Intel Bay Trail processors are mostly found in tablets, 2-in-1 hybrid laptops, and mini PCs, and they’ve often give placed to Cherry Trail processors, and in some cases Apollo Lake ones. x86 compatibility, low cost and low power are the main selling points of the Bay Trail processor family.
Colorful has found a different use case, as they designed a motherboard with 9 PCIe x16 slots, one for a card powered by an Intel Celeron J1900 processor, and 8 to add graphics card in order to mine cryptocurrencies.
The blue PCI slot takes a PCI CPU card with an the following specifications:
- SoC – Intel BayTrail J1900 quad core processor @ up to 2.42 GHz with 2M Cache, integrated Intel HD graphics; 10W TDP
- Memory – 1×DDR3L SO-DIMM, DDR3L 1333MHz/1066MHz
- Storage – 1x mSATA slot, 1x SATA 3.0 connector, 1x 4-pin SATA connector
- Video Output – HDMI
- Connectivity – Dual Gigabit Ethernet via RTL8111E
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
- PCIe connector to manage graphics cards
- Power Supply – 4-pin header for 12V input
The main motherboard is equipped with 16x 6-pin PCIe power connectors with eight located on one side of the board, and eight placed close to each GPU PCIe slots. To complete the setup connect eight mining graphics cards, and you should be good to go.
Anandtech reports that pricing and availability information is unknown at this stage, and they expect the solution to become available to Colorful customers in the next few months. The product page only has some limited details for now.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.