Gigabyte Unveils EL-20-3700-32GB IoT Gateway Solution

Internet of Things, or IoT for short, is the next big thing in the digital revolution. To say it as simple as possible, IoT basically connects devices with each other and the internet in order to provide the data where it’s needed. We see a lot of new hardware being released in this sector and while some are completely new and independent, others bridge the gap between old-school legacy devices and the new IoT devices.

Gigabyte’s new EL-20-3700-32GB Intel Bear Ridge IoT Gateway Solution is just such a device as it will allow companies to connect sense, filters, process, analyzing and actuation while securing and managing machines and data. It supports onboarding, monitoring, diagnostics, and remote control of devices that otherwise would be unconnected.

It is built with an Intel Pentium N3700 Processor that is based on the Airmont microarchitecture and it’s Intel’s leading tri-gate 14nm process. The System on a Chip quad-core processor is designed to be very power effective and can drive both computing and graphics performance with a maximum power envelope of just 6W.

Besides the N3700 CPU, the EL-20-3700-32GB offers 32GB eMMC flash memory and two SO-DIMM DDR3 slots for up to 8GB 1600MHz memory. It sports two Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports powered by a Realtek RTL8111HS controller and four USB 3.0 ports. The two HDMI ports can handle resolutions up to 4K and the unit also features surround sound via a Realtek ALC255 controller.

Other options include one Full-size Mini-PCIe slot for 3G module or mSATA storage and one Half-size Mini-PCIe slot for the pre-installed WiFi+BT module. Speaking of which, the module is an Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 3160 which supports IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0.

Further, you’ll find an SDXC card slot and three user-configurable LEDs, and a micro-USB connector with OTG support. The full unit will be unveiled and presented at the Embedded World in Nuremberg in a couple of weeks.

Feature Highlights

  • Intel Pentium processor N3700
  • 2 x SO-DIMM DDR3L slots
  • 2 x GbE LAN ports (Realtek RTL8111HS)
  • 32GB onboard eMMC memory
  • 1 x mSATA slot
  • 1 x SDCX card slot
  • 1 x SIM card slot

Should you want to build the unit into a more enclosed space and not have it as a standalone unit, then Gigabyte also offers the motherboard on its own and the IoT board can be found under the product name MZBSWFP.

The Gigabyte EL-20-3700-32GB will be available at AVnet after it has been officially launched at Embedded World.

Zotac CI321Nano Barebones System Review

 

Introduction


Today we are taking a look at one of Zotac’s latest ZBOX CI321 nano barebones system that is packing a dual-core 2961Y CPU. Something that makes this CI321 nano stand out of the crowd is that it carries dual Gigabit LAN and is completely silent with its passively cooled design. With the inclusion of an onboard IR receiver, this makes it an interesting option for a silent HTPC. With it being a barebones kit, you can use some memory or 2.5″ drives that you have on hand to keep the final build costs down. There has been a lot of growth in the mini PC market and Zotac has been in it for a long time with its ZBOX lineup.

Specifications
  • Name: ZBOX CI321 nano
  • CPU: Intel Celeron 2961Y (2C/2T, 1.10 GHz, 22nm, 6W)
  • RAM: User Supplied – We tested with Crucial Ballistix 2x4GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1T 1.35v 
  • SSD: User Supplied – Crucial MX200 SSD 250GB
  • GPU: Integrated – Intel HD Graphics
  • LAN: dual 10/100/1000/Gigabit Base T
  • WLAN: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Built-in Bluetooth V4.0
  • I/O: 4x USB3.0, 1x USB 2.0 , 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, Headphone-out, Microphone in, 2x 1Gb LAN
  • OS: Supplied Barebones, Windows 10 preview used in this review
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: $149.99

Retail Packaging

Printed materials that the CI321 comes with

The hardware that you get with the CI321 allows you to mount the unit via the VESA mount of a monitor or TV. You also get an optical audio adapter for use with a Toslink connection, a dual band WiFi antenna, and screws to mount your 2.5″ SSD or HDD.

 

CPU-Z

 

GPU-Z

Arctic Launched New P324 BT Sports Bluetooth Headset

Music is a great motivator when working out, but not every headset is equally suited for the job. Arctic’s new P324 BT Sports Bluetooth 4.0 Headset is both washable and sweat resistant and sounds like a great one for the job. If you are jogging on the beach or exercising in the gym, the ultra light headset stays in place with the comfortable neckband.

The headband is foldable and the ear pads can be removed and washed. It comes with a battery for 20 hours of playback, enough for even the longest workout sessions.

Features

  • Extra lightweight supra-aural design with removable and washable ear pads
  • Built-in microphone
  • 20 hours of playback time
  • Foldable design for safe and space-efficient transport in a chic hard case
  • Available in black, white, blue, purple, pink and lime

The P324 BT is available now for a special launch offer of £22.99 instead of £29.99 at Amazon and ARCTIC. The launch offer is valid until 31 May 2015.

