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Signage PC boasts high reliability

Mar 23, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 6 views

Ibase Technology is shipping an embedded x86-based computer for digital signage applications. The SI-24S includes an AMD Sempron 210U clocked to 1.5GHz, as well as an ATI E2400 GPU (graphics processing unit), and supports dual independent 1080p displays with VGA, DVI, or HDMI interfaces, says Ibase.

(Click for larger view of Ibase's SI-24S)

The slim, 1.2-inch-high SI-24S can be wall-mounted or used as a desktop, says Ibase. Touted for its high reliability, the system incorporates a segregated-flow thermal design that is claimed to prevent the accumulation of contaminants. Meanwhile, a 1.5mm aluminum chassis and dual redundant Maglev (magnetic levitation bearing) fans make extended operation reliable, the company says.


Ibase's SI-24S (rear)
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AMD's 1.5GHz Sempron 210U is supported on the SI-24S by up to 2GB of DDR2 memory, and the ATI E2400 graphics processing unit (GPU) supplies its own 128MB of GDDR3 discrete video. The device is equipped with a 2.5-inch bay for a hard disk drive (HDD), or an optional solid-state drive (SSD), and ships with gigabit Ethernet, optional WiFi or TV tuner, four USB 2.0 ports, and dual DVI-I outputs. The latter are also said to support HDMI and VGA displays, apparently via external adapter cables.

Specifications listed for the SI-24S include:

  • Processor — AMD Sempron 210U @ 1.5GHz
  • Memory — Up to 2GB DDR2 via 1x 400/667MHz SO-DIMM socket
  • Display — ATI Radeon E2400, up to 128MB GDDR3 video memory, supporting dual 1080p independent displays
  • Storage — 1 x 2.5-inch HDD bay; optional SDD
  • Expansion — Optional Mini PCI-e for wireless module
  • Networking — 1x Realtek RTL8111C PCI-e gigabit LAN controller
  • Wireless options — Optional 802.11n WiFi or NTSC/ATSC TV tuner
  • Other I/O:
    • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
    • 2 x DVI-I ports
    • Audio I/O (not detailed, but mic in and line out presumed
  • Watchdog timer — 256 segments, 0, 1, 2…255 (sec/min)
  • Weight — 4.2 lbs (1.9 kg)
  • Dimensions — 10.2 x 6.9 x 1.2 inches (260 x 175 x 30mm)
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 113 deg. F (0 to 45 deg. C)
  • Power — 80W power adapter

Availability

The Ibase SI-24S is shipping now at an undisclosed price. The company does not list supporting operating systems, but as an x86 device, the SI-24S should support Linux and Windows OSes.

More information may be found on the company's website, here.


 
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