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EPIC SBC runs Linux on low-power Geode

Mar 10, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 8 views

Acrosser will soon ship a single-board computer (SBC) in the 165 x 115 mm EPIC form-factor. The AR-B1631 is based on a low-power, AMD Geode x86 processor and is “fully compatible” with Linux and other embedded OSes, according to the… company.

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The AR-B1631 is based on a 500 MHz Geode [email protected] processor along with a CS5535 southbridge companion chip. One SO-DIMM socket supports up to 512MB of 200MHz DDR SDRAM, and the board includes integrated AGP graphics and TFT touchscreen LCD support. Other peripheral interfaces include 10/100 Ethernet, USB, serial, PS/2, GPIO, and audio. Additional expansion is available via a PCI-104 add-on module location.

CS5535 Southbridge
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Acrosser lists the following key features and specifications for the AR-B1631:

  • Processor — AMD Geode [email protected] at 500 MHz with CS5535 southbridge
  • Memory — up to 512 MB of 200MHz DDR SDRAM
  • Display:
    • integrated AGP 4X 2D/3D engine
    • CRT output — 32-bit color:
      • up to 1920 x 1440 resolution at 85 Hz
      • up to 1600 x 1200 resolution at 100 Hz
    • supports 18-bit and 24-bit LVDS LCD
      • up to 1600 x 1200 resoultion at 60 Hz for TFT
    • Touchscreen — shared with COM port
  • Storage — 44-pin IDE supports ATA 66. CompactFlash socket
  • Expansion — PCI-104 connector
  • I/O ports:
    • 10/100 Ethernet
    • 4 USB 1.1 Ports
    • 4 RS-232
    • PS/2 keyboard and mouse
    • Parallel port
    • 8-bit TTL GPIO
    • AC97 audio, 2.1 compliant — mic in, stereo line in/out
  • OS compatibility — Linux, Windows XP Embedded, Windows CE


The AR-B1631 is expected to be available toward the end of this month. Pricing was not disclosed.

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