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HABEY USA Announces First “Tunnel Creek” Intel Atom E600 Embedded PC

Last week, Intel announced the launch of their brand new Atom E600 SoC (system on a chip) processor series for embedded systems, intended for use in closed devices such as set top boxes, in vehicle entertainment systems and IP Phones.

HABEY USA have moved quickly to offer the new chip in their BIS-6622 Fanless PC, which offers HD Video decoding and playback in a tiny (5″ x 5″ x 1.75″) chassis. The Intel Atom E6XX series ships with an integrated graphics processor capable of handling a range of popular video formats including hardware acceleration of H.264, MPEG4, VC1, and WMV as well as MPEG4 and H.264 hardware decoding up to 1080i at 30fps, reducing the processor load. With tiny processor speeds of just 0.6GHz, 1.0GHz and 1.3GHz on offer, that’s a good thing.


BIS-6622_HandThe BIS-6622 supports a 1.8” hard drive with micro SATA connector, and DDR2 800 memory up to 2GB. A mini-PCI slot on the motherboard offers support for PCIe mini cards (for Wi-Fi support). You’ll also get 4 external USB 2.0 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports as well as HDMI and VGA ports. Clearly the PC is intended for industrial use as a digital signage player or thin client, but with support for Windows, Windows Embedded OSs and Linux, we’d love to try it out as a Media Center PC. With Acer and ASUS showing off Media Center on Windows Embedded last week at the Intel Developer Forum, clearly the future of the platform is in smaller consumer electronics devices like this (well, maybe not this small).

Don’t expect to be hammering out Call of Duty 4 here, but if you’re looking for a fun enthusiast project for your weekends, the BIS-6622 may be a great entry point into the world of Embedded PCs.

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