There are two versions of Linaro’s 96Boards specifications the Consumer Edition (CE) and the Enterprise Edition (EE) with higher hardware requirements, and while several boards mostly compliant with 96Boards CE are available such as DragonBoard 410c and Hikey boards, the only board announced to be compliant with 96Boards EE specifications was AMD Huskyboard based on Opteron A1100 series processor and is yet to be available for sale. LeMaker has now designed a similar EE boards called Cello.
- Processor – AMD Opteron A1120 quad core Cortex A57 processor @ 1.7 GHz with 2MB L2 cache, 8MB L3 cache
- System Memory – 2x DDR3 SO-DIMM sockets
- Storage – 2x SATA 3.0 ports, micro SD slot
- Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port
- USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports
- x16 PCIe G3 slot
- 40-pin Low Speed (LE) expansion header
- Debugging – micro USB port for console access, 10-pin JTAG connector
- Power Supply – 4-pin power connector
- Dimensions – 160×120 mm as per 96Boards EE specifications
- Weight – 500 grams (Package weight)
The board don’t show an heatsink, but the holes are there, and considering the SoC has a whopping 25W TDP, an heatsink and likely fan will likely be required. There’s also no information about operating systems, but the latest Linaro Reference Platform release for Enterprise supports Debian 8.3 and an image based on Centos 7.2, as well as UEFI with ACPI, KVM and PCIe support.
The board can be pre-ordered for $299 on LeMaker Cello product page with shipping schedules for Q2 2016.
[Update: So I’ve been watching Linaro BKK 2016 keynote, and there was a demo with Huskyboard (similar to Cello featured in that post) running the developer preview of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 7.2 (MaiPo). That’s what the board is supposed to look like with a heatsink and fan. They’ve also added a PCIe network card to show that PCIe is also working
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