NorhTec MicroClient range 




This section is currently under construction. As of December 2016 the Norhtec site was not responding so I've disabled the links for now.


The Norhtec MicroClient exists in a number of guises and it's not immediately obvious what you've got hold of. The MicroClients I have seen carry no labelling. There are some differences in the packaging which may help you decide which of the various models it might be. Each model also had a number of options - Serial ports, WLAN etc which may or may not be fitted.

Norhtec MicroClient Jr back view The MicroClient series are packaged in a case that's 11.5cm x 11.5cm x 3.5cm. There are occasional differences on the front panel such as the relative positioning of the Compact Flash slot and the USB ports, and the presence (or absence) of an on/off switch.

Norhtec MicroClient Jr back view The back view appears to be same across the range. Exactly what is fitted to it will depend on the options taken up when it was bought.


This my best guess based on the information I can find on the internet. Please feel free to email me with any corrections if you know better. The various data sheets I've found have been devoid of any dates and, unlike with many other products, there seems to be a dearth of press releases or catalogues to help sort out the timeline.


The original [] MicroClient was launched in 2005.


Norhtec MicroClient Jr front view This was followed up in 2006? by the [] MicroClient Jr. It was based on a 200 MHz SiS 550 CPU (x586 CPU with MMX extensions). It had 128MB of RAM onboard and 3 x USB1.1 ports. It had a Compact Flash card slot and an internal IDE connector.

Looking at the front panel the Compact Flash slot is below the USB ports and there is an on/off switch.


Norhtec MicroClient JrSX front view This was followed up in 2007? by the [] MicroClient Jr SX. This was based on a "System on a Chip", the Vortex86SX, that integrates a complete computer on a single CPU. (NB No floating point support). The CPU clock rate was 366MHz and there was 128MB of onboard RAM.

Looking at the front panel the Compact Flash card slot is above the USB ports and there is no on/off switch.

The MicroClient JrSX boots directly off CF (Compact Flash), LAN or USB devices. Optional RS232 ports are also available. There are options to add 2.5 IDE drives, WiFi, etc. Due to space limitations if internal IDE drives are installed, you cannot install WiFi or serial ports.


Norhtec MicroClient Sr front view

In 2008? the [] MicroClient Sr appeared. This was based on the a VIA ULV CPU clocked at 500Mhz coupled to the VIA CX700M. (VIA UniChrome graphics engine). Originally this shipped with 521MB of memory but subsequently there was an option for 1GB of RAM.

It was fitted with 3 x USB 2.0 ports and a Type I/II CF Slot


[] MicroClient Jr DX

Visually, the unit is identical to the MicroClient Jr, Sr, and the JrSX.

Norhtec MicroClient JrDX front view

CPU Xcore86 DX 1Ghz BIOS AMI BIOS Memory Onboard DDR 256 MB or 512 MB Display XGI Z9s with 32 MB DDR2 Audio Driverless Audio in and out Ethernet Integrated r6040 10/100 Mbps LAN with built-in PXE boot Remote Boot Rom Built-in ROM function, support PXE boot and Wake on LAN System Indicators One LED indicator shows power on. HDD 80 to 160 GB optional Power +5V @ 1.8 amp Operating Temperature -20 to 70 degrees C Operating Humidity 0% - 90% relative humidity, non-condensing Dimensions and Weight 115 x 115 x 35 mm, 505g Certifications CE and FCC


MicroClient JrMX 1Ghz Xcore86 CPU (x586 CPU with MMX compatible extensions) RAM 512 MB or 1GB 3 USB 2.0 ports RS232 requires only cable and ports, $5.00 to $15.00 SATA Hard Disk option (faster, lower cost) SD solid state storage (lower cost, more available)


Any comments? email me.    Last update January 2015