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ATX mobo offers dual displays, powered serial ports

Nov 5, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Portwell announced an industrial ATX motherboard that supports Intel Core i3/i5/i7 or Celeron P4500 processors. The Ruby-M710VG2AR offers up to 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, six SATA 300 ports, HDMI, DVI, and VGA video outputs, and six powered serial ports, says the company.

Adhering to the ATX form-factor, the Ruby-M710VG2AR offers an Intel QM57 chipset and a socket 989 that supports the Intel Core i3/i5/i7 embedded processors, as well as the Celeron P4500, says Portwell. The motherboard is said to support Intel Active Management Technology 6.0 and to be available with an optional TPM (trusted platform module).


Dual 240-pin DIMM sockets support up to 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM, says the company. The Ruby-M710VG2AR has four PCI Express (PCIe) slots, including a Mini-PCIe connection, and four PCI slots, says Portwell.

Storage is supported via four SATA ports that support RAID 0/1/5/10 functionality, says the company. A dual display capability is said to be supplied, using a mix of the available HDMI, DVI, VGA, and LVDS interfaces.

Like some earlier Portwell Ruby motherboards, the Ruby-M710VG2AR stands out with its six 5V/12V powered serial ports, one of which is designated as RS232/422/485 selectable. Additional I/O includes dual gigabit Ethernet ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, as well as parallel, PS/2, and GPIO interfaces, says the company.

Ruby-M710VG2AR detail
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Features and specifications listed for the Ruby-M710VG2AR include:

  • Processor — Intel Core i3/i5/i7 or Celeron P4500 via socket 989; Intel AM57 chipset
  • Memory — up to 8GB DDR3 800/1066 SDRAM via 2 x 240-pin DIMM sockets with dual channel mode
  • Expansion:
    • 1 x PCIe x16 slot
    • 1 x PCIe x4 slot
    • 1 x PCIe x1 slot
    • 1 x Mini-PCIe socket
    • 4 x PCI slots
  • Storage: — 6 x SATA 300 ports with RAID 0/1/5/10
  • Display — HDMI, DVI, VGA, LVDS; dual display capability
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet ports (PCIe) with LED indicators
  • Other I/O:
    • 8 x USB 2.0 ports
    • 1 x powered RS232/422/485 port
    • 5 x powered RS232 ports
    • 1 x parallel port (rear-facing)
    • 1 x PS/2
    • 8 x GPIO internal
    • 1 x LPC pin header for optional TPM module
  • Audio — HD Audio interface (ALC 888), mic-in, line-in, line-out
  • Other features — watchdog; hardware monitoring
  • Dimensions — 12.0 x 9.6 inches
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 131 deg F (0 to 55 deg. C)


Portwell did not provide pricing, availability, or operating system support information on the Ruby-M710VG2AR. However, previous Ruby boards have supported Linux as well as several Windows OSes.

More information may be found here.

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