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Linux-ready keyboard PC’s under an inch thick

Jun 16, 2011 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 7 views

Cybernet announced a “zero footprint” computer built into a keyboard, featuring a dual-core Atom processor and a multi-touch trackpad. The Linux-ready ZPC-D45 is under one inch thick, but it provides features such as a CD/DVD drive, both VGA and HDMI outputs, stereo speakers, and dual Mini PCI Express slots, the company says.

Founded in 1996, Irvine, Calif.-based Cybernet specializes in all-in-one PCs that are contained either within a keyboard or LCD monitor. (We covered the monitor-housed iOne-GX45 earlier this year.) The company pitches its devices at space-constrained applications, such as bank teller windows, customer service counters, examination rooms reception desks, and temporary field offices.

Cybernet's ZPC-D45
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According to Cybernet, its new ZPC-D45 is the company's thinnest and lightest keyboard computer to data. The device has a footprint of 17 x 6.5 inches, and is .9 inches thick — opening its optical drive or flipping down the keyboard stand takes up slightly more space, as pictured below — and weighs only 2.8 pounds, the company says.

Dimensions of Cybernet's ZPC-D45
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Within this envelope, the ZPC-D45 accommodates a full-size keyboard as well as a multi-touch trackpad. It also includes a CD/DVD drive and an SD/MMC/Memory Stick Pro card reader, Cybernet says.

Internally, there's a dual-core Intel Atom D515 processor (1.8GHz), equipped with the usual NM10 chipset and a single SODIMM socket that accepts up to 4GB of DDR3 memory. Fixed storage is provided by a 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drive, offered in 160GB, 250GB, 320GB, and 500GB capacities.

Cybernet's ZPC-D45 provides easy access to its hard disk drive
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As shown above, the hard drive and SODIMM socket are readily accessible by removing a door at the bottom of the device. So is a single Mini PCI Expansion slot — the ZPC-D45 actually has two, but one is permanently occupied by a wireless networking (802.11b/g/n) card.

Ports include four USB 2.0 ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, and audio (mic in, line in, line out). Two video outputs are provided: a VGA port with a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and an HDMI port with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.

Specifications listed by Cybernet for the ZPC-D5 include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom D525, clocked at 1.8GHz
  • Chipset — Intel NM10
  • Memory — up to 4GB DDR3 RAM via single SODIMM slot
  • Storage — 2.5-inch hard disk drive (160GB, 250GB, 320GB, or 500GB); CD/DVD optical drive
  • Expansion:
    • 2 x Mini PCI Express (1 occupied)
    • SD/MMC/Memory Stick Pro card reader
  • Networking:
    • LAN — gigabit Ethernet
    • WLAN — 802.11b/g/n
  • Other I/O:
    • 4 x USB 2.0
    • VGA
    • HDMI
    • audio — mic in, line in, line out
  • Power requirements — 19VDC via 40-Watt AC adapter
  • Operating range — 32 to 122 deg. F
  • Dimensions — 17 x 6.5 x .9 inches
  • Weight — 2.8 pounds

Further information

Cybernet offers the ZPC-D5 with a variety of Windows 7 flavors, but also without any installed operating system, so it's easy to avoid any "Microsoft tax." More information may be found on the company's ZPC-D5 product page.

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