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Core-based PICMG 1.3 SBC supports 14 USB ports

Oct 12, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Arbor Technology announced a full-size PICMG 1.3 single board computer (SBC) designed to support Intel “2nd Generation” (“Sandy Bridge”) Core i3/i5/i7 processors. The HiCore-i67Q1 is equipped with an Intel Q67 chipset, dual DDR3 sockets for up to 8GB SDRAM, six RAID-enabled SATA ports, 14 USB 2.0 ports, and extensive PCI and PCIe expansion, according to the company.

The HiCore-i67Q1 joins a growing list of PICMG 1.3 SBCs that have adopted Intel's "Sandy Bridge" generation of Core i3/i5/i7 processors. It offers roughly the same feature set as the Axiomtek SHB106, and offers considerably more I/O than the recently announced Ibase IB960. Like those boards, the HiCore-i67Q1 features an onboard Intel QM67 chipset. This is said to enable the SBC to support Intel turbo boost, hyper-threading, and vPro technologies.

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VGA displays are supported at resolutions up to 2048 x 1536 pixels, which makes the board suitable for gaming, digital signage, medical, and digital surveillance applications, says Arbor Technology. There's no stated support for LVDS or DisplayPort, however.

The HiCore-i67Q1 provides two DDR3 "Long-Dimm" sockets, supporting 1066/1333MHz SDRAM up to 8GB, says Arbor. Storage is supported via six SATA ports, including two at 6Gbps and four at 3Gbps, all of which support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, says the company. Expansion is said to include four PCI masters, a PCI-Express (PCIe) x16 interface, and four PCIe x1 interfaces.

The HiCore-i67Q1 is further equipped with dual gigabit Ethernet ports, which are available on the backplane. Also on the backplane are the VGA port, and one additional port, which is likely the stated PS/2 port.

The board includes headers for 10 USB 2.0 ports. Four more USB 2.0 ports are said to be available via one of the PICMG 1.3-standard golden fingers connectors. Additional I/O includes dual serial ports and 8-bit DIO, says Arbor.

Features and specifications listed for the HiCore-i67Q1 include:

  • Processor — LGA1155 socket for 2nd-Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 up to 3.4GHz
  • Chipset — Intel Q67
  • Memory — up to 8GB DDR3 1066/1333MHz RAM via 2 x Long-DIMMs
  • Expansion:
    • 4 x PCI Masters
    • 1 x PCIe x16
    • 4 x PCIe x1
  • Storage — 6 x SATA (2 x 6Gbps; 4 x 3Gbps) with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
  • Display — VGA port for up to 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Other I/O:
    • 10 x USB 2.0 ports
    • 4 x USB 2.0 via golden finger connector
    • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse
    • 1 x RS-232/422/485
    • 1 x RS-232
    • DIO (8-bit programmable)
  • Other features — HD codec audio (Realtek ALC886) with I/O via audio cable; watchdog
  • Power — ATX +12V; consumption: 6,75A12V, 1.72A/4.94V, 1.27A/3.3V
  • Temperature — 32 to 140 deg. F (0 to 60 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 13.3 x 4.96 inches (338 x 126mm); PICMG 1.3


No pricing, availability, or operating system information was provided on the HiCore-i67Q1 . More information may be found on Arbor's HiCore-i67Q1 product page.

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