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Dell Edge Gateway 3000 Series Are Powered by Intel Bay Trail-I SoCs for Automation, Transportation, and Digital Signage

March 17th, 2017 No comments

Dell has recently introduced Edge Gateway 3000 series with three models powered by Intel Bay Trail-I processor, running Ubuntu Core 16 or Windows 10 IoT, with each model targeting respectively general-purpose automation, transportation & logistics, and digital signage and retail.

The specifications for the three models can be found in the table below.

Dell Edge Gateway 3001
Model for General-Purpose Automation
Dell Edge Gateway 3002
Model for Transportation & Logistics
Dell Edge Gateway 3003
Model for Media & Retail Kiosks
SoC Intel Atom E3805 dual core processor  @ 1.33 GHz (3W TDP) Intel Atom E3815 single core processor @ 1.46 GHz with GPU @ 400 MHz (5W TDP)
System Memory 2 GB DDR3L-1066
Storage 8 or 32 GB eMMC flash
Industrial-grade Micro-SD card: 8GB / 16GB / 32 GB / 64 GB
Connectivity 1 x 10/100 Fast Ethernet (RJ-45)
with PoE (15.4W)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Optional ZigBee module.
2x 10/100 Fast Ethernet (RJ-45), main port supports PoE (15.4W)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Integrated Zigbee/802.15.4 module for mesh
networking.
2 x 10/100 Fast Ethernet (RJ-45).
Main port supports PoE (15.4W)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Optional ZigBee module
Cellular Connectivity 3G or 4G LTE for select countries, US/Canada 4G LTE with AT&T or Verizon
Video & Audio DisplayPort 1.1 up to 2560×[email protected]
3.5mm Line Out/Line
In; RealTek codec
Serial Interfaces 2x RS-232/422/485.
GPIOs 8x channel, independently
programmable, DAC, ADC.
CAN Bus CAN2.0 A/B/FD 1Mbps (CAN2.0), 5Mbps (CAN-FD)
USB 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0
GNSS Integrated GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Pressure, Temperature and Humidity
Power Supply 12V-57V wide DC input;
PoE compliant with IEEE 802.3.af standard up to 15.4 W, 48 V over existing Ethernet infrastructure, no
modifications required.
Dimensions 125 mm x 125 mm x 51 mm
Weight Around 1.1 kg

While all three models can run Ubuntu Core 16 and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB 2016, the latter requires a 32GB eMMC flash. Each gateway also comes with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0, secure boot, BIOS password and I/O port disablement, and a fleet of gateway can be managed via Dell Edge Device Manager (EDM) cloud-based manageability suite (sold separately).

Gateway 30001 used for Mining Operations – Click to Enlarge

The gateway can be used for all sort of applications from mining management systems as shown above, to 18-wheelers, and revenue generating city fountains.

Dell Edge Gateway 3000 series will start selling this May for $399 and up. More details can be found on Dell website.

Dell Inspiron Micro Desktop with Intel Celeron J1800 or Pentium J2900 Starts at $180

June 1st, 2015 9 comments

We’ve already seen Chinese mini PCs based on Intel Bay Trail-D processors for less than $200, even with a 500 GB HDD as found in VX2 mini PC, but if you’d like to buy from a more established brand, Dell has launched two models of Inspiron 3050 Micro Desktop with Intel Celeron J1800 (dual core) and Pentium J2900 (quad core) selling respectively for $179.99 and $229.99 direct from Dell US, and they also have built-in Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac that you may not always find in the cheaper Chinese models.

Dell_Inspiron_3050_Micro_DesktopBeside the different processors, but models share the same specifications:

  • SoC
    • Intel Celeron J800 dual core processor @ up to 2.58GHz with Intel HD graphics
    • Intel Pentium J2900 quad core processor @ up to 2.67 with Intel HD graphics
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3L @ 1600MHz (SO-DIMM slot, up to 8GB supported)
  • Storage – 32GB SSD, SATA 3Gbps (up to 500GB),  3-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • Video Output – DisplayPort and HDMI
  • Audio I/O – Headset port (Combo Jack)
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0, Dual Band 2.4&5 GHz, 1×1
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 hot ports, 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Misc – Power button,  security cable slot
  • Power Supply – 19.50V/2.31A
  • Dimensions – 131 x 131 x 52.50 mm
  • Weight – ~ 590 grams

Dell_Inspiron_3050_Rear_PanelThe systems run “Windows 8.1 Bing 3.0 Desktop 64-Bit English”, and there’s no option for no OS or other operating systems. Based in the user’s manual, the mini PCs are not fanless, since it explains how to remove and/or replace the fan.

