Toradex has introduced a tiny computer with an embedded Intel Atom E6xx chip called the xiilum. It’s based on the company’s latest Topaz. The aluminum die-cast housing is just 6 x 8.9 x 1.6 cm. x86 single board computer (SBC) featuring the Atom chip and Intel EG20T chipset. Toradex says the xilium is the world’s smallest Atom E6xx PC.
The TDP of the E6xx should range from 2.7 Watts for the 600MHz versions to 3.9 Watts for the 1.6GHz E680 and E680T, making this a very low power device. That allows for a fan-less design while still providing the functionality of a x86 PC.
The Topaz SBC itself is just 55 x 84 x 12.7 mm in size, and include 4 USB2.0 ports, a bootable microSD Card Slot, and a DVI-D output on a HDMI connector. The total package is roughly the same size as a small powered USB hub, but the computer offers the kind of power you’d get from a traditional Nettop range PC.
The only down side is that you’ll need to use a USB port to add any peripherals for WiFi, LAN, 3G, Bluetooth, or audio. That means the compact size won’t be so compact after fully equipping the system, but overall the system should remain pretty compact and flexible. While not everyone will need to connect every possible device to the system, or at least not all at once all the time as a matter of practicality.
The Intel Atom Processor E6xx Series (up to 1.6GHz) with Intel Platform Controller Hub EG20T, also integrates the Intel Graphical Media Accelerator GMA600, which features a top clock speed of 400 MHz, which is twice as fast as Intel’s older GMA 500 graphics platform. The integrated video decoder is able to accelerate MPEG-2, VC-1, MPEG-4, h.264, and AVC HD videos.
The platform can support video hardware acceleration that can be taken advantage of for HD video (up to 1920×1080). Whether the driver support will be better than the GMA 500 remains to be seen but the specs and early Intel demonstrations look promising.