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Embedded PC goes wireless with four Mini-PCIe slots

Oct 29, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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Habey announced a compact Intel Atom-based fanless computer with four Mini PCI Express (Mini-PCIe) slots, enabling dual 3G mini-modules along with two more peripherals. The WIT-1800 is equipped with the Atom N450 or D410 processor, up to 2GB DDR2 memory, SATA and CompactFlash storage, plus gigabit Ethernet, USB, and serial I/O.

The Habey WIT-1800 is designed for applications including wireless communication appliances, mobile/in-vehicle 3G networking, fleet management, wireless digital signage, wireless routing or testing, and mobile video surveillance.

Other recent Habey embedded computers based on Intel Atom processors, include the BIS-6622, which is equipped with the new Atom E6xx Atom, as well as the N270-based BIS-6640 and the earlier BIS-6220, which runs on the original Z510 or Z530 Atom models.

WIT-1800

Apparently intent on sampling the entire Atom line, Habey has now introduced the WIT-1800, which uses the "Pineview" N450 or D410 processors (the first to provide integrated graphics). The computer is further equipped with up to 2GB of DDR2 memory.

WIT-1800 detail, rear view
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The WIT-1800 stands out with its extensive wireless support. The computer supplies four Mini PCIe slots, two of which are optimized for Huawei EM770W and EM560 3G modules, says Habey. The third slot is a standard Mini PCIe slot for Wi-Fi or other peripherals, and the fourth offers support for SSD (solid state drive) storage.

In addition, the computer ships with two SIM slots for the 3G modems, as well as dual SMA 3G sockets and dual RP-SMA antennas to match.

A CompactFlash slot is available for storage, as well as both a 2.5-inch SSD bay and 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD) bay supporting SATA II storage, says the company. The SSD is supplied by the aforementioned Mini-PCIe slot while the HDD is fed by a SATA II port.

WIT-1800 front (left) and bottom detail
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I/O includes a gigabit Ethernet port, a serial port, and two USB 2.0 ports, says Habey. A supplied VGA port is said to support up to 2048 x 1536 resolution on the Atom D410 version, or 1400 x 1050 pixels when running the N450.

The fanless, 9.65 x 6.14 x 2.15-inch chassis uses Habey's "ICEFIN" thermal design, and offers extended temperature support, says the company. The device is further equipped with LEDs and a reset button.

The WIT-1800's motherboard
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Features and specifications listed for the WIT-1800 include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom N450 (5.5W) or D410 (10W) @ 1.66GHz with ICH8M controller
  • Memory — up to 2GB DDR2 via 1 x SODIMM
  • Expansion:
    • 2 x Mini-PCIe slots compatible with Huawei EM770W and EM560 3G modules
    • 1 x Mini-PCIe slot with SSD support,
    • 1 x Mini-PCI standard slot
  • Wireless:
    • 2 x SIM slots for Mini-PCIe 3G modem
    • 2 x SMA (3G) sockets
    • 2 x 3G RP-SMA antenna

    Storage:

    • 1 x CompactFlash slot (Type II)
    • 1 x 2.5-inch SSD bay
    • 1 x 2.5-inch HDD bay (SATA II)
  • Display — 1x VGA port for up to 2048 x 1536 (D410) or 1400 x 1050 (N450) pixels
  • Networking — 1 x gigabit Ethernet (Intel 82574)
  • Serial — 1 x RS-232 port
  • USB — 2 x USB 2.0 ports
  • Other features:
    • ICEFIN fanless cooling system
    • aluminum/steel chassis with aluminum oxidation coating
    • wall mountable
    • reset button
    • auto power-up on restoration of power
    • watchdog reset
    • 2 x SIM status LEDs
    • 1 x power LED
    • 1 x HDD LED
    • 1 x system status LED
  • Power — DC +12V
  • Operation temperature — 32 to 113 deg. F (0 to 45 deg. C); 23 to 131 deg. F (-5 to 55 deg. C) for up to 48 hours
  • Dimensions — 9.65 x 6.14 x 2.15 inches (245 × 156 × 54.5mm)
  • Operating system — Linux, Windows Embedded, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7

Availability

No pricing or availability information was provided on the WIT-1800. More information may be found here.


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