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Mini-box.com Delivers the Tiniest Fanless PC Power Supply Ever

Posted on 21 August 2004 by

Mini-box.com has come up with an uber small and silent PW-120-M power supply for mini-itx motherboards (both the VIA EPIA variety and mini-itx P4 motherboards 3ghz and lower).

The power supply is of the DC-DC converter ilk, so some sort of laptop “brick” style AC adapter will be resident outside the case (unless you are making a car PVR!). But it’s amazing that they’ve shrunk down the components so that it just plugs in to the standard ATX molex plug and takes up less room than a business card (see “read more” for pic and copy of press release).

For size comparisons sake check out the DC-DC converter in our Travla c137 mini-itx case review. Imagine the size of the cases you could use with one of these, and not need an extra power supply fan! I think the case modders are going to have a field day with this power supply.


Smaller Than a Credit Card; Eases Development of Petite, Quiet PCs

FREMONT, Calif. – August 17, 2004 — Mini-box.com, a subsidiary of Ituner
Networks Corp., announces the release of the tiniest and full power Mini-ITX
micro power supply currently available in the marketplace.

Inspired by VIA’s unprecedented success in small form factor native x86
mainboard development, Mini-box.com has addressed one of the most difficult
aspects of designing and building small, attractive PC systems: the power
supply unit.

The diminutive Mini-box PW-120 power supply costs US$49.95 and is ideal for
small PCs such as thin clients and sleek PCs where industrial design is
important and space utilization is at a premium. Its totally fanless,
silent performance enables PCs to be used in new environments, such as
living room media centers and in hospital or other sound and
airflow-sensitive settings. Its light weight and ability to draw power from
a 12-volt battery enables breakthrough technologies such as robots and car
PCs to operate untethered.

Tiny, cool and silent, yet powerful

Measuring just 2.4″ x 2.25″ and 1U compliant, the PW-120 was designed to fit
VIA’s Mini-ITX EPIA-M and EPIA-MII mainboards that target living room
digital entertainment devices. The 12Volt PW-120 DC to DC converter delivers
an impressive 200 watts and is 25 % smaller than a credit card, allowing for
unprecedented design flexibility for aesthetically pleasing consumer
electronics style system designs. With an efficiency rate of over 95%, the
PW-120 can power the most demanding Mini-ITX system configuration, making it
the ideal PSU solution for any media center or embedded server application.

Reduces Space — no more messy cables

By eliminating traditional 20 ATX power extension wires, the PW-120 snaps
directly into any ATX power connector. Designed from the ground up to fit
the Mini-ITX form factor, the PW-120 enhances VIA’s small form factor
initiative by drastically reducing the size of a fully functional PC.

The PW-200-V model delivers the same amount of power, under a different form
factor, specifically designed for the EPIA M, PD, MII and the soon to be
released MS and SP boards. as well as Pentium-4 3.0Ghz-equipped
motherboards.

Dane Glasgow, co-founder of Project Colimbo, www.colimbo.org, a completely
amateur effort advancing space exploration through the development of a low
cost, low earth orbit payload delivery system, confirmed early tests of the
new Mini-box power supply: “At Project Colimbo we have strict requirements
for size, weight and power consumption of our onboard systems. The Mini-
box PW-200-V fits our needs perfectly through a combination of its small
form factor and high efficiency. Additionally, it reduces the overall
system weight by eliminating the need for any large multi-wire power
cables.”

“The PW-120 suits the needs of everyone from case modders to designers of
important commercial products such as point of sale terminals and car and
boat PCs,” said Mini-box CEO, Andrei Bulucea. “Together with the VIA
Mini-ITX form factor mainboard, designers of any PC device that requires
freedom from traditional AC connections yet requires power and silent
operation will find new exciting possibilities with the PW-120.”

More information on the entire range of micro power supplies can be found at
http://www.mini-box.com.
Open source documentation for mini-ITX power related topics can be found at
http://www.via.com.tw/en/VInternet/power.pdf

Availability

The PW-120-M as well as PW-200-V is now available for retail and OEM sales
at mini-box.com and other reseller sites. For additional information, please
send an email at [email protected]
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