Dell also offers the mini PC with a keyboard, or a full system with a 23.8″ display on their product page.

Not directly related to the post above, but I’ve been informed than ECS LIVA mini PC (Intel N2807) with 2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC currently sells for just $100 on Newegg.

Thanks to Dirk and CSilie for the tip.

Dell Wyse Cloud Connect Android mini PC is Now Available for $129

January 30th, 2014 2 comments

Dell unveiled Project Ophelia about a year ago, and has now officially launched the product under the name Wyse Cloud Connect for $129. The device runs Android, but is mostly different from all the Chinese HDMI sticks thanks to its enterprise-oriented firmware that supports Wyse Cloud Client Manager software-as-a-service (SaaS),  PocketCloud software, as well as Citrix Receiver, VMware Horizon View client, and Microsoft RDP protocol for remote desktops.

Wyse_Cloud_ConnectWyse Cloud Connect specifications:

  • SoC – Multi-core ARM CortexA9  System-on-Chip (SoC). Last year’s prototype was said to use Rockchip RK3066, but it may have changed since then.
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 8GB NAND Flash + micro SD card slot (up to 64 GB)
  • Video Output – HDMI with MHL, DisplayPort
  • Connectivity – Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
  • USB – 1x USB mini for peripherals (keyboard/mouse), 1x Micro USB host port / external power input
  • Power – Micro USB or MHL (HDMI)

Cloud Connect has been mainly designed as a thin client for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environments, and securely access and share work and personal files, presentations, applications and more, but Dell also expects the device to be used for digital signage applications and education. Beside the remote desktop applications, you can also use Android 4.1 like in any other Android mini PC. Another differentiating feature of the device is the presence of MHL so that it can be directly powered by your TV or monitor via the HDMI port, if your screen supports MHL.

Wyse Cloud Connect, model name CS1A13, appears to only be available in the US, and the $129 price tag includes shipping.

Via Liliputing

Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Tablet Used as Desktop PC with 4 Monitors

November 9th, 2013 No comments

I’ve seen several attempts using a mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone as a desktop, such as using the Galaxy Nexus with an HDMI monitor via MHL, and Canonical’s Ubuntu for Phones and Tablets. The first solution runs Android, an operating systems not (yet) really suitable for desktop use, and Canonical solutions are still work in progress. But the recent video demonstration shown by Bernie Thompson, Plugable Technologies’ founder, with a Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet (about $300) powered by Intel Atom  Z3740D “Bay Trail” processor and running Windows 8.1, is the first one which seems actually usable for most desktop uses, baring high-end gaming, or other tasks where the quad core Intel Atom processor may not provide enough processing power.

Windows_8.1_Tablet_4_Monitors

The full setup works as follows. The Dell tablet is connected to a universal USB 3.0 docking station (UD-3000) via a micro USB OTG cable. The docking station used also provides a Gigabit Ethernet port, a DVI/VGA monitor port, and USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports. USB 3.0 to VGA graphics adapters are connected to the docking station, in order to be able to 4 VGA displays. Once the tablet is connected to the dock station, drivers are installed automatically in the tablet like any PC, and after about a minute, Windows 8.1 shows up on the four monitors. Everything looks really great, with the 4 monitors acting as one display, where you can drag and open windows to any of the displays. Once you done, you can just disconnect to microUSB OTG cable, and use the device as a normal tablet.

However, there’s at least one downside to this setup: the tablet’s USB port will switch to host mode, meaning you can’t charge the device while it’s connected to the docking station. That also means you’d better make sure you’re using a powered USB hub or docking station, or you’d quickly drain the battery.

Via UMPC Portal and Liliputing.

ARM Based Servers and Servers-on-a-Chip (SoCs) at ARM Techcon 2013

November 5th, 2013 2 comments

ARM Techcon 2013 took place on October 29 – 31, 2013, in Santa Clara, and several companies announced servers, or chips for server based on ARM technology. None of those are for home used, but for now ARM based servers target enterprise and cloud data. Yet end users may them indirectly when they access social networks such as Facebook, or other online services such as Paypal.

