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Fanless PC has two expansion slots

Jun 16, 2011 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 13 views

Adink announced a fanless embedded computer with a dual-core Core i7 processor and a cable-free design. The MXC-6000 offers up to 4GB of RAM, two CompactFlash slots, and room for two 2.5-inch hard drives, plus dual expansion slots — two PCI, or one PCI and one PCI Express x4, according to the company.

Adlink says its new MXC-6000 is an embedded PC that can accept either two PCI expansion cards (in model MXC-6101D) or one PCI card and one PCI Express x4 card (model MXC-6201D). Featuring a cable-free structure that "dramatically improves thermal stability," the device can run fanlessly from 14 to 140 deg. F when an industrial solid-state disk is used for storage, or from 32 to 122 deg. F with a hard disk drive, the company adds.

Adlink does allow that active heat dissipation might be required when "high power consumption" expansion cards are employed. In such cases, the MXC-6000 can be fitted with an optional, hot-pluggable fan, notes the company.

Adlink's MXC-6000

The MXC-6000 uses a 2010-model Core processor: the 2.0GHz, dual-core Core i7-620LE, which has dual CPU cores and a pretty thrifty 25-Watt TDP. This is accompanied by the QM57 chipset and 2GB or 4GB of RAM, according to Adlink.

For fixed storage, the MXC-6000 has dual CompactFlash slots (one externally accessible, one internal), plus two SATA ports that allow it to accept dual 2.5-inch hard disk drives. There's also an eSATA port for external storage, Adlink adds.

The ports and internals of the MXC-6000
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The MXC-6000's external I/O is all on its front panel, so the device may readily be shoved up against a wall or mounted on one. As pictured above, the PC offers two gigabit Ethernet ports, four USB 2.0 ports, four serial ports (two RS232 and two RS232/422/485), a DVI-I video output, two PS/2 ports, and audio jacks (mic in and speaker out). There's also a 9~32VDC power input and a connector for 16 digital inputs and 16 digital outputs, Adlink says.

The MXX-6000 further provides an internal USB 2.0 port, said to allow deployment of license keys or permit password encryption via a USB dongle. Adlink did not cite operating system support for the PC, but it should run pretty much any known x86 OS.

Specifications listed for the MXC-6000 by Adlink include:

  • Processor — Intel Core i7-620LE clocked at 2.0GHz
  • Chipset — Intel QM57 Express
  • Memory — 2GB or 4GB of DDR3 RAM
  • Storage — 2 x 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives possible; 2 x CompactFlash slots (1 internal, 1 external)
  • Expansion — 2 x PCI (MXC-6101D) or 1 x PCI and 1 x PCI Express x4 (MXC-6201D)
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • 5 x USB 2.0 (1 internal and 4 external)
    • DVI-I
    • LVDS (via internal header)
    • 2 x PS/2
    • 2 x RS232
    • 2 x RS232/422/485
    • 1 x ESATA
    • 16 digital inputs and 16 digital outputs
    • audio — mic in and speaker out
  • Power — consumption n/s, but uses 9~32VDC
  • Operating range:
    • with industrial SSD, 14 to 140 deg. F
    • with hard disk drive, 32 to 122 deg. F
  • Dimensions — 8.9 x 7.2 x 5.1 inches
  • Weight — 7.72 pounds

Further information

According to Adlink, the MXC-6000 is available now for prices starting at $1,953. More information may be found on the MXC-6000 product page.

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