Wyse 3290: Hardware 





Although described in various data sheets and by various suppliers as a '3030' the device label carries the information:

PART NO:909802-02L
SUB_ASSY P/N:849502-02L

You'll find various websites identifying it as a '3030 (3290)'.


The basic specs for my 3030 (3290) are:

Intel Celeron N2807 Dual Core
  16GB (mini mSATA)
   Max resolution
Intel HD Graphics
Dual 1920 x 1200 32 bit colour

1 x DVI-I, 1 x DVI-D
3 x USB2.0
1 x USB3.1
Coax 5.5mm/2.1mm
H x W x D (mm) 187 x 29 x 117 (without stand)
198 x 69 x 117 (with stand)

The 3290 runs Windows Embedded Standard 7.

Power Supply

My 3290 came without a power supply. Despite what is mentioned in some data sheets the back panel is clearly marked +12V by the power socket. (Subsequent models may use a 19V supply). The connector is a standard coax plug: 5.5mm/2.1mm.

The power consumption is low (<6W) so you do not need a particularly highly rated power supply. Out of interest I did try out a (ex router?) 9V/2A 'Wall Wart' style power unit. The 3290 apparently ran without any problems.

Getting Inside

If you need to this is it is fairly straightforward. You need to remove the foot (if fitted) which is a push fit. Then remove the three screws on the back panel. You then need to gently lever off the side panel that covers the top of the PCB. Start at the two back corners as the internal metalwork on the front edge actually slides under a lip just behind the front panel. When you get it clear at the back you need to move the panel towards the rear to clear this lip. On re-assembly you need to remember that you need to locate the front edge under this lip before pushing the side panel back on.


For those to whom it matters here is some detail from Linux's /proc/cpuinfo. (Dual Core Processor)

cpu family:6
model name:Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU N2807 @ 1.58GHz
flags:fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology tsc_reliable nonstop_tsc cpuid aperfmperf tsc_known_freq pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm sse4_1 sse4_2 movbe popcnt tsc_deadline_timer rdrand lahf_lm 3dnowprefetch epb tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid tsc_adjust smep erms dtherm ida arat


00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series SoC Transaction Register (rev 0e)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series Graphics & Display (rev 0e)
00:1a.0 Encryption controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series Trusted Execution Engine (rev 0e)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series High Definition Audio Controller (rev 0e)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Atom Processor E3800 Series PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 0e)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Atom Processor E3800 Series PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev 0e)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Atom Processor E3800 Series PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev 0e)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Atom Processor E3800 Series PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev 0e)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series USB EHCI (rev 0e)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series Power Control Unit (rev 0e)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation Atom Processor E3800 Series SMBus Controller (rev 0e)
01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 06)


Dell Wyse 3030/3290 internal view

Expansion of the 3030 (3290) is limited, there is little room inside the housing.

Flash: The flash is a socketed mini mSATA SSD. Note the 'mini' bit. The flash size is 26.8mm x 30mm. A longer board will not fit unless you take an angle grinder/hacksaw to the heat sink.

A quick check on eBay showed me that the small size mSATA SSD are few and far between. I did manage to find an 8GB one on offer at a reasonable price. The cheapish 16GB one turned out to be a 44-pin IDE SSD when it arrived. There were a few others from China but they were close to twice the price of their full length siblings. Note: The SSD is not fitted in the photo right but can be seen fitted below.

RAM: The RAM is a SODIMM DDR3 RAM. The Apacer part fitted was labelled '4GB SOD 1.35V PC3-12800 CL11'. The CPU datasheet states 'Max Memory Size 4GB' so it looks like there is no upgrade path there.

mPCIe: There is a mPCIe socket for a wireless module. The PCB is clearly marked WLAN by it and there are two mounting holes on the rear panel for the antenna. As you can see no Wireless card was fitted to my example.

USB: There is a single USB 2.0 port on the rear and three ports on the front panel, the top one of which is to the 3.1 USB standard.

Link: CN4400 in the corner of the board adjacent to the WLAN connector is used to clear the CMOS. In the LT version it has been replaced by a push button. The link does provide a convenient point to measure the backup battery voltage to see if it needs replacing as the battery itself is located on the underside of the motherboard.

Additional photos

Wyse 3030 (3290) Flash
The mini mSATA SSD in place. My 3290 came without any flash. However I did manage to source an 8GB SSD which is what is fitted here.

Wyse 3030 (3290) Clear CMOS jumper
The 'Clear CMOS'/CN4400 link in the corner of the PCB.

Wyse 3030 (3290) BIOS switch
The SW7004 push-button on the underneath of the PCB. I have no idea what this does. On the LT version it is labelled 'BIOS'.

Differences of note

A few observations on the earlier board (this one) compared to the later LT version.

  • This one has a 'clear CMOS' link (CN4400) whilst the LT version is fitted with a push button.
  • The heatsink has been repositioned on the LT version - it is further up the board. The WLAN/mSATA connectors have been swapped, and the mSATA connector on the LT version (if it was fitted) will now accommodate a standard 51mm mSATA board.


Any comments? email me. Added November 2019