Plat'Home announces OpenBlockS 600 - smaller faster greener Linux server

Oct 1, 2009

Performance upgrade enables Web appliances on embedded hardware

SAN JOSE, Calif. - October 01, 2009 - Plat'Home, Japan's Linux pioneer, today announced the OpenBlockS 600, the new model of the OpenBlockS series, a line of compact and durable Linux micro servers. It packs a 600 MHz CPU, a full Gigabyte of RAM and Gigabit Ethernet in a palm-sized box. Heat and dust resistant and just 5 x 3 x 1 inches, it fits and survives in any small corner. And at a mere 8 W power consumption, it's friendly to both wallet and environment.

The Product

Embedded platform for Web appliances

The new, powered-up specs of the OpenBlockS 600 offer more than twice the CPU speed and eight times the RAM compared to the previous model. With that power, it can run Web applications and databases to build an appliance. As an appliance, you can place your software directly at your customer, without installation hassles. And you avoid the security risk of a cloud solution, as no data will leave the network. Bring your application back from the cloud, right into the office.

For Resellers and Developers

To offer the best conditions for appliance development on the OpenBlockS 600, all preinstalled software on the OpenBlockS is Open Source. It comes preinstalled with SSD/Linux, our in-house embedded Linux distribution. For value-added resellers and appliance makers, we offer a wide range of customizations to sell the OpenBlockS as an appliance under your own brand, preloaded with your software.

The OpenBlockS Series

The OpenBlockS series is the leading embedded Linux platform in Japan. As robust workhorses for everything from data streaming to device control and network monitoring, OpenBlockS systems have convinced both Linux enthusiasts and large enterprises with their reliability and durability and sold over 50.000 units.

Ecologic policy

The OpenBlockS series already has the lowest possible carbon footprint, but Plat'Home decided to go one step further by supporting a carbon offset program. This program is planned to set off 1000 metric tons of CO2 in a wind energy project in Tamil Nadu, India.

Price, sales and specifications

The OpenBlockS 600 is sold starting from today from Plat'Home partner Syskey.

Product name: OpenBlockS 600
Model number: OBS600/RAP
Suggested price: USD 599
Sales start: October 1st, 2009
Shipping start: October 31st (planned)
CPU: PowerPC 405EX 600 MHz (first-level cache: 16 kB)
Main memory: DDR2 1GB
Flash ROM: 128 MB (user area: 32 MB)
Storage: Internal Compact Flash Type-I card slot
Interfaces: Ethernet 2x 10/100/1000Base-T,
3x USB2.0 (2 external, 1 internal,
2x RS-232C serial port, RJ-45 connector
Case size: D 133 mm x W 81 mm x H 31.8 mm
Max. ambient operating temperature: 0-55°C / 32-131°F
0-50°C / 32-122°F when using Gigabit Ethernet
Max Ambient humidity: 20 - 80% Rh
Power Supply: AC adapter
Energy consumption: 8.0 Wh
OS: SSD/Linux preinstalled
Warranty: 1 year / 3 years with user registration


Safety standards

IEC950 (compliant), cUL (pending), CE mark (conforming), PS-E (compliant)

Electromagnetic compatibility

FCC Class A (pending), VCCI Class A (compliant)

Environmental standards

RoHS (conforming), Law on Green Purchasing (Japan, conforming)


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About Plat'Home

Plat'Home Co., Ltd., founded 1993, was the first company to introduce the Linux operating system in Japan. It sells PC servers under its own brand since 1996. In 2000, and it was the first company to introduce an embedded Linux server system in Japan, the OpenBlockS. The series has achieved over 50.000 units sold. Plat'Home is a public company at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and it has a subsidiary in San Jose, California. For more information, contact Plat'Home USA Ltd. at


Media / Sales Contact

Plat'Home International Sales
Martin Killmann Tel +81-3-3251-2603 / Fax +81-3-3251-0629

Plat'Home USA
Tammy Costanzo Tel. 408-334-9780