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Compact, fanless Geode system runs Linux

Jan 3, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 6 views

Win Enterprises is shipping a compact, low-cost, fanless “micro-PC” that runs Linux and features a “dust-proof” chassis. The PL-01030 is based on an AMD Geode LX800 processor, sports dual 10/100 LAN ports, and targets network appliance, point-of-sale, kiosk, medical, entertainment, industrial, and… embedded applications.

(Click for larger view of the PL-01030)

The PL-01030 is based on a 500MHz Geode LX800 processor, along with AMD's CS5536 companion chip (northbridge) and WinBond's 83627HG super-I/O chip (southbridge). A single SODIMM socket supports up to 1GB of DDR, clocked up to 400MHz.

Touted features and specs include:

  • Processor — 500MHz AMD Geode LX800
  • Chipset — Geode CS5536 and WinBond 83627HG
  • Memory — one DDR SODIMM socket, for up to 1GB
  • Display:
    • Built-in AMD Geode LX800 graphics controller; shares 2 to 254MB of system memory
    • 25-pin VGA port
    • 24-bit TFT LCD interface
    • Optional LVDS (low-voltage differential signaling) kit; supports 18-bit color
  • Storage:
    • Mounting kit for one 2.5-inch drive
    • CompactFlash type II socket
  • I/O ports:
    • 2 x Intel 82551ER or 2 x Realtek 8139CL+ Ethernet controllers
    • 4 x RS232 (RS422/485 is optional for COM 2)
    • 4 x USB 2.0 host ports
    • Parallel printer port
    • Audio I/O
  • Expansion — Optional PC/104 connector (no ISA bus master, 8-bit I/O)
  • Dimensions — 8.6 x 5.2 x 2 inches (218 x 132 x 51mm)
  • Power — +5V DC input, at 12W (typical)

The PL-01030 supports Fedora Core 2, and Linux 2.6 and newer kernels, according to the company. Windows XP/XPe and Windows CE are also supported.


The PL-01030 is available with a choice of Intel or Realtek LANs, priced in single units around $390 (depending on Ethernet chip selection).

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