What are Intel Atom Mini Computers?

Intel Atom Mini Computers

What are Intel Atom Mini Computers?

An Intel Atom Mini Computer is an ultra-compact, industrial-grade computing solution that is low-powered and robust; making it great for space and power-constrained deployments. Intel Atom computers are hardened to endure challenging conditions in industrial settings where systems may be exposed to dust, debris, shock and vibration, extreme temperatures, and more. Because these computers have a small form factor, they are capable of deployments in space-constrained locations like kiosks, digital signage, video surveillance, and other applications.

Intel Atom Mini PC Features

Key features of Intel Atom Mini Computers

Compact Size

Their small footprint makes deploying them in space-constrained environments quick and easy. The Intel Atom mini PC is small, at 105MM (W) x 105MM (D) x 37MM (H), making the system small enough to fit within the palm of your hand.

Passive Cooling

One main feature of the Intel Atom Industrial Computers is its passive cooling with a fanless design. Industrial computers use a specialized mini computer case that acts as both a hardened enclosure to withstand external conditions and a heatsink to pull heat generated by internal components out of the system. Passive cooling is enabled with copper pipes that come into contact with the CPU and other components to rapidly distribute the heat throughout the case. Then the external aluminum fins dissipates the heat into the surrounding air. Because of the fanless design, the case is fully closed meaning debris, dust, and contaminants that can harm the internals of the computer is no longer a threat.

Low Powered

Intel Atom Mini PCs utilize their ultra-low powered processors that are suitable for entry-level workloads. Because these mini PCs are built for single purpose applications, it does not require the intensive compute power that traditional desktops have. Intel Atom processors are extremely power efficient and have a low TDP of 8W-10W (traditional desktops typically have 35-65W TDP). This is ideal for power-constrained applications where stable power can be spotty. These low-powered mini PCs can operate from outlets and intake battery power if stable power is not available.

Wide Operating Temperature and Power Input Ranges

These Intel Atom Industrial-grade Mini Computers support a wide operating temperature range, from -40⁰C to 85⁰C, permitting deployment in extremely cold and hot environments. So, whether you need a small computing solution that can be deployed in the middle of Antarctica during the freezing cold winter or in the Mojave Desert during the scorching hot summer, mini Atom PCs will operate reliably under such deployments. Industrial computing solutions are also equipped with a wide power range, from 9V to 50VDC, making systems compatible with a variety of different power input scenarios. Additionally, systems are equipped with power protection features that include overvoltage protection, overcurrent protection, and reverse polarity protection.

Shock and Vibration Resistant

Intel Atom Mini PCs computing solutions are not only resistant to dust and debris, but also shock and vibration because to its cableless design and utilization of SSDs instead of HDDs. Industrial Intel Atom PCs can withstand up to 5Grms of vibration and 50Gs of shock in compliance with the MIL-STD-810G. This makes these computing solutions ideal for deployment in spaces where the system will be exposed to frequent shock and vibration.

Rich I/O

Even though Mini Atom Computers are compact and low-powered, Premio has equipped them with rich I/O, enabling connectivity to both modern and legacy technologies. USB Type-A ports (USB 2.0 & USB 3.0) are standard on all industrial computers, enabling connectivity to modern peripherals that require high-speed connectivity. Also, they are equipped with Serial COM Ports (RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485) for connectivity with legacy technologies.

Rich I/O and connectivity with RCO-1000 Intel Atom/Celeron Computer

Rich Connectivity

When it comes to connectivity, mini industrial computers come standard with dual ethernet ports, enabling organizations to connect systems to the internet and LAN with ultra-low latency data transfer speeds. Also, it supports Wi-Fi 6, providing high-speed wireless LAN connectivity for applications that require low-latency wireless connectivity. Moreover, systems are also equipped with Dual SIM sockets for cellular connectivity, allowing systems to be deployed in mobile and remote environments where wireless and wired LAN connectivity are not available. Dual SIM sockets allow users to add two cellular carriers for redundancy. If one of the carriers is not available, the system can be programmed to connect to a second carrier, ensuring that the system remains connected to the internet for remote monitoring and control.

Which Intel Atom Processors Should You Configure Your Embedded Computing Solution With?

The Intel Atom embedded computers offered by Premio can be configured with either the Intel Atom E3827 processor or the Intel Atom E3845 Processor. The Intel Atom E3827 is an industrial-grade processor featuring dual-cores, clocked at 1.75GHz 8W TDP. The E3827 is an excellent CPU because it provides modest performance and is ideal for remote and mobile deployments.

Intel Atom vs Intel Celeron Processors for Industrial Mini Computer

If you need more processing power yet still want to maintain power efficiency, industrial computers can be configured with the Intel Atom E3845. The E3845 is an industrial-grade processor the features four cores, clocked at 1.91GHz 10W TDP. This CPU is significantly more powerful than Intel’s Atom E3827, thanks to double the number of cores and higher clock frequency.

If you need even more power, you should explore Intel Celeron Mini Computers as they can be configured with the Intel Celeron J1900 CPU. The Intel Celeron J1900 uses little energy similar to the Intel Atom Series thanks to its 10W TDP. Also, it provides modest performance with four cores, clocked at 2.00GHz. By configuring your system with the Intel Celeron J1900 vs. the Intel Atom E3845, the J1900 has a higher base clock speed, and it has a turbo frequency of 2.42GHz, providing bursts of additional performance when the system requires it.

Why Choose Premio Industrial Intel Atom PCs?

You should choose Premio as your source for industrial Intel Atom computers because Premio has been designing and manufacturing industrial embedded computing solutions in the United States for over 30 years. Premio makes Premium industrial computers, ranging from low-powered SoC designs, featuring Intel Atom and Intel Celeron processors, as well as more powerful computing solutions, featuring the powerful Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. For example, Premio offers the RCO-1000 Series fanless mini industrial computer that can be configured with the Intel Celeron J1900 processor (Quad-Core). Whichever options you choose, all processors are low-powered yet efficient, having a maximum TDP of 10W or less. Even though they are low-powered, they are capable of providing sufficient performance for entry-level workloads that do not require tremendous processing power. Premio’s mini computing solutions are among the most reliable industrial computing solutions on the market today.

If you need assistance choosing a computing solution, please contact us, and one of our embedded computing professionals will assist you with choosing a solution that meets your specific requirements.

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