Intel’s Bay Trail platform includes low-power chips for tablets and notebooks as well as more powerful chips designed for desktop computers.
The most powerful of the bunch (so far) is the Intel Pentium J2900 CPU, and while up until now it’s been tough to get your hands on a device featuring the processor, Newegg is now selling a motherboard + CPU combo with the J2900 chip for $120.
Update: The ECS-BAT-I/J2900 is also available from SuperBiiz for $97.
The Pentium J2900 is a 2.4 GHz quad-core processor with a maximum TDP of 10 watts. It’s a 64-bite, 22nm chip with Intel HD graphics, like other members of the Bay Trail family. But this model has higher clock speeds and should offer better performance than the processors found in most Bay Trail laptops and tablets.
Intel’s chip supports up to 8GB of RAM, features 688 MHz graphics, and can handle dual display setups.
The ECS BAT-I/J2900 combo offered by Newegg features the Pentium J2900 processor along with a Mini ITX motherboard featuring 1 DDR memory slot, 4 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 ports, 2 SATA 3 connectors, 1 PCI Express slot, 1 mini PCI Express slot, HDMI, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, and PS/2 mouse and keyboard connectors as well as audio jacks.
While we often feature low-cost, low-power, single-board computers aimed at developers, this is very much a consumer-friendly device that you can use to build a low-power Windows or Linux computer. Some of the specs, such as the PS/2 ports lead me to believe it’s also aimed at enterprise customers though — and it’d probably make a decent starting point for a digital signage, kiosk, or point-of-sales system.
via Fanless Tech