Compulab Fitlet mini PCs were introduced in January 2015 with AMD Mullins processors, namely AMD A4 Micro-6400T or E1 Micro-6200T both of which including Radeon graphics, and supporting up to 8GB RAM, mSATA, up to two HDMI port, up to four Gigabit Ethernet ports.
The company has now launched Fitlet2 mini PCs, replacing AMD processors by Intel Apollo Lake SoCs, supporting up to 16 GB RAM, and designed for “demanding IoT applications” with support for wide temperature range, and long term support and warranty.
- SoC (from a choice among three)
- Intel Atom x7-E3950 quad core processor @ 1.6 / 2.0 GHz with 18 EU HD graphics; 12W TDP
- Intel Atom x5-E3930 dual core processor @ 1.3 / 1.8 GHz with 12 EU HD graphics; 6.5W TDP
- Intel Celeron J3455 quad core processor @ 1.5 / 2.2 GHz with 12 EU HD graphics; 10W TDP
- System Memory – 1x SO-DIMM 204-pin DDR3L Non-ECC DDR3L-1866 (1.35V) up to 16GB
- Storage – M.2 M-key 2260 | 2242 (SATA 3 6 Gbps) or eMMC (on a module) or 2.5” HDD | SSD; micro SD slot
- Display – mini DP 1.2 up to 4K @ 60 Hz; HDMI 1.4 up to 4K @ 30 Hz
- Audio – Stereo line-out | Stereo line-in / mic | 7.1 S/PDIF out | HDMI & DP audio
- Network Connectivity
- Up to 4x Gbit Ethernet (Intel I211) – two on-board and additional two through FACET card
- Optional wireless LAN 802.11ac dual antenna + BT 4.2
- Optional 4G cellular modem
- USB – Up to 8x ports: 2x USB 3.0 and up to 6x USB 2.0 – 4 USB ports through FACET card
- Serial – RS232 port (via micro USB port)
- Extensions – Function and Connectivity Extension T-Card (FACET Card) or M.2 E-key
- Power Supply – DC 9V – 36V input; 5W to 15W consumption
- Dimensions for 3 different all metal housings
- Low power housing – 112 mm x 84 mm x 25 mm
- Performance housing – 112 mm x 84 mm x 34 mm
- Industrial housing – 112 mm x 112 mm x 25 mm
- Weight – 350 grams
- Temperature Range – Up to -40°C to 85°C
- Relative humidity – 5% – 95% non-condensing
- Shock, vibration, and dust resistance
The mini PC supports Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB and Linux Mint, and is compatible with other operating systems. Mounting options include and VESA and DIN rail mounts. The BIOS supports automatic boot on power resume, and settings can be saved to flash memory, so Fitlet2 mini PCs can work without RTC. It’s also possible to disable the power button, a remote power-button connector is present, and an optional TPM module can be added for hardware security.
Beside the switch from AMD to Intel, a new feature of Fitlet2 is support for what Compulab calls FACET cards (Function And Connectivity Extension T-Card), basically mPCIe expansion modules, 4 of which are currently available:
- FC-LAN with two additional Gigabit Ethernet cards (for a total of four).
- FC-PCIe and FC-CEM with support for both 4G cellular modem and WiFi
- FC-USB adds 4 USB ports for a total of 8.
Other FACET cards are being working on for PoE, 2.5″ HDD/SSD, and optical LAN. Specifications and design guides for FACET cards for be found in the Wiki, so you could potentially design your own.
The company has also run GeekBench 3 on Fitlet2 computers, and compared to the previous generation Fitlet PCs, they offer both cheaper price, and better (CPU) performance.
Fitlet2 mini PC will be available from Compulab with 5 year warranty and 15 years availability. Pricing starts at $153, but there’s no buy link on their product page, and Fitlet2 is not listed on their Amazon Store yet.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
4 Replies to “Compulab Fitlet2 Fanless Apollo Lake Mini PC is Designed for Industrial IoT Gateways”
I think that J3455 model is really interesting for ~150$
Dual channel max 8Gb DDR3L + J4205 would been nice before Gemini Lake get released with J5005
150$ for that is REALLY good but gemini lake is gonna be released any day now
Anyone who buys this should check:
– CompuLab have remembered to lock down the FDT and run CloseMnf
– Signed firmware updates are supported by BIOS
CompuLab have a not very good track record of shipping products with glaring security issues in their firmware. See: CVE-2017-8083 and CVE-2017-9457.
I hope they will improve, but from my experience security is the last thing they think about. Out of sight out of mind does not apply well to security issues.