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Fanless industrial PC taps Atom

May 26, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 32 views

Ibase is shipping a “slim-type” fanless embedded computer that runs on an 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 with up to 1GB of memory. The CSB200-883 system is equipped with a 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD), two gigabit Ethernet ports, and four USB ports, says the company.

(Click here for a larger view of Ibase's CSB200-833 computer)

The CSB200-833 is built around Ibase's 3.5-inch IB883 SBC (single board computer) announced in August for use in automation, industrial control, and data acquisition systems. The IB883 accommodates its Intel Atom N270 and 945GMS northbridge and ICH7M southbridge with up to 1GB of DDR2 memory.

Ibase's 883
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The CSB200-883 offers dual gigabit Ethernet ports, two serial ports, and four USB 2.0 ports, including two that are front facing. Due to space constraints, it apparently lacks the SBC's support for CompactFlash and PCI Express x1 expansion, but provides a built-in 2.5-inch hard disk drive, and for video, it offers a DVI port.

The full CSB200-833 system measures 6.8 x 4.5 x 2.0 inches, and can sit on a desktop or be wall-mounted, says Ibase. Equipped with a 60W power supply, the fanless system is said to withstand temperatures of up to 113 deg. F.

CSB200-833 (rear view)
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Features and specifications listed for the Ibase CSB200-883 computer include:
  • Processor — Intel Atom N270, clocked at 1.6GHz
  • Memory — Up to 1GB DDR2 via single SO-DIMM slot
  • Storage — 2.5-inch 80GB HDD
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)
  • Other I/O:
    • 2 x RS232
    • KB/MS connector
    • 1 x DVI
    • 4 x USB ports (two front-facing)

  • Other features — 6-channel audio; power and HDD LEDs; reset and power buttons
  • Power — 60W power adapter; DC-in jack
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 113 deg. F (0 to 45 deg. C)

  • Dimensions — 6.8 x 4.5 x 2.0 inches (172 x 113.6 x 52mm); wall-mount brackets available

The underlying IB883 SBC adopts the so-called “3.5-inch” SBC form factor, which actually measures 5.75 x 4 inches, but matches the dimension of 3.5-inch components like floppy drives and memory card readers. Historically popular with Taiwanese embedded SBC makers, the format allows a board to include a mix of standard “real world” connectors and pin headers.


The CSB200-883 is available now, according to IBase, which did not specify pricing or operating system support. Most Atom-based products, however, are compatible with Linux, Windows XP Embedded, and Windows CE 6.0. A lower cost “883M” model is also available without the hard drive. More information may be available here.

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