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Little panel PC uses “two Watt” X86 SoC

Feb 6, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 33 views

Icop has announced a little panel PC built around the company's own 32-bit, x86-compatible SoC (system-on-chip). The PDX-057T has a 5.7-inch touchscreen display, 256MB or 512MB of RAM, CompactFlash Type I/II and microSD storage, and a Mini PCI slot, according to the company.

(Click here for a larger view of Icop's VDX-6354)

The new PDX-057T employs Icop parent company DMP's Vortex86DX SoC (right), announced in November of last year. The Vortex86DX is built using a 90nm process, comes in a 27 x 27mm package, and is said to use under two Watts while running at up to 1GHz.

The Vortex86DX is said to include the complete 486SX instruction set, adding floating point support. Unlike DMP's previous Vortex86SX, the SoC is capable of running Windows XP and Windows XP Embedded, has 256MB of embedded L2 cache, and supports up to 1GB of 33MHz DDR2 memory, according to DMP.

Icop's VDX-6354 module also uses DMP's Vortex86DX
(Click for details)

The Vortex86DX SoC doesn't include an IGP (integrated graphics processor), though DMP added VGA to its subsequently released Vortex86MX. We suspect that Icop has given the PDX-057T VGA capabilities using a separate XGI Volari Z9s chipset, just as it did on its recent VDX-6354 PC/104 module (right).

In any case, Icop's little panel PC (5.98 x 4.41 x 1.3 inches) is said to offer 640 x 480 resolution on a 5.7-inch resistive touchscreen display. The device is offered with either 256MB or 512MB of RAM, while storage is via CompactFlash Type I/II and microSD expansion slots, both externally accessible.

The left and right sides of Icop's litle PDX-057T
(Click on either to enlarge)

The PDX-057T, which weighs less than a pound, includes three USB ports, “optional” audio output, an RS232 port, a 10/100 Ethernet port, and a PS/2 port for keyboard/mouse connection. The panel PC also sports a connector for an optional antenna, relevant when a wireless LAN card is installed into the device's Mini-PCI slot.

The standard version of the PDX-057T accepts 5VDC input power from an external 15W adapter. An alternative version, the PDX-057T-8, replaces the barrel connector shown above with two terminals, said to be capable of accepting input voltages varying from 8VDC to 15VDC. This model likely targets use in vehicles. Holes on the rear of the device, meanwhile, conform to the 75 x 75mm VESA mounting standard, the company says.

Features and specifications listed by Icop for the PDX-057T include the following:

  • Processor — 1GHz Vortex86DX
  • Memory — 256MB or 512B of DDR2 RAM
  • Display — 5.7-inch resistive touchscreen display with 640 x 480 resolution and 300:1 contrast ratio
  • Storage — Includes CompactFlash Type I/II and microSD slots
  • Networking — 10/100 Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • 3 x USB 2.0
    • 1 x RS232
    • 1 x PS/2
    • Audio line out (optional)

  • Expansion — Mini PCI slot
  • Operating temperature — -5 to 60 deg. C (23 to 140 deg. F)
  • Power requirements — 5VDC (PDX-057T-5) or 8VDC to 35VDC (PDX-057T-8)
  • Dimensions — 5.98 x 4.41 x 1.3 inches (152 x 112 x 33mm)
  • Weight — 0.82 pounds (374g)

Further information

According to Icop, the PDX-057T runs Linux, Windows CE, Windows XP, and DOS. Pricing was not released, but the device will be available during the first quarter of 2009, according to U.K. distributor Datasound Laboratories. More information on the PDX-057T may be found on the Datasound website, here.

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