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Mini-ITX board offers dual-core Atom and Ion 2 graphics

Oct 8, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 25 views

Habey USA announced a mini-ITX board combining a dual-core Intel Atom D510 with an Nvidia Ion 2 GPU. Supporting 1080p video and simultaneous HDMI/VGA displays, the MITX-6564 has up to 4GB of RAM, mini-PCIe expansion, plus USB 2.0, SATA, and gigabit Ethernet connectivity, the company says.

The MITX-6564 is designed for HD media player applications, kiosks, digital signage, point of sale (POS) systems, and other embedded applications demanding high-performance graphics, says Habey. Although based on the mini-ITX form-factor, the board is slightly smaller than is typical, at 6.5 inches square instead of 6.7 inches. It is also touted for measuring less than an inch high, making it ideal for space-constrained devices.

Habey MITX-6564

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Nvidia announced its second-generation Ion GPU, informally referred to as the Ion 2, in December of last year. The Ion 2 upgraded the original Ion design with support for Intel's Pine Trail Atoms such as the dual-core, 1.66GHz D510 offered with the MITX-6564.

Although the Pine Trail Atoms are known for bringing graphics onboard instead of depending on a secondary graphics chipset, there are graphics, and then there are graphics. Nvidia claims the Ion 2 offers a 10x improvement in graphics performance over a Pine Trail Atom's integrated graphics.

The Ion 2 supports DirectX 10, offers resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 pixels, and provides 1080p HD video playback, says Nvidia. The GPU also delivers HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort, and dual-link DVI video outputs.

MITX-6564, front and back

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The Ion 2 supports DDR3 memory interfaces with frontside bus speeds of up to 1066MHz. Here, the chip is offered in the form of a Nvidia GeForce GT218 module that has its own dedicated allotment of 512MB DDR3 memory. The system is equipped with HDMI and VGA ports, and supports simultaneous dual monitor displays, says Habey.

The MITX-6564 may be equipped with up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, says Habey. The board lacks CompactFlash support, but offers dual internal SATA II ports supporting either a hard disk drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD) drive. There are also dual PCI Express (PCIe) slots for wireless and TV tuner options, says the company.

The MITX-6564 is less than one inch tall.
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Additional wireless and storage expansion is available via six USB 2.0 ports, two of them available as external ports. Other connectivity includes serial and gigabit Ethernet ports and various audio ports, including an S/PDIF port (see spec table below).

Equipped with a 12V DC supply, the MITX-6564 typically consumes 21 Watts, says Habey. The board supports Linux, as well as a variety of Windows options.

Specifications listed for the Habey MITX-6564 include:

  • Processorsr — Intel Atom D510 1.66GHz
  • Chipset — Intel NM10
  • Memory — Up to 4GB DDR2 via 2 x SODIMM slots
  • Expansion — 2 x mini-PCIe slots
  • Graphics/video:
    • Nvidia GeForce GT218 with Ion 2, supporting 1080p video
    • HDMI port (2560 x 1600 pixels)
    • VGA port (2048 x 1536 pixels)
    • dual simultaneous display support
  • Audio:
    • HDMI digital audio
    • S/PDIF port
    • rear audio jacks
    • front-panel audio pin headers
  • Networking — 1 x gigabit Ethernet port (Realtek RTL8111D) 
  • Other I/O:
    • 2 x internal SATA II
    • 2 x external USB 2.0
    • 4 x internal USB 2.0
    • 1 x COM (internal) via pin header
  • Power — 12V DC; 21 Watt typical power consumption
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 122 deg. F (0 to 50 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 6.5 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Operating system — Linux, Microsoft Windows XP Embedded, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, and Windows Embedded Standard 7

Habey offers three embedded computers based on the MITX-6564, with one of them, the ENT-6564 (pictured at right) available now on Amazon for $330. This ultra-slim "media player/nettop" is equipped with 2G DDR2 RAM and a 250GB HDD, and ships with a Wi-Fi card. The ENT-6564 is available for resellers, system integrators, and major online retailers, says Habey.


The BIS-6564 (pictured above) is a fanless, barebone system based on the MITX-6564. The device uses Habey's proprietary ICEFIN thermal design, says the company.


Finally, Habey offers an EPC-6564 (pictured above). This 1U short-depth computer offers slim DVD/BD drive support. As with the BIS-6564, this model is available for OEM projects.


Habey demo of MITX-6564 on YouTube
Source: Habey
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The MITX-6564 appears to be available now, although no pricing was cited. More information may be found here and here.

The ENT-6564 net-top is now available on for $330, here.

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