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Ultra-compact PC targets digital signage

Feb 22, 2010 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Habey USA announced an ultra-compact PC with a choice of Intel Atom processors. The BIS-6620 has a 4.7 x 4.7-inch footprint, runs at 1.1 or 1.6GHz, comes with CompactFlash and SD expansion slots, and uses just nine Watts, the company says.

Habey's little BIS-6620 has a heatsink and case design strongly resembling Icop's similarly tiny eBox PCs (variously based on CPUs from Via and DMP Electronics), but we're unaware of any actual relationship between the products. According to Habey, the PC has a footprint of just 4.7 x 4.7 inches, targets digital signage and media playback applications, and comes with Intel's original Z5xx Atoms — either the 1.1GHz Z510 or the 1.6GHz Z530.

Habey's BIS-6620

The BIS-6620 (above) is touted as providing "full hardware acceleration of H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4, VC1, and WMV up to 1080p." While perhaps literally correct, this claim could mislead some into believing the device has a discrete graphics processor. In fact, Habey lists only the usual SCH US15W northbridge/southbridge, with integrated GMA500 graphics.

The upside of integrated graphics, of course, is low power consumption. In the video embedded at the end of this story, Habey shows the BIS-6620 connected to a Kill A Watt power meter, demonstrating that the PC's power consumption is just nine Watts.

The front panel of the BIS-6620, visible in the photo earlier in this story, features both CompactFlash and SD card slots, a microphone input and headphone output, and two USB 2.0 ports, according to Habey. The rear panel has a power switch, a connector for an external 12VDC power supply, a PS/2 port for keyboard and mouse, and a gigabit Ethernet port, the company adds.

The rear panels for the BIS-6620-I (left) and BIS-6620-II (right)
(Click either to enlarge)

Beyond that, rear-panel ports vary, as shown in the pictures above. A version of the PC known as the BIS-6620-I comes with two additional USB 2.0 ports, an S-Video output, and a VGA port, says Habey. Meanwhile, adds the company, the BIS-6620-II comes with a DVI-D video output and a 25-pin connector that, with an adaptor cable, provides access to four serial ports.

Both BIS-6620 models support up to 2GB of memory via a single SODIMM slot, and both have 1.8-inch bays that support internal hard disk drives or SSDs (solid state disks), according to Habey. Despite what the antenna shown in the photos might imply, wireless networking is not standard, but it's said this can be added to the device using a internal USB port.

According to Habey, the BIS-6620 can operate in temperatures from 14 to 122 deg. F (-10 to 50 deg. C). The device supports Linux, Windows Embedded Standard, Windows 7, Windows XP, and Windows Vista, the company adds.

Specifications listed for the BIS-6620 by Habey include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom Z510 clocked at 1.1GHz or Atom Z530 clocked at 1.6GHz
  • Chipset — Intel SCH US15W
  • Memory — Up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM
  • Storage — 1.8-inch bay for SATA devices
  • Expansion:
    • 1 x CompactFlash
    • 1 x SD
  • Networking — 1 x gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • 4 x USB (BIS-6620-I); 2 x USB (BIS-6620-II)
    • Audio — mic in and headphone out
    • 1 x PS/2
    • VGA (BIS-6620-I)
    • S-Video (BIS-6620-I)
    • DVI-D (BIS-6620-II)
    • 4 x serial (BIS-6620-II)
  • Operating temperature — 14 to 122 deg. F (-10 to 50 deg. C)
  • Power consumption — 12VDC via AC adapter
  • Dimensions — 4.7 x 4.7 x 1.57 inches (120 x 120 x 40mm)

The BIS-6620 Source: Habey USA (click to play)


More information on the BIS-6620 may be found on the Habey USA website, here. While the company did not cite pricing, the device is listed by for approximately $300, here.

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