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Mini-ITX mobo packs gigE, PCIe

Jul 31, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Acrosser has released a mini-ITX motherboard based on Pentium M and Celeron M processors up to 2.26 GHz. The AR-B1890 single-board computer (SBC) features high bandwidth gigabit Ethernet and PCI-Express X1 interfaces, which enable it to target high performance multimedia and gaming, among other applications, according to… the company.

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The B1890 incorporates Intel's 915GM Express chipset, which provides up to 533 MHz front-side bus data rates, and supports up to 2 GB of dual-channel DDR II 400/533 MHz SoDIMM RAM. The chipset supports up to 128 MB of video memory shared with main memory, and provides both analog VGA and 18-bit dual-channel LVDS outputs. PAL or NTSC TV video out is also available, according to the company.

Acrosser lists the following key features and specifications for the B1890:

  • Processor — Pentium M to 2.26 GHz or Celeron M to 1.6 GHz
  • Chipset — Intel 915GM GMCH Express chipset
  • Memory — up to 2 GB dual channel DDR II SoDIMM RAM
  • Display:
    • up to 128 MB shared video memory
    • analog VGA and dual 18-bit LVDS outputs
    • PAL or NTSC TV out
  • Storage:
    • UDMA 33 / 66 / 100 ATA IDE connection
    • 2 serial ATA
    • CompactFlash slot
    • slim FDD connection
  • I/O ports:
    • dual Ethernet — 1 gigabit, 1 10/100
    • 6 USB 2.0 — 4 external, 2 internal
    • 4 serial — 2 external, 2 internal
    • Audio — Realtek ALC655 Codec, line in, line out, mic in jacks
    • PS/2 keyboard and mouse
    • IrDA
    • 8-bit general purpose digital I/O
  • Expansion — PCI-Express X1 slot, mini-PCI slot
  • Dimensions — mini-ITX form-factor; 6.7 x 6.7 inches (170 x 170 mm)

Acrosser does not explicitly mention Linux support. However, several other mini-ITX boards based on the 915GM chipset appear to be supported under Linux, including Arbor's ITX-i7435, Liantec's ITX-6900 and Axiomtek's SBC86800. Additionally, countless 915GM-based laptops appear to run Linux without problems.

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