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Industrial PC supports Core 2 Duo fanlessly

Aug 14, 2009 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 7 views

Ibase has announced an industrial PC claimed to run fanlessly even with a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor on board. The AMI402 includes two PCI expansion slots, VGA and DVI video outputs, two gigabit Ethernet interfaces, plus IEEE 1394 and S/PDIF ports, the company says.

As we detail below, the AMI402 is based on a previously released, 6.7 x 6.7-inch Mini-ITX motherboard. However, the built-up system comes in a relatively bulky enclosure, with a height of 4.3 inches and a 10.37 x 8.9-inch footprint.

Apparently the aluminum/steel enclosure was selected for its thermal characteristics, since Ibase claims the AMI402 can run fanlessly with a 2.2GHz Intel T7500 processor, or other CPUs with TDPs of up to 35 Watts. The box also provides room for two 32-bit PCI expansion slots, according to the company.

Ibase's AMI402
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Looking at the rear panel of the AMI402 (above) reveals a collection of ports, almost all of which derive directly from the "coastline" of the underlying MI910EF motherboard (below). Ibase has added a DVI port using its ID391-R adapter, plus a riser card that converts the main board's single PCI slot into two.

Ibase's M910EF
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The MI910EF has a few listed attributes that may or may not be accessible by an AMI402 buyer. These include an IrDA port, a solder-side CompactFlash socket, a Mini PCI slot, a PCI Express x 1 interface, and four digital I/Os.

All the main board's other specs are carried over to the built-up device, however, including an IEEE 1394 port, an S/PDIF digital audio output, two gigabit Ethernet connectors, and a VGA output. PS/2 keyboard/mouse connectors and a total of six USB 2.0 ports are also provided, says Ibase.

In addition to the Core 2 Duo processor already mentioned, the AMI402 also supports Intel Celeron M CPUs via its GME965 northbridge and ICH8M southbridge, according to Ibase. Two DIMM sockets accept up to 4GB of DDR2 memory, while mass storage is provided by an available 2.5-inch hard disk drive.

Ibase says a second DVI output can be added to the AMI402 via an optional ID391D-R adapter. A second COM (RS232/422/485) port is also available, according to the company.

Features and specifications listed by Ibase for the AMI402 include the following:

  • Processor — Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 clocked at 2.2GHz, or Intel Celeron M
  • Memory — Up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM via two DIMM slots
  • Storage — Supports 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drive
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet with RJ45 ports
  • Other I/O:
    • 6 x USB 2.0 (two front, four rear)
    • 1 x VGA
    • 1 x DVI port (second DVI port is available option)
    • 1 x RS232
    • 1 x RS232/422/485 (optional)
    • 1 x IEEE 1394
    • 2 x PS/2
    • Audio:
      • 1 x S/PDIF digital output
      • 7:1 channel analog via 3.5mm jacks
  • Expansion — 2 x 32-bit PCI
  • Power — DC input from external 150W AC adapter
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 113 deg. F (0 to 45 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 10.37 x 8.9 x 4.3 inches (263.5 x 226 x 109mm)
  • Weight — n/s

Further information

Ibase did not specify pricing, availability, or operating system support for the AMI402. However, the device appears to be on sale now, and should run Linux without problems.

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

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