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Panel PCs support PoE, Linux

May 8, 2008 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 10 views

Contendo Systems announced two flat-panel PCs that run Linux or Windows CE, and can use PoE (power over Ethernet). The ITP-070 and ITP-104 feature touchscreen displays, microSD storage, sealed aluminum cases, and Marvell PXA270 or PXA320 processors running at up to 806MHz.

(Click here for a larger view of Contendo's ITP-104 with optional stand)

The ITP-070 (below) and ITP-104 (above) have few differences other than screen size, and overall size and weight. The 1.9-pound ITP-070 has a seven-inch touchscreen display with 800 x 480 resolution, while the 3.7-pound ITP-104 has a 10.4-inch display with 800 x 600 resolution. Both accept VESA mounting hardware and support either portrait or landscape operation. The ITP-104 can use an optional desktop stand.


Both the ITP-070 and ITP-104 are fanless devices that come in sealed aluminum cases, without ventilation holes. This makes them waterproof to the IP65 standard, contends Contendo.

A relatively uncommon attribute of these devices is their ability to be powered via an Ethernet cable, using PoE-compatible hubs or routers. They can also accept input power separately, from 18VDC to 30VDC in the case of the ITP-070, and 8VDC to 16VDC in the case of the ITP-104.

The panel PCs use Marvell's PXA270 or PXA320 processors, both available in 312MHz, 520MHz, and 806MHz clock speeds. PXA270-equipped models come with 64MB of RAM and 32MB of flash storage. PXA320-equipped models include 128MB of RAM and 64MB of flash. All accept up to 4GB of added storage via a microSD expansion slot.

THe ITP-070 and ITP-104 have 10/100 Ethernet ports, two USB 1.1 ports, two RS232 serial ports, and jacks for audio line in and line out. In the future, says Contendo, a CAN interface and multi-function GPIOs will also be available.

Other options for the devices include 802.11b/g wireless networking, Bluetooth, an embedded infrared motion sensor, and an embedded speaker and microphone.

Features and specifications listed by Contendo for the ITP-070 and ITP-104 include:

  • Processor — Marvell PXA270 or PXA320, clocked at 312MHz, 520MHz, or 806MHz
  • Memory:
    • PXA270 models — 64MB of RAM and 32MB of flash
    • PXA320 models — 128MB of RAM and 64MB of flash

  • Display:
    • ITP-070 — 7-inch, with 800 x 480 resolution
    • ITP-104 — 10.4-inch, with 800 x 600 resolution

  • Networking:
    • LAN — 10/100 Ethernet
    • WLAN — 802.11b/g (optional)
    • PAN — Bluetooth (optional)

  • Other I/O:
    • 2 x RS232
    • 2 x USB 1.1
    • Audio line in and line out
    • CAN interface (forthcoming option)
    • GPIO (forthcoming option)
  • Expansion — microSD slot
  • Dimensions:
    • ITP-070 — 7.7 x 4.9 x 1.3 inches (195 x 124 x 33mm)
    • ITP-104 — 10.4 x 8.3 x 1.2 inches (264 x 209 x 30mm)

  • Weight:
    • ITP-070 — 1.9 pounds
    • ITP-104 — 3.7 pounds
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 50 deg C

Both panel PCs are offered standard with either Windows CE 5.0 or 6.0, but can also be provided with Linux. The company did not provide pricing information, but the systems appear to be available now.

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