Calxeda ECX-2000 SoC

After their ECX-1000 quad core Cortex A9 Server-on-chip, Calxeda has announced ECX-2000 SoC featuring four Cortex A15 cores. The new SoC provides about twice the performance, 3 times the memory bandwidth, and 4 times the memory capacity (up to 16GB RAM) of the earlier chip.  

Calxeda ECX-2000

Calxeda ECX-2000

One of the key advantage of Cortex A15 over Cortex A9 is hardware virtualization that allows support for KVM and Xen hypervisors. ECX-2000 is supported in Canonical Ubuntu Linux 13.10 and can run Havana Openstack.

Other key features include:

  • On-chip Fabric Switch connects SoCs through low-latency 10Gb links
  • On-chip Management Engine provides out-of-band systems management capabilities while simultaneously governing power policies and optimizing network fabric routing
  • Integrated high-performance interfaces such as memory controllers with full ECC support and I/O subsystems for local SATA 2.0 ports and PCIe 2.0 support

ECX-2000 series SoC will be used in efficient data centers, web server farms, mid-tier application servers, content distribution networks, cloud storage, and emerging “Big Data” analytics.

Further information, including a product brief with detailed specs, is available from Calxeda ECX-2000 page. The company is also working on two SoC based on Cortex A57 that will be sampling in Q1 2014 and be mass produced at the end of 2014. One of them will be pin-to-pin compatible with ECX-1000 and ECX-2000, and the other more powerful.

Cavium Demonstration of Project Thunder ARMv8 SoC in Ubuntu 13.10

Cavium_Project_ThunderCavium has recently announced that Cavium’s Thunder ARMv8 processors are supported in Ubuntu 13.10, and both companies hosted private demonstrations of the Ubuntu Server 13.10 running on Cavium’s Thunder software development platform at ARM TechCon 2013. There’s no silicon yet, so this was done in a simulator (the development platform), but Ubuntu 13.10’s ARMv8 developer preview can be accessed now, and developers can start using, developing and testing for Cavium’s Thunder multicore ARMv8 processors before the Silicon is ready.

The company also unveiled that the Thunder developer platform with Ubuntu Server 13.10 will be available in HP’s Moonshot Discovery Lab to offer developers a head-start on porting, developing and testing on future cloud centric servers.

There does not seem to be much information about Project Thunder features and specifications at this time, but it should eventually become available on Project Thunder page.

Dell Microserver powered by Applied Micro XGene ARMv8 SoC

Dell demonstrated a 64-bit ARM server running Fedora 19, and powered by Applied Micro XGene 8-core SoC coupled with Dell Powervault MD1220 attached storage and a PMC SAS/SATA host bus adapter.

A desktop PC stream a movie from the server, and shows usage statistics of the server. You can watch a short demo below.

ARM Servers in Hewlett Packard Moonshot

HP_MoonshotHP had a keynote (About 50 minutes) at ARM Techcon 2013, where Martin Fink, CTO and Director, HP Labs, explained how IT changes over the years, HP solutions, and how ARM based server cartridges used in HP Moonshot can help.

Moonshot platform is composed of low power servers that share management, power, cooling, networking, and storage. Compared to traditional servers, HP claims the platform is capable of consuming up to 89% less energy, takes up to 80% less space, costs 77% less, and is 97% less complex (whatever that means).

There are 3 cartridges based on ARM Technology in HP Discovery Labs:

  • Based on Calxeda EXC-1000 for cloud apps – mobile, social and big Data
  • Based on Texas Instruments Keystone II (ARM Cortex A15 cores + DSPs) for apps such as VoIP, and seismic processing.
  • Based on Applied Micro XGene (8 ARMv8 cores) for 64-bit software support.

Moonshot_Calxeda_TI_Applied_Micro

These ARM based cartridges should be available next year.

Dell Project Ophelia Rockchip RK3066 mini PC / Thin Client and PocketCloud Suite

March 4th, 2013 7 comments

As announced at CES 2013, Dell will be the first multinational company to enter the Android mini PC with Project Ophelia, a mini PC powered by Rockchip RK3066 with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB Flash, which would just be an American copy of Chinese products without support for MHL, and PocketCloud, a software suite to access your computers’ desktop remotely, create your own private cloud, and manage your devices remotely.

