Habey USA's new BIS-6630 compact fanless embedded PC isn't quite small enough to inconspicuously jam into your pants pocket, though at just 7.5 inches (W) x 7.5 inches (L) x 2.5 inches (H), it's just the right size for digital signage applications, which is what it's intended for. It's built around Intel's Cedar Trail platform and has a power efficiency rating of just 12W.
Habey USA opted to pair a dual-core Intel Atom processor with Nvidia's Ion 2 GT218 GPU to give its latest nettop that old-school one-two punch. We say "old-school" because all-in-one processors like AMD's Llano platform and Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture have emerged as the popular solution for HTPCs and other embedded applications, but by going with a low power Atom chip, Habey was able to ditch the fan and use dual-heatpipes to build a noiseless, compact system.
Here's something you probably never came across before. Habey, a company that specializes in embedded computers and digital signange products, announced its new 12-inch 'Touchscreen Intel Dual Core Atom Ion Panel PC,' or PPC-6512 for short. It's basically a nettop with a 12-inch 16:9 touchscreen that can also be hooked up to an external display via VGA or HDMI with a maximum resolution of up to 2560x1600.
Have you ever dreamed of a future where you could hold fully functional x86 computer in the palm of your hand capable of playing back not just one, but two 1080p video streams at once? We can’t imagine why you would, but hey it certainly makes for an awesome tech demo right? A little known company by the name of Habey has released the SOM-6670 E6XX, a post it note sized computer module sporting the Atom E600 1.0 Ghz CPU, along with an integrated GMA600 GPU.
This lilliputian product features 2GB of RAM, 1x 1.8” internal HDD/SSD bay with SATA II support, and an integrated graphics engine clocked at 400MHz. The graphics engine supports DirectX 9 graphics and OpenGL ES2.0. It is capable of accelerating video in various formats up to 1080i resolution at 30fps. The display interfaces supported by the BIS-622 include HDMI, VGA, HDMI via SDVO, and VGA via LVDS. It also wears a couple of USB slot on the front, one on the back, and a mini PCI Express slot. The full spec sheet is available here. There is still no word on pricing and availability.
The Habey BIS-6620 is petite, and it certainly does offer options for connectivity and integration, but is it ready to compete with the big boys as a digital entertainment center?
Specs are reasonable. The BIS-6620 has an Intel Atom Z510 CPU running at 1.1GHZ, with a 400MHZ front-side bus, and an Intel US15W chipset with GMA500 graphics. It can hold up to 2GB of memory in a single DDR2 slot. Storage is whatever you can fit into a 1.8-inch internal HDD/SDD SATA II bay. Built-in is a hardware decoder that allows full hardware acceleration of H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4, VC1 and WMV up to 1080p. And it can be mounted to a TV or LCD with the included VESA mount kit.
Connectivity includes four USB 2.0 parts (two front, two rear), a PS/2 port (you never know), a Compact Flash and SD card slot, headphone and microphone jacks, 10/100/1000Mbps ethernet, an S-Video port, and a VGA port. (There’s a second version of the BIS-6620 which replaces the VGA port with an DVI port.) Wi-Fi is optional, via an internal USB connection.
Shortcomings? The BIS-6620 only supports Windows Embedded, Windows XP, Vista & Linux--but it doesn’t ship with any of the above. Nor does it come with a hard drive. And it might not come with RAM. Of course, if you plan to actually enjoy your 1080p output, wouldn’t HDMI make more sense than VGA?
Relative unknown HABEY has recently released an HTPC powered by an Atom N270 that’s capable of handling 1080p content (or so they claim).
The diminutive box, also named the BIS-6550HD, is supposed to be the most energy-efficient HTPC available, and while a fairly weak processor powers it, it has a powerful hardware decoder that allows it such powerful throughput. It also packs up to 2GB of RAM on a single DIMM, has wireless / HDTV tuner options, plenty of video output options, a multi-card reader, gigabit Ethernet and four USB 2 ports.
No pricing or availability information is available yet.