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Industrial PC runs Linux on pico-ITX mainboard

Feb 29, 2008 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 20 views

Delock has announced a compact industrial PC built around a Via pico-ITX motherboard. Designed for DIN-rail mounting, the DL-18HD runs Linux on a 1GHz Via C7 processor, supports hard disks up to 300MB, and has an optional quad-band cellular modem, according to the company.

The 35mm-wide DIN-rail format allows the DL-18HD to be mounted alongside switch and control equipment, for applications such as data-logging, automation, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA). The petite PC measures just 4.7 x 4 x 2.8 inches, weighs just 14.1 ounces, and requires only a 15-Watt power supply, according to Delock.

Delock DL-18HD
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Via's Epia PX10000G
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The DL-18HD's small size is facilitated by its use of Via's Epia PX10000G. Just slightly larger than a standard playing card (see right), it was claimed to be the “smallest x86 mainboard in the industry” when it was introduced last year. Based on a 1GHz Via C7 processor, it supports up to 1GB of DDR2 533 SDRAM in a single SO-DIMM socket. The board also integrates Via's VX700 “system media processor,” featuring UniChrome Pro II IGP 3D/2D graphics, MPEG-2/-4 acceleration, and WMV9 hardware decoding.

Like other Epia PC10000G-based devices seen to date, the DL-18HD employs passive cooling only. Its fanless case accommodates a hard drive, available in 80GB, 160GB, and 300GB capacities. Delock has also made room to provide external access to many of the mainboard's standard PC interfaces, including four USB ports, a VGA port, 10/100 Ethernet, PS/2 keyboard connector, and audio mic/line connectors.

Finally, the DL-18HD is available with an optional internal GPRS/UMTS cellular data modem. Operating via GSM on 900, 950, 1800, and 1900MHz bands, the modem requires one of the DL-18HD's USB interfaces, according to Delock.


In addition to running Linux, the DL-18HD runs Windows XP Professional. Delock did not provide pricing or availability information for the device. Further details may be available on the website of parent company Tragant, here.

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