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BitFenix' Pandora Micro-ATX Case Has Built-In 2.4" LCD

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We've been seeing a great deal of innovation in the world of PC cases in recent years, and BitFenix' latest creation, Pandora, continues that trend. No, this is not the home of tall blue creatures, but rather that of a compact Micro-ATX system with some standout features.

The Pandora has room for two 350 mm-long dual-slot graphics cards, an ATX PSU, two 3.5" drives, another three 2.5" drives, and dual 120 mm intake fans and a single 120 mm exhaust fan. You can mount a liquid cooling radiator up to 240 mm in size up front, although if the fan and radiator are too thick, you might run into issues with longer graphics cards. Add all of that up, and you can build a relatively high-end machine in this enclosure. The Pandora measures 160 x 420 x 465 mm, and it's made with plastic and aluminum.

At the front of the case you'll find a 2.4" LCD display that can show any logo or image that you want, at a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. To access it, all you need to do is plug in the internal USB header and download the required software from BitFenix' website. We reckon this will make the Pandora especially popular among system builders, as this makes it easy for them to put a company logo on the case. If the LCD screen doesn't suit your fancy, you can always disable it or use the included aluminum BitFenix logo.

Front I/O is accessible from the top of the case, and it consists of two USB 3.0 ports along with the standard pair of HD audio jacks.

The case will be available as a plain 'Core' version, a standard version and a windowed version, each of which will be available in black and silver. The Core version does not come with the LCD display.

BitFenix did not reveal pricing.

Update: BitFenix got back to us on pricing, which is as follows: 

Pandora Black (BFC-PAN-300-KKXL1-RP):$129.00

Pandora Window Black (BFC-PAN-300-KKWL1-RP):$139.00

Pandora Core Black (BFC-PAN-300-KKXN1-RP):$109.00

Pandora Core Window Black (BFC-PAN-300-KKWN1-RP):$119.00

Pandora Silver (BFC-PAN-300-KSXL1-RP):$129.00

Pandora Window Silver (BFC-PAN-300-KSWL1-RP):$139.00

Pandora Core Silver (BFC-PAN-300-KSXN1-RP)$109.00

Pandora Core Window Silver (BFC-PAN-300-KSWN1-RP):$119.00

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Pandora Widget - No sound??

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The Pandora widget showed up on our Fios Widgets here in North Central Texas in late October. When I tried it, set it up, it came right up and worked fine except--- no sound! All the other widgets with sound (you tube etc.) function just fine.

 

Called support and did online chat to try and fix the problem. I was online for and hour and a half before the technician finally gave up. I later got a call later that they decided it was some sort of network problem. That was Nov. 9. The widget is still there, but still produces no sound.

 

Any one else have this kind of problem? Was it fixed? Does your pandora widget work properly?

 

 

 

 

 

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jbaugh76 wrote:

 

The Pandora widget showed up on our Fios Widgets here in North Central Texas in late October. When I tried it, set it up, it came right up and worked fine except--- no sound! All the other widgets with sound (you tube etc.) function just fine.

 

Called support and did online chat to try and fix the problem. I was online for and hour and a half before the technician finally gave up. I later got a call later that they decided it was some sort of network problem. That was Nov. 9. The widget is still there, but still produces no sound.

 

Any one else have this kind of problem? Was it fixed? Does your pandora widget work properly?

 



I am in North Texas (Keller) and the Pandora Widget has worked just fine for me every time I have used it. I just brought it up and it is still working fine, listening right now to an Oak Ridge Boys channel .

 

Wish I could help, but I have no clue what your problem might be....FWIW, I have a QIP7232 DVR and use HDMI for the connection to the TV. I do not have any audio system, I am just using the TV speakers.

 

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Keller, TX 76248

jbaugh76
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I tried just using the tv speakers, but still no sound. I do use a HDMI cable. Verizon has sent out two replacement boxes but neither fixed the problem. They told me about a month ago that it was a "network" problem and they were working on it. It sounds like that is a standard answer to something they can't fix.

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jbaugh76 wrote:

I tried just using the tv speakers, but still no sound. I do use a HDMI cable. Verizon has sent out two replacement boxes but neither fixed the problem. They told me about a month ago that it was a "network" problem and they were working on it. It sounds like that is a standard answer to something they can't fix.


