IGEL M310C: Hardware 




Igel M310C Thin Client

The M310C was part of Igel's Universal Desktop range and appeared in the UD3 line of thin clients. I think it may have been launched end of 2010/start of 2011 and reached EOL in November 2013.

The M310C had the CPU upgraded at some point in its life. The first iteration was fitted with a VIA Nano U3400 @ 800MHz which was subsequently upgraded to a VIA Nano U3500 @ 1GHz. I don't know if there is any external indication that allows you to identify which model it is without first powering it up.


The basic specs are:

   Type &
VIA Nano U3400 @ 800 MHz or
VIA Nano U3500 @ 1GHz
1GB (max 2GB)
   Max resolution
VIA VX855 (Chrome 9)
1920 x 1200 (Dual view)

1 x USB2.0 front
4 x USB2.0 rear
12V 3A (label)
Coax 5.5mm/2.1mm
W x H x D4.75cm x 19.1cm x 20.3cm

The M310C could be running:

  • IGEL Linux (LX)
  • Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 2009 (ES)
  • Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 (W7)

Mine was the LX version.


For those to whom it matters here is some detail from Linux's /proc/cpuinfo

cpu family:6
model name:VIA Nano U3500@1000MHz
flags:fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat clflush acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss tm syscall nx lm constant_tsc rep_good cpuid pni monitor vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 popcnt rng rng_en ace ace_en ace2 phe phe_en pmm pmm_en lahf_lm ida


00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VX855/VX875 Host Bridge: Host Control (rev 03)
00:00.1 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VX855/VX875 Error Reporting
00:00.2 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VX855/VX875 Host Bus Control
00:00.3 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VX855/VX875 DRAM Bus Control
00:00.4 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VX855/VX875 Power Management Control
00:00.5 PIC: VIA Technologies, Inc. VX855/VX875 APIC and Central Traffic Control
00:00.6 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VX855/VX875 Scratch Registers
00:00.7 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VX855/VX875 North-South Module Interface Control
00:01.0 VGA compatible controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VX855/VX875 Chrome 9 HCM Integrated Graphics
00:0f.0 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VX855/VX875 EIDE Controller
00:10.0 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xx/62xx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a0)
00:10.1 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xx/62xx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a0)
00:10.2 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xx/62xx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a0)
00:10.4 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 90)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VX855/VX875 Bus Control and Power Management
00:11.7 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VX8xx South-North Module Interface Control
00:13.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VX855/VX875/VX900 PCI to PCI Bridge
00:14.0 Audio device: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A/VT8251 HDA Controller (rev 20)
01:03.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8110SC/8169SC Gigabit Ethernet (rev 10)

Power Supply

The IGEL M310C uses an external 12V supply with a conventional coaxial type connector. Although the M310C data sheet says it comes with an "36W External Power Adapter" I find that the M310C I actually runs at a very modest power consumption of 11W.


The motherboard is shown on the right. Click on the photo for a larger version. click for larger image


Both the Flash memory and the RAM in the M310C are easily replaceable.

Flash: The standard flash memory is a Compact Flash card plugged into a socket adjacent to a 44-pin IDE connector.

RAM: There is a single 200-pin DDR2 SODIMM socket for the RAM. The 1GB SODIMM supplied with the unit is labelled: 1GB DDR2 800 SODIMM and carries the part number 632333-1961 and is manufactured by Transcend. The M310C data sheet says: "DDR2 533-800 SO-DIMM x 1 (up to 2GB)". I did try a 2GB SODIMM that worked fine.

USB: There are two small 4-pin connectors near the battery - CN1 & CN2. Krzysztof has found that they are USB ports.


Igel M310C Jumpers There are two jumpers on the board adjacent to the 44-pin IDE connector and two elsewhere.

JP1 next to the IDE interface: With it in place the Compact Flash card appears as the IDE Channel 0 Master. With it removed the card appears as the Slave device.

JP2 is a three-pin header by the backup battery. In normal use the jumper sits across pins 1 & 2. Briefly move it to pins 2 & 3 to clear the CMOS.

JP3 is a five-pin header by the serial port socket. I haven't researched exactly what it does but I've seen similar arrangements for selecting exactly what appears on some of the control pins on the serial interface.

JP4 is a three-pin header by the IDE interface and is clearly marked as supplying either 3.3V or 5V to the interface.


expansion On the underside of the unit (if mounted vertically) is a 44-pin plug. I have no idea of exactly what this interface is but the UD3 data sheet does say: "The UD3 series is available with an integrated smartcard reader and a Connectivity foot that offers wireless network connectivity and/or an additional serial port for legacy peripherals."

The connector can be seen in the photo of the main circuit board just below the lower heatsink.


Any comments? email me. Added May 2018    Last update January 2019