LAS VEGAS, NV — ECS demonstrated a couple of of its upcoming ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PCs based mostly on the Gemini Lake platform at CES 2018. The brand new LIVA Z2 and LIVA Q2 methods improve the efficiency and feature-set of the at the moment obtainable LIVA Z and LIVA Q. The Liva One SoC is a brand new addition to the lineup. It comes with improved storage and I/O capabilities.

The important thing improvements within the new LIVA PCs are enabled by Intel’s Gemini Lake SoCs with Intel’s UHD 600-series iGPU. Particularly, the brand new processors supply greater general-purpose efficiency in comparison with their predecessors due to the Goldmont Plus CPU microarchitecture. The SoCs additionally characteristic an improved media processing engine with help for 10-bit HEVC and 10-bit VP9 video. The Gen10 show engine now helps a local HDMI 2.zero / HDCP 2.2 show output. The LIVA Z2 and the LIVA One SoC methods now depend on DDR4-2400 reminiscence quite than on DDR3L-1866. We are able to count on full methods that includes the barebones to be barely sooner and a bit extra inexpensive in comparison with the at the moment obtainable Apollo Lake-based methods within the LIVA lineup.

The unique LIVA Q zero.15-liter nettop measuring 70mm &occasions; 70mm &occasions; 31 mm was added to the lineup comparatively late final yr. In contrast, its successor, the LIVA Q2, can be prepared this March. The brand new system will acquire a few millimeters z-height and can inherit all connectivity capabilities of its predecessors (e.g., will lack a three.5-mm audio connector), whereas providing greater efficiency and improved multimedia capabilities.

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The ECS LIVA Z2 has misplaced its predecessor’s M.2 slot for SSDs and now depends solely on embedded eMMC storage. In the meantime, the PC has gained a 2.5-inch bay, which signifies that it’s now significantly thicker than its predecessor and resembles the LIVA ZE from final yr. The transfer is a bit unusual as a result of many fashionable SSD modules are cheaper than drive form-factor drives, however maybe ECS expects its prospects to put in higher-capacity 2.5” HDDs to reinforce native storage. Together with the M.2 slot, the second GbE port (in all probability requested by B2B prospects of ECS who don’t want a brand new system yearly) additionally makes a departure. It’s unknown whether or not ECS plans to introduce an ultra-thin LIVA Z Gemini Lake-powered nettop with an M.2 slot, however figuring out how ECS likes to increase its mini PC household, the whole lot is feasible. The brand new LIVA Z2 can be obtainable solely in Might, permitting those that need to acquire a slim LIVA Z loads of time to do it.

 

The LIVA One SoC is an entry-level brother of the LIVA One based mostly on Intel’s high-performance CPUs. It basically fills a spot within the ECS lineup. The LIVA One SoC has just one SO-DIMM slot and can’t benefit from Gemini Lake’s dual-channel reminiscence sub-system. However, the LIVA One SoC has an M.2 slot for SSDs and may accommodate two 2.5” drives, doubtlessly providing loads of space for storing for an SFF system. As well as, it has two show outputs in addition to two three.5-mm audio connectors, which can give it lots of flexibility in the case of compatibility with fashionable and legacy PCs (it helps a D-Sub). It additionally comes with six USB type-A ports for peripherals. ECS says that the LIVA One SoC can be prepared in April, however, at this level it appears to be work in progress. The corporate is but to make a remaining choice on the entrance panel ports and some different elements.

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2018 ECS LIVA UCFF PCs
 LIVA Q2LIVA Z2
 
LIVA One SoC
 
CPUIntel Celeron- or Pentium-Branded Gemini Lake SoC with 10 W TDP
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 600 (12 EUs) or Intel UHD Graphics 605 (18 EUs) (Gen9)
Reminiscence2 GB or four GB LPDDR42&occasions;DDR4 SO-DIMM slots1&occasions;DDR4 SO-DIMM slot
StorageeMMC32 GB or 64 GB
M.2M.2-2242/2280
DFF1 &occasions; 2.5" SSD/HDD2 &occasions; 2.5" SSD/HDD
SDas much as 128 GB microSD
Wi-FiIntel 802.11ac + BT four.1Intel 802.11ac + BT four.2
Ethernet1 &occasions; Gigabit Ethernet with RJ45 connector
Show OutputsHDMI 2.zeroHDMI 1.four, HDMI 2.zeroHDMI 2.zero, D-Sub
AudioHDMI audiothree.5-mm TRRS2 &occasions; three.5 mm TRRS
USB1&occasions;USB 2.zero Kind-A
1&occasions;USB three.zero Kind-C
three &occasions; USB three.zero Kind-A
1 &occasions; USB three.zero Kind-C
2 &occasions; USB three.zero
four &occasions; USB 2.zero
Different I/OS/PDIF, COM
Dimensions70 &occasions; 70 &occasions; 33.four mm117 &occasions; 128 &occasions; 51 mm (?)199.four &occasions; 188.three &occasions; 45 mm
PSUExterior
OSMicrosoft Home windows 10 or Linux-based OS

ECS didn’t present the MSRPs of the LIVA Z2 and LIVA Q2 elements at CES 2018, however, it’s logical to count on them to be in the identical ballpark as that of their predecessors. The LIVA One SoC is but to succeed in a stage the place we may talk about its pricing with ECS.

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