C4 Series Vehicle PC

C4 Series Vehicle PC


The C4 series vehicle PC is our highest performing PC to date, and is designed for in-vehicle applications requiring the absolute maximum level of processing performance. The C4 series utilises a 6th generation (Skylake) Intel Core i7-6820EQ processor, supports up to 32 GB DDR4 RAM, and is capable of driving 3 displays independently.

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The C4 series vehicle PC is our highest performing PC to date, and is designed for in-vehicle applications requiring the absolute maximum level of processing performance. The C4 series utilises a 6th generation (Skylake) Intel Core i7-6820EQ processor, supports up to 32 GB DDR4 RAM, and is capable of driving 3 displays independently.

The C4 series is available in a range of chassis options to suit your requirements, from the compact ICPC-1 chassis up to the ICPC-4 chassis which allows the use of an industry-standard PCI Express card.

The C4 series will be available until Q1 2022, making it ideal for long-term embedded applications requiring a high-performance and reliable in-vehicle hardware platform.

The PC is specifically designed for in-vehicle use, turns on and off automatically with the vehicle ignition, and does not reboot when the vehicle’s engine is cranked during starting. The C4 series is “E-mark” certified, making it fully approved for in-vehicle use, and carries a 2-year warranty as standard.

Key Info

  • Intel Core i7 mobile 2.8 GHz quad core processor (6th generation / “Skylake”), supporting Intel Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz
  • Up to 32 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Hard drives and SSDs up to 2 TB (twin & removable drives on selected chassis)
  • DVI-I, HDMI & DisplayPort video outputs (supports 3 x independent displays)
  • Up to 6 x USB 3.0 ports plus up to 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • Up to 6 x RS-232 ports
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Optional internal 3G/4G, GPS (DR), WLAN, Bluetooth, CAN & video capture modules
  • Optional anti-vibration mounting platform
  • PCI Express slot on selected chassis, with further Mini PCI Express slots
  • Auto on/off with vehicle ignition, configurable shut down delays, low battery detection
  • 7-36V peak input voltage range
  • Regulated 12V & 5V outputs for accessories (1A each)
  • E11 certified (all configurations) – fully approved for automotive use
  • 2-year RTB warranty (extendable to 3 or 5 years)
  • Available in a range of chassis options

Intel Core i7-6820EQ

  • 6th Generation (Skylake) Mobile processor
  • 2.8 GHz (up to 3.5 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost)
  • Quad core
  • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology (8 threads)

Up to 32 GB DDR4 2133 MHz (4 GB as standard)

Primary SSD / HDD

Solid State Drive (SSD) – Standard Temperature:

  • 120, 256, 512 GB, 1 & 2 TB capacities
  • For 256 GB & above models: Ultra-high performance & excellent endurance

Solid State Drive (SSD) – Extended Temperature:

  • 64, 128, 256, 512 GB & 1 TB capacities
  • Industrial-grade memory
  • Allows PC operating temperature of -20 to +50°C

Hard Disk Drive (HDD):

  • 320, 500 GB & 1 TB capacities
  • 350G operating shock tolerance
  • Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD) optional
  • 8-16 MB cache depending on model
Additional or Removable SSD / HDD

Optional secondary internal SSD / HDD:

  • Requires ICPC-3 or ICPC-4 chassis
  • See above for available SSD / HDD specs

Optional lockable removable drive module:

  • Requires ICPC-4 chassis
  • Lockable (2 keys supplied)
  • Drive is required to be mounted in caddy (1 x caddy supplied, spares available)
  • Occupies optical drive slot
  • Recommended that the PC is mounted horizontally
  • Available populated or unpopulated (requires 2.5″ drive)
  • Model code: R05

Optional caddy-less removable drive module:

  • Requires ICPC-4 chassis
  • Occupies spare PCI slot or optical drive slot
  • Available populated or unpopulated (requires 2.5″ drive)
  • Model code: R02

2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports


4-channel HD audio with 3 x audio ports (line-out / line-in / mic-in)


