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Fanless industrial PC has PCI slot

Aug 17, 2009 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 60 views

Nexcom has introduced a fanless PC that runs Linux on Intel Celeron or Pentium CPUs. The NISE 3100e includes a PCI expansion slot, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, four serial ports, and CompactFlash or hard disk storage, the company says.

Targeting applications such as industrial automation, control, vending machines, self-service kiosks, or infotainment machines, Nexcom's new NISE 3100e is said to be a successor to the NISE 3100 introduced in 2006. Once again supporting Intel Pentium M or Celeron M CPUs, the new version upgrades from DDR to DDR2 memory, offers an SATA hard disk interface instead of IDE, has enhanced graphics capabilities, and now features gigabit Ethernet, the company says.

Like its predecessor, the NISE 3100e has a 32-bit, 33MHz PCI expansion card, visible below. Where the device previously had a VGA port and an S-Video output, the newer model provides VGA and DVI instead, according to Nexcom.

Nexcom's NISE 3100e

Nexcom says the NISE 3100e uses Intel's 910GMLE northbridge and ICH6M southbridge, allowing it to support Intel Pentium M and Celeron M processors with frontside bus speeds up to 400MHz. Two DIMM sockets are said to accept up to 2GB of DDR2 memory, the company adds.

For data storage, the NISE 3100e offers a 2.5-inch drive bay for an SATA hard disk drive, plus an internal CompactFlash slot, says Nexcom. Meantime, there are six USB 2.0 ports (two front, two rear), four serial ports (three RS232, one RS232/422/485) sharing a special 44-pin connector, two gigabit Ethernet ports, and two PS/2 ports. The NISE 3100e also includes a speaker output and microphone input, the company adds.

According to Nexcom, the NISE 3100e has an onboard DC-to-DC converter and may be powered using input voltages from 18VDC to 30VDC. A two-pin connector is provided for adding a remote power on/off switch, the company says.

Features and specifications listed by Nexcom for the NISE 3100e include the following:

  • Processor — Intel Pentium M or Celeron M CPUs with 400MHz frontside bus speeds
  • Memory — Up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM via dual DIMM slots
  • Storage — SATA hard disk drive or CompactFlash
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • 3 x RS232 and 1 x RS232/422/485, with combo connector
    • 6 x USB 2.0 (2 front, 4 rear)
    • Mic in and speaker output
    • 1 x VGA
    • 1 x DVI
    • 2 x PS/2
    • DC power input and remote on/off switch
  • Expansion:
    • PCI expansion slot
    • CompactFlash slot
  • Operating temperature — 23 to 131 deg. F (-5 to 55 deg. C)
  • Power — 18VDC to 30VDC via external AC adapter
  • Dimensions — 10.5 x 7.6 x 3.1 inches (268 x 195 x 80mm)
  • Further information

    According to Nexcom, the NISE 3100e runs Linux, Windows XP Embedded, or Windows CE. Pricing and availability were not cited, but the device appears to be available now.

    More information may be found on the Nexcom website, here.

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