That can be very frustrating I know....

 

The only problem I have seen reported is stuttering or skipping when using the Pandora Widget. This was reported out in CA and Verizon's response was that there was a bug in the audio driver in 1.9 and it would be fixed with the next level of the IMG. I do not have that problem, no idea why not if it really is a driver problem.

 

Have you made any custom settings to the audio options in the STB? Not just the ones that appear on the normal Menu but any in the "hidden" menu?(sorry, I am just grasping at straws here....)

 

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FiOS TV, 25/25 Internet, and Digital Voice user
QIP7232, QIP7100-P2, IMG 1.9
Keller, TX 76248

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Good! Here I thought I was losin my mind...I have the same problem. Just got service turned up on this past Monday the 16th...NO sound from the Pandora widget (ver 01.22). Have deleted and reinstalled, nada. Tried other stuff, they work. Changed audio settings on the STB from variable to fixed and back again, nada. My Vizio also has the widget and it plays fine with that one but not the FiOS widget. Running HDMI, etc etc...soooooooooo, me thinks they have a genuine problem with the widget in quite a few settings (I have a QIP7232-P2 box) and finding this thread confirmed my suspicions, it isn't just us ;-) nuts.
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PANDORA: The single cable to desktop challenge

August 2017

PANDORA is a concept demonstrator programme undertaken by the UK Ministry of Defence, as part of the C4ISR Secure Information Infrastructure and Services (CSIIS) research programme, to remove the risk from future equipment programmes.

It set out to allow critical data to be shared between different security domains in a high assurance manner within a small-scale and deployable Communication and Information System (CIS).

In 2015 at a demonstration that showcased the PANDORA architecture, a challenge was thrown down by the Chief Defence Information Officer and the Head of Joint Forces Command (JFC).

That challenge was “give us one cable to the desktop”.

Nexor responds to the challenge

In direct response to this gauntlet being thrown down, the PANDORA security enabling enhancements project was established to allow secure interoperability between the different security domains within the PANDORA node.

To deliver the required security enhancements Nexor worked with L3 TRL on:

  • High Assurance Guards – to enable the transfer of data in both directions between higher and lower trust security domains in a secure manner;
  • Segregated Browse Down – a cross-domain desktop capability, in order to remotely utilise and interact with applications and data in a lower security domain from a higher security domain.

To find out more you can listen to my colleagues explain, far more eloquently than I can, the work that was done for the project.

Delivering a secure cross-domain capability

So, in answer to the challenge laid down, the PANDORA SEE project followed the approach of focussing upon deployability, configurability and modularity to deliver a cross-domain capability which is:

  • Flexible / Modular – each component supports a single service, and the various components can be incorporated into the host architecture in a manner that supports, and is responsive, to operational requirements;
  • Scalable – extra capacity or additional services can be achieved by adding another device to the host architecture;
  • Re-configurable – each device can be configured to support the security policy and environment it is deployed within, potentially allowing for re-deployment between different security domains;
  • Architecture agnostic – although aspects of the PANDORA architecture were utilised, the Segregated Browse Down and High Assurance Guard capabilities were NOT tied into the PANDORA architecture in any way;
  • Deployable – the technologies were all delivered in a low Size, Weight & Power (SWaP) format.

And finally, what about the “single cable to desktop” challenge? Well, I can say it has been a success!

The project truly delivered a single cable to the desktop. A user can now access and interact with multiple lower domains, from one desktop within a native higher domain. The user can send information from those lower domains to the user’s native higher domain.

This vastly reduces the set-up time, infrastructure costs and footprint for deployments. If you want to know more about the work we’ve done for PANDORA then you can read this case study.

Demonstrating the high assurance guarding and segregated browse capabilities

To help spread the word on the new capabilities, the PANDORA SEE project has been showcased at several high-profile information assurance events.

PANDORA demonstration day photo

A PANDORA demonstration day was held for the UK Ministry of Defence and specially invited guests.

 

PANDORA presentation at NIAS 2016

A joint Dstl and Nexor presentation at NATO’s NIAS 2016 conference.

 

PANDORA demonstration at CSIIS showcase event

A demonstration at the CSIIS annual showcase.

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