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Mini-PCs support analog and IP video surveillance

Dec 12, 2013  |  Eric Brown
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CompuLab unveiled two Linux-friendly, x86 based surveillance oriented mini-PCs: the Fit-CCTV supports 16 analog cameras, and the Fit-PoE supports four PoE-fueled IP cameras.

In September, CompuLab announced the first four customized versions of its x86-based, 16 x 19 x 4cm Fit-PC and more powerful Intense PC mini-PCs. The fanless computers, which support 40 to 70°C extended temperature operation, were customized using CompuLab’s FACE (Function And Connectivity Extension) mezzanine module expansion socket to offer more gigabit Ethernet ports (Fit-MultiLAN), more serial and CAN ports (Fit-MultiSer), more Mini-PCI-Express sockets (Fit-MultiPCIe), and more USB ports (Fit-MultiUSB3).



Fit-CCTV
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Now CompuLab is addressing the surveillance market with the FACE-customized Fit-CCTV for analog video and Fit-PoE for IP video. There are actually four major models available, when you include the two systems based on the Intel Core i7 (3rd Gen./Ivy Bridge) based Intense PC: the Intense CCTV Pro and Intense PoE Pro. Customized versions can also be ordered that are built around the high-end, microserver focused uSVR, or the Fit-PC3i, which adds a second gigabit Ethernet port and a second HDMI port compared to the Fit-PC3. The uSVR version of the CCTV product is shown below.



Fit-CCTV Pro with AV cables
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Here, we’ll focus on the Intense- and Fit-PC3 based models in their Pro, Barebone configurations. The Intense models are also available in Core i3-based PC Business models, among other variations. The Fit-PC3 models are also available in LP models, which use the dual-core, 1GHz, AMD G-T40E with 6.4W TDP instead of the Pro’s dual-core, 1.65GHz AMD G-T56N with 18W TDP. The LP model is only 2.5cm thick instead of 4cm for all the other Fit-PC3 and Intense PC models. All the systems support Linux and Windows 7, either pre-installed, or as a user-loadable option (Barebones).

In addition to offering Intel instead of AMD processors, the Intense models differentiate from the Fit models by offering a second gigabit Ethernet port, but are otherwise very similar. The Intense/Fit-PoE models are equipped with the FM-PoE FACE module, while the Intense/Fit-CCTV models use the FM-VC FACE module.

The Intense- and Fit-PoE systems are designed to support and power up to four IP video cameras via four additional Power-over-Ethernet (802.3af) gigabit Ethernet ports. The ports also offer Port Switched Ethernet (PSE) capability.

The Intense- and Fit-CCTV models instead support up to 16 PAL/NTSC/SECAM video cameras with eight audio input channels via two DB15 video capture ports. The CCTV version also offers eight GPIO lines and an RS485 port for pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) capability. Video capture APIs, Ffmpeg, and ZoneMinder support are said to be freely available.



Intense Poe Pro block diagram
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As shown in the common feature table below, both Intense PC and Fit-PC models offer similar functionality beyond the FACE extensions. These include up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, room for a 2.5-inch SATA HDD/SSD, as well as mSATA and dual SATA ports. They all offer WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0, as well as HDMI and DisplayPorts.

Other common features include S/PDIF and analog audio ports, dual Mini-PCI-Express sockets, and four USB ports, two of which are USB 3.0. Each of the FACE modules add two more USB 2.0 ports, for a total of six USB ports apiece. The passively-cooled dust-proof aluminum enclosures support temperature ranges of up to -40 to 70°C.



Intense CCTV Pro block diagram
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Summary of specifications

Specifications listed for the “Pro Barebone” versions of Fit-CCTV, Fit-PoE, Intense CCTV Pro, and Intense PoE Pro include:

  • Processor – choice of 6x 64-bit AMD G-Series and Intel Core 3rd. gen. CPUs ranging from AMD G-T40E (dual-core, 1GHz, Radeon 6250 GPU, 6.4W TDP) up to Intel Core i7-3517UE, with defaults as follows:
    • Intense CCTV — Intel Core i7-3517UE (dual-core, 1.7GHz/2.8GHz, 17W TDP)
    • Intense PoE — Intel Core i7-3517UE (dual-core, 1.7GHz/2.8GHz, 17W TDP)
    • Fit-CCTV — AMD G-T56N (dual-core, 1.65GHz, 18W TDP)
    • Fit-PoE — AMD G-T56N (dual-core, 1.65GHz, 18W TDP)
  • RAM — up to 16GB DDR3
  • Storage:
    • 2.5-inch HDD/SSD
    • mSATA port
    • 2x eSATA ports (SATA 2.0/3Gbps on Intense models, 3.0/6Gbps on Fit)
  • Display — HDMI 1.4a (up to 1920 x 1200); DisplayPort (up to 2560 x 1600)
  • Wireless — 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth 3.0; dual antennas
  • Networking:
    • Intense CCTV — 2x gigabit Ethernet
    • Intense PoE — 6x gigabit Ethernet (4x with PoE/PSE, via FACE)
    • Fit-CCTV — 1x gigabit Ethernet
    • Fit-PoE — 5x gigabit Ethernet (4x with PoE/PSE, via FACE)
  • AV capture (CCTV models only):
    • 16x composite analog video NTSC/PAL/SECAM capture channels
    • 8x pairs are located on each of two DB15 connectors
    • 1x channel per pair usable for real-time AV or audio-only capture
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 3.0
    • 4x USB 2.0 (2x via FACE)
    • S/PDIF 7.1 I/O
    • Stereo line-out, mic-in
    • RS232/RS422/RS488 RJ11 port (CCTV models only)
  • Expansion — Full-size mini-PCIe with mSATA; half-size mini-PCIe
  • Operating temperature — -40 to 70°C
  • Dimensions — 16 x 19 x 4cm; passively cooled die-cast aluminum
  • Operating system — Linux; Windows 7

 
Further information

The Fit-PoE and Fit-CCTV prices start at $482, while the Intense PoE and Intense CCTV prices starts at $553, says CompuLab. It’s unclear whether these are the Pro prices or lower-end models. All are available now.

More information may be found in Compulab’s Fit-CCTV and Fit-PoE announcement and especially in the company’s comparison chart for all four Pro Barebone models. (All the systems can also be purchased in versions pre-installed with Linux or Windows 7.) CompuLab also has a product page under construction for the Fit-CCTV, and is likely working on pages for the other three models.
 

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