Stealth releases fanless, silent mini PC
- By John Breeden II
- May 17, 2013
Fans are a necessary evil when it comes to most computers, because they are the best way to get damaging heat away from a system. Cooler computers are more efficient and less prone to breakdown. But fans come at a price. Not only do they suck in a lot of power, but they can also be noisy and prone to dust buildup and breakdowns of their own.
Stealth Computer has been working to eliminate fans from computers for a long time. The company’s latest Little PC, the Stealth LPC-480FS is a fanless, energy efficient, rugged mini PC designed for a large variety of demanding applications. Embedded control, digital signs, kiosks, mobile navigation, thin clients, point-of-sale and human/machine interfaces could all be served well by a small, fanless computer.
Stealth's LPC-480FS operates without noisy cooling fans that could draw in dirt and dust, potentially causing catastrophic failures. Stealth's fanless computers sit within a rugged extruded aluminum chassis that works as a heat sink to dissipate heat build-up. Its sturdy, small size and fanless design make it ideal for space-challenged locations. The LPC-480FS measures 6.1-inches by 10.0-inches and is 2.17-inchs tall.
The LPC-480FS fanless mini PC is powered by a high-performance Intel B840 mobile processor and has several connectivity options built directly into its small design. It has a Gigabit LAN; four USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 and two Serial/RS232 ports; Intel HD3000 graphics; audio In/Out; and two PS/2 ports. The LPC-480FS also supports up to 16G of DDR3 SODIMM memory and has SATA III support.
The LPC-480FS ships standard with a 128G solid state drive, which protection against vibration and shock. Systems are compatible with Microsoft Windows 7, 8, XP, Server 2008 and Ubuntu Linux, as well as QNX and embedded systems. The LPC-480FS has a base price starting at $1,395.
John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.