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Compact PC offers AMD G-Series CPUs, quadruple serial ports

Nov 29, 2011 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Kontron announced a fanless PC that measures just 5.1 x 3.9 x 2.2 inches and offers a choice of AMD G-Series processors. The Microspace MPC-p2 includes up to 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard disk drive or 40GB SSD (solid state disk), two gigabit Ethernet interfaces, four serial ports, and a Mini PCI Express slot, according to the company.

Kontron's Microspace MPC-p2 follows the company's recently announced MPC-pOne, which came in a similar fanless, aluminum case and used Intel Atom Z5xx CPUs. This successor device turns to AMD G-Series processors, allowing it to support "graphic-oriented applications with a totally new user experience in areas such as digital signage, media playback, gaming, and POS/POI applications," according to the company.

Kontron's Microspace MPC-p2

Specifically, the MPC-p2 employs either the dual-core T40N (1.0GHz clock speed, Radeon HD6290 graphics, 9-Watt TDP) or the single-core T44R (1.2GHz clock speed, Radeon HD6250 graphics, 9-Watt TDP). Fitted with AMD's A50M or A55E I/O controller (Kontron didn't say which), the device accepts up to 4GB of DDR3 memory in a single SODIMM slot.

According to Kontron, the MPC-p2 includes either a 40GB SSD or a 500GB hard disk drive. It also has a Mini PCI Express slot that can hold a wireless LAN adapter or, thanks to its support for mSATA extensions, can also be used to host an additional SSD, the company says.

Kontron's data sheet seems a little confused as to which side of the MPC-p2 is the "front" and which is the "rear." What we do know is that the side we have a picture of includes two USB 2.0 ports, four RS232 ports, and a power input. The other side apparently holds the other cited interfaces: DVI and VGA video outputs, two gigabit Ethernet ports, four additional USB 2.0 ports, plus a microphone input and line-level audio output.

According to Kontron, the MPC-p2 weighs just 2.4 pounds and operates in temperatures ranging from 32 to 113 deg. F. The system is compatible with Linux, Windows, and VXWorks, the company adds.

Specifications listed for the Microspace MPC-p2 by Kontron include:

  • Processor — AMD T44R (1.2GHz, single-core) or T40N (1GHz, dual-core)
  • Chipset — n/s, but likely AMD A50M or A55E
  • Memory — up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM via single SODIMM slot
  • Storage — 40GB SSD or 500GB hard disk drive
  • Expansion — Mini PCI Express slot (mSATA extensions provide this with SSD support) SSDs)
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • VGA
    • DVI
    • 6 x USB 2.0
    • 4 x RS232
    • audio — mic in, line out
  • Power consumption — n/s
  • Operating range — 32 to 113 deg. F
  • Dimensions — 5.1 x 3.9 x 2.2 inches
  • Weight — 2.4 pounds

Further information

According to Kontron, the Microspace MPC-p2 is available now, though as is typical, pricing was not specified. More information can be found on the Microspace MPC-p2 product page.

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