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The NANO-002: Industrial Power in the Palm of Your Hand

(Taipei, Taiwan – September 11, 2018) – AAEON, a global leader in the development of innovative IPC solutions, launches the NANO-002, a mini PC with the power and flexibility to manage tough applications in the factory, office, and off-site locations.

Fitted with a 6th generation Intel® Core™ or Celeron® 3955U CPU, the NANO-002 is a low-power-consumption unit with fast, dependable processing speeds. With the option of two SODIMM sockets, users can take advantage of up to 32G dual-channel DDR4 memory, and additional storage is available via an M.2 M Key, which enables PCIe[x4] and SATA slots.

The NANO-002 is ideal for media player, digital signage and POS applications. Its dual HDMI ports enable 4K Ultra HD graphics on two displays. With a COM port, two LAN ports, and four USB3.0 ports, the PC can easily be connected to a range of other devices, and an M.2 E Key enables greater system flexibility.

As an industrial solution, the NANO-002 offers protection against vibrations and sudden impacts, and the system has 12V-5%~19V+10% wide voltage power support. The PC is available in either fanless (NANO-002N) or fan-assisted (NANO-002F) configurations, giving users the choice of 0oC~40oC or 0oC~50oC operating temperature ranges.

There are other mini PCs on the market, but nothing can match the NANO-002’s range of features and industrial-grade strength, reliability, and resilience.

said AAEON product manager Lauren Luo.

MintBox Mini 2 comes with more power and it is 50% faster than its predecessor.

The first MintBox Mini was released in 2015 in partnership between Compulab and the Linux Mint team. Since then, there has been an advancement in the software and the hardware that powered the first iteration. In March 2018, Compulab has continued with the Linux Mini Project releasing a replacement for the AMD A10 based MintBox Mini Pro mini PC called the MintBox Mini 2 (MBM2).

MintBox Mini 2 PC

The new MintBox Mini 2 comes with a new upgrade to the processor. It comes with a quad-core Apollo lake Intel Celeron J3455 SoC (System on Chip). This new upgrade gives it more power potential over the AMD A10-Micro 6700T of Mintbox Mini Pro and it is even 30 per cent faster. As usual, the MBM2 is modelled after Compulab’s Fitlet 2 mini PC (personal computer), and it comes with new FACET expansion cards for 2.5-inch HARD DISK DRIVE (HDDs), Power over Ethernet (PoE), CONTROLLER AREA NETWORK (CAN) bus and many more.

MintBox Mini 2 comes with the latest Linux Mint 19 “Tara” Cinnamon Edition distro operating system, and it offers Intel HD Graphics 500 and a 10W TDP (Thermal Design Power).

The MintBox Mini 2 is available in two main variants:

  • The MintBox Mini 2, and
  • the MintBox Mini 2 Pro.

The MintBox Mini2 is available for a cost of $299 and the pro version for $349. The ordinary Mini2 comes with a 4GB DDR3 RAM and a 64GB SSD for system storage and the Mini2 Pro comes with 8GB DDR3 RAM and higher storage of 120GB SSD. Of course, you can increase both system memory up to about 16GB RAM.

Other features include HDMI 1.4a and mini-DisplayPort, dual GbE ports, 2x USB 3.0 which are facing the front, two rear-facing USB 2.0, and a mini-RS232 port. It also comes with an Intel 8260 wireless chipset with WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, a micro-SD slot, and dual 3.5mm audio jacks. Temperature range is -40°C to 85°C, there is a 7 to 20V DC input, and the dimensions are 112m by 84mm by 34mm.

MintBox Mini 2 Block Diagram

There are six optional FACET expansion cards which have been provided by Compulab for the MintBox Mini 2:

  • FC-M2LAN — 2x additional GbE ports (for 4x overall)
  • FC-POED — additional (third) GbE port with power via Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) and “preserve WiFi.”
  • FC-PCI or FC-CEM — 4G modem + WiFi + M.2 2280 SATA SSD
  • HDx —5-inch SATA HDD/SSD up to 15mm / 5TB
  • FC-USB — 4x additional USB ports (for 8x overall)
  • FC-SCG — RS232/RS485, GPIOs, and CANbus port

The two types of MintBox Mini 2 PCs are now available from Compulab and the Linux Mint project, and they come with a five-year warranty. Five per cent of all the revenues gathered to go to the Linux Mint project. If you are interested in purchasing the MintBox Mini 2 PCs, you now get it on the product page, and it is also expected that the product will be available on Amazon from August.

Beelink KT03 Industrial MiniPC with Apollo lake SoC goes for $150

The Chinese based company, Beelink is known for its set of consumer-oriented mini PC, and Android TV Boxes has now launched a new brand of mini PC that slightly differs from its traditional domestic-focused mini-PC but with the of hope of targeting industrial and commercial uses called the Beelink KT03.

Beelink KT03 Mini PC
Beelink KT03

The Beelink KT03 is meant to find applications in industrial, commercial and research applications. It comes with a staggering connectivity option and support for connecting up to 3 screens at once,  something you won’t find in their other products. The instant three screen connectivity is possible due to the availability of two HDMI ports and one extra VGA port. The HDMI version is HDMI 1.4 which supports 4000 resolutions at only 24 or 30 frames per second, which work fine for movies, but is not so useful for higher-end gaming, which requires 50 or 60 frames per seconds (FPS).

