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Rugged mini-PCs have four gigabit ports, run Ubuntu

Aug 21, 2014 — by Eric Brown 3,279 views has launched four rugged mini-PCs based on 3rd Gen. Intel Core CPUs, featuring four gigabit ports, Ubuntu, and optional PCI and PCIe expansion.

The four new LPC480x models are the latest members of the Little PC family of mini-PCs from (formerly Stealth Computer), which include the circa-2011, Intel Atom D525 based LPC-125LPM. The company sells about 50 different LPC models available with Windows or Ubuntu Linux. The systems are designed for embedded control, digital signs, kiosks, mobile navigation, thin-clients, POS, and Human Machine Interface (HMI) applications.

LPC-480G4 (left) and fanless LPC-480G4FS
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LPC480x models: similarities and differences


The LPC480x models, which start at $1,495, are available with Intel’s quad-core 3rd. Generation Core i7 3610QE or dual-core Celeron B840 processors, each clocked to 1.9GHz, although the fanless LPC-480G4FS supports only the Celeron. The models are largely identical except for slight differences in size, and the following features:

  • LPC-480G4FS — fanless model with SSD storage only and Celeron only, and no extended temperature support
  • LPC-480G4 — standard model with HDD or SSD
  • LPC-480PCIG4 — adds PCI slot with HDD or SSD
  • LPC-480PCIeG4 — adds PCIe slot with HDD or SSD

LPC-480PCIG4 rear view (left) and LPC-480PCIEG4 front view
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The LPC480x systems range from 9.9 x 5.7 x 1.65 inches for the standard model to 10.0 x 5.8 x 2.8 inches for the PCI and PCIe models. They all offer wide-ranging 10 – 26VDC power supplies, and except for the LPC-480G4FS, support -10 to 45°C temperatures.

LPC-480G4 port detail, front (left) and rear
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The LPC480x ships with 4GB of DDR3 RAM, expandable to 8GB or 16GB. VGA and DVD-D ports are available with dual-display support. The LPC-480G4FS ships with a 120GB SSD and the other models ship with 500GB HDDs or SDDs. In both cases the SATA 3 socket supports drives at up to 1TB. The systems also provide slim slot loading DVD-RW/CD-RW drives, with optional Blu-Ray.

LPC-480G4FS port detail, front (left) and rear
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All the systems provide four gigabit Ethernet ports, four USB 3.0 ports, and two USB 2.0 ports. You also get dual RS232 ports, dual PS/2 ports, and audio I/O. They all provide a pair of optional Mini-PCIe slots, one of which supports an optional WiFi module. In addition, the LPC-480PCIG4 supplies a PCI slot, and the LPC-480PCIeG4 instead adds a PCIe x4 slot.

LPC-480PCIEG4, front (left) and rear. LPC-480PCIG4 ports appear to be identical
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Specifications listed for the LPC-480x models include:

  • Processor — Intel 3rd Gen. Core i7 3610QE (4x cores) or Celeron B840 (2x cores) @ 1.9GHz (Celeron B840 only for LPC-480G4FS)
  • Chipset — Intel HM76 (Panther Point)
  • Graphics — Intel HD3000 graphics (Celeron B840) or Intel HD4000 (Core i7 3610QE)
  • Memory — 4GB DDR3 with optional 8GB or 16GB
  • Storage:
    • SATA 3 (6Gb/s and 3Gb/s) bay
    • 500GB HDD with optional HDD or SDD up to 1TB (except LPC-480G4FS)
    • 120GB SSD standard on LPC-480G4FS with options up to 1TB SSD
    • Slim slot loading DVD-RW/CD-RW (SATA)
    • Optional DVD-RW/Blu-Ray burner (SATA)
  • Display:
    • VGA/HD-15 port
    • DVI-D port (digital only)
    • Dual display support
  • Wireless — optional 802.11b/g/n via Mini-PCIe (RALink RT3090)
  • Networking — 4x gigabit Ethernet ports (3x front-facing) with Intel Pro 1000 PL (82574L) controller; PXE boot
  • Other I/O:
    • 4x USB 3.0 ports (front-facing)
    • 2x USB 2.0 ports
    • 2x RS232 ports
    • 2x PS/2 ports
    • Audio line-out jack (Realtek HD ALC892)
    • Audio mic-in jack (front-facing)
  • Expansion:
    • 2x optional mini-PCIe (full- and half-size)
    • PCIe x4 2.0 slot (LPC-480PCIeG4 only) for up to 8.5-in. card; supports x4 and x1 cards
    • PCI 2.3 (32-bit) slot (LPC-480PCIG4 only) for up to 8.5-in. card; supports 3.3V and 5V cards
  • Other features — Reset button; LED; RTC; wake-on event; hardware monitoring; rugged aluminum chassis; optional wall-mount brackets
  • Power:
    • 10 – 26VDC (84W max.) input (+/-5% @ 7A for PCI/PCIe models)
    • Ext. AC adapter with 100~240V AC @ 1.5A 50-60Hz input
    • Optional remote power-on
    • ACPI 4.0a compliant power management
  • Operating temperature — -10 to 45°C except for 0 to 40°C on LPC-480G4FS
  • Weight — 3.45 lbs (1.56 k) plus power supply (1.35 lbs (0.62 k); differs based on config.
  • Dimensions:
    • LPC-480G4FS — 250 x 159 x 55mm (10.0 x 6.1 x 2.17 in.)
    • LPC-480G4 — 250 x 146 x 42mm (9.9 x 5.7 x 1.65 in.)
    • LPC-480PCIG4 and LPC-480PCIeG4 — 250 x 147 x 71mm (10.0 x 5.8 x 2.8 in.)
  • Operating system — Ubuntu Linux; Windows XP/7/8/Server 2008; optional QNX, etc.

Slide-open case on the LPC-480PCIeG4
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Further information

The LPC-480x systems are available now, with prices starting at $1,495, including a storage drive. More information may be found at the following product pages, which each link to calculator pages for customized configuration shopping:

    LPC-480G4FS — fanless model with SSD storage and Celeron only and no extended temperature support
    LPC-480G4 — standard model with HDD or SSD
    LPC-480PCIG4 — adds PCI slot with HDD or SSD
    LPC-480PCIeG4 — adds PCIe slot with HDD or SSD


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2 responses to “Rugged mini-PCs have four gigabit ports, run Ubuntu”

  1. moldor says:

    But what a dumb freaking design – USB ports on the front yes, but who the hell wants ethernet ports there ?

    • Tom says:

      These are not intended for desk use, so it doesn’t matter where the ports are.

      As it has four gig ports, it is targeted more at router applications anyways.

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