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Sep 1, 2009 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Ibase has announced a small PC that uses Intel's 1.1GHz Atom Z510, offers up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, and relies on CompactFlash storage. The CSB200-888 has six USB 2.0 ports, two serial ports, a DVI-D video output, and a gigabit Ethernet port, the company says.

Based on Ibase's previously released IB888 motherboard — see later in this story for details — the CSB200-888 is said to be aimed at "embedded mobile" applications in industries such as communication, transportation, health care, and pharmaceuticals. The device does not operate from internal batteries, but does employ Intel's 1.1GHz Atom Z510 CPU and SCH US15W northbridge/southbridge, for relatively low power consumption, according to the company.

Ibase says the fanless device may be expanded with up to 2GB of DDR2 memory via a single SODIMM slot, while storage is provided via a front-accessible CompactFlash slot. The CSB200-888 is also said to include an internal PCI Express Mini Card expansion slot, primarily intended for an optional wireless LAN module.

Ibase CSB200-888 front (left) and rear (right)
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As the above photos show, the CSB200-888's front panel includes a COM port, four USB ports, and the CompactFlash slot. The rear panel, meanwhile, offers a second COM port, two more USB ports, DVI-D video output, and a gigabit Ethernet interface with RJ45 connector. A 12VDC power input, power switch, and antenna connector are also rear-mounted, says Ibase.

Features and specifications listed by Ibase for the CSB200-888 include the following:

  • Processor — Intel Atom Z510 clocked at 1.1GHz
  • Memory — Up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM via single SODIMM slot
  • Storage — CompactFlash
  • Networking — 1 x gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • 2 x COM (1 front, one rear)
    • 6 x USB 2.0 (4 front, 2 rear)
    • DVI-D video output
    • 12VDC power input
  • Expansion — CompactFlash Type II
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 45 deg. C (32 to 113 deg. F)
  • Dimensions — 7.48 x 5.19 x 1.18 inches (190 x 132 x 30mm)

The IB888 motherboard

Measuring 7.48 x 5.19 x 1.18 inches, Ibase's CSB200-888 isn't exactly gargantuan, but it dwarfs some other PCs using the same Atom Z510 processor, such as Portwell's recently released WEBS-1010. Apparently, the CSB200-888 is relatively large because Ibase chose to use an existing motherboard, its "3.5-inch disk size" IB888, which measures 5.8 x 4 inches.

Ibase's IB888 motherboard
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As the photo of the IB888 above suggests, the CSB200-888's rear panel ports mostly derive directly from those mounted on the edge of the motherboard. The front-panel COM and USB ports, meanwhile, are connected via pin headers. The motherboard also includes an LVDS interface, four digital inputs, and four digital outputs, but these do not appear to be accessible by purchasers of the built-up CSB200-888.


Ibase did not release details of availability, pricing, or operating system support for the CSB200-888, but the device appears to be available now. Thanks to the familiar Intel CPU and chipset used, the computer should be compatible with Linux, Windows XP Embedded, Windows CE, and other embedded operating systems.

More information on the Ibase CSB200-888 may be found on the manufacturer's website, here.

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