Recently at the Embedded World 2021 DIGITAL virtual exhibition, the PC manufacturer Lenovo introduced an updated edge IoT embedded mini PC portfolio, including the ThinkEdge SE30 and SE50 models.
According to sources, the new models are small, fanless, and rugged, yet powerful enough to provide enterprise-level data processing, security, and scalability at the edge through the addition of Intel Tiger Lake CPUs.
Lenovo explained that its ThinkEdge SE30 model is designed for embedded applications like kiosks and ATMs for smart retail, automated production lines in manufacturing, and medical device monitoring in healthcare.
They can be powered by Core i3-1115GRE or i5-1145GRE vPro processors, which can be coupled with up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 1 TB NVMe SSD storage.
The manufacturer has offered a robust amount of ports for the machine including:
- 2x COM connectors
- 3x USB-A 3.1 Gen2
- 1x USB-A 3.1
- 1x USB-C 3.1 Gen2 with display
- 1x Thunderbolt 4 with display and power delivery
- 1x DP (i5 SKU)
- 1x HDMI (i3 SKU)
- 2x GbE jacks and a combo audio jack
The machine also supports 4G by default, and Lenovo will offer a 5G upgrade later on. It features 2x M.2 2280 slots for storage upgrades and an M.2 2230 for a Wi-Fi / Bluetooth module.
Coming to the SE50 model, the manufacturer has not yet revealed any detailed specs about the machine. Still, Lenovo mentions that it will feature up to a Core i7 processor, up to 32 GB of RAM, up to 2 TB (SSD + HDD combo), and possibly more ports (at least 4x GbE jacks mentioned).
Lenovo announced that the model is made for versatile applications that require higher analytics and data processing at the edge to be deployed to aggregate and analyze real-time data from distributed IoT devices.
The products’ pricing is not yet known, but Lenovo will start shipping the products around mid-2021.