Fitlet: A Linux-Friendly, Fanless PC Smaller Than A NUC
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 14 January 2015 at 03:19 PM EST. 15 Comments
HARDWARE --
The Linux-friendly CompuLab PC hardware vendor has unveiled their newest fanless, tiny PC.

CompuLab is the Israeli PC manufacturer of industrial computers, single-board computers, etc. Given the industrial focus of the company, Linux is important to them and generally their hardware plays great with various Linux distributions. Over the years at Phoronix I've reviewed their Intense-PC, Utilite, Trim-Slice, and their other interesting petite PCs.


The Fitlet is described by the company as "a tiny fanless PC full of openness" that comes in as even smaller than Intel's popular NUC computers. In fact, it's a third the size of a NUC. While the Fit-PC2 went with Intel Atom SoCs, the Fitlet models that were just announced are all based on AMD SoC designs. The Fitlet-B uses an E1-6200T and the Fitlet-I / Fitlet-X uses an A4-6400T. These SoCs pull less than 4.5 Watts and sport Radeon R2/R3 Graphics. The Fitlets can ship with up to 8GB of RAM, mSATA drive support, and up to four Gigabit Ethernet controllers. The specs on the Fitlet are quite nice and can be shown in full via this product page.

Below is a chart from CompuLab for setting performance expectations for the Fitlet:


The official Linux distribution for the Fitlet is Linux Mint 17 but obviously its upstream (Ubuntu 14.04) or other Linux distributions should play fine too. Those wishing to find out more about CompuLab's Fitlet can visit Fit-PC.com. CompuLab will be sending over a review sample of one of these Fitlets. Right now they're ramping up production of this new series and I'm told I should see the unit around March.
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