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ATX board supports 32nm Core CPUs

Jan 18, 2010 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Ibase Technology has become the latest company to support Intel's recently announced, embedded-specific Core processors, with its MB950 ATX motherboard. The device offers up to 16GB of RAM, two gigabit Ethernet ports, four PCI slots, three PCI Express slots, and an ISA slot, the company says.


Ibase's MB950 is a follow-on to the MB945 announced last November, which supported Intel Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, and Core 2 Extreme CPUs and employed the chipmaker's Q45 Express chipset. The MB950, touted for "at least three-year availability, targets the "latest generation of POS, kiosk, automation and multimedia applications such as gaming."

Again employing the venerable ATX format (12 x 9.6 inches), the new board is said to employ Intel's Q57 chipset. According to Ibase, the board supports 32nm and 45nm Socket H (LGA1156) processors, including the Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, and Pentium G9650. (As previously reported, Intel announced new, 32nm Core i7, i5, and i3 models aimed at the embedded market last week.)


Ibase's MB950
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Ibase says the board's four DDR3 sockets accept up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, and, as on the MB945, there's also an onboard CompactFlash slot that could likely be used to boot an embedded operating system. Meanwhile, six SATA II ports and an IDE port may be used to connect hard disk drives, the company adds.

According to Ibase, the MB950 has eight expansion slots in all: four PCI slots, one PCI Express x16 slot, one PCI Express x8 slot, one PCI Express x1 slot, and an ISA slot. Meanwhile, it's said, the graphics capabilities already provided by the Intel CPUs can drive the board's onboard DVI and VGA interfaces.

Ibase has yet to provide either a data sheet or a photo that shows the MB950's coastline clearly, so we're unable to say which of the board's additionally specified interfaces are external and which are internal. However, the device has two gigabit Ethernet ports, audio I/O, 14 USB 2.0 ports, and four serial ports, the company says.

Availability

Ibase did not reveal pricing or availability on the MB950 motherboard, nor did it list supporting operating systems. However, considering the Intel architecture, the board is certain to support Linux, Windows, and other major OSes.


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