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Put A PC In Your Car

Computing hits the road with this mini-ITX system.


Here are the components you'll need to create a car PC:

CarPC Parts List

Power Supply:


- ATX, 6-24V wide input range

- Intelligent shutdown controller

- ON/OFF motherboard control

- Survives vehicle engine cranks

- Battery deep discharge prevention

- High efficiency, 160-watts output

- "Anti-thump" amplifier remote control

- 15A automotive fuse (mini-blade)

- VIA, P4 and AMD CPU support

Enclosure: VoomPC

- Rugged enclosure, easy to handle and mount

- 5.5mm aluminum extrusion

- Compatible with any mini-ITX board

- 210mm (W) x 254mm (L) x 56mm (H)

- Up to three fans for moist/heat removal

Mainboard VIA SP130000

- VIA C3 EBGA processor

- 1 DDR266/333/400 DIMM socket

- UniChromePro AGP graphics/MPEG-2 decoder/MPEG-4 Accelerator

- 1 PCI

- 2 X UltraDMA 133/100 connector

- VIA VT6103 10/100 Base-T Ethernet PHY

- VIA VT1617A 6-channel AC' 97 codec

- VIA VT1623 TV encoder

- VIA VT6307S IEEE 1394 Firewire

Touchscreen Monitor (Two options)
Motorized VMI70 7-inch TFT-LCD monitor with touch panel

7-inch fully motorized in-dash TFT-LCD monitor touch screen VGA and TV

- 16:9 TFT-LCD car PC monitor

- Resolution: 800 x 480

- VGA support: 640 x 480 to 1280 x 768

- Video Input: AV1/AV2

- Audio output: Single audio output

- Standard PAL/NTSC TV signal reception

- Double-channel video input

- Includes remote control

- Chromatic system: PAL/NTSC (auto switch)

- Input: Double-channel AV/TV input, 1 VGA input

- One year warranty

Non-Motorized VM7000 7-inch TFT LCD touchscreen for car PC

- Mount type: Dashboard or Headrest


- Resolution 720 x 400 to 1280 x 1024

- 16:9 aspect ratio

- Video input: XGA/VGA input (15 pin D-SUB), USB or RS232 interface

- Two RCA video inputs, one audio input

- Built-in speaker

- Display brightness (with touchscreen): 280cd/ m²

- Power consumption: < 9W

- Includes: Remote control, USB cable, VGA cable, AV cable, dashboard mounting bracket, headrest mounting bracket and screws, stylus, CD with touch screen drivers, operation manual

- One-year warranty

Hard Disk (Two options)
7200 RPM Seagate Momentus 7200 ST910021A

-Reliable 100 GB ATA

-Fast-booting with average seek-time of 10.5 msec.

-Low-power consumption for maximum battery life

-Whisper-quiet load/unload acoustics

-Operating shock of 250Gs (to withstand rugged environments)

5400 RPM Mobile Seagate EE25 5400RPM

-60GB designed for automotive entertainment and GPS systems

- Hardened for mobile computing and other extreme environments

- Tested for 24x7 operation at elevated temperatures

- In use for mission-critical military field applications

Memory Kingston KVR400X64C3A/512 (512-MB, 400-MHz DDR DIMM). This is reliable, affordable memory. $54.

The following photo is a shot of the main components: VoomPC case, Seagate hard drive, and M2-ATX power supply board for our Car PC. It also shows a Star monitor I used to check the mainboard before permanent installation of a touch screen:

Vertical mounting of the hard drives, rather than horizontal mounting, can minimize trouble from hard impacts and minimize "head crash" situations. If you know a drive will be getting serious abuse, choose a location for the enclosures that provide sufficient air flow and keep the disks perpendicular to the road.

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