Tuesday Aug 25, 2009

Viliv S5


I've recently had some success in getting OpenSolaris installed on a Viliv S5 (http://myviliv.com/).

Viliv S5

The above is a picture of the Viliv S5. The unit does not come with a keyboard. The native Windows X8 has a virtual keyboard. For installation purposes, I used a USB keyboard.

The specs on the system:
- Intel Atom 1.33GHz (Z520)
- Display: 4.8in touch display (1024 by 600)
- 60GB HDD 1.8"
- WLAN 802.11b/g
- Bluetooth 2.0
- GPS (Sirf III)
- 1GB RAM
- Audio
- USB
- USB link
- Video Out (includes TV)
Dimensions are : 6in by 3.3in by .96in
Weight : .96 pound

Installing OpenSolaris on this unit hits the same USB issue that was found on the Fit-PC 2. You need to use a USB2.0 hub between the S5 and any USB1.1 devices. Using the 200906 release, it boots and displays fine on the 4.8in display. You do need a keyboard and mouse to compelete the installation.

From the above image, you can see the OpenSolaris login page.

Currently there are some other devices that are not supported. The WiFI device appears to be directly on the USB 1.1 bus so isn't visible. Also, the audio doesn't work.



Once there is support for touchpads in OpenSolaris and the USB issue is resolved, this could be a very interesting platform for Solaris.



Friday Apr 03, 2009

Via VIPRO VP7710 Touch Panel


The Via VIPRO is a Via C7-based system running at 1GHZ with 1GB of RAM. The unit has a touch-panel display and was designed to be mounted in a wall or kiosk. It is also a fanless unit with a hefty heat sink on the back to allow it to stay cool while running.  From the picture, you can see that it is a very simple panel with no buttons or switches and that the heat sink is quite large.View of Vipro VP7710 display View of the heat sink on the back of the unit



The power connector on the bottom connects to a 19V power brick (doesn't come with the unit). There are a number of connectors on the bottom edge and a few on the right edge. On the right edge are a pair of USB ports and an Ethernet port plus PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports.


On the bottom edge are a number of connectors and the power switch. There is an external VGA connector, an RS-485 connector, two RS-232 connectors and the usual trio of audio connectors. The next image gives a better view of the bottom.


Bottom edge of Vipro unit showing communcations ports 


This is the right side showing the connectors there.


This is a side view showing USB and Ethernet ports 


All in all, it is a very sturdy unit. 


My next entry will cover installing OpenSolaris on the Vipro.


We obtained our Via VIPRO unit from http://www.e-itx.com/ and found the team there to be very helpful in getting questions answered. 

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