Israel's CompuLab has announced a Q2 release for its most powerful miniature fanless PC to date. Designed for customization and extensibility, and based around Intel's second generation Core i processors, the Intense PC features a 6Gbps SATA 3 connection for internal 2.5-inch format hard drive or SSD storage, an HDMI 1.4 port with support for up to 1920 x 1200 screen resolution, and wireless LAN with two antennas. There are more physical connectivity ports than you can shake a stick at, and the unit only draws 8W of power when idle.

Low power, fanless computers like CompuLab's fit-PC3 are a natural fit for information kiosks, museum display points, and video walls. The company's new Intense PC further extends usage scenarios by providing a bit more processing oomph in the shape of an Intel Core i7-2610UE processor on an Intel HM65 Express chipset. The unit is available with up to 16 GB of dual channel DDR3-1333 RAM over two SO-DIMM slots and when combined with Intel's Turbo Boost technology, both i7 cores can reach 2.4GHz of processing power.

If your need doesn't dictate that much computing power, then the Intense PC can also come equipped with an i3 or a choice of two Celeron processors, each featuring onboard Intel HD graphics. A one-screw service door on the bottom of the 7.5 x 6.3 x 1.57-inch (19 x 16 x 4 cm) ribbed metal casing gives users access to the SATA3 connection, dual eSATA ports and an mSATA socket (shared with a mini-PCIe socket) for adding storage.

The new computer benefits from the same Function And Connectivity Extension Module (FACE) extensibility as the fit-PC3 before it, with available modules including an FM-LAN with four Gigabit Ethernet ports, and an FM-XTD with two mini-PCIe sockets.

As well as the HDMI port, a DisplayPort that supports screen resolution up to 2560 x 1600 also features, there's a 7.1 channels S/PDIF in/out, stereo line-out and microphone in, both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports in addition to 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0, and an RS232 full UART via mini serial connector.

Intense PC configurations will start at US$399.

Source: Intense PC