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Fanless barebone server offers dual-core Atom for $260

Dec 3, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 9 views

Habey announced a 1U, barebone server featuring Intel's dual-core 1.8GHz Atom D525 processor, starting at $260. Able to run on 25 Watts, the EPC-6566 offers up to 2GB of DDR3 RAM, PCI Express and PCI expansion, dual HDD bays, two gigabit Ethernet ports, plus serial and USB connectivity, says the company.

The 17 x 9.8 x 1.75-inch EPC-6566 is now available in single quantities at, starting at $260. As a barebone system, it ships without storage, memory, or a pre-installed operating system, but it supports Linux and several Windows versions, says Habey.

Habey EPC-6566

The EPC-6566 is said to be usable as a network video recorder (NVR), or any other embedded application demanding rackmount support, low noise, and low power consumption. The system can run fanlessly with less than a 25 dB noise level, and runs on under 25 Watts, claims the company.

EPC-6566 port detail

The EPC-6566 can be considered a rackmountable, embedded server alternative to the recently announced, consumer multimedia oriented EPC-6568 PC. Like the EPC-6568, the EPC-6566 is built around a Habey mini-ITX mainboard, in this case the MITX-6566.

Whereas the EPC-6568 runs on a dual-core Intel Atom D510 processor and an Nvidia Ion 2 GPU, the new EPC-6566 is based on the newer, dual-core Intel Atom D525, but depends on integrated graphics instead of an Ion. The Atom DM525 uses the same Pineview architecture as the D510, but is clocked at 1.8GHz, and is paired as usual with an Intel NM10 controller chipset.

EPC-6566 internal view

Able to support up to 2GB of DDR3 RAM, the EPC-6566 lacks flash memory or SD expansion, but offers dual 2.5-inch bays that can handle hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state drives (SSDs) drives, says Habey. A slim optical drive bay is also said to be available.

For expansion, dual Mini-PCI Express (PCIe) slots are available, as well as a PCI slot, says the company. The system also offers dual gigabit Ethernet ports and six USB 2.0 ports, including two front-facing ports.

EPC-6566 internal detail

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Also available are parallel and PS/2 ports, as well as one real-world rear-facing COM port, with five more serial ports available via internal pin headers, says Habey. A VGA port and the usual audio connections round out the I/O selection.

The EPC-6566 is said to support fanless operation, although an optional blower is available. Operating temperature ranges from 14 to 122 deg. F, says Habey.

Features and specifications listed for the Habey EPC-6566 include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom D525 1.8GHz; Intel NM10 Express chipset; Habey MITX-6566 mainboard
  • Memory — up to 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • Display — VGA port; supports up to 2048 x 1536 resolution
  • Expansion — 2 x Mini-PCIe slots (1 x half-size on top, 1 x full-size on bottom); 1 x PCI slot
  • Storage:
    • 2 x 2.5-inch internal HDD/SSD bays
    • 2 x SATA II ports
    • 1 x slim optical drive bay
  • Networking — 2 x 10/100/1000Mbps ports (Realtek RTL8111D)
  • Wi-Fi — optional via internal Mini-PCIe/USB module
  • Other I/O:
    • PS/2 keyboard and mouse
    • 6 x COM ports (1 x rear port, 5 x internal via pin headers)
    • 6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 x front, 4 x rear)
    • 1 x LPT (rear)
  • Audio — HD audio, 5.1 channel; mic-in; line-in; line-out
  • Other features — power, reset buttons; power, HDD LEDs
  • Power supply — 60 W fanless open-frame ATX; 110V – 240V AC in
  • Power consumption — <20 W idle, <25 W at 100% load (with HDD and RAM installed)
  • Noise level — <25dB
  • Cooling — CPU fan; optional 70mm blower
  • Operating temperature — 14 to 122 deg. F (0 to 50 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 17 x 9.8 x 1.75 inches (425 × 250 × 45mm)
  • Net weight — 7 lbs
  • Mounting — 19-inch rackmount; screw mountings for sliding rails or bracket option
  • Operating system — Linux, Windows Embedded, Windows XP, Windows 7, Vista


The Habey EPC-6566 is available now in single sample quantities at, starting at $260, here. More information may be found here.

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