Tranquil PC launches rugged mini PC powered by AMD APUs
Ever since Intel got in trouble with the 14 nm CPU shortages, system OEMs started to explore the AMD alternatives. We have seen this happening with desktop and laptop systems, but not too much with mini PCs. British OEM Tranquil PC offers AMD as well as Intel-powered mini PCs, but thinks AMD’s embedded APUs are actually better suited for industrial environments where multi-display setups are a must. To this end, the latest mini PC model coming from Tranquil PC is equipped with AMD’s Ryzen Embedded V1605B quad-core / octa-thread APU that integrates a Vega 8 GPU, which allows it to handle up to four 4K display outputs.
Dubbed the Mini Multi Display PC, the AMD-powered system is encased in a fanless industrial-grade aluminum chassis that can easily withstand the weight of a car. The fanless rugged enclosure also protects from dust, floating debris and moisture. Users can add up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM via two DIMMs and the enclosure only allows for M.2 SSD storage with capacities ranging between 120 GB and 2 TB. Other features include:
- 2x GbE jacks + optional dual-band Wi-Fi / Bluetooth kit
- Port selection: USB-C 3.1, 3x USB 2.0, mic-in, 4x DisplayPort outs
- Size: 54mm x 180mm x 157mm
- Weight: 3.96 pounds
The basic setup that includes 8 GB of RAM + 128 GB storage is priced at ~US$1,130, while the fully maxed variant with 32 GB of RAM + 2 TB SSD + Wi-Fi kit + Windows 10 Pro costs ~US$2,250.