Fan Unit

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A single fan unit can support two Compute Blades, and you can install up to 10 STA or SMART fan units in a 19-inch 1U rack mount, serving a total of 20 Compute Blades.

The compute blade fan unit is available in two versions, STA and SMART. The STA version provides basic features to cool two compute blades and control the fan speed via PWM.

The SMART version includes an additional Pi, the RP2040, which controls the speed based on two precise and separate temperature sensors, one for each blade.

With the SMART fan unit, your possibilities are endless. You can compile your custom application on it to cool, monitor the blade, or whatever else your creativity inspires.

ADVANCED

COOLING FOR ADVANCED COMPUTING

Interacting with your Compute Blades allows you full control over cooling and even adds another layer of possibilities by including the SMART fan unit, which incorporates an microcontroller unit (MCU), the RP2040, and additional sensors into your cluster. You can communicate via UART between your Compute Blade and the additional low-power microcontroller.

Programmable

RASPBERRY PI 2040

Fan

NOCTUA

Tailored to keep your computing environment optimally cool, these units are designed to work seamlessly with up to two Compute Blades each, providing a comprehensive cooling solution even in packed Rack spaces.

KEY FEATURES

SMART FAN UNIT VERSION

Programmable

Raspberry Pi RP2040

Fan controller
EMC2101

Noctua NF-A4x20 5V PWM fan

2 temperature sensors

Precise Temperature Monitoring Unit - EMC2101

2 UARTs for interfacing with Compute Blades

2 LEDs for Compute Blade status indication

2 User-Programmable
Digital RGB LEDs

1 User-Programmable LED

to GPIO25

Boot and Reset Buttons

User-Programmable Button

Smart Power MUX chip

Serial Flash Memory 16M-Bit

Integrates within Compute Blade Enclosures

USB-C Port

Scale your cluster environment, mix and match

2 VERSIONS

SMART FAN UNIT

Incorporates an additional Raspberry Pi, the RP2040, and sensors to expand the capabilities of your system. To interface with the Compute Blades, the smart fan unit utilizes two separate UART interfaces, one for each blade. Furthermore, the smart fan unit is powered directly through the Compute Blade, eliminating the need for any additional wiring.

STA FAN UNIT

The STA version of the fan unit is a simplified variant of the smart fan unit, featuring the same form factor and fan, but without the capability to execute or be controlled by custom applications.

The fan speed/airflow control operates via PWM, which is provided and controlled by the Compute Blade.
FEATURESSMART Fan UnitSTA Fan Unit
UART Compute Blade Interface
PWM Compute Blade Interface
Fan Unit Connector
PWM Fan
Raspberry Pi RP2040
Reset Button
Boot Button
Programmable Button
Compute Blade Status LEDs
Temperature Sensors


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Both versions of our fan units represent our commitment to providing versatile, effective cooling solutions for your Compute Blade systems.

Whether you opt for the smart customization of the Smart Fan Unit or the straightforward efficiency of the STA Fan Unit, you’re equipped with everything needed to maintain an optimal operational temperature for your blades.

MOUNTING

The BladeRunner Enclosures were developed to fit as many Compute Blades as possible into the available space of a 1U rack height.

Whether for large-scale data centers or personal computing projects, Blade Runner Enclosures are versatile, stylish, and designed to perfectly complement your Compute Blades.

Every Blade Runner Enclosure is crafted with user convenience in mind. From easy assembly to efficient cooling, each detail is thoughtfully considered to provide the most user-friendly experience.

SIDE CUT

Mount pins securely fix the Fan Unit inside enclosure.

Guides and clamps inside the BladeRunner allow precise connection between the Compute Blade and the Fan Unit.

The BladeRunner Enclosures come in 3 models

Robust metal construction ensures durability while maintaining a sleek, professional appearance.

The BladeRunner Enclosures come in 3 models

For home and desk usage, our plastic version offers a compact solution and side-mount design.

The BladeRunner Enclosures come in 3 models

For those who love DIY projects, the 2-Node version is available for 3D printing and scales with your project needs.

Compute Blade

+ MODULES & ACCESSORIES

Rack-mountable, PoE-powered carrier board for Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 and compatible devices with all the necessary interfaces.

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