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Tiny SBC offers single- or dual-core G-Series chips

Dec 16, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Axiomtek announced the upcoming availability of a 3.93 x 2.83-inch Pico-ITX single board computer (SBC) powered by either a single-core AMD G-Series T40R or dual-core T40E, each clocked at 1GHz. The Pico100 supports up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, features dual displays via an LVDS interface and either DisplayPort or VGA, and offers SATA, gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, and serial connectivity.

The Pico 100 was pre-announced in May when Axiomtek joined Amtek, DataKamp, and Ibase in vowing upcoming product support for AMD's second round of G-Series processors. On Dec. 13. Axiomtek announced that the SBC will finally begin shipping in January, equipped with AMD's 1GHz T40E (dual-core, 6.4 Watt TDP) or T40R (single-core, 5.5 Watt TDP) AMD G-Series processors.


The company offered no photos and less than full details in May, but now provides the full story. Adopting the Pico-ITX form-factor, the device measures a wee 3.94 x 2.83 inches (10 x 7.2cm), says the company. It is said to be aimed at fanless car PCs, in-flight entertainment systems, digital signage platforms, portable thin clients, and high-end medical imaging devices.

The SBC supports up to 4GB of DDR3 1066 memory via a SODIMM socket, says Axiomtek. A CompactFlash slot is said to be available for storage.

Pico100 port detail

The Pico100 provides dual display support, with an LVDS interface, as well as a choice between DisplayPort or VGA ports, says Axiomtek. The G-Series processors offer Radeon HD 6250 graphics, with 3D graphics and DirectX 11 support, says the company.

I/O includes dual RS-232 ports, a SATA-600 port, a gigabit Ethernet port, and four USB 2.0 ports, says Axiomtek. An HD audio codec, audio I/O, a keyboard/mouse connection, and a watchdog timer are also said to be available.

More Pico100 details

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The Pico100 requires a modest +5V DC power input, as well as an optional internal power connector, notes Axiomtek. No power consumption figures were supplied, although they're likely to be fairly close to the above listed TDPs of the G-Series processors themselves. The SBC supports Linux, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Embedded, says the company.

Specifications listed by Axiomtek for the Pico100 include:

  • Processor — 1GHz, single-core AMD T40R or 1GHz dual-core T40E
  • Chipset — AMD A50M
  • Memory — up to 4GB DDR3 (1066MHz) via single SODIMM
  • Storage — CompactFlash Type II slot
  • Networking — 1 x gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • SATA-600
    • DisplayPort or VGA
    • LVDS
    • 4 x USB 2.0
    • 2 x RS-232
    • SMBus
    • Keyboard/mouse
    • audio mic-in, line-in, line-out (Realtek ALC662
  • Power requirements — 5VDC
  • Operating range — 32 to 140 deg. F (0 to 60 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 3.93 x 2.83 inches (Pico-ITX)


The Pico100 will be available in late January at an undisclosed price. More information may be found at Axiomtek's Pico100 product page.

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