All-in-one POS system has plenty of ports  

Posted by Daniela Mehler

Partner announced a POS (point of sale) system that incorporates a 15-inch resistive touchscreen and an Intel Atom D525 processor. The SP-800 offers an aluminum body, 4GB of RAM and a 2.5-inch drive bay, a bevy of ports, plus optional peripherals that include an MSR (magnetic stripe reader), 2 x 20 customer display, smart card reader, and more.

Taiwan-based Partner says its all-in-one SP-800 includes an Intel Atom D525 processor (1.8GHz, dual-core, 10-Watt TDP), ICH8M I/O controller, and up to 4GB of DDR3 memory. The device is said to run most x86 operating systems, including Ubuntu and Fedora plus all the usual Windows flavors ( Windows Embedded POSReady 7 , Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 , and Windows Embedded for Point of Service ).

All-in-one POS system has plenty of ports

Partner's SP-800

The SP-800's aluminum housing is wall- or stand-mountable, according to Partner, and houses the device's main board, a 2.5-inch bay for SATA drives, and a 15-inch screen. The display offers restive touch capabilities and a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, according to Partner.

Like other POS-targeted PCs, the SP-800 offers a multitude of ports, though the company's data sheet didn't tip us off as to just where on the device they reside. Partner says there are four serial ports, two of which provide available 5/12VDC power, as well as an RJ11 port that provides 24VDC power to single or dual cash drawers.

Other more general-purpose ports include a VGA port, for a secondary monitor, a DB25 parallel port, an RJ45 Ethernet port (gigabit, we presume), a PS/2 port, and four USB 2.0 ports. Partner also listed the following optional peripherals, without saying how they interface to the SP-800:

a three-track magnetic stripe reader a 2 x 20 customer-facing character display a fingerprint scanner a smart card reader and an RFID reader According to Partner, the SP-800 accepts AC power ranging from 100 to 240 Volts via a 90-Watt adapter. Operating range is from 32 to 104 deg. F, the company adds.

Specifications listed by Partner for the SP-800 include:

Processor -- Intel Atom D525 clocked at 1.8GHz Chipset -- Intel ICH8M Memory -- up to 4GB of RAM via dual DIMM sockets Display -- 15-inch screen with resistive touch; 1024 x 768 pixel resolution Storage -- 2.5-inch bay for SATA drives Expansion -- Mini PCI Express slot Networking -- Ethernet port Other I/O: VGA port 4 x serial (2 offer optional 5/12VDC power) 1 x RJ11 cash drawer port (24VDC) 1 x PS/2 4 x USB 2.0 Power -- 120~240VAC via 90-Watt adapter Operating range -- 32 to 104 deg. F Dimensions -- 14.1 x 12.7 x 9.2 inches Weight -- n/s
A promotional video featuring Partner's SP-800
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Further information

Partner did not cite pricing for the SP-800, but the device appears to be be available now. More information may be found on the SP-800 product page .

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