iBASE MI989 – 5G-ready Ryzen V2000 Mini-ITX motherboard offers PCIe x16 & M.2 expansion

We’ve written about Ryzen Embedded V2000 mini-ITX motherboards in the past, but here’s another one with iBASE MI989 equipped with four 4K-capable DisplayPort 1.4 video output, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, three M.2 sockets including a 5G-ready M.2 3052 socket, and a PCIe x16 slot for expansion.

iBASE MI989 also supports up to 64GB ECC memory, one SATA III port, multiple USB 3.1/2.0 ports, four serial ports, and more, for embedded applications in retail, healthcare, industrial automation, casinos, and smart cities.

iBASE MI989 specifications:

  • SoC – AMD Ryzen V2000 Series Processors either:
    • AMD Ryzen Embedded V2748, 8C/16T up to 2.9GHz (4.25GHz) with 4MB cache, 7 CU Radeon Vega graphics; 45W TDP
    • AMD Ryzen Embedded V2718, 8C/16T up to 1.7GHz (4.15GHz), with 4MB cache, 7 CU Radeon Vega graphics; 15W TDP
  • System Memory – Up to 64GB dual-channel DDR4-3200 (ECC/non-ECC) via 2x SODIMM sockets
  • Storage – 1x SATA 3.0 (up to 6GB/s) port, M.2 NVMe SSD support (See Expansion section), embedded flash for AMI BIOS
  • Display – 4x DisplayPort 1.4 up to 4096×2160 @ 60Hz
  • GPU capabilities
    • OpenGL 4.6, DirectX 12, OpenCL 2.1
    • HW Decode: AVC/H.264, MPEG2, VC1/WMV9, JPEG/MJPEG, HEVC/H265, VP8, VP9
    • HW Encode: MPEG2, AVC/H264, JPEG, HEVC/H265, VP8, VP9
  • Audio
    • Realtek ALC888S audio codec
    • 1x Mic-in, 1x Line-in, 1x Line-out jacks
  • Networking
    • 2x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports via Intel i211AT controllers
    • Optional 4G/5G cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth via M.2 modules plus SIM card socket
  • USB – 3x USB 3.1 ports (including one internal) up to 10 Gbps, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 interfaces via on-board pin headers
  • Serial – 4x COM ports including two DB9 (RS232/RS422/RS485) ports, 2x RS232 via headers
  • Expansion
    • 1x PCIe x16 slot
    • 1x M.2 2230 E-Key for WIFi/Bluetooth
    • 1x M.2 3052 B-Key for cellular module including 5G module
    • 1x M.2 2280 M-Key for NVMe SSD
    • Digital I/O
  • Security – TPM 2.0
  • Misc – Watchdog Timer, RTC + battery backup
  • Power Supply – 24-pin ATX + 4-pin connectors
  • Dimensions – 170 x 170 mm (Mini-ITX Form Factor)
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0 to 60°C; storage: -20 to 85°C
  • Humidity – Up to 95% RH (non-condensing) @ 60°C

Block Diagram

iBASE provides Windows 10 drivers, and the user manual also claims the board support Ubuntu Linux. The MI989 Ryzen V2000 mini-ITX motherboard is very similar to the DFI RNO171 model we covered previously, but with a slightly different port arrangement, no DC jack for power, Intel instead of Realtek Ethernet controllers, and more M.2 expansion sockets.

DFI RNO171 (left) vs iBASE MI989 (right)

iBASE is taking orders for the MI989 motherboard now but has not made pricing publicly available. Additional information may be found on the product page.

Via LinuxGizmos

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5 Replies to “iBASE MI989 – 5G-ready Ryzen V2000 Mini-ITX motherboard offers PCIe x16 & M.2 expansion”

  1. too bad these type of design hardly ever makes it into retail. The V27xx are almost no existent V16xx very hard too find. iBase is not offering theirs to individuals either.

    1. No entirely accurate.

      First I did talk with an iBase representative a few years ago and they had zero issue to selling me a board as an individual. If ended up buying a DFI instead.

      Second, go to https://wwws.nextwarehouse.com and you can buy online as many as industrial boards from many brands, including iBase.

      One thing they want is a P.O. and a company ID because the industrial board maker accounting departments want to do it by the book. Which is reasonable given that most of their customers are buying by the dozens and expect CS and TS for years. As an individual I made a P.O. in LO Writer and for the company ID I used the one from a friend. No question asked.

      The reality is that while you can buy these boards as an individual BUT it does not entirely make sense for SOHO or simple home usage: you’ll pay for stuff you’ll never use (watchdog, serial ports, 4 x DP and so on). You’ll be better served with AMD 5000G. The only reason as a home user you would want a V1000 or V2000 series is the low power consumption and save on the electrical bill over 10 years.

      I have a DFI V1605B and yes the TDP is much lower than the 65W of an AMD 5000G. But this comes at a performance cost. Example: the V1605B tops at 22 GbE, meanwhile a 3400G tops at 40 GbE, a 4750G or 5700G top at 48 GbE. Same thing for other tasks. The V1000 series is Zen+.

      So it all depends on your specific goals or you know exactly what you are doing.


      1. On the other hand, industrial board distributors have good CS/TS according to my tiny own experience. DFI has a top-notch CS/TS. My board died at some point. I contacted DFI. I RMAed the board. They tested my board and fixed it. They actually replaced a component on my board and returned it. Cost: $0 because it was still under guaranty. So many kudos to DFI.

  2. Isn’t the intel arch market in the toilet for Windows 11?

    Especially as I thought I read they told AMD, good luck and goodbye.

  3. I own 2 of V1756B inside HT t740s, it’s hell of a small server at my home lab.
    If these V2718 8C/16T 15W lands in such small enclosures with PCIe slot, I would be very interested in getting 2 of those too. It’s a new level of performance from such.
    Interesting time ahead for low power devices!

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