In the same week that Microsoft unveiled a fan-cooled tablet, Taiwanese vendor Acer quietly announced a fanless laptop promising “whisper-quiet computing.” The Acer TravelMate B115P, as the upcoming device is called, has an 11.6-inch touchscreen (1366 x 768), measures 0.83 inches thick and tips the scales at 2.62 pounds.
AMD today rolled out its G-Series platform, the world's first combination of low-power CPU and advanced GPU integrated into a single embedded Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). The G-Series is all about power, or more specifically, the power you're not consuming. According to AMD, these APUs carry thermal design power (TDP) ratings of 5.5 and 6.4 watts, resulting in up to 39 percent power savings compared to previous versions.
Fans? MSI don't need no stinkin' fans, not for Intel's Atom platform, anyway. The motherboard maker just announced its latest 3.5-inch small form factor (SFF) slice of silicon, the I3-945GSE-D.
This new board kicks it old school with an Intel Atom N270 processor slapped onto an Intel 945GSE chipset. It has "onboard power and a fanless design, making it an excellent all-in-one, high-end solution for use in custom enclosures and embedded applications," MSI says.
Feature-wise, the new board supports up to 2GB of DDR2 400/533 SODIMM memory and comes with a single SATA 3Gb/s port, onboard LAN, a mini PCI-E slot, Realtek ALC887 HD audio, CF slot, and "supports onboard watchdog timer for added system redundancy and security."
If you’re in the market for a completely silent PC that also happens to be tiny, this is your lucky day. The Stealth LPC-395F, or “Little PC”, is a small fanless Atom-based nettop system with a front facing 2.5-inch hard drive bay.
The entire chassis measures 6.54 x 6.18 x 1.89 inches. The system comes with the Atom N270 at 1.6Ghz, up to 2GB of RAM, dual Ethernet, a Compact Flash slot, and optional WiFi (for $50). The Little PC is able to run on 12-19V DC so it can even be used in a car. The Stealth LPC-395F is available to order now for $795. Supply your own hard drive.
SolidLogic’s latest release, the GS-L10 is completely covered in heat sinks. Why? Well, to put it simply, it features no fans whatsoever.
The GS-L10 is built off of a Serener case and features an MSI MS-9818 motherboard. It’ll also support up to three different Intel Montevina processors, with the highest available model being the 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo T9400, can pack up to 4GB of RAM, gives you the option of HDD or SDD storage, and provides the choice of Windows XP, Vista or Ubuntu.
The base model will only run you roughly $860, but if you’re looking to deck this bad boy out with all the fixings, it can go up to $1,900.
The VIA-developed Em-ITX form factor sees its first real world use today as the company showcases its new Em-ITX board with a VIA Nano processor at ESC Silicon Valley 2009. The company came up with the 12cm x 17cm Em-ITX specification for use in ultra-slim embedded devices, the first now being the EITX-3000.
"VIA has repeatedly pushed the thermal design envelope with innovative form factor specifications that allow ever more compact, slim, and versatile device designs," said Daniel Wu, VP, VIA Embedded, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The VIA EITX-3000 adds the performance-per-watt advantages of the VIA Nano processor to create a truly compelling embedded board for high-end digital media systems."
To make room for a passive cooling solution and keep the design fanless, the EITX-3000 combines VIA's Nano processor with the company's VX8000 media system processor on the reverse side of the board. VIA says it can be used in a wide range of temperature environments from -10C to 70C, and is an ideal choice for always-on applications like high-end POS, Kiosk, ATM, HMI, factory automation, POI, and digital signage.
The EITX-3000 comes configurable with either a 1.3GHz or 1.0GHz Nano ULV processor, dual gigabit networking, multi-configurable dual onboard LVDS and a VGA port, four onboard serial ports, and six USB ports,. It supports up to 2GB of DDR2 SO-DIMM memory. See here for a full list of specs.
VIA says samples of the EITX-3000 will be available to project customers in early May. No word yet on price.