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Atom-based SBC boasts four gigabit ports

Sep 3, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Commell announced a 5.25-inch single board computer (SBC) targeting display-oriented embedded applications. Built around an Intel Atom N270 and Intel 945GSE Express chipset, the LE-575 is equipped with four gigabit Ethernet ports, seven serial ports, and eight USB ports, plus both PCI and Mini PCI slots, the company says.

The LE-575 is aimed at digital signage, kiosk, point-of-sale/service (POS), thin client, digital security, and commercial and industrial control applications, says Taiwan-based Commell. In addition, the board is said to be specifically designed for IDS/IPS, anti-virus, VPN gateway, and UTM (unified threat management) applications, although the company did not mention any specific security features to support that.

Commell refers to the LE-575 as a "5.25-inch miniboard," but the LE-575 actually measures 5.7 x 8.0 inches. The SBC is based on an Intel Atom N270 with up to 2GB DDR2, as well as the usual Intel 945GSE + ICH7M chipset.

The 945GSE chip offers Intel GMA 950 graphics, supporting LVDS or DVI, CRT, HDTV, and multiple simultaneous displays. Specifically, the LE-575 furnishes a standard 18-bit, dual-channel LVDS interface, as well as an optional secondary 18/24-bit LVDS or DVI I/F interface, says the company.

Commell LE-575
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Real-world ports on the edge of the LE-575 include four gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and a COM port. Headers on top of the board provide additional functionality including six additional USB 2.0 ports, six more serial ports, an S/PDIF digital audio output, a floppy connector, and a PS/2 port. Storage interfaces, meanwhile, include dual SATA connections for hard disk storage, an IDE interface supporting a solid-state drive (SSD), and a Compact Flash socket. Expansion is available via dual Mini PCI sockets and a standard PCI slot, Commell adds.

Specifications listed for the LE-575 include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz with FSB 533MHz; Intel 945GSE + ICH7M chipset
  • Memory — Up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM via 1 x SODIMM
  • Display:
    • GMA 950-based VGA with up to 224MB shared system memory
    • 18-bit dual channel LVDS interface supporting +3.3V/+5V/+12V power
    • Optional secondary LVDS (18/24-bit dual channel) or DVI interface
    • Optional DVI transmitter with 26-pin DVI connector
  • Storage interfaces:
    • 2 x SATA interfaces for up to 150MB/s transfer rate
    • 1 x IDE interface supporting 44-pin DiskOnModule SSD with +5V power
    • 1 x CompactFlash Type II socket
  • Networking — 4 x gigabit Ethernet ports (Intel 82574L)
  • Other I/O:
    • Via ports on board's edge:
      • 1 x RS232 
      • 1 VGA
      • 2 x USB 2.0
    • Via pin headers:
      • 5 x RS232
      • 1 x RS232/422/485
      • 6 x USB 2.0
      • 1 x PS/2
      • 1 x SPDIF
      • 1 x parallel
      • 1 x FDD
      • Onboard programmable 8-bit digital I/O (GPIO) interface
  • Expansion
    • 2 x Mini-PCI slots
    • 1 x PCI slot
  • Other features — Watchdog timer (256-level programmable); ACPI 1.0 compliant power management
  • Power — Standard 24-pin ATX power supply; 9~24V DC input
  • Dimensions — 5.7 x 8.0 inches (146 x 203mm)
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 140 deg. F (0 to 60 deg. C)

Availability

Commell did not offer pricing or availability information on the LE-575 board. Neither did it mention operating system (OS) support, although the board's standard Intel x86 architecture chips suggest that Linux, Windows, and other major embedded OSes should work fine.

More information on the LE-575 may be found on the company's website, here.


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