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Linux-based EPIC SBC targets panel PCs

Jan 11, 2008 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Acrosser has introduced an EPIC form-factor single-board computer (SBC) that runs Linux. The AR-B5230 supports Pentium M and Celeron M processors, and is aimed at applications such as panel PCs, transportation, and digital signage, according to the company.

(Click here for a larger view of the Acrosser AR-B5230)

The AR-B5230 uses Intel's 915GME chipset and ICH6 southbridge, with integrated GMA900 graphics controller. It accepts up to 1GB of 400/533MHz DDR2 RAM — 128MB of which can be employed as video memory — in a single SODIMM slot.

Video output is to both a VGA port and to DVI, the former mounted on the edge of the board and the latter available via a header on the board. The SBC offers a dual-channel 18-bit LVDS interface and an LCD inverter power connector, supporting both 3.3V and 5V LCDs, according to Acrosser.

The AR-B5230 also has AC'97 compatible audio circuitry, with line and mic input jacks, and 5:1 surround sound output. Audio connections are made via headers, but edge connectors on the board include a serial port (one of four), two USB ports (out of four total), the dual 10/100 Ethernet ports, and a PS/2 connector for keyboard and mouse.

Features and specifications cited by Acrosser for the AR-B5230 include:

  • Processor and chipset:
    • Intel Pentium M or Celeron M (Socket 478)
    • Intel 915GME and ICH6 southbridge
  • Memory — up to 1GB of 400/533MHz DDR2 DRAM via single SODIMM socket
  • Display:
    • integrated GMA 900 controller with up to 128MB shared memory
    • supports VGA and LVDS-interfaced LCDs

  • Networking — dual 10/100 Ethernet ports with LAN boot and wake-on-LAN functionality
  • Other I/O:

    • 1 x EIDE
    • 1 x SATA

    • 3 x RS232 (one with external DB9 connector, two with pin headers)
    • 1 x RS232/422/485 (pin header)
    • 8 x GPIO
    • 1 x PS/2 for keyboard and mouse
    • Audio mic and line in, line out
  • Expansion:
    • 1 x PCI-104
    • 1 x CompactFlash Type II
  • Power requirements — AT or ATX
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60 deg. C (32 to 140 deg. F)
  • Dimensions — 6.5 x 4.5 inches (165 x 115 mm)

Pricing for the AR-B5230 was not cited, but the SBC is available now, according to Acrosser. It is compatible with Linux, Windows CE, and Windows XP Embedded.


 
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