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MeLE PCG63-APL4 Fanless Gemini Lake Mini PC To Launch in Q2 2018

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Gemini Lake mini PCs are being announced at CES 2018, and we can expect them to sell in Q2 2018 for a price similar to Apollo Lake models all other features being equal. We’ve already seen ZOTAC ZBOX PI226 & PI336, ASUS unveiled their PN40 mini PC with few details, and of course Intel’s own GLK NUCs should be brought to market soon enough.

MeLE has made some decent Apollo Lake mini PCs in the past year with their PCG35 Apo and PCG03 Apo models, so it’s no surprise the company is now showcasing their upcoming PCG63-APL4 based on Gemini Lake processors at CES 2018.MeLE PCG63-APL4 specifications:

  • SoC (one or the other)
    • Intel Celeron J4005 dual core Gemini Lake processor up to 2.0/2.7 GHz with 12EU Intel UHD Graphics 600 @ up to 700 MHz; 10W TDP
    • Intel Celeron J4105 quad core Gemini Lake processor up to 1.5/2.5 GHz with 12EU Intel UHD Graphics 600 @ up to 750 MHz; 10W TDP
    • Intel Pentium J5005 quad core Gemini Lake processor up to 1.5/2.8 GHz with 18EU Intel UHD Graphics 605 @ up to 800 MHz; 10W TDP
  • System Memory – Up to 8GB LPDDR4
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC flash, M.2 SSD slot (40 and 80mm), SATA slot for 2.5″ HDD/SSD, SD card slot
  • Display – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60Hz, VGA
  • Audio – 3.5mm headphone jack, audio output via HDMI
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB – 3x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 3.1 type C port, 1x USB 2.0 port
  • Misc – Security lock, power button, window for IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 12V via power barrel jack
  • Dimensions – TBD

PCG63-APL4 is quite a confusing as it sounds a like “Apollo Lake 4”, using something like PCG63-GLK1 may have more sense.

The complains said they plan to support both Windows 10 or Ubuntu, but last year, they completely ignored Ubuntu, and AFAICR did not launch any Ubuntu models, like they did in 2016. Mass production is scheduled to start at the end of March 2018, which probably means sales will start in early Q2 2018. No pricing info was provided.

Via Liliputing

  1. willy
    January 10th, 2018 at 19:56 | #1

    @cnxsoft: are you sure about gemini lake ? you mentionned apollo lake only in the SoC section, so maybe APL4 is fine in the end.

  2. January 10th, 2018 at 20:00 | #2

    @willy
    Yes sure. Sorry I made a mistake using “Apollo” instead of “Gemini” in the specs. All processors in the new mini PC are part of Gemini Lake family.

  3. bantoto masabo sigola
    January 10th, 2018 at 23:54 | #3

    what i like to not about whats interesting in these geminilake chips is that it has a dedicated hdmi chip instead a dp to hdmi chip like what intel was doing with their nucs – it cause alot of problems with kodi

  4. Tomm
    January 11th, 2018 at 01:04 | #4

    Very bad future bios support.

  5. Ron
    January 11th, 2018 at 03:23 | #5

    So it has a heatsink and no fan.
    But it probably gets full with a lot of dust inside the heatsink… Couldn’t they implement a better design?

  6. January 11th, 2018 at 05:02 | #6

    Finally a well tought out heatsink design. Having the heatsink outside of the case and not on the inside is much better than what zotac does with their zboxes. It looks beefy enough to even for a 15W U-CPU or more.
    These chinese companies improve their design at a staggering rate, but there is still room to go. Now if they would also understand that natural convection in passive heatsinks normally occurs in a vertical fashion and would account for that vertical airflow, that would be even better. Also a silver passive heatsink is not ideal, black anodizing would improve heat radiation by more than 10% with the same heatsink.

    @Ron: Dust is not at all a problem with this design as fin spacing is pretty big and the heatsink is very oversized. Imagine how quickly the dust clogs normally when all this dusty air is sucked into the chassis by a fan and then through fins 3 times as dense as this design. There is less air movement than fan-based design, thus less clogging. The only difference with this design is that you could actually see dust between the fins because it is outside and you could eventually clean it. But as i stated, the cooling solution seems pretty oversized for a 10W Soc, it will work fine even with a thick layer of dust on it.

  7. January 11th, 2018 at 06:34 | #7

    @Ron
    If they made the heatsink smooth you could use the device* as an iron while compiling the kernel. “IronPC(tm)”.
    *for best results configure the device as a wifi connected headless server

    • Ron
      January 11th, 2018 at 07:16 | #8

      Generally, a heatsink is inside the box, and not outside.

      And maybe even this heatsink could have been placed at the bottom and not on the top (maybe it would require to alter the placement of the components inside the box).

      Just for an example: Apple makes fanless Macbooks, and they don’t look like that, and their chassis is very thin – even though their CPU has a higher wattage.

  8. January 11th, 2018 at 09:40 | #9

    @Tomm
    What problem(s) have you had with MeLE BIOS?

  9. Ron
    January 11th, 2018 at 16:54 | #10

    And it would have looked better if the chassis was the same color as the heatsink – silver or black, and didn’t have 2 contrasting colors.

  10. Winston Platt
    January 12th, 2018 at 01:47 | #11

    @Ron

    Good point.

    According to the wisdom of the Interwebs (including Wonkeypedia)

    “In natural convection a black or dark colored heatsink will perform 3% to 8% better than an aluminum heatsink in its natural silverish color. This is due to the fact that dark colors radiate heat more efficiently.”

    So the color of the heatsink would be signigicantly better if it was black, the same as the main enclosure, both from an aesthetic and functional perspective.

    One does wonder why they chose silver? So that the usual gray fluff it will accumulate does not show up as it would do with a silver gray heatsink?

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