Thanks to ARCTIC for providing us with this information

Snapdragon 802 and 602A Announced By Qualcomm

Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 802 and Snapdragon 602A, however they are not to be seen on the consumer market. The 802 is designed specifically to power smart TVs, but not any smart TVs. It is going after 4K and UHD sets. It features the Adreno 330 GPU, the one found in the original Snapdragon 800 as well, along with its four Krait cores, clocked at 1.8GHz. The chip also features dual-band Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac connectivity, which enables ultra-high Wi-Fi capacity for seamless streaming.

A new feature implemented is the Hexagon DSP, which provides Dolby Digital and DTS processing. It also enables OEMs to develop their own features, such as audio control and support for various gestures. Although I am not a fan of audio control or even “intelligent” services like Siri and Google Now, I have to say being able to simply tell your TV to mute when the phone starts ringing sounds like a very useful yet simple feature. It is definitely better than looking for the remote.

The Snapdragon 602A is not a smart TV chip, having the A suffix denoting its automotive quality. It is designed for car infotainment systems. It features Gobi 3G/4G modems along with WiFi and Bluetooth LE 4.0 connectivity, so it is essentially capable of transforming your car into a mobile hotspot, media centre or office. Since this is an automotive chip, it has to work all over the globe, therefore it supports LTE TDD/FDD, CDMA 1x and 1xEV-DO, DC-HSPA+ and UMTS, TD-SCDMA and GSM/EDGE networks. As a mobile hotspot, it can handle up to eight simultaneous devices, more than enough for the average company car, or to keep a couple of kids busy (and quiet) in the back seat.

Qualcomm says the first “Gobi 4G LTE” cars will be rolled out this year. As for the 802, the chips should sample soon and we should see the first smart TVs based on the new chip by the end of the year.

Thank you Fudzilla for providing us with this information

Acer Rolls Out the Aspire ZC-605 Windows 8 All-in-One PC

Acer announced a new addition to its PC offers, the Aspire ZC-605 Windows 8 All-in-One PC. This 19.5″ display PC is available from Tuesday, 1st of October, and ” is an excellent choice for those wanting to try an all-in-one for the first time,” said Frank Chang, director of desktop product management for Acer America. He also added that “Its sleek and compact size, low price and solid configuration make it ideal for those desiring a basic PC for researching recipes, online shopping and enjoying social media.”

In terms of specs, the Aspire ZC-605 comes with a Active Matrix TFT Color LCD with LED backlight technology touch screen with a resolution of up to 1600 x 900 pixels, an Intel Celeron 1007U Dual-Core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM with the option to expand it to 16 GB and a 500 GB SATA/300 hard drive. In addition to the performance spec, it also comes with a Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity technology.

Also the new AIO PC provides a 1MP webcam with 720p video that can be adjusted up to 30 degrees, a built-in single array microphone, and a number of inputs on the front panel including a 2-in-1 card reader, USB 3.0, an on-screen display button and the audio jacks. On the back are two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, audio output and HDMI output.

The Acer ZC-605 will ship pre-installed with the Windows 8 64-bit version and a price set to this All-in-One PC is around $599 ( £368 ). Users looking for an affordable touch-based compact PC can scout it Amazon later on today. Also, more about the Acer ZC-605 can be found on the Acer official website.

Thank you Tom’s Hardware for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Acer.

Lenovo Reveal A1000, A3000 And S6000 Budget Tablets – $164, $229 And $329

Lenovo has just announced the availability of three budget Android powered tablets – the A1000, A3000 and S6000. The main focus of the new three tablets is to offer consumers solid value for money and the pricing of $164/£109.99, $229/£149.99 and $329/£199.99 reflects that.

First is the Lenovo A1000, pictured above, this packs a MediaTek 8317 dual core 1.2GHz Cortex A9 ARM processor. The OS of choice is Android 4.2 and the display runs at a resolution of 1024 x 600 across a 7 inch LED display. 1GB of memory, 16GB of storage, b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 1 year warranty top off the rest of the specifications. The A1000 is available in black or white. You can check the Lenovo A1000 out at the Lenovo store here.

Next is the Lenovo A3000 which is similar to the A1000 but with stronger hardware. At its core is a MediaTek 8125 quad core 1.2GHz Cortex A7 processor paired with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The display is the same 7 inch size with the same 1024 x 600 resolution but uses an improved IPS panel. Bluetooth 4.0, b/g/n WiFi and a 1 year warranty finish off the specifications. The Lenovo A3000 is also available with 3G, and in black or white. You can check that out at the Lenovo store here.