Beelink is usually accustomed to releasing a mini PC with a pre-installed operating system of either Linus or a Windows OS, but the KT03 variant doesn’t come with any pre-installed operating system giving users the full power of customization to their taste. Just like other miniPCs, the Beelink KT03 is compatible with both Linux and Windows 10 operating system. Also, it doesn’t come with any installed RAM but supports up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM.

The mini PC is powered by a Quad Core Intel Apollo Lake Celeron J3455 processor which is suitable for general computational tasks and can reach a maximum speed of 2.3 GHz. An Intel HD Graphics 500 GPU accompanies it. The device includes 2 COM Ports, 4 USB 3.0 Ports, a dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, two audio input and output jacks, and a mini PCIe for attaching the likes of a WiFi, 4G module or Bluetooth module. It comes with a socket for two 3G SIM cards.

It is evident that the mini PC is more for industrial use with the inclusion of 2 RS-232 ports. Storage options are possible through a SATA3 Port available and an optional mSATA. Power is through a DC jack and consumption is rated at about 12V/3A.

Below are the specifications of the Beelink KT03

  • SoC – Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core Apollo Lake (1.5GHz to 2.3GHz clock speed)
  • GPU – Intel HD Graphics 500 GPU
  • Connectivity Options – 2 mini PCIe cards for optional WiFi or 2 GbE (Gigabit Ethernet) ports and Sim card slot
    • USB – 4 USB 3.0 ports for high-speed USB data transfers
    • 2 RS-232 ports
  • Memory- 8GB DDR3
  • Storage – SATA3 port and mSATA.
  • Temperature Range – 15°C to 85°C
  • Display – 2 HDMI Ports, VGA Port
  • Video Support – AVI,DAT,ISO,MKV,MP4,MPEG,RM,WMV
  • Audio Support – AAC,APE,FLAC,MP3,OGG,RM,WMA
  • Power – 12V/3A DC Jack and Power brick
  • Others –
    • 3.5mm speaker jack
    • 3.5mm microphone jack
  • Measurements – 144mm by 130mm by 35m
  • Weight – 0.4188kg

The Beelink KT03 is available for purchase at $150 on Gearbest without RAM, OS, or storage or wireless options.

Mi Mini PC – The World’s Most Powerful Pocket-Sized PC

Change is constant and accepted by most people if not all. The Evolution of the digital computer has been continuous, technological advancement brought minicomputers, microcomputers, and even notepads. It also brought the invention of smartphones and tablets, but all these gadgets which have been in existence have different issues such as size, weight, ability to carry out specific functions well and many more. However, recently a Hong Kong-based researcher who goes by the name Leo Chung released to the public information about his project called the Mi Mini PC.

The Mi Mini PC

With the goal to put away tablets, personal computers, and laptops, the mini PC is simply a small version of the combination of a tablet and laptop. Don’t be fooled by the size; the Mi Mini PC will stand toe to toe with some modern laptops today. It has 128GB Solid State Drive (SSD) which can be upgraded to 512GB SSD for $50, and it comes with 8GB Random Access Memory (RAM) (most mid range laptops have 4GB).

Additionally the Mini PC has various ports found on a generic modern laptop such as the HDMI port which enables it to connect to a bigger screen, USB Type C port (yes, the same found on the new gadgets and the costly MacBook), and other USB ports. Talking of screens, the Mini PC is a touch screen gadget and has HD resolution of 1280*720 pixels. This versatile device comes with an impressive feature set, and it also includes USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and Ethernet. Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, dual-band WiFi, stereo speakers are also built in.

The board runs on the powerful Intel Atom 2.56 GHz processor. Capable of fitting in the palm of your hand, Mi MiniPC is paired with a wireless, foldable Bluetooth keyboard and features a 6,000-mAh battery with a six-hour power life for office presentations and long work days.

Some features of the Mini Pc include:

  • 5-inch Aluminium Case for the body.
  • Game Console specially designed for the mini PC which costs $20.
  • SD card slot.
  • 2.56Ghz Intel Atom x7- Z8750 Processor.
  • A power adapter.
  • Carrying pockets for keyboard and adapter

A lot of people might be worried about how a device so small can work efficiently. The mini PC has not only a pre-installed Android 5.10 Operating System (OS) but also a functional Windows 10 OS which means one can work on any windows program without difficulty. Its 8GB RAM and Solid State Drive ensures the device can manage and run several programs and applications simultaneously, and still capable of running some computer games as well. Another fantastic perk to the mini PC is that it allows you to choose your preferred operating system on startup.

The most significant advantage of the PC is that it is very portable and the fact that one can get all that is required for a laptop on a 5-inch sized device. The Mini PC also ends the story of overheating and whirring noises made by existent laptops. Due to its’ aluminium case and high – tech heat sinks, fans are now a thing of the past, therefore, making a solution for annoying whirring sounds.

The Mi Mini PC project is currently being crowdfunded over on Indiegogo which has raised over $1 million in backing already. Pre-orders are available with prices starting at $159 (US) and an expected ship date of September 2018. The standard package includes two carrying pockets, a cover stand, a foldable Bluetooth keyboard, and power adapter. Add-ons include an extra battery ($10), Android 7.1 Upgrade ($15), gaming controller ($20), 256GB SSD upgrade ($30), or 512GB SSD upgrade ($50)