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ATX board supports Sandy Bridge CPUs, 32GB of memory

Dec 16, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Aaeon announced an ATX motherboard with an Intel Q67 chipset, supporting Intel's Core i7/i5/i3 processors. The IMBA-967 supports up to 32GB of DDR3 memory, offers dual display support with available VGA, DVI-D, and HDMI outputs, provides a variety of PCI and PCI Express slots, and offers I/O including gigabit Ethernet, SATA, USB 2.0, and serial ports, says the company.

The IMBA-967 is designed primarily for point of sale (POS), kiosk, DVR, surveillance, and gaming applications, says Aaeon. The ATX form-factor motherboard incorporates Intel's QM67 chipset and supports the 2011 "Sandy Bridge" Core processors. Cited processor-related features include Active Management Technology (AMT) 7.0 support, as well as simultaneous dual displays using the available VGA, DVI-D, and HDMI ports.


The IMBA-967 accepts up to 32GB of DDR3 memory, and offers six SATA ports, two of which support 6.0Gb/sec. throughput and four supporting 3.0Gb/sec., according to Aaeon. The board has four PCI expansion slots, one PCI Express x16 slot, one PCI Express x4 slot, and one PCI Express x1 slot, the company says.

Coastline connectors include the aforementioned video ports, as well as two gigabit Ethernet ports, and two USB 2.0 ports, with 10 more internal USB ports also available, says the company. Here, the detail image below contradicts the spec sheet and other support materials by instead indicating four external USB 2.0 ports.

IMBA-967 port detail

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The IMBA-967 provides six serial ports, one of which is on the coastline. Among those serial ports, one RS232/422/485 port is standard, although customers can optionally swap out three more RS-232 ports for RS232/422/485 ports, says Aaeon.

Other coastline ports include a PS/2 port and  3.5mm audio jacks. Additional internal interfaces include parallel, IrDA and digital I/O, says the company.

Specifications listed by Aaeon for the IMBA-967 include:

  • Processor — LGA1155-socketed "Sandy Bridge" Core CPUs
  • Chipset — Intel QM67
  • Memory — up to 32GB of DDR3 RAM
  • Storage — 2 x 6.0Gb/sec. SATA ports, 4 x 3.0Gb/sec. SATA ports
  • Expansion:
    • 4 x PCI
    • 1 x PCI Express x16
    • 1 x PCI Express x4
    • 1 x PCI Express x1
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • 12 x USB 2.0 (10 internal, 2 — or 4? — external)
    • PS/2
    • VGA
    • HDMI
    • DVI-D
    • 6 x serial (5 x RS232 and 1 x RS232/422/485; optional 2 x RS232 and 4 x RS232/422/485)
    • audio — mic-in, line-in, line-out
    • parallel
    • PS/2
    • digital I/O (4 in, 4 out)
    • IrDA
  • Power requirements — ATX 24-pin connector
  • Operating range — 32 to 140 deg. F (0 to 60 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 12 x 9.6 inches (305 x 244mm)


There is no pricing or availability information for the IMBA-967, which supports Linux, Windows 7, and Windows XP, according to Aaeon. More information may be found at Aaeon's IMBA-967 product page.

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