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Mini PC offers E6xx Atom CPUs

Sep 21, 2010 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Habey USA announced a fanless, ultra-compact PC using Intel's recently announced E6xx Atom. The BIS-6622 includes HDMI and VGA video outputs, a bay for a 1.8-inch disk drive, two gigabit Ethernet ports, and four external USB 2.0 ports, according to the company.

Habey's BIS-6622 is the first complete PC we've seen to adopt the E6xx processors Intel announced last week. These new entries in the Atom family are notable for their on-chip GMA600 graphics and memory controllers, as well as for being able to support third-party I/O controllers via a standard PCI Express bus.

Habey's BIS-6622

Like the other E6xx devices that have flooded onto the market — see the links at the end of the story for a partial list — the BIS-6622 sticks with the initial I/O controller offered by Intel itself, the EG20T ("Topcliff"), whose capabilities (block diagram, here) are more than ample for a mini-PC. Three CPU choices are offered here: the 600MHz Atom E620, the 1.0GHz Atom E640, and the 1.3GHz Atom E660.

Habey and its parent company Norco have previously fielded a variety of Atom-equipped mini-PCs in similar-looking cases, such as the BIS-6620 and the BIS-6620III. The earlier devices make an interesting point of comparison, since they were equipped with the original Z5xx Atoms and GMA500 graphics supplied by the SCH US15W northbridge/southbridge.

For the BIS-6620, Habey touted nine-Watt power consumption as well as "full hardware acceleration of H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4, VC1, and WMV up to 1080p." The new BIS-6222, on the other hand, is said to use under 10 Watts and offer "full hardware acceleration of H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4, VC1, and WMV9 up to 1080i @ 30fps," or "720p @30fps."

We have yet to see any benchmarks of the GMA600 — essentially a higher-clocked version of the GMA500 — but the fact that frame rate specifications are now provided by Habey, whereas they weren't before, is telling. We expect E6xx devices to provide better video performance than those based on the Z5xx, while offering essentially similar power consumption.

Habey says the BIS-6222 includes HDMI and VGA outputs, both of which may be driven independently. HDMI resolution can reach 1920 x 1080 pixels, while VGA resolution can reach 1280 x 768 pixels, the company says.

Habey's BIS-6622
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Other external I/O on the BIS-6622 includes two USB 2.0 ports and audio I/O on the front panel (above left), plus two gigabit Ethernet ports and two additional USB 2.0 ports on the rear panel (above right). Internally, the device is said to offer a Mini PCI Express slot, plus headers for four serial ports, CAN Bus, and an additional USB port.

According to Habey, the BIS-6622 supports up to 2GB of DDR2 memory, and has an internal bay that may be used to install 1.8-inch SATA hard disk drives or SSDs (solid state disks). The device measures 4.92 x 4.92 inches and has an operating range of 14 to 122 deg. F (-10 to 50 deg. C), the company adds.

Specifications listed for the BIS-6622 by Habey include:

  • Processor — 600MHz Atom E620, 1.0GHz Atom E640, or 1.3GHz Atom E660
  • Chipset — Intel EG20
  • Memory — Up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM
  • Storage — 1.8-inch bay for SATA devices
  • Expansion — 1 x Mini PCI Express
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • 4 x USB (external); 1 x USB (internal)
    • audio I/O (mic in and headphone out presumed)
    • VGA
    • HDMI
    • CAN
    • 4 x serial (internal)
  • Operating temperature — 14 to 122 deg. F (-10 to 50 deg. C)
  • Power consumption — 12VDC via AC adapter; under 10 Watts
  • Dimensions — 4.92 x 4.92 x 1.77 inches (125 x 125 x 45mm)

Further information

According to Habey, the BIS-6622 supports Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Windows Embedded operating systems. Pricing and availability were not cited, but the company's product page for the device may be found here.

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