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Mini-ITX board features four SATA ports, SIM slot

Apr 26, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 12 views

Norco announced a Mini-ITX motherboard equipped with an Intel QM67 chipset, supporting Intel's “Sandy Bridge” Core i7/i5/i3 processors. The MITX-6920 supports up to 8GB DDR3 RAM, and offers four RAID-capable SATA ports, three PCI Express interfaces, a 3G SIM slot, plus generous quantities of gigabit Ethernet, serial, and USB connectivity, says the company.

Norco, the parent company of embedded manufacturer Habey, is aiming the MITX-6920 at transportation, information control, automatic ticketing, video, auto, industrial control, and media player applications. The 6.7x 6.7-inch Mini-ITX board adopts the Intel QM67 chipset and the latest "Sandy Bridge" generation of Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors.


The MITX-6920 supports up to 8GB DDR3 1067/1333/1600MHz memory via two dual-channel SODIMM slots, says Norco. The motherboard provides four SATA interfaces with hot-swap and RAID 0/1/5 support, says the company.

Expansion options include dual, onboard PCI Express (PCIe) interfaces, as well as a third interface available via a golden finger connector, says Norco. In addition, a SIM slot is said to be available for adding a 3G module.

The MITX-6920 provides dual DVI-I ports and a single LVDS connection, and offers independent dual display capability, says Norco. The board is also said to offer 7.1 HD audio output.

As is typical of Mini-ITX boards, I/O is varied and ample, including dual gigabit Ethernet ports, six serial ports, and eight USB 2.0 ports, four of which are available on the front panel. A keyboard/mouse port and GPIO round out the selection.

Features and specifications listed for the MITX-6920 include:

  • Processor — supports Intel "Sandy Bridge" Core I7/I5/I3 CPUs
  • Chipset — Intel QM67
  • Memory — up to 8GB DDR3 1067/1333/1600MHz memory via 2 x SODIMM slots (dual-channel)
  • Expansion:
    • 2 x Mini-PCIe slots
    • PCIe x4/x16 via gold finger
    • SIM slot supporting 3G module
  • Storage:
    • SATA 1/2 (SATA 3.0)
    • SATA 3/4 (SATA 2.0)
    • Supports hot-swap and RAID 0/1/5
  • Display:
    • 2 x DVI-I
    • LVDS (24-bit dual-channel)
    • independent dual-view output
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet ports (Intel 82579 and 82574L); wake on LAN
  • Other I/O:
    • 5 x RS-232
    • RS-232/422/485
    • 8 x USB 2.0 (4 x front-panel accessible)
    • keyboard/mouse
    • 16-bit GPIO
  • Audio — 7.1 sound track HD audio output (Realtek ALC888); supports 2 x 12-ohm stereo
  • Power — ATX connector
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 140 deg. F (0 to 60 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 6.7 x 6.7 inches (170 x 170mm)


The MITX-6920 is available now, says Norco, which did not reveal pricing or operating system availability. More information may be found on Norco's MITX-6920 page.

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