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Mini-ITX board has HDMI, surround sound

Oct 22, 2009 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

Ibase announced an embedded Mini-ITX motherboard that supports AMD's Athlon, Athlon X2, and Sempron processors. The MI952 includes DVI-I, DVI-D, and HDMI video outputs, six 3.5mm jacks for 7:1 surround sound, and a PCI Express x16 expansion slot.

Ibase nominates its new MI952 for industrial automation, test and measurement, digital signage, and surveillance applications. We'd say the 6.7-by-6.7-inch Mini-ITX board could also be an interesting basis for a home media server, since it includes an HDMI output, DVI-I and DVI-D ports, and 7:1 surround sound via eight 3.5mm jacks.

Ibase's MI952
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According to Ibase, the MI952 (above) uses AMD's 780E northbridge and SB710 southbridge, gaining DirectX 10-compatible graphics with 128MB of dedicated DDR3 RAM, as well as support for a range of processors using the chipmaker's AM2 socket. Possible CPUs include the AMD Sempron, Athlon 64, and Athlon 64 X2, with clock speeds up to 2.2GHz and TDPs ranging from eight Watts to 65 Watts, the company says.

Twin DIMM sockets accept up to 4GB of DDR2 memory, while storage is catered for by two onboard SATA II ports, Ibase says. Meanwhile, the MI952 is also said to have a PCI Express expansion slot that accepts either x16 or x8 devices.

Ports on Ibase's MI952
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The board's "coastline," pictured above, includes the audio and video outputs already mentioned, plus six USB 2.0 ports, two gigabit Ethernet ports, and a PS/2 port. Pin headers, meanwhile, serve up two additional USB ports and four RS232 ports, according to Ibase.

Features and specifications listed by Ibase for the MI952 include the following:

  • Processor — AMD CPUs with AM2 socket, including Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64, and Sempron, with clock speeds up to 2.2GHz
  • Chipset — AMD 780E northbridge and SB710 southbridge
  • Memory — Up to 4GB via two DIMM slots
  • Expansion — PCI Express x 16 (may also be used as x8)
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • 1 x PS/2
    • 1 x DVI-I
    • 1 x DVI-D
    • 1 x HDMI
    • 8 x USB 2.0 (6 ports, 2 headers)
    • 7:1 surround sound output via 6 3.5mm jacks
    • Digital I/O (4 in, 4 out)
    • 2 x SATA II
    • 4 x RS232 (headers)
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 140 deg. F (0 to 60 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 6.7 x 6.7 inches (170 x 170mm)


Ibase did not provide information about pricing, availability, or operating system support for the MI952. More information may be found at the company's product page for the device, here.

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