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HD-ready panel PC targets home theater market

Jul 25, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Habey announced a 12-inch panel PC with a 1.8GHz, dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor and Nvidia Ion GT218 graphics card. Ready for home theater applications, the PPC-6512 offers HDMI/VGA dual display capability, plus mini-PCIe, SATA, USB, serial, and Ethernet connections, according to the company.

While most panel PCs are aimed at digital signage, kiosks, and industrial applications, Habey has created one with sufficient graphical chops to reach into the home theater market as well. The PPC-6512 can drive a large TV or projector via its HDMI output, and is also suitable for home automation control, the company says. 


Habey PPC6512

The PPC-6512 is equipped with Intel's dual-core, 1.8GHz Atom D525 processor, combined with an Nvidia Ion 2 GT218 graphics card and dedicated 512MB video memory, says the company. This combination is said to enable full screen Blu-ray videos. 

The PPC-6512 appears to be a larger, panel-eqipped variation on the EPC-6568 announced last November, which was in turn based on a previously released mini-ITX board, the MITX-6564. In May, this "Apple TV-style" PC was revised in an EPC-6563 model (pictured), which dropped EPC-6568's Ion graphics, but moved from an Atom D510 up to the 1.8GHz D525. The new PPC-6512 offers both the Ion and the D525.

No resolution is listed for the 12-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio touchscreen, but resolution pushed out via the supplied VGA and HDMI ports is said to be 2048 x 1536 and 2560 x 1600 pixels, respectively. Dual display capability is supported, and an S/PDIF port can send digital audio to a home entertainment system, says Habey.


PPC-6512 at an angle

Dual internal SATA 2 connectors are provided, as is a 2.5-inch hard drive bay that can be removed via thumb screws, says Habey. In addition, there's a bottom-facing eSATA port, as well as two internal Mini PCI Express slots for expansion, says the company.


PPC-6512 ports

Habey touts the system for its "unique" offering of a serial port on the bottom panel, which could be useful for home automation applications. Other I/O includes a gigabit Ethernet port and four USB 2.0 ports, with two more USB interfaces available internally, says Habey.

A PPC-6512 C model offers a 1.3-megapixel camera located on top of the touchscreen. While this model is built with plastic and steel, the cam-less PPC-6512 A model uses oxidized aluminum instead of plastic.


PPC-6512 port detail

The computer supports operating temperatures of 14 to 122 deg. F, with the help of a heat-sink and fan. The system is said to be resistant to vibration, and ships with VESA mounts.

Habey claims the computer consumes less than 30 Watts, and shows a photograph of a Kill-a-Watt meter reading of 28 Watts. The PPC-6512 supports Linux, Windows Embedded XP/7, or Windows XP/Vista/7 Pro or Home operating systems, and can be further customized for OEM orders, says the company.


PPC-6512 dimensions

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Features and specifications listed for the PPC-5512 include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom D525 (1.8GHz, dual-core, 800MHz FSB)
  • Chipset:
    • Intel NM10 Express chipset
    • Nvidia Ion 2 GPU on Nvidia GT218 card with 512MB dedicated memory
  • Memory — up to 4GB DDR3 via 2 x SODIMM slots
  • Expansion — 2 x Mini PCI Express slots
  • Storage:
    • eSATA port
    • 2 x internal SATA 2 ports
    • 2.5-inch SATA removable hard drive tray
  • Display:
    • 12-inch touchscreen with 16:9 format
    • VGA port (up to 2048 x 1536 pixels)
    • HDMI port (up to 2560 x 1600)
    • dual independent displays
  • Networking — gigabit Ethernet port (Realtek RTL8111D)
  • Other I/O:
    • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
    • 2 x internal USB 2.0 interfaces
    • RS-232 port
  • Audio:
    • HD audio 5.1
    • digital audio via HDMI
    • SPDIF
    • mic-in
    • line-out
  • Other features — 1.3-megapixel camera, available only on PPC-6512 C model
  • Power — DC +12V; under 30 W consumption
  • Operating temperature — 14 to 122 deg. F (-10 to 50 deg. C); low-profile heat-sink with fan
  • Vibration resistance — 0.5g rms/5~500Hz/ random operation
  • Dimensions — 13.5 x 9.25 x 2.0 inches (343 x 235 x 51mm)
  • Weight — 7.3 lbs
  • Materials — oxidized aluminum/steel except for cam-ready PPC-6512 C model (plastic/steel); black or silver color
  • Mounting — 100×100 VESA mounts; wall- and panel-mount available on OEM order

PPC-6512 demonstrated on YouTube
Source: Habey
(Click to play)

Availability

The Habey PPC-6512 is available now on Amazon.com for $800 under the name "Habey USA 12" Panel Pc." More information may be found at Habey's PPC-6512 product page, as well as its PPC-6512 data sheet [PDF].


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