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Car PC supports dual displays under Linux

Jan 14, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Mini-PC manufacturer SD-Omega has announced a Linux-compatible mini-PC that can run two displays simultaneously. The SD631T Dual Display is primarily intended as a car PC that can drive both a GPS display for the driver and an entertainment and Net-surfing display for passengers.

(Click for larger view of the SD631T Dual Display)

The SD631T Dual Display appears to be based on the SD631CH introduced in late 2006, adding the capability of dual-displays. Supported dual-display modes include an “extended” mode, in which the same content is shown on both displays, and a “simultaneous” mode, in which different content is displayed. SD-Omega did not explicitly mention Linux support. However, the SD631GMA 950's dual-display capabilities should be supported under Linux through at least one available driver, as explained here.

SD631T Dual Display (rear view)

The SD631T's Intel i915GM/ICH6M chipset is equipped with a 400/533MHz front-side bus, and supports an Intel Pentium M or Celeron M clocked at up to 2.13GHz, says Hong Kong-based SD-Omega. The SD631T supports SODIMM DDR II 400/533MHz memory, and is equipped with an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950. The mini-PC supports DVI, VGA and TV-Out, and offers a 1394-Firewire connection with a 400Mb data transfer rate. Other I/O includes 10/200 Ethernet, three USB ports, and a serial port.

The specifications for the SD631T Dual Display are shown below:

  • Processor — Intel i915GM / ICH 6M supporting Intel Pentium M / Celeron M up to 2.13GHz; 400/533MHz front-side bus
  • Memory — supports SO DIMM DDR II 400/533MHz
  • Video — Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950; supports DVI, VGA and TV-Out; simultaneous or extended display
  • Audio — AC '97; Realtek 650
  • Storage — supports a 2.5-inch SATA hard drive and CD/DVD drive
  • Networking — Intel Pro 10/100 Fast Ethernet
  • USB — 3 x USB 2.0/1.1
  • Other I/O:
    • 1394-Firewire (Agere FW323)
    • DVI
    • PC-104 plus
    • PS/2 keyboard and mouse
    • Mic-in
    • Serial Port
    • Earphone (front)
    • Line-Out (back)
  • Power — DC 12V
  • Dimensions — 5.8 x 10 x 1.6 inches (14.5 x 25 x 4.3 cm)
  • Weight — 3.3 lbs (1.5kg) (fully equipped)


SD-Omega did not provide pricing or availability information on the SD631T Dual Display. More information may be available here.

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