Intel HD Graphics 530, supporting up to three independent displays with the following outputs:

  • DVI-I (can provide independent VGA and DVI-D outputs via optional adapter cable)
  • HDMI
  • DisplayPort
  • Optional VGA output (shared with, and cannot be used at the same time as, DVI-I analogue)

Maximum supported resolutions:

  • DisplayPort: 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz (4k)
  • HDMI: 4096 x 2304 @ 24 Hz (4k)
  • DVI/VGA: 1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz

Up to 6 x USB 3.0* ports (4 as standard, 2 more optional in ICPC-4 chassis)

Up to 4 x USB 2.0 ports (2 as standard, 2 more optional in ICPC-3 or ICPC-4 chassis)

*2 of the 4 (or 6) USB 3.0 ports are only able to supply limited current (500 mA shared between both ports).  These 2 ports are therefore not suitable for bus-powered USB devices requiring more than 250 mA.  The ports conform to the USB 3.0 specification in all other ways.  This limitation does not apply to the other 2 (or 4) USB 3.0 ports.


Optional 4 x photo-couple input & 4-relay output board:

  • Requires ICPC-4 chassis
  • Occupies spare PCI slot
  • Model code: P09

Optional 8 x photo-couple input board:

  • Requires ICPC-4 chassis
  • Occupies spare PCI slot
  • Model code: P10

Optional 2 x PS/2 ports (requires ICPC-4 chassis)


2 x serial ports as standard, up to 6 optional:

  • Up to 3 x serial ports in ICPC-1 chassis
  • Up to 6 x serial ports in ICPC-3/4 chassis

All serial ports are RS-232 as standard. Optional single RS-422/485 port if specified at order time.


2 x Mini PCI Express slots

1 x PCI Express x16 v3.0 slot:

  • Requires ICPC-3/4 chassis
  • Low profile size on ICPC-3, full-size on ICPC-4

1 x “blank” PCI-sized slot for back plate (e.g. daughter card):

  • Requires ICPC-4 chassis
  • No PCIe signalling (chassis space only)

[See below for available expansion card options]


Optional built-in GPS module:

  • Ublox6 chipset
  • 1 x SMA connector for GPS antenna (supports active & passive antennas, available separately)
  • Occupies 1 x Mini PCIe slot
  • Model code: G5

Optional built-in GPS DR (Dead Reckoning) module:

  • As above, but with internal gyroscope and external inputs for speed pulse & forward/reverse signal lines
  • Occupies 1 x Mini PCIe slot
  • Model code: G7

[See below for 3G / 4G modules that include GPS]

Cellular (3G / 4G)

Optional built-in 4G (with GPS) module – internal SIM slot:

  • Internal SIM slot.  SIM slot is not externally accessible – we strongly advise that SIM cards are installed by In-CarPC during production
  • Occupies 1 x Mini PCIe slot
  • 4G specifications detailed below

Optional built-in 3G or 4G (with GPS) module – external SIM slot:

  • Requires ICPC-3/4 chassis
  • Externally accessible SIM card slot
  • Does not occupy any expansion slots
  • In ICPC-3 chassis the module may obstruct low profile PCIe cards where components on the PCIe card protrude by more than approx. 7 mm in some areas
  • In ICPC-4 chassis the module occupies either the optical drive slot or, if this is already occupied, the spare PCI slot.
  • 3G / 4G specifications detailed below

3G Module Specifications

  • Supports HSPA/UMTS/EDGE/GPRS/GSM network technologies (3.5G)
  • Supports frequency bands 800-850/900/1900/2100 MHz
  • Voice capable
  • Maximum downlink: 14.4 Mbps (HSPA)
  • Maximum uplink: 5.76 Mbps (HSPA)
  • 2 x SMA connectors for 3G diversity antennas (available separately)
  • GPS receiver supporting Standalone & Assisted GPS (GPS not enabled by default, disables 3G diversity when enabled, supports passive GPS antennas only (available separately))
  • Model code: U02

