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Fanless microserver aims Linux on Core-i7 at harsh environs

Apr 19, 2013  |  Rick Lehrbaum
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CompuLab has introduced a rugged, fanless, microserver based on 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors, clocked up to 2.5GHz. The Linux-friendly “uSVR” runs from -20 to 60° C, accommodates up to four internal 2.5-inch drives, networks via WiFi and up to six GbE channels, and expands modularly.

CompuLab offers the uSVR with a choice of 3rd Generation Intel Core processors, including 2.5 and 1.7 GHz Core-i7 parts, and a 1.4GHz dual-core Celeron, and accepts up to 32GB ECC RAM in a pair of SODIMM slots. It’s usable with up to four internal 2.5-inch drives, which can be configured for RAID 5 operation.



CompuLab uSVR front and back views
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CompuLab built the uSVR into an all-aluminium, passively-cooled case, measuring 10.2 x 6.3 x 2.4 in. (26 x 16 x 6 cm). The device consumes 8 to 35 Watts and is rated for operation operation over -20 to 60° C, without requiring fans or ventilation holes. It’s PC-style style I/O includes HDMI and DisplayPort, multiple Gigabit Ethernet ports, multiple USB 3.0, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, digital audio, eSATA, and a serial port, and it provides several expansion options, including miniPCIe, mSATA, and CompuLab “FACE” (which we’ll address below).



CompuLab uSVR Rear panel connections
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“Special attention was given to electronics power architecture and system thermal design to achieve an extremely low-power small-footprint system that is passively cooled in effective manner,” says Stas Lapchev, CompuLab’s uSVR architect.

CompuLab lists these key features and specs for its uSVR:

  • CPU options:
    • 3rd-gen Intel Core i7-3555LE (64-bit)
    • 1.7GHz 3rd-gen Intel Core i7-3517UE (64-bit)
    • 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Celeron 1047UE (64-bit)
  • Graphics engine — Intel HD Graphics 4000 (integtrated in processor chip)
  • Chipset — Mobile Intel QM77 Express Chipset
  • RAM — 2x SO-DIMM sockets, up to 32GB
  • Storage:
    • up to 4 internal 2.5-inch HDDs; supports RAID 0,1,5,10, JBOD
    • up to 480GB mSATA SSD boot storage
    • eSATA port for external HDD
  • Display:
    • HDMI 1.4a, up to 1920×1200 with 3D support
    • DisplayPort, up to 2560×1600
  • Network
    • up to 6 GbE ports (2 standard, 4 via FACE module)
    • WiFi 802.11b/g/n (2 antennas)
    • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Remote monitorning via Intel AMT 8.x with KVM, IDE-R and SOL support
  • Security — TPM security device, rev 1.2
  • USB:
    • Standard: 2x USB3 5Gbps; 2x USB2 480Mbps
    • Option: 4x USB2 480Mbps (via FACE module)
  • Serial — 1x RS232 (mini serial connector)
  • Audio — 7.1 channels S/PDIF in/out; stereo line-out; mic in
  • Expansion
    • Full-size miniPCIe socket with mSATA support
    • Half-size miniPCIe socket
    • CompuLab FACE module socket
  • Power — 9.5 to 15V DC (unregulated)
  • Dimensions — 10.2 x 6.3 x 2.4 in. (260 x 160 x 60 mm)
  • Operating temperature — 0-60° C standard; -20 to 60° extended

CompuLab supports the uSVR with embedded Linux and Windows and Windows Embedded Standard 7 OS builds.



uSVR embedded computer block diagram
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As alluded to earlier, one intriguing aspect of the uSVR is its proprietary “FACE” (Function And Connectivity Extension) mezzanine module expansion socket. CompuLab FACE modules currently available for the uSVR are said to include:

  • MultiLAN — 4 GbE ports
  • SerHub — 6 serial ports
  • PCIeDuo — 2 miniPCIe sockets

 

Availability

Pricing for the uSVR starts at $556 for “volume orders,” says CompuLab. The Israel-based company is a well-known manufacturer of board-level embedded computers and compact, rugged systems aimed at embedded, industrial, and other specialized applications. Further details on the uSVR may be found on the CompuLab uSVR web page.
 

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4 Responses to “Fanless microserver aims Linux on Core-i7 at harsh environs”

  1. battila says:

    well:

    “measuring 10.2 x 6.3 x 2.4 in. (26 x 16 x 60 cm)”

    “It’s usable with up to four internal 2.5-inch drives” but later: “up to 6 internal 2.5-inch HDDs; supports RAID 0,1,5,10, JBOD”

    but the device looks good! I searched something like this one for months!

  2. flapdoodle says:

    Where and when can I get only 1?

  3. Guym says:

    perfect, though unless CompuLab can tell us where to procure they won’t sell. In reality CompuLab’s customers are not the resellers!

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