Finally Lenovo released the S6000 tablet. This 10.1 inch LCD IPS tablet uses a MediaTek 8125 Quad Core processor based on an ARM Cortex A7 design and this runs at 1.2GHz. The OS is Android 4.2 and the display sports a 1280 x 800 resolution. 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a one year warranty top off the specifications. This tablet is available in black only with 3G and non-3G versions. The Lenovo S6000 is available from the Lenovo web store.

Images courtesy of Lenovo

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Gets AMD Kabini Refresh

According to TechEye Lenovo is preparing a refresh of its ThinkPad Edge series of notebooks. In itself that news isn’t at all that interesting but the fact it is being refreshed with AMD’s new Kabini APU platform is very interesting. These refreshed notebooks will be powered by AMD Kabini (Jaguar Architecture) APUs.

The listing revealed a Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145 notebook, which is powered by an AMD 28nm 1.4GHz dual core E1-2500 APU. This is a 15W TDP part with a Radeon HD 8240 Integrated Graphics component that has 128 compute units clocked at 400MHz. This powers a rather modest 11.6 inch matte 1366 by 768 display, hardly putting AMD’s newly designed IGP through its paces. 4GB of DDR3-1333MHz RAM and 500GB of storage make up the rest of the core specifications.

Connectivity is provided by dual USB 3.0 ports, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. The expected retail price is between €460 an €500 – not exactly cheap but we are sure there will be many more cheaper options to come from other vendors using the AMD Kabini platform.

Image courtesy of TechEye

ASRock Reveal The H87E-ITX/ac Mini-ITX Motherboard

ASRock have just announced their latest mini-ITX motherboard. The ASRock H87E-ITX/ac is based on Intel’s fourth generation “Haswell” CPU platform, LGA 1150. It supports all LGA 1150 processors from the Haswell generation and given ASRock’s recently announced H87 overclocking BIOS update, this mini-ITX motherboard should allow for overclocking of K series CPUs like the Core i5 4670K and Core i7 4770K.

The main unique selling point is that ASRock are bundling 802.11.ac WLAN with the product, this is based on Intel’s i217V chipset and can provide a maximum theoretical throughput of 867 Mbps. Other features include a 4 Phase VRM for the CPU, 32GB of dual channel memory support, a PCIe 3.0 X16 slot and an mPCIe slot that’s already populated by that 802.11ac WLAN card. A wireless antenna is also provided which connects into the rear IO to provide the signal for the 802.11ac.

Connectivity is abundant with Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, six SATA III and a single eSATA (shared with one internal SATA slot), 8 channel audio based on Realtek ALC1150, optical SPDIF, four USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI. ASRock will ship this board from the end of this week. Pricing and availability is not yet available.

Image courtesy of ASRock

MSI Now Shipping GE40 “Dragon Eyes” Notebook

When Computex was taking place we brought you news of the brand new MSI GE40 “Dragon Eyes” gaming notebook that was coming. Now it is finally here and available for purchase. The MSI GE40 comes equipped with an Intel Core i7 4702MQ Haswell Mobile CPU and an Nvidia GTX 760M Kepler Mobile GPU.  The rest of the system is pretty standard for a current gaming notebook (Windows 8, Gigabit LAN, B/G/N WiFi and so on) but there are two models of this notebook which have model names that will vary by region. Yet the specifications of the two models are the same.

The cheaper option uses a 750GB mechanical hard drive with a DVD drive while the more expensive option drops the DVD drive and has a 128GB mSATA SSD. There is a marginal price difference between these two of about $100/£100. You can see the full specifications below.

While the U.S MSRPs and model numbers are listed above, in the UK we will be getting the GE40 2OC-038UK and GE40 2OC-024UK variants which are physically identical to the U.S models as far as I can see. UK pricing is currently £999.99 for the cheaper “024UK/008US” variant while the more expensive “038UK/009US” model costs £1099.99.

Computex: MSI Show W20 3M AMD Powered 11.6 Inch Windows Tablet

MSI has been showing off a very unique tablet at Computex 2013, that is an AMD “Temash” SoC powered Windows 8 tablet. The reason it is unique is it is one of the first AMD powered tablets using the brand new Temash System On Chips. The AMD A4-1200 “Temash” SoC present in this MSI W20 3M tablet runs at 1GHz on each of the two cores. The display it powers is a 1366 by 768 11.6 inch IPS panel with 10 point touch.

The device features 2GB of low profile DDR3 RAM and a 128GB mSATA SSD for storage purposes. 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G and optional LTE provide the wireless connectivity options. Another nifty feature MSI have implemented is finger print log in. The device is charged by USB but MSI didn’t specify battery size or expected battery life. The device measures in at less than 9.9mm thick and weighs less than 750 grams.

Pricing and availability are still TBA.