4G (with GPS) Module Specifications

  • Supports LTE/HSPA+/UMTS/EDGE/GPRS/GSM network technologies (4G with fall back to 3.5G)
  • Supports frequency bands 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz (4G) and 850/900/1900/2100 MHz (3G)
  • Maximum downlink: 100 Mbps (21.1 Mbps when falling back to HSPA+)
  • Maximum uplink: 50 Mbps (5.76 Mbps when falling back to HSPA+)
  • GPS & GLONASS receiver supporting Standalone & Assisted Modes
  • 2 x SMA connectors for 3G/4G diversity/MIMO antennas (available separately)
  • 1 x SMA connector for active or passive GPS antenna (available separately)
  • Model code: U06
WLAN & Bluetooth

Optional built-in WLAN (Wi-Fi) & Bluetooth module:

  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • 2.4 & 5 GHz operation
  • Up to 867 Mbps (WLAN)
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • 2 x SMA connectors for concurrent WLAN diversity & Bluetooth antennas (available separately)
  • Occupies 1 x Mini PCIe slot
  • Model code: W10

Optional 2-channel CAN interface (Standard):

  • 1-channel only if ICPC-1 chassis (2-channel if ICPC-3/4)
  • CAN 2.0B & 2.0A compliant
  • USB signalling
  • Complies with EN61000-4-5 2.5 kV surge protection, IEC 60950-1:2005 +A1:2009 + A2:2013 2.5 kV HiPot protection, EN61000-4-2 (ESD) Air-15kV, Contact-8kV
  • Supports 50, 125, 250, 500 & 1000 kbit/s baud rates
  • Supports Linux SocketCAN
  • API supplied
  • Optional CAN bus termination (disabled by default, please specify at order time)
  • Occupies 1 x Mini PCIe slot
  • Model code: P21

Optional 1- or 2-channel CAN interface (Advanced):

  • 2-channel version requires ICPC-3/4 chassis
  • CAN 2.0B & CAN 2.0A compliant
  • PCI Express signalling
  • 300V galvanic isolation between CAN-bus and PC
  • Supports baud rates from 5 kbit/s to 1 Mbit/s
  • CAN monitoring software supplied
  • API supplied comprising DLL, examples and header files for all common programming languages, plus documentation
  • Numerous additional optional software and development tools available, including LabVIEW driver
  • Occupies 1 x Mini PCIe slot
  • Model code: P12 (1-channel), P13 (2-channel)

Optional 1, 2 or 4-channel CAN interface (Advanced):

  • Requires ICPC-4 chassis
  • 500V galvanic isolation between CAN-bus and PC
  • Occupies PCI Express slot
  • Other specs as for 1- or 2-channel variant above (model code P12 / P13)
  • Model code: P14 (1-channel), P15 (2-channel), P16 (4-channel)
Video Capture

Optional 8-channel video capture card:

  • 8-channel video capture (+ 8-channel audio available on request for ICPC-3/4 chassis)
  • H.264/MPEG4 software compression
  • 240/200 fps (NTSC/PAL) at up to D1 resolution shared across all channels
  • SDK available
  • Occupies Mini PCIe slot
  • Model code: N7

Optional Euresys Picolo Alert high performance 4-port video capture card:

  • Requires ICPC-4 chassis
  • 4-channel video capture
  • Occupies 1 x PCI Express slot
  • Optional 4-port Euresys Video Expansion Bracket (VEB) provides 8 video inputs in total (occupies spare PCI slot).
  • Additional VEBs can be installed in other areas of the chassis upon request, providing up to 16 video inputs in total.
  • PCs supplied with Euresys Picolo Alert PCI Express cards are equipped with a bracket that secures the otherwise unsupported far edge of the Picolo Alert card.  This is designed to prevent damage to the Picolo Alert card after long-term exposure to shock & vibration.  However, the bracket blocks access to the Picolo Alert’s J10 (I/O) connector.
  • Model code: N3
Power Supply

Internal intelligent automotive power supply:

