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Ultra-compact PC targets digital signage

Feb 23, 2010, 14:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Angel)

"Habey USA announced an ultra-compact PC with a choice of Intel Atom processors. The BIS-6620 has a 4.7 x 4.7-inch footprint, runs at 1.1 or 1.6GHz, comes with CompactFlash and SD expansion slots, and uses just nine Watts, the company says.

"Habey's little BIS-6620 has a heatsink and case design strongly resembling Icop's similarly tiny eBox PCs (variously based on CPUs from Via and DMP Electronics), but we're unaware of any actual relationship between the products. According to Habey, the PC has a footprint of just 4.7 x 4.7 inches, targets digital signage and media playback applications, and comes with Intel's original Z5xx Atoms -- either the 1.1GHz Z510 or the 1.6GHz Z530.

"The BIS-6620 (above) is touted as providing "full hardware acceleration of H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4, VC1, and WMV up to 1080p." While perhaps literally correct, this claim could mislead some into believing the device has a discrete graphics processor. In fact, Habey lists only the usual SCH US15W northbridge/southbridge, with integrated GMA500 graphics."

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