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HP t530 thin client

Some HP marketing speak...

"The HP t530 Thin Client has a new elegant and modern design; it is the first HP thin client designed for the office of the future....."

History

The t530 was launched by HP in August 2017.

Specifications

Processor
   Type
   Speed
   Chipset
AMD GX-215JJ (dual core)
1.5GHz - 2.0GHz
Integrated
Memory
   Flash
   RAM
8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB
4GB/8GB/16GB (max 16GB)
Video
   Chip
   Max resolution
Radeon R2E
2560 x 1600
Ports
   Network
   USB
   Serial
   Parallel
   PS/2
   Video
10/100/1000
4 x USB3.1, 2 x USB2.0
0
0
0
2 x DisplayPort 1.2
Power
   Power
   Plug
   Off
   Idle
   Running
19.5V 2.31A (label)
Coax male 4.5mm/3.0mm + centre pin
0W
5W
8-9W
Dimensions
H x W x D (mm)200 x 35 x 200 (Excluding Stand)

The embedded operating system is one of:

  • HP Smart Zero Core (Linux based)
  • Firmware based SmartZero Core
  • HP ThinPro (Linux based)
  • Windows Embedded Standard (WES) 7E
  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

depending on the exact model.

Label

HP t530 side panel

Normally the product label on recent HP Thin Clients has been on a pull-out tab. On the t530 it is hidden behind a panel on the side of the thin client (pictured right). There is no small recess anywhere to indicate where you might start to remove it. Originally I had a few half-hearted attempts and then stopped as I didn't want to damage anything.

HP t530 side panel label

In March 2021 an email from Calvin prompted me to look again. It turns out you need to lift the bottom edge (the one by the stand). The top edge of the insert has a couple of lugs that engage with the main cover - the engagement points are shown circled in red. The cover panel itself uses small magnets in the middle of the other sides to hold it in place.

Power Supply

Although my t530 came with a 65W 19.5V 3.33A DC supply the label on the t530 says 19.5V 2.31A. The connector is similar in style to some of HP's other thin clients of this generation. It's a dual barrel plug with a centre pin. The outer of the barrel is 4.5mm with the inner being 3mm.

I did find on eBay an adapter that converts the larger 7.4mm/5.0mm plug down to 4.5mm/3.0mm.

If you don't have an HP PSU/charger and are thinking of using a non-HP PSU see this page.

CPU

The t530 is based on an AMD dual core System-On-a-Chip (SOC) processor with a TDP of 10W. It runs with a base frequency of 1.5GHz bursting up to 2.0GHz.

From the linux cpuinfo data:

vendor_id :AuthenticAMD
cpu family :21
model :112
model name :AMD Embedded G-Series GX-215JJ Radeon R2E
stepping :0
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc rep_good acc_power nonstop_tsc cpuid extd_apicid aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq monitor ssse3 fma cx16 sse4_1 sse4_2 movbe popcnt aes xsave avx f16c lahf_lm cmp_legacy svm extapic cr8_legacy abm sse4a misalignsse 3dnowprefetch osvw ibs xop skinit wdt lwp fma4 tce nodeid_msr tbm perfctr_core perfctr_nb bpext ptsc mwaitx cpb hw_pstate ssbd vmmcall fsgsbase bmi1 avx2 smep bmi2 xsaveopt arat npt lbrv svm_lock nrip_save tsc_scale vmcb_clean flushbyasid decodeassists pausefilter pfthreshold avic v_vmsave_vmload vgif overflow_recov

PCI

00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 15h (Models 60h-6fh) Processor Root Complex
00:00.2 IOMMU: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 15h (Models 60h-6fh) I/O Memory Management Unit
00:01.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Stoney [Radeon R2/R3/R4/R5 Graphics] (rev 83)
00:01.1 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Device 15b3
00:02.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 15h (Models 60h-6fh) Host Bridge
00:02.2 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 15h (Models 60h-6fh) Processor Root Port
00:03.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 15h (Models 60h-6fh) Host Bridge
00:08.0 Encryption controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Carrizo Platform Security Processor
00:09.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Carrizo Audio Dummy Host Bridge
00:09.2 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 15h (Models 60h-6fh) Audio Controller
00:10.0 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] FCH USB XHCI Controller (rev 20)
00:11.0 SATA controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] FCH SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 4b)
00:12.0 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] FCH USB EHCI Controller (rev 49)
00:14.0 SMBus: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] FCH SMBus Controller (rev 4b)
00:14.3 ISA bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] FCH LPC Bridge (rev 11)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Stoney HT Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Stoney Address Maps
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Stoney DRAM Configuration
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Stoney Miscellaneous Configuration
00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Stoney PM Configuration
00:18.5 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Stoney NB Performance Monitor
01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 15)

Video

The t530 datasheet does include:

Includes hardware acceleration support

NOTE: Playback of multiple 1080p videos and stretching of 1080p videos supported as long as the resolution in the operating system is set to 2560 x 1600 or lower. Playback of 2160p videos is not supported.

There is also a note that if the (optional) VGA port is installed this does not increase the number of supported displays.

Expansion

Click on the photo for a larger version.

Flash: The Flash memory is easily replaceable. It's an M.2 SSD. It's the white label at the bottom in the photograph. The board has mounting holes for 2242, 2260 and 2280 SSDs.

My unit was fitted with an Apacer unit carrying an HP part number. I can see nothing that relates to an Apacer part number which I think would begin AP... (The part fitted to my t530 visually resembles the Apacer part APM2T42SM22008GTN-4ETMW).

RAM: The RAM is a standard 260-pin DDR4 SODIMM. The AMD spec for the SOC says DDR4-1866.

In checking this out (Feb 2017) I noticed that a suitable 16GB SODIMM from Kingston cost about four times what I'd just paid for the t530 + PSU!

HP t530 thin client wlan provision

WLAN: The t530 has a mPCIe connector adjacent to the M.2 connector. This is to take a Wireless/Bluetooth LAN card. From the HP t530 documentation the standard fit is an 'Intel Dual Band Wireless -AC XXXX Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo 802.11ac' module. The January 2021 QuickSpecs lists either the AC 3168 or the AC 8265.

USB: There are two USB3.1 sockets on the front panel (one of which is type C), two more USB3.1 sockets on the rear panel and two USB2.0 sockets on the rear panel.

HP t530 thin client option mount
Option: There is a small knock-out on the rear panel and nearby a connector on the motherboard. The t530 documentation mentions three options for this rear port:
  • VGA video port
  • Serial port
  • External WiFi antenna connector

HP t530 thin client links
Links: There are a number of links on the board. I assume the one with the blue jumper on it (labelled PSWD) is there to clear any set password. The usual HP procedure is to power off, remove the link, power up briefly, power off and replace the jumper.

You can also see in the photo:

  • BBR - Boot Block Recovery - (not fitted)
  • BB - Boot Block - A BIOS recovery mechanism?
  • FDO - Flash Descriptor Override apparently used for updating on the Intel Management Engine.

Also there is 'CMOS' push button next to the M.2 SSD.

 


Any comments? email me. Added February 2021    Last update March 2021