Dell Project Ophelia

The specifications have not been disclosed, but I could gather some specs mainly from CNET:

  • SoC- Rockchip RK3066 Dual Core Cortex A9 @ 1.6Ghz
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 8GB Flash + micro SD
  • Connectivity:
    • Bluetooth
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (with push to connect button)
  • Video Output – HDMI / MHL
  • USB – microUSB
  • Dimensions –  8.89cm x 3.81cm

You can either power the device via MHL if you have a compatible television, or via USB like most other mini PCs, if you have an HDMI TV without MHL capability. The device should sell below $100 and be available within the first half of the year for both enterprise and private customers.

PocketCloud is currently composed of 3 programs:

  • PocketCloud Remote Desktop – With auto discovery, RDP, and VNC support. The Pro version also gives access to VMware View, multiple computers access, and RDP 256-bit NLA/TLS encryption
  • PocketCloud Explorer – Browse and manage your Windows/Mac file systems on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets and Windows RT tablets.
  • PocketCloud Web – Your own cloud: search, view, organize and share content from your remote computer

You don’t really need Project Ophelia to run those, as the first two are available on Google Play, and the third links to a web page, but with Project Ophelia and PocketCloud will provide a complete hardware and software solution.

In the video below, Charbax checks out Project Ophelia and PocketCloud at MWC 2013. I don’t find Dell’s representative did a very good job at explaining what the system does, but we still learn a few interesting things. PocketCloud Web allows you to share your files using your own storage (with Dropbox, you’d have to upload the files first, and share it later), which would allow you to save money, as it just uses your own storage if need, and you don’t need to go over the free storage limit (usually up to 5GB) provided by cloud storage providers. If you lose your device, you can disable access to your data remotely, and for enterprise users, you can easily block access to your network to former employees.

Dell Announces Copper ARM Servers Based on Marvell ARMADA XP SoC

May 30th, 2012 No comments

It looks like 2012 will be the year of ARM servers. After previous announcements of ARM servers based on Calxeda and Applied Micro SoC, Dell has just announced its own “Copper” ARM servers powered by Marvell ARMADA XP SoC (MV78460) that allegedly runs Ubuntu Server with a LAMP stack.

Dell Copper ARM Server (Click to Enlarge)

Dell “Copper” ARM server is composed of 12 sleds with 4 SoC each slotted into a 3U C5000 Chassis.

Here are the specs:

Form factor 3U chassis
48 independent servers
Architecture 1S 1.6GHz, quadcore Marvell Armada XP system on a chip (SoC)
4 discrete server nodes per sled
12 sleds per 3U chassis
Memory 1 DIMM slot
DDR3 UDIMM VLP, 1333MHz
up to 8GB per node
Drive bays 1 x 2.5″ SATA per node
Hard disk drives 2.5″ SATA (7.2K rpm)
Networking 1GB Marvell Ethernet uplink per node (QSGMII)
connected to Marvell Integrated L2 Switch (98DX4122)

Dell believes that ARM based infrastructures are ideal for Web front-end and Hadoop environments as they provide excellent performance per dollar and per watt, so they designed the “Copper” with the following characteristics:

  • Dell Copper servers are a shared infrastructure design, which allows easy deployment and reconfiguration of the sleds.
  • Each ARM server node draws about 15 watts max power, so the total power draw for a full chassis is less than 750 watts.
  • The server nodes discover themselves and interconnect when deployed, so workloads can easily run across the entire 48 nodes.
  • Four ARM server nodes per sled, and 12 total sleds, bringing a total of 48 server nodes to a single 3U C5000 chassis.

Dell has already started to ship those ARM server to select customers and partners around the world. However, Dell customers are apparently not interested in using 32-bit ARM servers in production environment , but instead plan to use those for testing and validation. The reason behind this is that apparently most software for data centers is written for 64-bit architecture, which means data center customers may only switch to 64-bit ARM once it is available. One of the partner is Canonical which will implement  full support Marvell ARMADA XP in Ubuntu 12.10. Dell will also provide remote-accessible Copper ARM server clusters deployed in Dell Solution Centers, and with the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), for other customers and developers and expects these clusters to be available by the end of the year.

You can watch the video introduction below and see what a full setup (3U C5000 chassis with 12 sleds looks like).

Further details may be available on Dell ARM Server page