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Rugged NUC mini-PCs run Linux on Broadwell and Bay Trail

Mar 13, 2015 — by Eric Brown 6,616 views

Logic Supply unveiled two rugged, Intel NUC “ML100” mini-PCs: one with two GbE ports based on a Bay Trail Celeron, and one with Intel’s 5th-Gen Core CPU.

In recent years, Intel has released Linux-friendly mini-PCs based on its Intel (Next Unit of Computing) reference design optimized for home theater applications (the Intel NUC Kit DN2820FYKH) and thin client duty (Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE). Now Logic Supply has announced two new NUC designs aimed at rugged industrial applications: a Bay Trail Celeron-based ML100G-10 and a 5th Gen Core equipped ML100G-30.

ML100G-10 (left) and ML100G-30 rear views
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ML400 mini-PCs

Like the Intel NUCs, the new ML100 mini-PCs support Linux, although no further details were supplied. In October, Logic Supply announced a series of Ubuntu-ready, Mini-ITX based ML400 industrial PCs using Intel Celeron (Bay Trail and Ivy Bridge) and Core (Haswell-ULT and Haswell) CPUs. The ML100 series follows through on the ML400G’s stylish contours and bright yellow-orange enclosures.


Logic Supply currently offers few details on the two new NUC-sized ML100 miniPCs, nor did it mention a ship date. However, a company rep said the ML100G-10 will start around $500, but the Broadwell system pricing has yet to be finalized.

The fanless, ventless systems boast aluminum enclosures and long lifecycle components. The mini-PCs are “engineered to stand up to the dust, harsh environments, shock and vibration,” says the company. That likely includes extended temperature ranges, although no specifics were listed.


Like the earlier ML400G-10, the ML100G-10 runs on a 22nm “Bay Trail-M” Celeron system-on-chip related to the Atom E3800, but it uses the quad-core Celeron N2930 instead of the Celeron J1900. The 1.83GHz (up to 2.16GHz turbo) N2930 features 2MB cache and an even lower 7.5W TDP.

ML100 rear view
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The ML100G-10 supports up to 8GB of DDR3L RAM and up to a 1TB mSATA SSD. The system ships with Intel’s 802.11AC WiFi module, as well as a dual-band antenna. The mini-PC is touted for offering dual gigabit Ethernet ports instead of the usual one GbE port found on Intel NUCs.

Front-facing I/O includes USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and RS232/422/485 ports. Rear ports include the dual GbE ports, dual USB 2.0 ports, dual HDMI ports, and an optional terminal block power with remote switch.


The ML100G-30 is available with one of two, dual-core Intel 5th Generation Core processors, code-named “Broadwell.” The first choice is the Core i3-5010U, clocked at 2.1GHz . The faster option is the Core i5-5300U at 2.3GHz, or up to 2.9GHz in turbo mode.

ML100G-30 front view
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Both SoCs offer 3MB cache and a 15W TDP, and integrate Intel HD Graphics 5500. Most of the speed enhancements on the 14nm-fabricated Broadwell processors are found in graphics-intensive applications. Intel claims they offer 24 percent better graphics performance and up to 40 percent faster video conversion than the previous 4th Gen Haswell Core processors.

The ML100G-30 supports up to 16GB of DDR3L RAM and up to a 512GB M.2 SSD. Once again, Intel’s 802.11AC WiFi module is available with a dual-band antenna. In this case, however, there’s only one rear-facing gigabit Ethernet port.

Front-facing ports include dual USB 3.0 ports, an RS232/422/485 port, and an audio jack. On the back you’ll find the GbE port, as well as another two USB 3.0 ports, two Mini DisplayPorts, and optional DIO and terminal block power with remote switch features.

ML100G-30 (in front)
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“The ML100 is designed to take the NUC places it’s never been,” stated Logic Supply Engineer Hans Brakeley. “In creating the ML100 we wanted to highlight what’s made the NUC so successful, its impressive size to performance ratio, and incorporate the features that make Logic Supply computers so unique, their proven industrial reliability.”

Further information

No ship date was provided for the ML100G-10 and ML100G-30 mini-PCs, which will initially be available in limited quantities. Pricing for the ML100G-10 will start around $500, whereas pricing for the Broadwell system has yet to be finalized. The Logic Supply ML100 product page is pretty lightweight at this point, but offers some more photos and a notification sign-up form.

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