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Mini-ITX mobo offers multiple storage options

Sep 30, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

Aaeon announced a Mini-ITX motherboard equipped with the Intel GME965 + ICH8M chipset. The EMB-9658T offers a choice of Intel Core 2 Duo or Celeron M CPUs, plus EIDE and SATA II ports, PCI-Express x4 expansion, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, and other I/O, says the company.

The EMB-9658T provides users a choice of Intel Core 2 Duo or Celeron M CPUs, and offers dual 200-pin DDR2 SODIMMs, supporting up to 4GB of 533/667MHz memory. The board is equipped with the Intel GME965 northbridge and ICH8M southbridge, although an ICH8ME southbridge is optional for those who need RAID support, says Aaeon.

Aaeon EMB-9658T
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The EMB-9658T supports LCD/CRT, LCD/DVI, LCD/TV, CRT/DVI, and TV/DVI display combinations at up to 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, with simultaneous dual display support, says the company. The motherboard also features 24-bit dual-channel LVDS, with DVI-I and SDVO options. TV-out is provided for delivering NTSC, PAL, or HDTV video at up to 1080p, says Aaeon.

Storage options are provided via an EIDE port (shared with a CompactFlash interface) and dual SATA II ports, and the board offers both PCI expansion and a riser card incorporating MiniPCI and PCIe x4 interfaces. I/O is said to include dual gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, five serial ports, and other I/O (see image and spec list below).

EMB-9658T detail
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Specifications listed for the EMB-9658T include:

  • Processor — Intel Core 2 Duo or Celeron M (Socket-P)
  • Chipset — Intel GME965 + ICH8M (-E version optional for RAID); ITE8712 I/O chipset
  • Memory — Up to 4GB DDR2 (533/667MHz) via 2 x 200-pin SODIMMs
  • Storage — 1 x EIDE port (shared with a CompactFlash interface); 2 x SATA II ports
  • Display:
    • GME965 graphics engine
    • Shared system memory up to 384MB
    • Up to 2048 x 1536 for CRT or LCD
    • Up to 24-bit dual-channel LVDS
    • 1 x DVI
    • 1 x VGA
    • 1 x SDVO
    • 1 x TV-out
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • 8 x USB 2.0
    • 4 x RS232
    • 1 x RS232/422/485
    • 1 x TTL
    • 1 x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP mode)
    • Audio — 5.1 channel via three 3.5mm jacks
    • PS/2 port with 1 x keyboard and 1 x mouse
    • Digital I/O (8-bit, programmable)
    • 1 x IrDA Tx/Rx header
  • Expansion interfaces — 1 x PCI; 1 x MiniPCI/PCIe x4 slot (via riser)
  • Other features:
    • Wake-on LAN
    • Watchdog timer
    • Power and temp. monitoring
    • Optional RAID
    • Optional TPM
    • Intel AMT 2.5 environment detection
  • Power — Accepts direct 12VDC input or AT/ATX power supply
  • Dimensions — 6.7 x 6.7 inches (Mini-ITX)
  • Weight — 1.1 lbs (0.5 kg)
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 140 deg. F (0 to 60 deg. C)

Stated Barnabas Chen, Product Manager of Aaeon's Embedded Computing Division, "Customers require an easily implemented, flexible IO, with ample storage solution for their applications. The EMB-9658T is an ideal fit to meet these demands."


Aaeon did not offer availability or pricing information on the EMB-9658T. Drivers are said to be available for Linux, Windows XP, or Windows Vista. More information may be found here.

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