Box to power various componenets without a motherboard?
I am hoping to utilize CarPC parts & mentality to construct a customized enclosure tethered to and existing PC.
This box will serve as a "pass through" box. It will not be a computer in itself; more like and external module, housing a few key components.
At the end of the post, I will give some background about my project, but for now- I will just get straight to the point. I have linked to my proposed parts.
What I require is an enclosure that provides power to the following internal components:
Touch Screen LCD panel (connecting to external source PC via DVI for display & USB for touch interface)
2 x POE injectors (standard Ethernet in | powered Ethernet out)
2 x SATA SSD (receives standard SATA cable from external source)
So in essence, it is simply an external monitor with a couple of hard drives and POE injectors thrown in.
For simplicity, I would like to use DC/DC power supply in the box (making it easier to power via laptop battery pack)
Assembling such a device without using a motherboard poses challenges which are beyond me- this is why I am here asking for some help.
My main concern is how to actually provide power to each of the enclosed components. I can use a paper clip to trick the power supply into thinking it's connected to a motherboard, but...
Is it possible to somehow hack the power supply to run power to each of my above components without needing a motherboard??
Also, as I am no expert in any of this, if anyone has any other concerns, please let me know!
(read on if interested)
As part of the open source cinema project Apertus, I am building a stereoscopic 3D camera rig, utilizing 2 of the open source Elphel 353 cameras- running open source software. You can follow / contribute to the project at apertus.org
The cameras are network controlled and powered via POE (power over ethernet)
These are very high resolution / high quality camera's; and as such- they require a powerful PC to display both video streams.
So I need to develop a box that attaches to the camera rig- but serves as a secondary monitor for the main host PC. This box also serves as an enclosure for 2 SSD's that attach to each camera over SATA; and also a POE injector to provide power to the cameras.
By unifying all these peripherals into one box, not only do all the connections become manageable- but powering the components becomes much more elegant as well - The ability to connect a mains / battery pack to the whole box, rather than attempting to connect each component individually!
Here is a rough digram of the box: