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Mini-ITX board targets graphics-rich apps

Sep 8, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Ibase Technology has announced a mini-ITX single-board computer (SBC) with an Intel 945GC Express chipset. The MI940 is equipped with an LGA775 socket supporting Intel Core 2 Duo or Pentium processors, and it provides a gigabit Ethernet controller, USB and serial ports, and other interfaces.

(Click for larger view of the MI940)

Designed for graphics-enabled medical, point-of-sale, kiosk, and gaming applications, the MI940 appears to be an Intel-based counterpoint to iBase's fairly similar, recently announced MI930 device. Like the M1930, which is equipped with an AMD M690T chipset supporting Athlon 64 processors, the 6.7 x 6.7-inch MI940 is based on the mini-ITX format, and offers numerous ports and edge connectors. As with the MI930, operating system support was not detailed, but previous Ibase boards have offered drivers for Linux and various flavors of Windows.

In addition to the Intel LGA775 processor socket and Intel 945GC integrated graphics with GMA950 core, the MI940 offers dual DDR2 memory sockets supporting up to 2GB of memory. The SBC is equipped with an Intel 82574L PCI-Express gigabit Ethernet controller, and offers four SATA II ports, six USB 2.0 ports, two serial ports, digital I/O, and CRT and DVI-D edge connectors. For expansion, PCI and PCI-E slots are available, and there are optional ID394 and ID395 daughterboards for adding serial ports and TPM functionality respectively, says Ibase.

Specifications for the MI940 include:

  • Processor — LGA775 socket for Intel Core 2 Duo, Pentium D, or Pentium 4 with 533MHz FSB at 800MHz; Intel 945GC chipset ICH7
  • Memory — dual DDR2 sockets for up to 2GB DDR2 400/533/667MHz SDRAM
  • DVI — Chrontel CH7307C DVI transmitter; DVI-D edge connector
  • Audio — ICH7 high-def audio with Realtek ALC662 codec
  • PCI — 1 x PCI-E (x16); 1 x PCI (supports 2 masters)
  • Other expansion — 16-pin header for ID394 COM or ID395 TPM daughterboard
  • SATA — 4 x SATA II ports (3Gbps)
  • IDE — Intel ICH7 IDE controller supporting Ultra ATA
  • Networking — Intel 82547L PCI-E gigabit Ethernet RJ-45
  • USB — 6 x USB 2.0 ports (4 on board, 2 via pin header)
  • Serial — 1 x RS-232/422/485; 1 x RS-232 ports
  • Digital I/O — 4 in; 4 out
  • LPC I/O — W83627EHG chipset supports COM1 (RS232), COM2 (RS232/422/485)
  • Other features — watchdog timer; hardware monitor
  • Dimensions — 6.7 x 6.7 inches (170 x 170mm); mini-ITX
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 140 degrees F (0 to 60 degrees C)


IBase did not provide pricing or availability information on the MI940. More information may be available here.

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