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Tiny PC sips power, runs Linux

Jul 19, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 8 views

Compulab has introduced a fanless PC, roughly the size of a paperback book, that consumes a mere 3 to 5 watts of power. The “fit-PC” comes with Linux preinstalled, and is intended to fit where conventional PCs won't, according to the Haifa, Israel-based company.

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Compulab says the fit-PC is based on the company's CM-iGLX computer-on-module (COM), touted as the world's smallest LX800-based single-board computer when it was introduced last fall. The module has a 500 MHz AMD Geode LX800 processor, and is equipped with 256 MB of DDR RAM and up to 512 MB of NAND flash.

Because of its silent, low-power characteristics, the fit-PC is virtually maintenance free and ideal for 24/7 “install and forget” applications in the home, office, or classroom, Compulab said. The unit easily mounts to the wall, the underside of a desk, or the back of a flat-screen monitor. Its black anodized aluminum case serves as a heat sink, eliminating the need for a noisy fan.

Peeking under the covers

Compulab lists the following additional features and specifications for the fit-PC:

  • 40 GB hard drive
  • Dual 100 Mbps Ethernet
  • SXGA graphics controller, resolution to 1920 x 1440
  • 2 USB 2.0 high speed ports
  • Audio in/out interfaces
  • RS-232 serial port
  • Single 5V power supply
  • Dimensions — 4.7 x 4.6 x 1.6 inches (120 x 116 x 40 mm)

Although the fit-PC comes with Linux pre-installed, Windows XP is “easily installable” via a USB CD-ROM drive, Compulab said. The system's embedded Linux OS reportedly is currently based on Gentoo, using a 2.6.20 kernel.


The unit is available online for $285 (plus $30 shipping and handling for U.S. buyers). Further details may be available on a dedicated fit-PC website.

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