This is a 3-bay case, but I only need the top two bays for hard drives. In the bottom bay I will put the computer that runs the NAS. Something like a Pico-ITX or 3.5” SBC computer will fit within the footprint of a hard dive.
The main problem with using an internal enclosure as a case is that all the SATA connections ago out the back of the case, not internal for connections to a computer.
Luckily there is a slot on the back of the case. Using something like these very thin blue SATA cables, I can connect an internal computer to the back of the case
Cost less than a cheap commercial 2-bay NAS (~$200)
NAS for local file sharing
A limited router to segregate scary “smart” devices on the LAN
Maybe run some IoT things
DIY NAS / Router in 3-bay hot swap enclosure – [Link]
Taiwan-based ICNexus’ latest entry with Rockchip RK3399 SoC, SBC3100 joins the growing list of high-end SBCs. It features the high-end SoC to provide an extensive feature list. However, it is not publicly priced and appears to be a proprietary product, such as Aaeon’s Pico-ITX based RICO-3399.
ICNexus announced the SBC3100 back in 2017, the SBC3100 was showcased at last week’s Computex show in Taipei. The board ships with Ubuntu and Android images, and is designed for applications including digital signage, POS, gaming, STBs, kiosks and other smart devices.
Despite the high-end features, not much stands out from the other equally powerful RK3399 contender SBCs, except for its wide-range 9-36V DC input and its optional add-on modules. The board can be equipped with an HDMI input, an LVDS touchscreen interface, and a 4-port serial add-on.
The board comes with up to 4GB DDR3 and 16GB flash (presumably eMMC). Media ports accommodate HDMI 2.0, eDP, and DP (via USB Type-C). There are up to 2x MIPI-DSI or -CSI, but not 2x of both, and there’s also a separate camera port and I2C touch interface. There’s a GbE port plus optional WiFi/BT module, and the mini-PCIe slot (with micro-SIM) supports optional 3G or 4G modules.
The SBC3100 provides 4x USB ports, 2x of them are 3.0, plus the Type-C port and additional USB headers. Other features include GPIO, serial debug, IR, I2C, and optional sensors.
Specifications list for the SBC3100:
Rockchip RK3399 (2x Cortex-A72 at up to 2.0GHz, 4x Cortex-A53);
1GB, 2GB, or 4GB DDR3 RAM
8GB or 16GB flash
HDMI 2.0 out port at up to 4Kx2K@60fps
DisplayPort 1.2 at up to 4Kx2K@60fps (via USB Type-C)
eDP 1.3 at up to 2560×1600@60fps
1x or 2x MIPI-DSI at up to 2560×1600 at 60fps with optional MIPI/LVDS touchscreen module
Ohio based company, Estone Technology (AKA Habey) has updated the product page for the new EMB-2610 Pico-ITX SBC. The EMB-2610 follows earlier Habey Pico-ITX SBCs such as last year’s i.MX6 UL powered EMB-2200 and i.MX6 based EMB-2230. This time Estone has used a 14nm Intel Atom SoC. Rather than going with Apollo Lake, they used the quad-core, 1.92GHz Atom x5-Z8350 from the Cherry Trail family that tried but failed to win market share in Android phones.
The Atom x5-Z8350 is the same SoC used by Aaeon’s UP Core. Like the UP Core, the 100 x 72mm, Pico-ITX form factor EMB-2610 supports Windows 10 and 10 IoT in addition to Android and various Linux distributions. The new EMB-2610 is available with 2GB or 4GB of DDR3L RAM and comes with a microSD slot and up to or 64GB NAND flash. WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity is available, as well as a GbE port with optional Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), enabled via an add-on board.
The EMB-2610 is further enhanced with a micro-HDMI port, as well as LVDS, eDP, or MIPI-DSI, all supported via a touch controller. There’s also an audio header and MIPI-CSI. USB 3.0 and 2.0 host ports are ready along with a micro-USB port, and there’s a smattering of serial, GPIO, and USB headers.
This board uses the same 40-pin expansion header found on the i.MX6-based EMB-2230. The connector, which supports optional Estone modules for 8x GPIO, front panel controls, PCIe, and PoE, is available with header specs and diagrams to make it easy to develop custom expansions. Although, the use of the connector PCIe disables the GbE port.
Specification summary for EMB-2610:
Processor : Intel Atom x5-Z8350 (4x Cherry Trail cores @ 1.44GHz / 1.84GHz burst); Intel HD 400 Graphics (200MHz/500MHz)
Memory & Storage:
2GB or 4GB DDR3L
32GB or 64GB NAND flash
Wireless: WiFi/Bluetooth module
Networking: GbE port with optional PoE
Micro-HDMI port at 1920 x 1080
24-bit LVDS, eDP, or MIPI-DSI at 1920 x 1200
An I2C capacitive touch controller
Audio header with line-out, mic-in, headphone, 10W speaker
USB 3.0 host port
USB 2.0 host port
USB 2.0 header
RS232/485 via terminal block
Micro-USB 2.0 port
RS232/485 via terminal block
2x I2C (for TP and MIPI-CSI)
Expansion: 40-pin connector with PCIe x1, GPIO, front panel control, PoE input
Power: 12V/19V DC header or optional PoE
Operating temperature : 0 to 50°C
Dimensions : 100 x 72mm; Pico-ITX form factor
OS Support: Linux, Android 5.1, Windows 10 and 10 IoT
No pricing or availability information was provided for the EMB-2610 SBC. More information may be found on Estone Technology’s EMB-2610 product page.
Axiomtek, a Taiwan based company has introduced new Pico-ITX form factor SBCs using Intel’s Apollo Lake processor. This line of SBCs from Axiomtek started with PICO312 with minimal coastline ports, and then followed with a COM-like PICO313. Recently they launched a similar 100 x 72mm PICO316 SBC with more versatile ports than the original PICO312.
This PICO316 SBC is powered by Intel Pentium N4200 or Intel CeleronN3350 with Intel Gen9 Graphics. It supports up to 8GB DDR3L-1867 RAM. The SBC is compatible with most popular Linux kernels, such as Redhat, Fedora, Ubuntu also runs Windows as well. The IoT focused board also supports Axiomtek’s exclusive device monitoring and remote management software, AXView 2.0.
While the PICO312 and PICO313 were restricted to a single USB 2.0 interface, the PICO316 upgrades to pack three USB 3.0 ports, two of which are Type-C ports. Like the PICO312, the PICO316 has an HDMI port to enhance the LVDS interface. As an extra feature PICO316 provides dual RS-232 interfaces. On the other hand, the new PICO316 loses the previously available DIO and half-size mini-PCIe interfaces found on the PICO313, as well as the pair of general expansion connectors found on both of the earlier models.
The PICO316 is further provided with a SATA III interface, a GbE port, a full-size mini-PCIe slot with mSATA, an audio out jack, I2C, SMBus, and a watchdog. It runs on 5V, and it adds a -20°C to 70°C option in addition to the standard -20°C to 60°C.
Key Specifications for Axiomtek PICO316:
Processor: Intel Pentium N4200 or Intel Celeron N3350 (2.5GHz or 2.4GHz burst)