  • PC automatically turns on and off with vehicle ignition
  • Supports the use of Standby as well as Shut Down and Hibernate (jumper selectable)
  • Normal input voltage: 7.5V to 30V
  • Peak input voltage: 7V to 36V
  • External voltage dropper recommended for 24V vehicles, available separately
  • Idle power consumption <3mA
  • High efficiency for extended battery life
  • PC will not reboot during engine cranking
  • Protection against transients and load dumps
  • Reverse polarity protection
  • Automatic shutdown with low battery (jumper configurable)
  • Automotive mini blade input fuse (externally accessible)
  • Regulated 12V & 5V switched accessory outputs for powering peripherals (up to 1A)
  • Remote output for turning on and off external devices, with 1 second “anti-thump” delay.  The behaviour of this output can be configured at order time.
  • Configurable shut-down delay. The time between the ignition being turned off and the PC powering down can be changed using externally accessible jumpers.
  • Configurable start-up and shut-down voltages to reflect the fact that battery levels and conditions vary between vehicles
  • Hard Power Off. In the event of a software crash during shut down the power will be cut to prevent draining of the vehicle battery
  • Post-boot lock-down. If the ignition is turned off having only just been turned on, a delay will be applied before issuing the shut down command, in order to allow the PC to fully boot before attempting to shut down
  • Ignition input behaviour is configurable. By default the PC will turn on when the ignition input is active, and remain on until the ignition input is no longer active, at which point the PC will shut down. Alternatively a push-button power switch can be installed on the chassis for non-ignition-switched behaviour
  • LED indicates PC status and assists with troubleshooting
  • Externally accessible jumper block for configuring power supply options.
  • Reset switch in chassis (recessed)
  • 6-pin power input locking connector (break-out cable supplied)
  • 3-pin power output locking connector (break-out cable supplied)
  • Modified PSU firmware can be loaded for customers with special requirements – please contact us for more information

Optional watchdog timer generates automatic system reset in the event of a software crash

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Other operating systems, including Windows Embedded options, are available upon request.


Mounting flanges included on all chassis


Optional anti-vibration mounting platform:

  • Recommended for applications where the PC will be subjected to unusually high levels of vibration.
  • For ICPC-4 chassis with anti-vibration mounting platform fitted, the PC should be mounted horizontally.  For ICPC-1/3 chassis with anti-vibration mounting platform fitted, the PC can be mounted horizontally or vertically.

Optional internal slot-loading DVD-RW drive (model code D5):

  • Requires ICPC-4 chassis
  • Occupies optical drive slot

Active cooling by system fan and variable-speed CPU fan

Optional “quiet” system fan


ICPC-1 chassis:

  • Width: 223* mm
  • Length: 251 mm
  • Height: 76 mm

ICPC-3 chassis:

  • Width: 222* mm
  • Length: 251 mm
  • Height: 84 mm

ICPC-4 chassis:

  • Width: 359* mm
  • Length: 232 mm
  • Height: 78 mm

*The width figures include mounting flanges at base (total length occupied by mounting flanges: 26 mm)

ICPC-1/3 chassis anti-vibration mounting platform adds approx. 6 mm to height

ICPC-4 chassis anti-vibration mounting platform adds approx. 20 mm to height


Operating Temperature:

  • 0 to +50°C with hard drive or standard temperature SSD
  • -20 to +50°C with extended temperature SSD

Storage Temperature:

  • -20 to +70°C with hard drive
  • -20 to +80°C with SSD

Optional Factory Recovery Solution for easy recovery to factory settings using F11 key at start-up:

  • Preinstalled as standard if PC is ordered with OS license, optional otherwise

2 years RTB

Extendable to 3 or 5 years if required. Click here for more information.

Estimated End of Life (EoL) Date

Q1 2022

This is the earliest date at which we expect to stop producing new units of this PC model. However, the warranty for each PC will remain in place regardless of whether the EoL date has passed, and will continue for the duration of the original warranty period.



E11 (“E-mark” – fully approved for use in vehicles, including all optional configurations above.  Approval number 10R-054687, certificate available upon request.)


RoHS Compliant

In-CarPC is a registered member of a WEEE compliance scheme