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Fanless PCs sport multiple serial, Ethernet ports

Nov 15, 2010 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Nexcom announced two fanless automation PCs built around Intel's dual-core Atom D525. The NISE 2100 and NISE 2110 both have SIM card slots and Mini PCI slots, plus room for a SATA hard disk drive and front-accessible CompactFlash slot, while the 2110 model adds a PCI Expansion slot, the company says.

Nexcom has a tradition of offering fanless automation PCs that also deliver relatively high processing power, such as the 2006 NISE 3100, the 2009 NISE 3100e, and the NISE 3500 released in August with a choice of Core i7, Core i5, or Celeron processors. The newly released NISE 2100 and 2110 aren't in the same performance league, since they're equipped with the dual-core Atom D525 clocked at 1.8GHz, but power consumption ought to be correspondingly lower.

A data sheet and product page for these offerings hadn't been posted at the time of writing, so we don't know how much power they use or what chipset they feature. (The latter could be either the NM10 I/O controller, typically found on netbooks, or, less likely, the RAID-capable 82801R.) Nexcom does allow that both devices run on DC power ranging from 9 to 36VDC, supplied by a 65-Watt AC adapter.


Nexcom's NISE 2100 (left) and NISE 2210 (right)

According to Nexcom, both the NISE 2100 (above left) and the NISE 2210 (above right) accept up to 2GB of DDR3 memory. Storage may be provided either by a 2.5-inch bay for an SATA hard disk drive, or by an externally accessible CompactFlash slot, the company adds.

Both devices have four RS232 serial ports and two RS232/422/485 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, eight GPIOs (four in, four out), and three gigabit Ethernet ports, according to the company. There is also a VGA port and an internal LVDS connector, says Nexcom.

It's said both the NISE 2100 and the NISE 2110 have a SIM slot, a Mini PCI Express slot, and antenna connectors, allowing for wide area or local area networking. The taller NISE 2210 also makes room for a PCI slot (potential length unspecified) or PCI Express x1 slot, as specified by the customer at the time of ordering, Nexcom adds.

Given the lack of data sheets, we don't know the new systems' dimensions. However, they appear to use the same cases as the previously released, Atom N270-based NISE 2000 and NISE 2010. These both have a 7.9 x 7.7 inch footprint, plus heights of 2.7 and 3.2 inches, respectively.

Further information

According to Nexcom, which did not specify pricing or availability, the NISE 2100 and NISE 2100 will support Linux, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows Embedded Standard 2009, and Windows CE 6.0.

Further information should eventually appear on Nexcom's website, here. Information on the existing NISE 2000 and NISE 2010 may be found here and here, respectively.


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