Israel's CompuLab has announced a Q2 release for its most powerful miniature fanless PC to date. Designed for customization and extensibility, and based around Intel's second generation Core i processors, the Intense PC features a 6Gbps SATA 3 connection for internal 2.5-inch format hard drive or SSD storage, an HDMI 1.4 port with support for up to 1920 x 1200 screen resolution, and wireless LAN with two antennas. There are more physical connectivity ports than you can shake a stick at, and the unit only draws 8W of power when idle.
Low power, fanless computers like CompuLab's fit-PC3 are a natural fit for information kiosks, museum display points, and video walls. The company's new Intense PC further extends usage scenarios by providing a bit more processing oomph in the shape of an Intel Core i7-2610UE processor on an Intel HM65 Express chipset. The unit is available with up to 16 GB of dual channel DDR3-1333 RAM over two SO-DIMM slots and when combined with Intel's Turbo Boost technology, both i7 cores can reach 2.4GHz of processing power.
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If your need doesn't dictate that much computing power, then the Intense PC can also come equipped with an i3 or a choice of two Celeron processors, each featuring onboard Intel HD graphics. A one-screw service door on the bottom of the 7.5 x 6.3 x 1.57-inch (19 x 16 x 4 cm) ribbed metal casing gives users access to the SATA3 connection, dual eSATA ports and an mSATA socket (shared with a mini-PCIe socket) for adding storage.
The new computer benefits from the same Function And Connectivity Extension Module (FACE) extensibility as the fit-PC3 before it, with available modules including an FM-LAN with four Gigabit Ethernet ports, and an FM-XTD with two mini-PCIe sockets.
As well as the HDMI port, a DisplayPort that supports screen resolution up to 2560 x 1600 also features, there's a 7.1 channels S/PDIF in/out, stereo line-out and microphone in, both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports in addition to 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0, and an RS232 full UART via mini serial connector.
Intense PC configurations will start at US$399.
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