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Giada Introduces Fanless Intel Braswell-Based F103D Thin Client

By - Source: Giada USA

Giada USA is no stranger to the IT marketplace for offering low-cost servers and thin clients that operate at low power ceilings, and it's doing it again with the announcement of its new F103D mini PC, which is designed for digital signage and thin client deployments.

Giada's F103D can be configured with the latest Intel Braswell chips, specifically the N3150, N3050 and N3000 processors, and it comes with 2 GB of memory onboard. The integrated Intel HD Graphics engine can be connected to a display using a VGA port or an HDMI port, and it is capable of 4K resolution at 30 Hz, provided you opt for the additional 2 GB SO-DIMM DDR3L module (for a total of 4 GB system memory). Giada says these components will remain relatively cool without the use of a fan, due to the processor's low 6-watt TDP.

For storage, Giada provides a single SATA III 6 Gbps port for use with a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD and an mSATA (6 Gbps) slot. The 190 x 149 x 26 mm device has an additional mSATA slot, but it is intended for use with an optional Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or 3G module.

In addition to the optional wireless module, Internet connectivity is provided by dual gigabit LAN ports. The F103D also has an impressive amount of peripheral connectivity for its size. Three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and even two COM ports give this thin client some serious versatility.

An optional remote control can be used when the F103D is deployed as a signage device, and the unit can be easily mounted behind a display. Further making a case that the F103D is an ideal signage system, Giada included its patented Jehe Active Hardware Control (JAHC) technology, which enables unattended power scheduling, wake up and remote control before the OS is active.

The F103D supports Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, in addition to x86 Linux operating systems. Android compatibility will be coming in 2016, according to the company.

The F103D with the Intel Braswell N3150 is $173, and the version with Intel Braswell N3050/N3000 chips is $153. Both are available now in the U.S.