Being an artist, I have an immense appreciation for artistry—in all forms. Working in the technology field, I have an even greater admiration for sound design. And, having my roots as a writer, I just love alliteration. So you can imagine how excited I must be to announce an aesthetically pleasing (I could hang this on my wall), feature-rich and well constructed system that offers up a tongue twister right in its name. The Nuvo-1003B and Nuvo-1005B are extended temperature range, fanless systems providing broad I/O capabilities and a sleek, polished design.

Both systems are equally capable of managing high-end industrial applications (and come with the functionality to prove it) as well as demanding image processing ones. The difference between these two units is LAN count: the 3B has three Intel NICs while the 5B has, that's right, five Intel NICs. Both support Intel Active Management (IAMT), which makes it easier for businesses to remotely support, manage, and upgrade their computer systems. Please note that to use IAMT, the software you're using must support that functionality.

Platform Features

The Nuvo systems pair high-end Intel Core i5/i7 mobile processing with a low-profile, rugged fanless chassis. Designed to reliably perform under strenuous conditions, the units have an operating temperature range of -25°C~70°C, high shock/vibration resistance, and wide input power supply (DC 8~26 V). The finish of the enclosure is a pearl matte, almost satin like, which stands up incredibly well against fingerprints and other handling.

Other features include:
  • - 1x PCI Express Mini Card slot and 1x SIM card socket for easy networking device expansion
  • - 1x CF slot type II for embedded OS installation

  • Front panel access includes -
    • - 6x USB 2.0 ports
    • - 2x PS2 ports mouse/keyboard
    • - 2x eSATA ports
    • - 1x DVI-D port
    • - 1x VGA port
    • - 1x LAN port
    • - Power button and reset button

  • Back panel access includes -
    • - 3x RS-232 COM ports
    • - 1x RS-232/422/485 COM port
    • - 4x LAN ports
    • - 1x 4-pin terminal block power connector (with remote power switch function)

The design of the system is geared toward quick and easy HDD and RAM installation; however installing the processor is a bit of a journey. That just might be the only critique of the overall design: there are six screws on each face of the unit that must be removed before accessing the CPU. Once these are taken out, the enclosure opens up like carefully unfolded origami.

And, just like origami, make a note of the folds so you can re-assemble it without too much of a headache.

Stay tuned for more information on these systems, along with a more in-depth product review to come!