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Rugged, fanless signage player runs Linux on Apollo Lake

Oct 31, 2017 — by Eric Brown 725 views

Ibase’s slim-height “SE-102-N” signage player runs Linux or Win 10 on an Apollo Lake SoC, and offers -40 to 70°C support plus 2x HDMI, mSATA, and mini-PCIe.

Ibase, which offers a range of embedded boards, panel PCs, network appliances, and more, has been making Linux-friendly digital signage players since at least 2009 when it released its SI-28. While that model was touted for its slim 35.5mm height, the SE-102-N nearly halves that with a 19.5mm vertical profile. This fanless, ruggedized signage player measures 190mm x 130 x 19.5mm overall.

SE-102-N (left) and top view
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The SE-102-N is designed for the retail, food, and hospitality busineswses that want to deliver “dual high-definition HDMI displays to targeted audiences in outdoor environments,” says Ibase. The 2x HDMI 1.4b ports support independent audio, as well as EDID (extended display identification data) simulation hardware “to prevent screen convergence problems and issues due to cable disconnection or failure to identify EDID,” says Ibase. The company also includes its iSMART “intelligent energy-saving and Observer monitoring technologies,” complete with automatic power on/off scheduling, automatic power recovery, low temperature boot protection, and hardware monitoring.

The system runs Linux or Windows 10 on the quad-core, 2.0GHz Atom x7-E3950 — the highest end model among Intel’s Apollo Lake generation Atom SoCs. Optionally, you can go for other Apollo Lake SoCs, which similarly feature Intel HD Graphics Gen 7-LP and 4K support, including the Atom x5-E3940, Pentium N4200, and Celeron N3350.

SE-102-N front (left) and vertical view
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The SE-102-N supports up to 8GB of dual-channel DDR3L-1866 RAM, and provides mSATA storage at up to 64GB. There’s also a separate, full-size mini-PCIe slot for WiFi, Bluetooth, 4G, or video capture. A SIM card slot and optional TV tuners are also available.


The signage player is further equipped with a PCIe-based Gigabit Ethernet port (Realtek RTL8111G), as well as 3x USB 3.0 ports, an RJ45-based RS232 port, and audio jacks. You also get a watchdog, a 12V DC jack, a 60W adapter, and a power button and LED.

The system supports -40 to 70°C temperatures per the PR and product page and -30 to 60°C according to the datasheet. The unit also resists vibrations to the tune of 5 grms / 5~500Hz with an SSD.

Further information

The SE-102-N appears to be available now for an undisclosed price. More information may be found on Ibase’s SE-102-N announcement and product page.

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