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Igel M300C Thin Client

As can be seen in the photographs my Igel M300C came without any mounting foot. (Stock photo is on the right). The datasheet does say:

"CAUTION: Standard deployment of the device is in vertical position, horizontal deployment only supported with optional rubber feet!"

The M300C is the core of Igel's UD3 (Generation 2) line of thin clients. The latest UD3 thin clients (Generation 3) have moved on to the M310C. The M300C reached end-of-life status in February 2011 but support continues until March 2014.

There is nothing on the hardware that indicates the date of manufacture but the Universal Desktop line was launched in January 2009

Specifications

The basic specs are:

Processor
   Type
   Speed
Via Eden
800 MHz
Memory
   Flash
   RAM
1GB
512Mb (max 1GB)
Video
   Chip
   Max resolution
Via CN700
1920 x 1420 16-bit colour
Ports
   Video
   Network
   USB

   Serial
   Parallel
   PS/2
DVI
10/100
1 x USB2.0 front
4 x USB2.0 rear
1
none
Kybd
Power
   Supply
   Plug
   Off
   Running
12V 4A (label)
Coax 5.5mm/2.1mm
7W
16W
Dimensions
W x H x D4.75cm x 19.1cm x 20.3cm

The M300C runs Linux.

CPU

For those to whom it matters here is some detail from Linux's /proc/cpuinfo

vendor_id:CentaurHauls
cpu family:6
model:13
model name:VIA Eden Processor 800MHz
stepping:0
flags:fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 sep mtrr pge cmov pat clflush acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 tm nx pni est tm2 xtpr rng rng_en ace ace_en ace2 ace2_en phe phe_en pmm pmm_en

PCI

The output from the linux lspci command:

00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.1 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.2 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.3 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. PT890 Host Bridge
00:00.4 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.7 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237/VX700 PCI Bridge
00:0f.0 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:10.0 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.1 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.2 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.3 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.4 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 86)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 ISA bridge [KT600/K8T800/K8T890 South]
00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 60)
00:12.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II] (rev 78)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/P4M800 Pro/P4M800 CE/VN800 Graphics [S3 UniChrome Pro] (rev 01)

Power Supply

The IGEL M300C uses an external 12V supply with a conventional coaxial type connector. Although the M300C data sheet says it comes with an "48~50W External Power Adapter" I find that the M300C I actually runs at a very modest power consumption of 14~16W.

Expansion

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Memory

Both the Flash memory and the RAM in the M300C are easily replaceable.

The flash memory is a Compact Flash card plugged into a socket adjacent to a 44-pin IDE connector.

There is a single 200-pin DDR2 SODIMM socket for the RAM. The 512MB DIMM supplied with the unit is labelled: 512MB DDR2 PC533 520230-0704 and is manufactured by Transcend. The M300C data sheet says: "DDR2-533 SO-DIMM x 1 (up to 1 GB)"

Disk

There appears to be a small quirk with the M300C (or a Hitachi Microdrive). I wanted to install some software on a Hitachi Microdrive plugged in to the CF socket. I decided the easiest way to do this was from a hard disk plugged into the IDE connector. I installed a jumper on the IDE drive to configure it as a slave drive. With just the Hitachi Microdrive plugged in the BIOS reports:

IDE Primary Master [HMS360404DD5CF00]
IDE Primary Slave [ None]

With just the hard disk plugged in I get:

IDE Primary Master [ None]
IDE Primary Slave [HITACHI_DK23AA-60]

...and with both plugged in I get:

IDE Primary Master [HMS360404DD5CF00]
IDE Primary Slave [ None]

However, if I replace the Microdrive with a Compact Flash card I get:

IDE Primary Master [SanDisk SDCFH2-4096]
IDE Primary Slave [HITACHI_DK23AA-60]

Go figure!

Other

expansion On the underside of the unit (if mounted vertically) is a 44-pin plug. I have no idea of exactly what this interface is but the UD3 data sheet does say: "The UD3 series is available with an integrated smartcard reader and a Connectivity foot that offers wireless network connectivity and/or an additional serial port for legacy peripherals."

The connector can be seen in the photo of the main circuit board just below the lower heatsink.

 


Any comments? email me. Added December 2010    Last update March 2017