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“Cost-effective” PICMG 1.0 SBC runs Linux

Apr 8, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

Axiomtek is readying a full-sized PCI/ISA single-board computer (SBC) that adheres to the PICMG 1.0 spec. The SBC81206 (pictured) supports a range of Intel processors, has a 945GC Express chipset, and offers extensive I/O, including two gigabit Ethernet ports and six USB 2.0 ports.

(Click for larger view of the SBC81206)

The SBC81206 is billed as a “cost-effective” SBC for telecom, visual inspection, digital surveillance, and ATM systems. The board is equipped with an LGA775 socket, supporting Intel Core 2 Duo, Pentium 4, Pentium D, and Celeron processors, and uses the Intel 945GC Express chipset with GMA950 graphics, according to Axiomtek. Two DIMM sockets are said to support up to 2GB of 533/677MHz DDR2 memory.

Storage support includes four high-speed SATA-300 interfaces, and Axiomtek offers a variant — the SBC81206VGGR — that provides RAID 0/1/10/5 support. The SBC81206 is said to offer dual COM ports, VGA, and PS/2 ports, in addition to the USB and gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

SBC81206 (detail view)
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Specifications listed for the SBC81206 include:

  • Processor — LGA775 socket for Intel Core 2 Duo, Pentium D, or Pentium 4/Celeron with 533/800 MHz
  • Chipset — Intel 945GC+ICH7/7R
  • Memory — Up to 2GB of 533/667MHz DDR2 memory via dual 240-pin DIMMs
  • Expansion — PCI with 4 x bus masters; ISA with 16-bit bus and up to 500mA high drive
  • Storage — 4 x SATA-300; RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 (SBC81206VGGR model only); IDE DoM for solid state storage (SSD)
  • Display — GMA950 graphics; dedicated frame buffer up to 8MB and DVMT up to 224MB; VGA up to 2048 x 1536
  • Networking — 2 x 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet ports with wake-on-LAN, PXE Boot ROM with Realtek RTL8111B
  • USB — 6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 x rear-facing; 4 x with pin-header)
  • Other I/O:
    • 1 x IDE; PATA-100
    • 1 x FDD
    • 1 x VGA Out (15-pin)
    • 1 x PS/2 keyboard
    • 1 x PS/2 mouse
    • 1 x LPT, with SPP/EPP/ECP supported
    • 1 x RS-232 (COM 1)
    • 1 x RS-232/422/485 (COM 2)
  • Audio — AC'97/HD audio interface
  • Other features — Watchdog timer (255 levels, 1~255 sec.); hardware monitoring; SMBus
  • Battery — 3V/196mAH Lithium
  • Dimensions — 13.3 x 4.8 inches (338 x 122mm); PICMG 1.0
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 140 deg. F (0 to 60 deg. C)
  • Operating system — Not stated, but likely supports all x86-compatible OSes, including Linux and Windows


The SBC81206 will be available in mid-April, says Axiomtek, which did not reveal pricing. More information may be found here.

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