VIA unveils ultra-compact, fanless AMOS-3002 system

By on May 18, 2012, 4:00 PM

VIA has unveiled a new ultra-compact PC aimed at use in the in-vehicle control, digital signage, and kiosk markets. Dubbed AMOS-3002, the device is powered by a dual-core, 1GHz Eden X2 processor along the 1080p HD capable VX900H media system processor, and operates with a completely fanless design within a robust chassis measuring 19.7cm x 10.4cm x 4.9cm (WxDxH).

Other specs include a couple COM ports, six USB 2.0 ports, line-in and outputs, a DIO port, VGA and HDMI, in addition to a solid array of connectivity including dual Gigabit ethernet, and optional 3G & WiFi via a MiniPCIe expansion slot. Storage is provided through a Cfast slot for a SATA interface Flash drive, while an optional storage sub-system expansion chassis offers support for a standard 2.5-inch SATA drive.

Makes sense considering it is destined for installation in tight spaces and operation in moving vehicles when used to power an infotainment system. As such, VIA claims their tiny machine is designed to survive temperatures between -4F and 140F as well as 50 Gs' worth of shock.

It’s unlikely we’ll see one of these in store shelves anytime soon as VIA is likely to work directly with OEMs building embedded applications. That means there’s no word on pricing either, but it’s interesting to see companies advancing these tiny and (presumably) affordable yet capable computers.

The system can be used with Windows Embedded, Windows CE, or Linux.




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tonylukac said:

They have windows embedded and windows ce and can't have a separate tablet version. It seems like 13 year olds thought this up.

Guest said:

You simply don't know what you're talking about. That's actually an excellent device. The inclusion of com ports and the fact that it's fanless opens a lot of doors. This isn't a consumer product at all. This could be used easily for point of sale systems. It could be screwed under counter tops and used as a cash register. Or like the article states, to power digital signs.

If the device is three or four hundred dollars it'll be a hit all over the board. Many applications.

The only thing I'd wonder is how much support it will have. What kind of drivers will they make for it? What kind of touch screens will work with it. Most POS systems run on Embedded so it will probably work well in that application.

Guest said:

Actually in theory it "should" be able to run Windows RT tablet OS for x86. Here's the specs which shows it as an x86 CPU capable of running multiple OS:

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Guest said:

"Windows RT tablet OS for x86" - oops I meant windows 8 for x86, not RT. So many OS in 2012 getting confused lol

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