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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Shuttle XS 3510MA ION2 mini-pc

1. Features, specifications

Shuttle has recently released an interesting product that many users are curious about, an Nvidia ION 2 - based mini PC with an Atom dual-core processor on board. The device is promising to offer high performance and at the same time quiet operation, due to its fanless design. Today we will examine the XS 3510MA complete system, which is based at the XS35GT-804 platform.

Shuttle's XS35 series was officially announced in the middle of September. A total of eleven models are included in the new series of mini-PCs. Nine of them boast a compact format of just 38 mm in width, high connectivity and a completely passive (fanless) cooling system. As the smallest-ever Mini-PC from Shuttle (25.2 x 3.85 x 16.2cm, DWH]) the XS35 offers particularly low energy consumption.

The series uses the Intel Atom D510 dual-core processor (2x 1.66 GHz), SO-DIMM memory, 2.5 inch hard disks and slim-line drives. Shuttle’s XS35 series is offered in a number of very different variants. Nine complete systems with or without operating system as well as two barebones (without memory, drives and operating system) are available. The Shuttle Barebone XS35 includes Intel GMA 3150 graphics, while the Shuttle Barebone XS35GT includes next-generation NVIDIA ION graphics with VGA + HDMI outputs.

- Features

Based at the XS35GT-804 platform, the XS 3510MA that we have in our labs is a complete Mini-PC in the 1-litre class and armed with Windows 7 Home Premium. Intel's Atom D510 Dual Core Processor (2x 1.66 GHz) codenamed Pineview. It comes with an NVIDIA ION graphics card (ION2), which has both the memory controller and graphics core on-die, helping to keep heat dissipation and memory latency low. The ION 2 graphics core promises to provide streaming 3D and full-HD 1080p resolution video playback. The CPU is connected to the Southbridge NM10, codenamed Tiger Point. The device is also offering an HDMI connection, 5 x USB, VGA, LAN and Audio.

For wireless communication, WLAN (n) is already integrated. The small casing includes a card reader, 2MB DDR2 memory, a 500GB hard disk and a slim-type DVD writer. The XS 3510MA is 100% passively cooled, and thus virtually noiseless. The optional PV01 accessory enables the machine to be fitted to VESA-compatible screens or mounts.

Multiformat card reader
At last – no more searching for missing digital camera leads. Simply insert the memory card and you can access all stored photos and videos immediately.
Anti-theft protection
The Kensington Lock forms part of the anti-theft system. As with many other Notebooks, this Mini-PC can also be safely locked, ensuring long-term enjoyment from your Shuttle product.
Suitable for Linux operating systems
This model was successfully tested with openSUSE Linux by Novell. All machine functions worked without problem immediately after installation (Version 11.1 was tested).
Fan-less external power supply
An external power supply provides the Shuttle Mini-PC with its energy. And since it works without a fan, it is completely noise-free.
Connections without all those annoying cables
Data is transferred by WLAN completely without cables. Accessing the Internet and local network resources (e.g. printers) is now child's play when within range of an access point/hotspot.
Generous supply of USB ports
This Shuttle Mini-PC offers 6 ports, with further ports for internal expansions located on the mainboard.
Compatible with Microsoft Windows 7
This Shuttle Mini-PC is ideally prepared for the new Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.
Fanless and whisper-quiet
The fanless technology used in this PC means it is incredibly quiet. Doing away with these mechanical components also reduces the number of wearing parts, making the machine more durable and stable.
HDMI interface
Goodbye cable spaghetti! Modern flat-screen TVs and large-format TFT screens can be connected to this Mini-PC with just a single thin cable. Often the audio output is also transferred in high quality via the HDMI cable. If your Mini-PC already has a Blu-ray drive, the path to high-definition entertainment is clear.
Integral DVD burner
Play your favourite DVDs or store up to 8.5 GB of data on just one DL storage medium. Many other DVD formats are supported.

- Specifications

  • Chassis
    Dimensions without stand: 25.2 x 16.2 x 3.85 cm (DxHxW) = 1,57 litre
    Dimensions with stand: 25.2 x 18.5 x 10.04 cm (DxHxW)
    Hole for the Kensington Lock at the back panel
    Optional accessory: 75mm and 100mm VESA mounting kit (PV01)
    Warning: Please make sure the system is always placed upright 
    using either its stand or the optional VESA mount.
    Ventilation holes must not be blocked to ensure sufficient cooling.
  • Operation System
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
    9 languages available: German, English, French, Dutch, Italian, 
    Spanish, Swedish, Finnish, Danish
  • Processor
    Intel Dual-Core Atom processor D510 (Codename: Pineview-D)
    45nm manufacturing process, FCBGA559
    Intel Hyper-Threading technology: 2-threads per core
    Intel 64 architecture, Core clock: 1.66GHz
    L2 Cache: 1024kB , TDP: max. 15W
    Integrated North Bridge with controller for memory and graphics
  • Cooling
    Passive, completely fanless cooling
  • Chipset
    Intel® NM10 Express Chipset
    Platform Controller Hub (PCH)
    Code name: Tiger Point
  • BIOS
    AMI BIOS in a 2Mbit Flash ROM supports PnP, ACPI 3.0
    Supports external USB flash memory card boot up
  • Memory
    2048MB DDR2-667 (PC5300)
    One SO-DIMM module with 200 pins
  • Optical drive
    Optical Super-Multi DVD writer drive in slimline format
    Serial ATA interface, 12.7mm height
  • Hard disk drive
    500GB Serial ATA hard disk 6.35cm/2.5" format
  • Discrete Graphics
    Graphics processor: Next Generation NVIDIA ION
    Power consumption: TDP = 12 Watts
    Video RAM: 512MB DDR3
    DirectX 10.1
    Two display ports:
    - Digital HDMI v1.3 output (DVI via adapter), max. 2560 x 1600
    - Analog VGA output, max. 2048 x 1536
    - Supports Extended Desktop Mode and Clone Mode
    NVIDIA PureVideo HD supports full HD decode (1080i/p)
    Supports Blu-ray play back in combination with an optional slim-line 
    Blu-ray drive and appropriate software
  • Integrated Audio
    IDT92HD81 Audio Codec with Azalia support
    Two analog audio connectors (3.5mm): 
    1) Line out (head phone)
    2) microphone input
    Digital Audio via HDMI port
  • Card Reader
    4-in-1 card reader at the front side
    Supports SDHC, SD, MS und MS-pro memory cards
    PCIe Interface
  • Wired Network
    RJ45 connector supports 10/100 Mbit/sec.
    PCI-Express x1 interface
    Supports S3 Wake-on-LAN (WOL) feature
    Supports Deep Sleep Mode (DSM)
    Combo controller JMC261 (for LAN and card reader)
  • Wireless Network (WLAN)
    Supports IEEE 802.11b/g/n, max. 150Mbps up-/downstream
    Security: WPA/WPA2(-PSK), WEP 64/128bit, IEEE 802.11x/i
    Single-chipset: Realtek RTL8191SE
    Half size Mini-PCIe-Card
  • Connectors
    HDMI v1.3 supports Digital Video and Digital Audio
    VGA Analog Video (D-Sub 15 pol., analog)
    5x USB 2.0 (1x front, 4x rear)
    Network (LAN, RJ45)
    Audio Line-out (head phone)
    Microphone input
    DC input for power adapter
  • LEDs and Buttons
    Power button
    Power LED (white)
    Hard disk LED (blue)
  • Power supply
    External 40W AC/DC power adapter (fanless)
    AC Input: 100~240V AC, 50~60Hz

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