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Low profile mini-PC runs Linux on Haswell CPUs

May 6, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 4,199 views

Giada’s compact i200 mini-PC for thin client and signage runs Linux on a 4th Gen Intel Core, and offers mini-PCIe, mSATA, and automated scheduling features.

These days you’re more likely to find mini-PCs that run Android, typically billed as media players, than mini-PCs that run other Linux distributions. Some, such as the SolidRun Cubox-I 4X4, run both Android and Linux while others, such as devices based on Intel’s NUC reference design, tend to run Windows or Linux.

Giada i200 front (left) and rear
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The new i200 is not a NUC, but falls in the same category, supporting Linux or Windows. Giada, the brand name of JEHE (Shenzhen Jiehe Technology Development Co., Ltd), a large China computer equipment vendor, is pitching the i200 at thin client, signage, and other enterprise or industrial applications.

At 5.1 x 5.1 x 1.0 inches, the i200 is comparable in size to many Android TV-PCs, such as Ugoos UT2 or Probox2 EX, although it’s considerably larger than the 2.0 x 2.0 x 2.0-inch Cubox-I 4X4. On the other hand, the i200 is one of the smaller x86 based mini-PCs on the market, can be ordered with any of Intel’s 4th Generation “Haswell” Core i3, i5, or i7 processors, and offers dual mini-PCIe expansion slots.

The Giada i200 is touted for the company’s own patented JAHC technology for protection against unscheduled power-offs. JAHC provides for automatic power-on, as well as automatic restarts in the case of a system crash. It also enables scheduled power on and off, and the ability to use an IR controller to turn the system on and off, which is helpful when the device is positioned out of reach using the optional VESA mounting.

The i200 measures a slim 130 x 129 x 26mm
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The i200 supports up to 8GB DDR3L RAM, and offers an mSATA slot shared with mini-PCIe for SSD storage. A second mini-PCIe slot supports USB or 3G communications, supported with an available mini-SIM slot. The mini-PCIe slot is also likely the connection for the optional WiFi module.

A gigabit Ethernet port is provided along with four USB 3.0 ports, a COM port, and DisplayPort and HDMI ports. The 19V/12V device appears to be primarily aimed at indoor use, as it has a limited 0 to 40°C range.

Specifications listed for the Giada i200 include:

  • Processor — Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 (4th Gen. Haswell) with 5W to 15W TDPs, Intel HD Graphics 4400 with DirectX 11 support
  • Memory — up to 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz (down-clocked to 1066MHz) via 1x SODIMM
  • Storage — mSATA port for SSD (shared with mini-PCIe)
  • Display:
    • HDMI 1.4 port with audio
    • DisplayPort 1.2 with audio
  • Wireless/expansion — Mini-SIM slot; optional 802.11b/g/n module
  • Networking — gigabit Ethernet port with Wake-on LAN
  • Other I/O:
    • 4x USB 3.0
    • Audio headphone and mic jack (Realtek HD 5.1 via DP or HDMI)
    • COM port
    • JAHC switch for extended RTC custom scheduling, shutdown, and resume
  • Expansion — 2x Mini-PCIe (1x full-length with mSATA, 1x half-length with USB and 3G)
  • Other features — watchdog; IR sensor and extender port; optional VESA mounting
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 40°C
  • Power — 19V/12V input with AC adapter
  • Dimensions — 130 x 129 x 26mm (5.1 x 5.1 x 1.0 inches)
  • Operating system — Linux; Windows 7/8

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the Giada i200. More information may be found in Giada i200 product page.

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One response to “Low profile mini-PC runs Linux on Haswell CPUs”

  1. mark v says:

    Amazon has the i200-BG000 starting at $239 for the celeron model with 2GB RAM and 60GB SSD. Configurations soar to $1029 for the i5 model with 8GB RAM, 960GB SSD, wifi and bluetooth included.

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