Thursday, November 9th 2017

Compulab Launches Miniature Fitlet2 PC with Apollo Lake CPU For $153

Compulab announces immediate availability of fitlet2. Based on Intel Atom x7-E3950 Processor (Apollo-Lake) with up to 16 GB RAM and storage options ranging from eMMC to 2.5" SSD, fitlet2 is one of the most versatile miniature PCs for IoT. fitlet2 functionality can be further extended with Compulab 2nd generation Function and Connectivity Extension T-Cards (FACET Cards). Like all other Compulab mini-PCs, fitlet2 is completely fanless, available at wide temperature range and is sold with 5 year warranty.

Miniature fanless design
fitlet2 measures only 112 mm by 84 mm, making it one of the smallest full-featured PCs on the market. An all-metal die-cast housing is used for fanless passive heat dissipation. There are several optional versions of the housing including low-profile 25mm and an industrial top cover for direct-mounting.
"IoT gateways have to be small, affordable and reliable" said Irad Stavi, Chief Product Officer at Compulab. "Furthermore, each IoT application requires a slightly different set of features. The most effective way to meet this requirement is by integrating an application-specific module into the gateway. fitlet2 achieves this flexibility with FACET cards."

Compulab developed several FACET Cards for fitlet2, including:
  • FC-LAN with two additional Gbit Ethernet cards (for a total of four).
  • FC-PCIe and FC-CEM with support for both 4G cellular modem and WiFi that together with dual Gbit Ethernet makes a capable miniature IoT gateway.
  • FC-USB adds 4 USB ports for a total of 8.
Additional FACET cards are under development, including FACET making filtet2 a PoE powered device, a FACET for integrating 2.5" HDD/SSD and a FACET for optical LAN. Compulab supports solution providers and 3rd parties in designing their own FACET cards. FACET specifications and reference designs are public.

fitlet2 is based on Intel Apollo-Lake SoC. Off-the-shelf it is offered with E3950 / E3930 / J3455. Other CPU variants are available for volume orders. The CPU is supplemented by DDR3L-1866 SODIMM at capacity of up to 16 GB. The fitlet2 has broad selection of modular storage devices including M.2 SATA SSD, modular eMMC card or 2.5" HDD/SSD. Wired networking is implemented by 2 to 4 Intel I211 Gbit Ethernet ports. Wireless networking includes modular WiFi adapter and 4G cellular modem adapter that can be installed together. fitlet2 supports dual-head 4K displays. Other I/O includes 4 to 8 USB ports incl. 2x USB 3.0, audio line-out, line-in and S/PDIF, a serial port and micro-SD socket.

Designed for IoT

fitlet2 is designed from the ground-up to meet present and future IoT requirements. It features the following IoT related properties:
  • 5 year warranty and 15 years availability
  • Operation in full industrial temperature range of -40°C to 85°C
  • Shock, vibration, dust and humidity resistance
  • Input power tolerance of 8V to 36V DC
  • Automatic boot on power resume (auto-on)
  • BIOS settings are saved to flash memory. fitlet2 can work without an RTC battery
  • Power button disable and remote power-button connector
  • Optional TPM
fitlet2 has multiple mounting and deployment options, including VESA and DIN-rail mounting, direct mounting with thermal coupling and an SBC model. This flexibility together with the inherent small footprint simplifies integration of fitlet2 in nearly any scenario including automotive, transportation, utility, industrial, retail and supply-chain IoT applications.


CPU: Intel Atom x7-E3950 | Intel Atom x5-E3930 | Intel Celeron J3455

RAM: Up to 16 GB (1x SO-DIMM 204-pin DDR3L Non-ECC DDR3L-1866 (1.35V)

  • M.2 M-key 2260 | 2242 (SATA 3 6 Gbps) or
  • eMMC (on a module) or
  • 2.5" HDD | SSD
  • mini DP 1.2 4K @ 60 Hz
  • HDMI 1.4 4K @ 30 Hz
  • 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 8 ports: 2x USB 3.0 and up to 6x USB 2.0 - 4 USB ports through FACET card

Audio: Stereo line-out | Stereo line-in / mic | 7.1 S/PDIF out | HDMI & DP audio

Serial: RS232

  • Function and Connectivity Extension T-Card (FACET Card) or
  • M.2 E-key
Operating systems:
  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB
  • Linux Mint
  • Compatible with other operating systems
Operating conditions
  • Input voltage range up to DC 9V - 36V
  • Power consumption 5W - 15W
Temperature: Up to -40°C to 85°C

Relative humidity: 5% - 95% non-condensing

Mechanical specifications
  • 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: 350g

  • All metal housing
  • Fanless convection cooling with no vents
Mounting: VESA | DIN rail

Price and availability
fitlet2 is available now from Compulab starting from $153.

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6 Comments on Compulab Launches Miniature Fitlet2 PC with Apollo Lake CPU For $153

Nice but 16GB? Intel spec says max memory for x7-E3950 is 8GB, who is wrong?
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Nice but 16GB? Intel spec says max memory for x7-E3950 is 8GB, who is wrong?
I think it's actually Intel.
My old J1900 and J2900 boards from AsRock also featured up to 16GB DDR3/DDR3L, and I did personally check it with DDR3L-1600 sticks, but the ARK still says 8GB.
It's probably a mass-misprint after the last ARK update few months ago. I know some older 22nm Atoms did not support anything higher than 8GB DDR3, but not the previous or current gen... so I'm sure newer ones do support at least 16GB RAM. Especially the x7 with it's quad-channel memory controller w/ ECC support and 40-bit PAE.
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They are aiming this product more towards a IoT business related device, however this would be a nice little htpc. It supports 4k 60hz. It looks like a little space heater, fanless, and comes with vesa mounting. I like it.
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Hmm, how do you guys think this would work for a low-end PFSense box?
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Hmm, how do you guys think this would work for a low-end PFSense box?
I was thinking the exact same thing!
With dual Intel Gigabit ports and a modern Atom processor, it should be more than powerful enough.
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Hmm, how do you guys think this would work for a low-end PFSense box?
More than enough.
You can pretty much turn it into any network appliance, from high-performance gateway/firewall to NAS.
One of my clients still runs PFsense on an old Atom D525 box with no issues (10PC office, moderate traffic).
Even Supermicro has a decent selection of low-power servers based on prev. gen. Avoton processors (of course, priced at $500+).
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