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Wyse X90cw: Hardware 


 


 

 



Wyse X90cw Wyse X90cw side views

The X90cw is one of the c family of X Class laptop style thin clients. Essentially it's a fairly standard net-book style laptop with an 11.6" screen. It's relatively small, light and portable.

Specifications

Processor
   Type
   Speed
Intel Atom Z520
1.33 GHz
Chipset
 SCH Paulsbro
Memory
   Flash
   RAM
2GB
1GB (Max 2GB?)
Video
   Screen
   Chip
11.6" WXGA 1366 x 768 LED backlight
GMA 500 integrated in SCH Paulsbo
Ports
   Display
   Network

   USB
   Serial
   Parallel
   PS/2
1 VGA port 15-pin D-Sub for external monitor
10/100
Integrated Wireless 802.11b/g/n
3 x USB2.0
none
none
none
Power
   Battery6 cell Li-Ion 5200mAH (up to 8 hours)
   Off
   Idle
   Running
0W
13W
~16W
Dimensions
H x W x D (mm)26.4-31.7 x 290 x 209

The operating system is Windows Embedded Standard.

CPU

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

vendor_id:GenuineIntel
cpu family:6
model:28
model name:Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU Z520 @ 1.33GHz
stepping:2
flags:fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts aperfmperf pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 xtpr pdcm movbe lahf_lm dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority

Single core CPU with Hyper-Threading.

lspci

The output from Linux's lspci utility:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) (rev 07)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) Graphics Controller (rev 07)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) HD Audio Controller (rev 07)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 07)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 07)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) USB UHCI #1 (rev 07)
00:1d.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) USB UHCI #2 (rev 07)
00:1d.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) USB UHCI #3 (rev 07)
00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) USB EHCI #1 (rev 07)
00:1e.0 SD Host controller: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) SDIO Controller #1 (rev 07)
00:1e.1 SD Host controller: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) SDIO Controller #2 (rev 07)
00:1e.2 SD Host controller: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) SDIO Controller #3 (rev 07)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) LPC Bridge (rev 07)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) IDE Controller (rev 07)
01:00.0 SATA controller: JMicron Technology Corp. JMB363 SATA/IDE Controller (rev 03)
01:00.1 IDE interface: JMicron Technology Corp. JMB363 SATA/IDE Controller (rev 03)
02:00.0 System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. SD/MMC Host Controller (rev 80)
02:00.2 SD Host controller: JMicron Technology Corp. Standard SD Host Controller (rev 80)
02:00.3 System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. MS Host Controller (rev 80)
02:00.4 System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. xD Host Controller (rev 80)
02:00.5 Ethernet controller: JMicron Technology Corp. JMC260 PCI Express Fast Ethernet Controller (rev 02)

Power SupplyWyse X90cw PSU

The external power supply is rated at 19V 3.42A. The one that came with the laptop was manufactured by Delta Electronics and carried the part # SADP-65KB A. eBay will find many supplies that quote the main number - many laptop chargers these days are 65W 19V supplies. I wondered whether the A on the end may indicate the type of tip fitted but I almost immediately found one with a straight connector on the end of the cable - my one has a right angle connector. Anyway, as far as I can determine, the plug appears to be a standard 5.5mm/2.5mm plug.

Expansion features

Everything is accessible on the underneath of the X90cw. Unlike some laptops/netbooks there are no expansion components located under the keyboard.

view of the expansion area of a Wyse X90cw

Memory

Flash/Disk: The X90 is fitted with a SATA DOM. This looks quite small and lonely as it is fitted in the space for a convential 2.5" disk or SSD. The Linux lspci command tells us that the controller is a JMicron JMB363 which is a SATA II controller (300GB/s). With a conventional 2.5" drive bay available, it is a simple matter to fit a high capacity alternative to the DOM.

Ram: There is a single SODIMM socket to take the RAM. I fitted a 2GB PC2-6400S Hynix part which worked perfectly. The maximum amount of RAM mentioned in the Wyse datasheet is 2GB. I don't know if that is their application limit or the physical limit of the hardware. The SCH US15W datasheet does say Support for a maximum of 2GB of DRAM.

SD Card: There is a card slot on the right-hand side of the X90cw. The data sheet identifies this as a 'Media slot 4-in-1 (MS/MS-Pro/SD/MMC). In a brief check I made of this socket it successfully recognised an anonymous 2GB SD card I had. It gave r/w errors with a 16GB SDHC card, so it is probably SD only.

Wireless

X90cw wireless card

802.11: The X90cw comes with a wireless card fitted. I was confused for a while here as I assumed that it was a mPCIe expansion card and yet it didn't appear in the PCI listing. It turns out that the card - an AW-NU706H - actually appears on the USB bus:

Bus 001 Device 004: ID 5986:0241 Acer, Inc BisonCam, NB Pro
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 13d3:3273 IMC Networks 802.11 n/g/b Wireless LAN USB Mini-Card
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0011:7788 Unknown Flash mass storage drive
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

The first item in the list is the integrated webcam, the next the wireless card and the last the 1GB flash drive that I'd booted Tiny Core from.

The AzureWave AW-NU706H is described in its data sheet as being an USB Half-Mini-card. This is an area I don't know much about - and wasn't even aware of before I came across the X90. It seems to be mixed in with PCIe but using USB 2.0 which is also available on the BUS.

Bluetooth: The X90 has an FCC/CE label on the bottom which mentions an AzureWave BT252 Bluetooth module. I can't see any sign of bluetooth in the Tiny Core data, but it does appear in the Windows Device Manager.

Mobile card

Mobile: There is a similar slot to the one used by the wireless card just by it. This has some aerial cables by it labelled WLAN. I subsequently got hold of a second example of the X90 and this one came with a Sierra Wireless MC8780 mobile PCIe module fitted here.

Other expansion slot

Wyse X90cw expansion socket There is another socket near the SATA connector. This looks like it may be an mSATA socket for an SSD. Once again anything I tried plugging in here was not recognised.

 


Any comments? email me. Added July 2016