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Computex: Gigabyte Show Off Impressive Z87N-WIFI Motherboard

Gigabyte’s Wi-Fi mini-ITX motherboard from the Z77 series was a pretty big hit and they look to be carrying this success forward with the GA-Z87N-WIFI for Intel’s new Haswell platform. Like other Gigabyte N-WIFI motherboards this motherboard uses a 17cm by 17cm mini ITX form factor. It supports Intel’s fourth generation “Haswell” core processors. Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable 4 components mean you should be good to go on overclocking as the quality is there to support it.

Gigabyte have opted to equip both Intel WiFi and WiDi (wireless display) technology in addition to Bluetooth 4.0. Gigabyte are using their Hybrid digital power engine and UEFI DualBIOS. There is Gigabyte’s On/Off charge to speed up charging of USB devices which there is also dual LAN something that is very impressive and useful on a mini ITX motherboard especially if you want to use it as the basis of a networked file server or storage system. There are four SATA III ports native to the Z87 chipset and dual HDMI 1.4 and single DVI-I make up the display connectivity.

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Computex: Gigabyte Showcase S1185 Padbook Notebook/Tablet Hybrid

Gigabyte have already displayed two new notebooks at Computex powered by Haswell, the U35F and U24F and now they are showing us a new tablet/notebook hybrid device. The tablet is based on 3rd generation (Ivy Bridge) Pentium 2117U or Core i5 processors. The S1185 features an 11.6″ capacitive multi touch screen that is IPS and boasts a resolution of 1920 by 1080. It supports up to 8GB of RAM but has only one SODIMM slot. The GPU is the Intel HD 4000 and the tablet is available with either a 64, 128 or 256GB mSATA SSD. Connectivity is quite extensive with a USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, VGA out, HDMI out, microSD, a sim card slot and the keyboard dock connector.

Gigabyte are continuing their trend of integrating 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 which they have done on virtually all of their new motherboards so far. There is also an integrated 3.5G antenna built into the Gigabyte Padbook S1185. The device uses two cameras a front facing 1.3MP camera and a rear facing 5MP camera. The battery provides 39 watt-hours at 7.9 volts and the device weighs 1KG as a tablet and 1.4KG with the keyboard attachment.

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Computex: Gigabyte Show Off Light Weight U24F Haswell Powered Notebook

Intel’s drive towards reviving notebooks is all about making them more accessible, portable and user friendly. Haswell mobile is a big part of this and we can already see Gigabyte taking this onboard with the U24F slim notebook. Gigabyte showed off this notebook in a demonstration at Computex and the U24F has some decent specifications. There is a choice of Haswell Mobile Core i5s or Core i7s and it uses a 14 inch 1600 by 900 LCD. 4GB or 8GB or SODIMM DDR3 come pre-installed and there is space for up to 16GB. The graphics are powered by a combination of Intel HD 4400 graphics and Nvidia’s GT 750M 2GB GPU. Nvidia Optimus technology means the U24F can switch between the two to balance performance and battery life.

Gigabyte are offering a 128 or 256GB mSATA SSD pre-installed and a 500/750/1000GB hard drive. A DVD-RW is provided as well as two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, an SD card reader, Gigabit LAN, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 to top off the extensive connectivity options. The provided battery is a 47.73 watt-hour battery and should provide extensive battery life with the new power efficient Haswell mobile architecture.

The Gigabyte U24F weighs 1.59kg with an mSATA SSD and 1.69kg with an mSATA SSD and mechanical hard drive.

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Computex: Gigabyte Display Premium U35F Haswell Powered Notebook

With the launch of Haswell comes the launch of new mobile processors, and Haswell was really designed from the ground up to be a processor for the mobile market. Gigabyte are taking advantage of this brand new architecture from Intel with a whole cluster of new notebooks. We will bring the details of all of these to you and first up is the Gigabyte U35F notebook. This notebook is powered by Haswell with an option for Core i5 or Core i7 models of your choice. Gigabyte are choosing to provide either a full HD 1920 by 1080 display or a 1366 by 768 display for the more budget conscious consumer.  The U35F notebook comes pre-fitted with either 4 or 8GB of DDR3 SODIMM RAM and supports a maximum of 16GB of RAM.

Nvidia Optimus technology allows the graphics to switch between Intel HD 4400 Graphics and Nvidia’s GT 750M. There is an option of a 128GB or 256GB mSATA SSD as well as a 500/750/1000GB hard drive. A DVD-RW is provided as well as two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, an SD card reader, Gigabit LAN, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 to top off the extensive connectivity options.

A six cell 68.82 watt-hour battery is provided and should have impressive battery life given Haswell’s new power saving technologies for the mobile market. The total weight of this notebook is 2.3KG. No pricing or availability has been announced yet.

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