead. Select models may optionally have had a solid state flash disk instead and EBX-12s can be fitted with a CF-form factor SSD in one of its primary IDE-channels.
Manuals for the computer motherboards containing specifications, details of the BIOS, components and connectors, etc. can be found in the Manuals page in the "Onboard Computers" section. All robots with onboard computers have a side or top panel providing connectors for the monitor, mouse and keyboard. See your robot operations manual for instructions on opening the robot and accessing the computer for repair or access to other ports.
As of February 2017, 64-bit operating systems (Linux or Windows) are installed on Corvalent Q87 or LX Core computers. On the Versalogic EBX-37 "Mamba" and on all previous computers, a 32-bit operating system (Linux or Windows) was used on all computers. 64-bit builds of most current MobileRobots software packages are now available; for some applications, the 32-bit version may be easily installed and used on a 64-bit OS with no problems.
See Onboard Computer Operating Systems for more about the different onboard computer operating systems.
See Drivers to download any special drivers that may be required for some onboard computer integrated devices.
- Corvalent Q87IX Onboard Computer (Pioneer 3, Seekur Jr.)
- Corvalent 965-AT Onboard Computer (Powerbot)
- Pioneer LX Embedded Computer (Pioneer LX)
- Versalogic Mamba EBX-37 Onboard Computer (Pioneer 3, PeopleBot, Seekur, Seekur Jr)
- Versalogic Cobra EBX-12 Onboard Computer (Pioneer 3, PeopleBot, Seekur, Seekur Jr, Research Patrolbot)
- Phoenix ATX-G Onboard Computer (Powerbot)
- Versalogic VSBC8 Onboard Computer
- Versalogic VSBC7 Onboard Computer
- Versalogic VSBC6 Onboard Computer
- ABIT NV7-133R
- VIA EPIA 1000M
- DigitalLogic MSEBX855
All mainboards hold certain setup and practices in common.
Isolate resource intensive device IRQs
Your robot computer was thoroughly configured and tested upon shipping, but adding and removing devices or changing BIOS or OS settings can often cause headaches. Whether using APIC or not, it helps to manually verify your data-intensive devices aren't being overlapped on single interrupt(real or virtual) lines. See the FAQ Why is my PC104 or PCI device not functioning or unusable?, and Computer Serial Port Configuration
Adding Custom Hardware
Potential uses for the onboard PCs are too numerous to list them all. When adding your own custom device, verify compatibility with the specific mainboard. Also note that some robots have restrictions on voltages provided to the mainboard due to design constraints which may affect various peripherals. (Robots bought without onboard computers may not meet power-requirements for instantly dropping in your own.) Although we cannot necessarily support any given device, make sure to verify power requirements, OS-support, and physical-spacing requirements for your specific device. Contact Support with any questions.
Audio cabling and USB on Cobra EBX-12 computers are not provided by default. We do offer them as addons at purchase-time (contact sales@mobilerobots for more information), or you can add them yourself. Pioneer 3 DX and AT robots with Cobra computers and top-mounted SICK lasers do have an external USB port connected to the computer. Information on connectors and drivers for you motherboard should be located on the manufacturer website for best results. See Manuals.