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Point of sale motherboard loads up on serial connections

Nov 10, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Norco and its Habey USA subsidiary announced a 9.25 x 8.66-inch motherboard whose Intel Q67 chipset supports Intel “Sandy Bridge” Core i3/i5/i7 processors. The POS-7933 includes up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, ten serial ports, six USB 2.0 ports, four SATA interfaces, a gigabit Ethernet port, plus both PCI and mini-PCI Express expansion, says the company.

The POS-7933 lives up to its name as a motherboard aimed at Point of Sale (POS) computers, according to Norco. However, Norco subsidiary Habey cites a broader list of applications, including business banking, ATMs, retail kiosks, print imaging, gaming, and factory automation. Norco and Habey each offer a web page devoted to the board, with identical specs.


The POS-7933 supports this year's "Sandy Bridge" family of Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors, and features the Intel Q67 chipset. There appears to be no simultaneous display capability here, as there's only a single VGA port, supporting resolutions up to 2048 x 1536 pixels.

The Habey POS-7933 is further equipped with dual SIMMs, supporting up to 8GB of 1066/1333MHz DDR3 RAM, says the company. Both PCI and Mini-PCI Express slots are available, as are four SATA interfaces — including dual SATA 3.0 ports - featuring RAID 0/1/5/10 support.

POS-7933 port detail

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As befits a POS system, the POS-7933 is loaded with serial ports to handle numerous peripherals. There are 10 RS-232 ports overall, with two available on the coastline. One of the 10 ports is also said to support RS-422 connections, while another supports RS-485.

A gigabit Ethernet port is provided on the coastline, featuring wake-on LAN, says Habey. Also on the coastline are found the VGA port, as well as a PS/2 port and an LPT parallel port, says the company. Internally, the board offers six USB 2.0 ports and 8-bit GPIO, and it appears that the audio I/O may also be internal.

The 9.25 x 8.66-inch motherboard offers an ATX power supply and supports operating temperatures ranging from -4 to 158 deg. F, says Habey. No operating system support is listed, but Linux and Windows seem likely.

Features and specifications listed for the POS-7933 include:

  • Processor — Intel "Sandy Bridge" Core i7/i5/i3 (LGA1155 socket); Intel Q67 chipset
  • Memory — up to 8GB of dual-channel DDR3 RAM 1066/1333MHz via 2 x DIMMs
  • Expansion — PCI; mini-PCI Express
  • Storage — 4 x SATA (2 x SATA 3.0); RAID 0/1/5/10 support
  • Networking — gigabit Ethernet with wake-on LAN
  • Other I/O:
    • 10 x RS-232 (1 x RS-422; 1 x RS-485)
    • 6 x USB 2.0
    • VGA (up to 2048 x 1536 pixels)
    • PS/2 keyboard and mouse
    • parallel (with SPP/EPP/ECP mode)
    • 8-bit GPIO
    • audio line-out, line-in, mic-in, CD-in (Realtek ALC887)
  • Power — ATX supply; Lithium battery backup
  • Operating temperature — -4 to 158 deg. F
  • Dimensions — 9.25 x 8.66 inches (235 x 220mm)


No pricing, availability, or operating system support information was provided for the POS-7933. More information may be found on the Habey POS-7933 product page and Norco POS-7933 page, respectively.

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