Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake rugged computers now shipping from OnLogic

Global industrial computer hardware manufacturer and IoT solution provider, OnLogic (, has announced that their Karbon 800 Series of high-performance rugged computers, engineered to power advancements in machine learning, artificial intelligence, automation and advanced manufacturing, has begun shipping to customers.

The OnLogic Karbon 800 Series is specifically designed for Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT applications that require powerful computing in harsh environments or remote locations. The computers are powered by Intel's latest 12th Generation of Core processors, formerly known as Alder Lake.

"We have been amazed by what our customers have created using our Karbon 700 Series, and with the significant performance upgrades provided by Intel's 12th Gen architecture, the Karbon 800 Series will give them the power to continue to innovate," says Kim Wasserman, Director of Product Management at OnLogic. "We've focussed on features and expansion options to support the wide-ranging applications of our customers. This includes PCIe Gen 4.0 expansion for the latest GPUs, and new I/O options like 10GbE and M12 LAN. We're also working on additional configurations that will launch soon, including a high-capacity RAID array option. The Karbon 800 Series of computers are our highest-performance and most configurable fanless systems yet!"

Karbon 800 Models

The Karbon 800 is available in four models, three of which can be purchased now (the Karbon 803 is expected to begin shipping in the coming weeks). Users are able to select and customize the system that best fits their particular needs, either on OnLogic's website, or by working with one of the company's Solution Specialists.

Each model can be configured with up to a 16-core, Intel Core i9 processor and 64 GB of DDR4 ECC or non-ECC memory. Depending on the model, a wide range of storage and expansion options are available, including optional hot-swap bays and single and dual PCIe 4.0 slots. Along with PCIe, OnLogic's unique ModBay expansion technology will be used to add a variety of additional connectivity and storage options, including up to 22x LAN ports or 30x USB 3 ports. The company expects to roll out their ModBay expansion options in the coming months.

Additional System Details

Karbon 801 (K801)

  • Less than 2 in (50 mm) tall, PCIe 4.0 NVMe storage, optional 4G LTE or Wi-Fi

Karbon 802 (K802)

  • 2x ModBay I/O expansion bays
  • 2x 2.5-inch SATA SSDs with optional hot-swap

Karbon 803 (K803)

  • 1x single-slot PCIe 4.0 x16 expansion

Karbon 804 (K804)

  • 2x ModBay I/O expansion bays
  • 2x 2.5-inch SATA SSDs with optional hot-swap
  • 1x dual-slot PCIe 4.0 x16 or 2x single-slot PCIe 4.0 x8 expansion
  • 6x 2.5-inch NVMe or SATA RAID array (coming soon)

Rugged Application Testing

As with all OnLogic rugged computers, the Karbon 800 has undergone rigorous testing. The systems spent weeks in the company's thermal chamber to ensure that components not only survived extreme temperatures, but performed consistently. The result is a fully vetted operating temperature range of -40 to 70 degrees celsius.

The Karbon 800 Series has also been designed, built, and tested for reliability in applications that may subject the systems to prolonged vibration or impact forces, like those found in transportation and heavy industry. The systems have also been subjected to industry standard immunity screenings to ensure resistance to interference in medical and communications applications. These pre-qualifications to common industry standards can allow users to get projects up and running faster.

Full specifications and configuration options for the Karbon 800 Series are available by visiting More information is also available by contacting OnLogic at 802-861-2300 or emailing



Maxtang's Elkhart Lake offering

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Totally silent gaming PC

This amazing build features a custom 3D-printed case, Intel's 65W i5-12400F, Palit's GeForce GTX 1650 KalmX graphics card, and Noctua's already legendary NH-P1. The GPU and CPU coolers are both coated in black without a significant loss in performance as temperatures don't exceed 80°C under load.

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ZOTAC's Elkhart Lake trio

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NUC 12 Enthusiast pictured

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Source: Baidu


Akasa's LGA 1700 cases are here

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High-end processors usually require a hefty cooler equipped with high-speed fans, but Akasa’s Maxwell Pro plus fanless mini-ITX case can tame the beast, all whilst producing nothing but silence. The Maxwell Pro can handle the newest 12th Generation of Intel Core processors up to 65W TDP and is the perfect pair for activities such as content creation and 4K video streaming. The high-performance fanless case can adequately maintain temperatures around 80°C under load and completes the tremendous trio of Plus cases in Akasa’s new range. The Maxwell Pro Plus is compatible with mini-ITX cases such as Asus’s ROG STRIX Z690-I and B660-I, Gigabyte’s Z690I/B660I Aorus Ultra, and MSI’s MEG Z690I Unify.

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Source: MonsterLabo