MSI Launches MS-9A29 SFF Embedded Fanless PC

Subject: Systems | August 5, 2013 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: SFF, msi, Intel, embedded, atom d2550

MSI recently launched the MS-9A29, which is a fanless small form factor (SFF) embedded PC. The new PC measures 196mm x 136mm x 43mm and weighs 1.2 kg. The MS-9A29 is encased in a small black chassis that is covered in fins to aid in passive cooling with the front and back banels hosting various IO ports.

Front IO includes four USB 2.0 ports and four COM ports. The back panel holds two RJ45 GbE jacks driven by two Intel 82583V NICs, one line out audio jack (Realtek ALC887 HD codec), two USB 2.0 ports, a single HDMI port, and one VGA port. Finally, the case provides two openings for antenna passthroughs.

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Internally, the MSI MS-9A29 features an Intel Atom D2550 processor (dual core at 1.8GHz, 10W TDP), Intel GMA 3650 GPU (400MHz), a single DDR3 SO-DIMM slot (4GB maximum), and Intel NM10 Express chipset. The motherboard can be accessed by a removeable bottom panel on the case. The system supports one SATA drive, one mSATA drive, and two Mini-PCI-E cards. One mini-PCI-E slot can be used for a 3G SIM card adapter.

The SFF MSI MS-9A29 can be mounted to the back of monitors or on a wall. It supports Windows 7 and Windows XP and can output video to two simultaneous displays. It is aimed at kiosks, signage, POS, and industrial machines. 

More information can be found on the MS-9A29 product page. However, the company has not yet released pricing or availability (expect it to be on the pricier side though as it is aimed at business/industrial users).

Source: MSI

August 5, 2013 | 10:13 AM - Posted by km3k (not verified)

You had me until Intel Atom w/ GMA 3650. Those things are total junk, especially in Linux.

August 5, 2013 | 11:01 AM - Posted by windwalker

Tell me about it.
My heart skips a beat every time I see "fanless" and sinks after I see "Atom".

August 5, 2013 | 05:57 PM - Posted by Crow (not verified)

I know that felling...

Why MSI is not using AMD‘s Temash? A6 1450 destroys it in performance, power consumtion and IPC!

August 5, 2013 | 05:58 PM - Posted by Dan (not verified)

Apparently you guys have no idea who the target market is for this.

August 5, 2013 | 06:00 PM - Posted by Kevin (not verified)

What IS this for? Have no idea.

August 5, 2013 | 10:15 PM - Posted by Dan (not verified)

kiosks, signage, POS, and industrial machines.

i.e. = not for the room in your moms house you 'rent' or dorm room.

August 6, 2013 | 01:14 PM - Posted by Crow (not verified)

...and how it compares to AMD‘s Temash/Kabini Geode‘s?

It literally shreds it into pieces, it piss and take a dump on it then it empties the gas can on it and lit it on fire like a mafioso... Ouch...

August 5, 2013 | 07:39 PM - Posted by OUCH! (not verified)

From the picture it appears the entire outer housing is metal and possible used to dissipate heat.

No way I would mount that to a tv or in a non ventilated rack.

What are the temps on the exterior at full load, atom w/gma or not.

August 5, 2013 | 08:01 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

The PDF data sheet does not actually say, but yes I'm guessing the chassis is aluminum to facilitate the fanless passive cooling design. I'm not sure on load temperatures, but it shouldn't get too hot....

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