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Mini PC shrugs off varying power and temperature

Aug 4, 2011 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Stealth Computer announced a mini PC with a dual-core Atom D525 processor, a 55GB solid state disk (SSD), plus both Mini PCI Express and ExpressCard/34 slots. The LPC-125LPM works in temperatures ranging from 14 to 140 deg. F and via DC power ranging from 10V to 26V, according to the company.

Toronto-based Stealth Computer specializes in mini PCs, and has ranges of products that include "standard," "highest performance," and "ultra-small," among others. We've covered the LPC-450 and LPC-670, for example, models that included Core i3/i5/i7 or Core 2 Duo processors and made room for optical disk drives.

Almost exactly a year ago, Stealth introduced the LPC-100, which kicked off the company's "ultra-small" range and — at 6.1 x 4.0 x 1.45 inches — was claimed to be its smallest ever. The device was said to accept dual-core processors including Intel's 1.9GHz Celeron T3100, 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo P8400, or 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo T9400.


Stealth Computer's LPC-125LPM

With its new LPC-125LPM, Stealth has employed the same size case as it did with the LPC-100, but turns to the Atom D525 (dual-core, 1.8GHz) and ICH-8M I/O controller. This presumably results in a slight loss in computing performance, but the company says power consumption has been cut in half (to 15 Watts), and operating range is much wider (14 to 140 deg. F).

Wide operating range derives in part from the fact that the LPC-125LPM comes with a 55GB SSD as its standard fixed storage medium. There's room for a 2.5-inch hard disk drive instead, but this will increase the need for cooling, Stealth warns.

The LPC-125LPM accepts up to 4GB of DDR3 memory via two SODIMM slots, according to Stealth. The device also has an internal Mini PCI expansion slot, for wireless networking, plus an externally accessible ExpressCard/34 slot, the company adds.


The Stealth LPC-125LPM, front (left) and rear (right)
(Click either to enlarge)

On the LPC-125LPM's front panel (above left), there are two USB 2.0 ports, two RS-232 ports, a microphone input, and a headphone jack. The rear panel (above right) brings another USB 2.0 port, a gigabit Ethernet port, a VGA output, two PS/2 ports, and a four-pin power input.

Speaking of the latter, the LPC-125LPM is said to operate on inputs from 10 to 26VDC, while vehicle use is smoothed by programmable startup and shutdown delays. An optional AC adapter has a consumption of 20 Watts, says Stealth.

Specifications listed for the LPC-125LPM by Stealth include:

  • Processor — 1.8GHz Intel Atom D525
  • Chipset — ICM-8M
  • Memory — up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM via two SODIMM slots
  • Storage — 55GB SSD (standard); 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drive (optional)
  • Networking — 10/100 Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • 3 x USB 2.0 (2 front, 1 rear)
    • 2 x RS232
    • audio — mic in and headphone out
    • 1 x VGA
    • 2 x PS/2
  • Power — 10~26VDC; or 12VDC via optional 20 Watt AC adapter
  • Operating range — 14 to 140 deg. F (-10 to 60 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 6.1 x 4.0 x 1.45 inches (155 x 102 x 37mm)
  • Weight — 1.2 pounds

Further information

According to Stealth, the LPC-125LPM is compatible with Linux, Windows 7, Windows XP, and QNX, among other operating systems. The device is available now for prices starting at $895.

More information may be found on the LPC-125LPM product page.

Jonathan Angel can be reached at [email protected] and followed at www.twitter.com/gadgetsense.


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