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Nov 17, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

Kontron announced a fanless embedded computer measuring just 4.8 x 3.9 x 2.09 inches. Based on Intel Atom Z510 (1.1GHz) or Z530 (1.6GHz) processors, the MicroSpace MPC-pOne includes up to 2GB of RAM, a microSD slot, and optional solid state disk (SSD) or hard disk storage, according to the company.

The MicroSpace MPC-pOne is designed for applications with space, power, and cost constraints, including industrial automation, kiosks, and point of sale (POS) terminals, says Kontron. The computer follows other compact MicroSpace branded devices such as Kontron's similarly Intel Atom Z5xx-based MicroSpace MPCX28R Railway Box PC.

The fanless MPC-pOne is much smaller, however. Its sealed aluminum case measures a wee 4.8 x 3.9 x 2.09 inches, weighs 1.32 pounds, and offers fewer ports and options.

Box-PC MicroSpace MPC-pOne

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The MPC-pOne is available with either the 1.1GHz Atom Z510 or 1.6GHz Atom Z530, and ships with 1GB of DDR2 memory, with room for up to 2GB, says Kontron. A 2.5-inch SATA bay is available, and Kontron offers an optional 40GB SSD, with plans in the works for a 500GB hard disk option.

We had to smile when we read that the MPC-pOne "offers all the standard PC interfaces." The term "basic" would be more like it, but Kontron has squeezed quite a bit into the compact design, all things considered.

A bootable microSD slot is available, as well as a DVI port supporting resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 pixels, says Kontron. Other I/O includes gigabit Ethernet, audio I/O, and four USB 2.0 ports (two of them front-facing), says the company.

No power consumption claims were made, but with this modest design and basic Atom chips we can't imagine the device needs much juice. The device supports operating temperatures of 32 to 113 deg. F (0 to 45 deg. C) and, with an MTBF of over 100,000 hours, could run maintenance-free for more than 11 years, Kontron claims.

The MPC-pOne can be ordered as a pre-configured platform including OS licenses, presumably including Linux and Windows varieties. Customer-specific design modifications are also available, says Kontron.

Features and specifications listed for the Box-PC MicroSpace MPC-pOne include:

  • Processor — 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z510 or 1.6GHz Atom Z530
  • Chipset — Intel SCH US15WMemory — 1GB of DDR2 memory, upgradable to 2GB
  • Storage– microSD slot; 2.5-inch SATA bay with optional 40GB SSD and 500GB HDD (planned)
  • Networking — gigabit Ethernet port
  • Other I/O:
    • 4 x USB 2.0 ports (2 x front)
    • DVI port
    • audio line-in, line-out
  • Other features — TPM; optional DIN rail kit; optional power supply
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 113 deg. F (0 to 45 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 4.8 x 3.9 x 2.09 inches (122 x 99 x 53mm)
  • Weight — 21.16 oz (0.6 k)


The Kontron embedded Box-PC MicroSpace MPC-pOne is available now. More information may be found at the MicroSpace MPC-pOne product page.

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