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Retail-oriented 21.5-inch panel PCs run on Kaby Lake and Bay Trail

Mar 21, 2019 — by Eric Brown 494 views

Ibase’s 21.5-inch “UPC-7210” and “UPC-6210” panel PCs run Linux or Windows on 7th Gen Kaby Lake-U and Bay Trail CPUs, respectively. Highlights include 64GB SSDs, mini-PCIe, mSATA, and IP65 protection.

Sometimes there’s a fine line between digital signage players and touch-panel PCs. Touch panels tend to be bulkier with lower resolution and fewer multi-display options while also offering more industrial interfaces and greater ruggedization features. They also, of course, have touchscreens, although some signage players, such as Advantech’s UTC-542 offer touch support, as well.

Aimed at “smart retail applications,” the “visually appealing,” Intel 7th Gen “Kaby Lake-U” based UPC-7210 and Intel Bay Trail equipped UPC-6210 touch-panel systems share some qualities found on pure signage systems such as Ibase’s Apollo Lake based SE-102-N. Yet, they also offer enough ruggedization and industrial features to qualify as panel PCs. Other Ibase panel PCs include the open-frame, Kaby Lake-U or Apollo Lake based OFP series in 15- and 21-inch configurations and the Skylake based IPPC1x05-RE in 15-, 17-, and 19-inch sizes.

UPC-7210 (left) and UPC-6210
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The two new UPC fanless systems share much in common, including identical 21.5-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel, projected capacitive IPC touchscreens with “a full flat bezel design.” The backlit displays support 10-point multi-touch and gesture touch and offer front-panel IP65 rated protection against water ingress. Other display specs include 250-nit luminance, 89 percent light transmission, 1:1000 contrast, and 178/178-degree viewing angles.


Both models provide a 2.5-inch SATA bay that ships as a default with a 64GB SSD. Other common features include a RS-232/422/485 serial port, a 3.5mm audio jack, dual 2W speakers, and a power button. The 9-Kilogram systems support 0 to 50°C temperatures and ship with VESA 100×100 mounting for walls, desks, or swivel arms.


The UPC-7210 runs Linux Kernel 4+ or 64-bit Windows 10 on 7th Gen Core U-series chips. The dual-core, 15W chips include the 2.8GHz/3.9GHz Core i7-7600U, the 2.6GHz/3.5GH i5-7300U, and the 2.4GHz i3-7100U.

UPC-7210 side panel
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The system ships with 4GB DDR4 but can expand up to 32GB RAM. A full-size mini-PCIe slot supports mSATA. It’s unclear if this is the sole avenue toward the “optional wireless solutions” promised for both devices.

The UPC-7210 is equipped with 2x GbE, 4x USB 3.0, and DisplayPort and HDMI ports. The system runs on 12V/24VDC power.


The UPC-6210 supports a dual-core, 1.33GHz Atom E3825 or quad-core, 2.0GHz/2.4GHz Celeron J1900 from Intel’s aging Bay Trail generation of low-power SoCs. The system supports Linux Kernel 3+ and 32/64-bit Windows 7 and 10. You cannot expand beyond the default 4GB DDR3L.

UPC-6210 side panel
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The UPC-6210 has fewer dedicated ports than the UPC-7210, but greater expansion capability. The system provides single GbE, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 DisplayPort, and VGA ports.

There are also 2x full-sized mini-PCI slots (1x with mSATA) and a third, half-size mini-PCIe. (The press release differs from the product page in noting only two mini-PCIe slots.) A 12V DC input is available.

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the UPC-7210 and UPC-6210. More information may be found in Ibase’s announcement and on the UPC-7210 and UPC-6210 product pages.

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