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Quad-core PICMG board runs Linux

Dec 3, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Axiomtek is readying a full-size PICMG 1.3 SBC (single-board computer) boasting an Intel Core 2 Quad processor. Targeting control and automation, visual inspection, digital surveillance, and network security applications, the Linux-ready SHB102 supports 16GB of DDR3, and has two gigabit Ethernet and a dozen USB ports.

(Click for larger view of Axiomtek SHB102)

The SHB102 has an LGA775 socket that can be equipped with an Intel Core 2 Quad, a Core 2 Duo, or a Celeron processor, with 1333MHz, 1066MHz, or 800MHz FSB (front-side bus) speeds. The Intel Q45 Express chipset, which was also used on a recently announced Kontron ATX board, provides Intel Trusted Platform Module (Intel TPM) as well as Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT) version 5.0. Together, these technologies improve security and maintenance, says the company. High-end graphics and video are supported with an integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500, which offers a maximum dedicated frame buffer memory of 256MB.

Axiomtek SHB102
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Compliant with PICMG 1.3, the full-sized SBC offers four PCI slots, four PCIe x1 or one PCIe x4, and one PCIe x16 routed to the backplane, says the company. Six high-speed SATA-300 ports are said to provide RAID 0/1/5/10 functionality. The SHB102 also offers dual gigabit Ethernet ports, a dozen USB 2.0 ports, dual COM ports, and additional I/O.

Specifications listed for the Axomtek SHB102 include:

  • Processor — LGA775 socket for Intel Core2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, or Celeron, with 800/1066/1333 MHz FSB; Intel Q45+ICH10DO chipset
  • Memory — 4 x 240-pin DDR3-800/1066 DIMM for up to 16GB
  • Graphics — Intel Q45 GMCH 4500 chipset, supporting DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.1
  • Graphics memory — up to 256MB frame buffer
  • Display resolution — VGA up to 2048 x 1536 @ 60Hz with 32-bit color; SDVO up to 1920 x 1200 @60Hz on each port
  • Display output — VGA interface with D-sub 15-pin connector
  • Audio — Realtek ALC888 Codec with MIC-in, Line-in, Line-out, speaker-out
  • PCI Expansion:
    • PCIe x16 via SHB Connector-A and B
    • PCIe x4 (or 4 PCIe x1) via SHB Connector-B
    • PCI with 4 bus masters via SHB Connector-D
  • Storage interface — 6 x SATA-300 with RAID 0/1/10/5
  • Networking — 2 x 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports (1 x Intel 82567LM and 1 x Intel 82574L)
  • USB — 12 x USB 2.0 (including two on rear I/O); 6 ports with pin-header, 4 ports via SHB Connector-C
  • Other I/O:
    • 1 x RS-232 (COM 1)
    • 1 x RS-232/422/485 (COM2)
    • 1 x FDD
    • 1 x PS/2 keyboard
    • 1 x PS/2 mouse,
    • 1 x LPT (supports SPP/EPP/ECP)
  • Other features — SMBus for monitoring/control interface; watchdog timer (255 levels); hardware monitoring
  • Battery — Lithium 3V/196mAH
  • Dimensions — 13.3 x 5.0 inches (338 x 126mm); PICMG 1.3 full-size CPU card
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 140 deg. F (0 to 60 deg. C)
  • Operating system — Linux, Windows Embedded XP, Vista


The SHB102 will be available by the end of the year, says Axiomtek, which did not disclose pricing. More information may be found here.

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