Habey Launches Fanless BIS-6922 and BIS-6636 Computers for Industrial Applicationsby Ganesh T S on November 19, 2012 12:00 PM EST
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Pursuant to our coverage of Aleutia's Relia fanless industrial PC, we received feedback from readers to provide more coverage for the industrial / embedded PC space. In this market, reliability and ruggedness are prime concerns. Habey USA (part of the NORCO group) has been in the industrial PC space since 1991. Recently, they have introduced two fanless PC models, one satisfying the requirements of the higher end market (where a lot of computing power is required), and the other for specialized embedded applications where the processing power provided by the Atom lineup is more than enough.
The BIS-6922 is Habey's high-end offering with support for both Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge CPUs, using the QM77 / QM67 chipsets respectively. The units are passively cooled with Habey's custom ICEFIN technology. The motherboard itself has 2 SO-DIMM slots, two GbE LAN ports and a 2.5" HDD / SDD bay. In terms of expansion slots, we have 2x mini-PCIe, 1 x PCIe x16 and 1 x PCIe x4 connectors. Two simultaneous displays can be driven with the VGA, DVI-D, HDMI and 24-bit LVDS intefaces.
Pricing varies from $416-455 for the barebones version (board and chassis), based on the quantity purchased. Full systems (including CPU, RAM and storage) are priced around $995 for an i3, $1195 for an i5 and around $1250 for an i7 CPU. Detailed specifications are provided below.
The BIS-6636 is a small form factor Intel Atom based system with dual NICs and up to 6 COM ports. Cedar Trail's PowerVR SGX545 GPU coupled with the VXD and VXE decoder and encoder engines allow Habey to advertise this unit for digital signage and NVR (networked video recorder) applications amongst other things. In terms oS support, we have drivers for Windows 7, Windows 7 Embedded and also embedded Linux OSes such as Timesys Fedora.
Pricing information is not available yet. Detailed specifications are provided below.
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Mr Perfect - Monday, November 19, 2012 - linkThe Habey site has six pages of models to choose from, is there a way to sort them by features? I was interested in finding a sealed unit with at least three serial ports on it(the BIS-6636 is promising, but it looks like it's vented), but sifting through them all manually is a little daunting.
Mr Perfect - Monday, November 19, 2012 - linkWow, I take it back, there are eight pages of industrial PCs, not six.
HabeyUSA - Monday, November 19, 2012 - linkWe understand that our website is currently a bit difficult to navigate. We are working on fixing the shortcomings of the current site. While I do not have a specific model in mind, I am pretty sure we will have a model that suits your needs, if not, we can always just custom build it. In addition to providing commercial off the shelf products we specialize in OEM/ODM with full customization. Your best bet is to give us a call and talk to a sales engineer that will be able to find the right product for your needs and application.
Mr Perfect - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - linkOkay, thanks for the reply.
markstock - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - linkI welcome this new part, having used a dual-core Atom-based Habey for three years in a public art installation. The Sandy Bridge CPU will be significantly more powerful than the Atom, especially for floating point. Plus, these cases are terrifically sturdy, and the hardware is durable---ours have survived unharmed even when left in an enclosure with a 20k lumen projector and a broken A/C unit.
One quirk that I'd like to see addressed by Habey is the lack of any visible indication that the unit is on. Maintenance people will either assume that the computer is off, or bump it and fear that they turned it off, and will toggle the power button. Would one LED hurt?
I'd also like to ask the reviewers if the hard drive mounting bracket is as hard to use as they were a few years ago: I had to carve plastic off the SATA connector on the hard drive side because the bracket had a piece of metal that protruded into the connector's space.
Thanks for paying attention to this product space!
HabeyUSA - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - linkAlways good to hear positive feedback from a customer! As far as I know, all of our current cases and systems will have a power indicator light. If you could let me know which system it is you are currently using we should be able to get you more information. We might even be able to send a different power switch that has an integrated indicator light. Shoot us an e-mail, we'll take care of you.
Kerdal - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - linkI must admit I'm a bit impressed, these are definitely a step above the products I currently have to use in one of my projects and the pricing on the BIS-6922 is certainly reasonable.
I was wondering, is there (or will there be) a non-barebone version of the 6922 (with an i5 cpu, hdd or ssd, preinstalled windows)? I searched the website a bit but could only find versions with the older cpus or atoms.
The problem is that we design systems but we can't actually buy the hardware for the client. Personally I wouldn't mind a barebone version and some assembly but I can hardly expect the guys over there to be able to do it.
HabeyUSA - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - linkThanks, we appreciate the positive feedback from the community. As to your question, yes we will be offering non-barebone configurations. We're actually in the process of getting it finalized, so we should have these systems up ready to order on Amazon within just a few weeks. Also, the actual price is much lower than the initially projected price we provided to Anandtech, I think you'll be quite surprised!