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Shuttle launches its first Broadwell fanless barebone PC

by Mark Tyson on 20 February 2015, 11:20

Tags: Shuttle, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Taiwanese space-saving PC chassis specialist Shuttle has launched its first Broadwell-toting fanless barebone PC. The Shuttle DS57U 1 litre class barebone system includes the chassis, a motherboard, cooling system, power supply and an Intel Broadwell CPU pre-installed. All the purchaser needs to build a complete system is some RAM, a storage device and an OS.

Shuttle has chosen to equip the fanless DS57U barebone with an Intel Celeron 3205U dual-core processor (2x 1.5 GHz) with integrated HD graphics. This Broadwell chip, built upon the 14nm process by Intel, consumes less than 15W and requires only the passive cooling system as equipped by Shuttle. Due to the fanless cooling of the processor Shuttle says that the resulting completed PC should run "remarkably quietly," with the added bonus of less dust being sucked into the chassis by any fans.

The dimensions of the DS57U are as follows: 20 x 3.95 x 16.5 cm (DWH). It can be positioned standalone or mounted with a supplied VESA mount. Inside the chassis there is room for a single 2.5-inch sized fixed storage device, two DDR3L SO-DIMM slots for a maximum of 16GB of RAM, a full size mini PCI Express slot and a mini PCI Express slot containing a WLAN module.

Ports available to users include; two Intel Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, 2x USB 3.0, 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI and audio ports. The front panel provides an additional four USB 2.0 ports, two RS-232 interfaces and a card reader. The system also offers a multi-pin connector for remote power-on.

Shuttle's Head of Marketing & PR, Tom Seiffer, suggests that the DS57U will be deployed "wherever efficiency, quietness and longevity are required". The official product page adds that it is "an ideal platform for professional applications such as digital signage, POS, Kiosk, Thin Client, Cloud Computing, Office PC and Multimedia".

The recommended retail price for the Shuttle DS57U is EUR 192.00 (ex VAT) and it is available immediately Europe-wide.

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RS-232 interfaces

What are these hideous things ?!
What are these hideous things ?!

One goes to your cash drawer to tell it when to open, the other goes to a barcode reader or possibly a pinpad. I think Shuttle sell quite a lot of kit to shops.

I am more baffled by the twin ethernet sockets.
Firewall? Would make a great low powered smoothwall/proxy or similar.
There's also an element of redundancy - given there's no other expansion (ignoring USB), a failed LAN port would effectively render the machine useless. From a business perspective, a spare is a useful addition given the form factor etc. As a Shuttle dealer, I've had a few instances of failed LAN ports, and whilst a PCI(E) card usually solves the problem, that's not possible here. A sensible inclusion, I think, even ignoring the firewall option.
RS-232 interfaces

What are these hideous things ?!
This looks like a useful replacement for older PCs controlling CNC machines and there are still plenty of stepper motor controllers in service that use RS232, and older (even DOS based) control software may not play nicely with USB-Serial chips.

Even though you don't see serial or parallel ports as often on motherboards these days, many still have a serial header, useful for my plotter and Garmin Etrex.