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Mini-PC packs PCI slot, targets specialized apps

Aug 14, 2007 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 47 views

Stealth Computer Corp. has introduced a mini-PC roughly the size of a hard cover novel, measuring 10 x 5.87 x 2.75 inches. Despite its compactness, the LPC-350PCI includes a PCI slot for “specialized I/O, video, data acquisition, and communications cards,” the company said.

The LPC-350PCI comes with either a 1.5 GHz Celeron M370 processor or a 1.73 GHz Pentium M740, supported by Intel's 915GM chipset and a 4 MB Award flash BIOS. Thanks in part to use of the mobile-class processors, the computer is said to require only a small processor-mounted fan.

The Stealth LPC-350PCI
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There is room internally for a 2.5-inch hard drive; an 80 GB unit is standard, but the company also offers 120 and 160 GB configurations. Flash drives are also available, and external storage can be added via one of the LPC-350PCI's three USB 2.0 ports or its Firewire port.

Also included is a CD-RW/DVD combo drive, with a DVD writer optionally available. Like most other modern computers, the LPC-350PCI does not include a floppy drive.

As for the LPC-350PCI's defining feature, the PCI slot is said to be PCI 2.1-compliant, and accepting of cards up to 9.44 inches long. Both 3.3V and 5V cards are supported. As can be seen in the photo below, the PCI card lies across the top of the computer and is externally accessible; the PCI slot appears to be located on a riser that plugs into a mini-ITX motherboard.

An installed PCI card is externally accessible
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Specifications include:
  • Processor — 1.5 GHz Celeron M370 or 1.73 GHz Pentium M
  • Memory — 1 x DDR2 SODIMM; accepts 512 MB (standard), 1 GB, 2 GB
  • Storage — 80 GB hard drive standard, 120 GB or 160 GB also available
  • Video — Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics (resolutions not specified)
  • Audio — Realtek AC '97 audio controller
  • Networking — Intel 82562ET LAN controller
  • Other I/O ports:
    • 2 x RS-232
    • 1 x DVI video output
    • 2 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse ports
    • 3 x USB 2.0 ports (1 front-mounted, two rear)
    • 1 x IEEE-1394 Firewire
  • Expansion — 1 x PCI slot, accepting cards up to 9.44 inches long
  • Power — 12 VDC, via 100-240 VAC AC adapter
  • Dimensions — 10 x 5.87 x 2.75 inches (14.8 x 25.4 x 7 cm)
  • Weight — less than 8 pounds (3.6 kg), depending on configuration
  • Operating temperature — 0-40 degrees C
Available now, the LPC-350PCI costs $1,095 in its Celeron/512 MB/80 GB configuration. It can be ordered configured with Linux, and also supports QNX and Microsoft Windows Vista, XP, and 2000.

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