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GIGABYTE MZGLKAI is an Industrial Mini-ITX Motherboard Powered by an Intel Gemini Lake Processor

February 12th, 2018 12 comments

Last month, we got news of Gemini Lake motherboards by ASRock, and GIGABYTE. The former provided decent technical details about their boards, but the latter basically published a more-or-less useless press release about their upcoming J/N motherboards (e.g. J4005N D2P) with very few technical details.

The company has now introduced MZGLKAI industrial mini-ITX motherboard featuring an Intel Celeron J4105 core Gemini Lake processor, dual Gigabit Ethernet, five SATA ports, plenty of COM ports, and more.

GIGABYTE MZGLKAI (9MZGLKAINR-S) specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron J4105 quad core processor @ 1.50/2.5 GHz with 12EU Intel UHD Graphics 600 up to 750 MHz; 10W TDP
  • System Memory – 2x DDR4 1.2V SO-DIMM slots up to 2400Mhz, 8GB max.
  • Storage – 5x SATA III 6Gbps including 4x via Marvell 88SE9230, 1x from J4105 with SATA DOM support; 3x SATA power connectors
  • Video Output / Display I/F
    • HDMI 2.0a port up to 3840×2160 @ 60 Hz with HDCP 2.2
    • VGA (D-Sub) port up to 1920×1200 @ 60 Hz
    • *eDP connector up to 3840×2160 @ 60 Hz
    • *LVDS port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200 @ 60 Hz
    • 1x Backlight control connector
    • *Note: eDP connector is multiplexed with the LVDS port, only one can be used at a time
  • Audio
    • Realtek ALC269Q audio codec
    • 3x audio jacks for Line in, Line out, Mic in)
    • Internal connections – front audio header, speaker out header
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports via Realtek RTL8111HS
  • Serial
    • 2x DB9 COM ports (RS232 /422 /485 and RI/5V/12V)
    • 4x COM headers (RS232)
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 type A ports (or 1x USB 3.0 type A, 1x USB 3.0 type C), 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 header, 1x USB 2.0 header
  • Expansion
    • 1x PCIe x4 (Gen2 x 2)
    • 1x M.2 2280 M-key slot with SATA 6Gb/s
    • 1x M.2 2230 E-key slot for NGFF-2230 CNVi cards only
    • 1x GPIO header
  • Misc – CPU fan header, system fan header, front panel header, TPM header for optional TPM module kit, 2x LAN LED headers, 1x RAID LED header, case open header, buzzer, AT mode jumper
  • Power Supply
    • 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
    • 12V DC in jack
  • Dimensions – 170 x 170 mm (mini-ITX form factor)
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0°C to 50°C; storage: -40°C to 70°C
  • Humidity – 0-90% (non-condensing)

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The company only mentions support for Windows 10 64-bit operating system, but Linux distributions will likely be supported as well, albeit possibly unofficially. The motherboard is said to ship with an IO Shield, and two SATA power cables (300mm), with an optional TPM 1.2 or TPM 2.0 module also offered.

More details, including the BIOS download link, and a hardware installation / quick reference guide, can be found on the product page. I’d assume Windows drivers should eventually made their way on that page too.

 

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Via FanlessTech

GIGABYTE SynQuacer 96Boards Enterprise Platform is Powered by SocioNext SC2A11 24-core ARMv8 SoC

September 24th, 2017 22 comments

GIGABYTE, Socionext and Linaro have partnered to design a software development platform compliant with 96Boards Enterprise specifications, with GIGABYTE taking care of manufacturing the hardware based on Socionext SC2A11 processor, while Linaro will provide support via 96Boards community.

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GIGABYTE SynQuacer platform preliminary specifications (based on photos and SC2A11 specifications):

  • SoC – Socionext SynQuacer SC2A11 24x ARM Cortex-A53 MPCore cores @ up to 1GHz, with 32KB/32KB I/D L1 cache, 256 KB L2 cache, and 4MB L3 cache (5W power consumption)
  • System Memory – 4x DIMM slots for 64-bit DDR4-2133Mbps with ECC up to 64GB
  • Storage – 32GB Samsung KLMBG2JENB-B041 eMMC 5.1 flash + 2x SATA interfaces
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) with IPSec Network Offload Engine
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports on motherboard (via Renesas D720201), 4x USB ports on front panel via expansion board
  • Audio – 1x microphone input, 1x speaker output on front panel
  • Expansion – 1x PCie x16 slot (limited to 4-lanes), 2x PCIe x4 slots, other headers for expansion and/or debugging
  • Misc – Power button, power and activity LEDs, reset and power switches, configuration switches, RTC battery
  • Power Supply – ATX connector + ATX power supply
  • Dimensions – board: microATX board (96Board Enterprise compliant)

Linaro have been working on Socionex SC2A11 SoC using their PEC boards for a while, and if you want more details you may check out Linaro Connect Budapest 2017’s presentation. Multiple PEC boards can be interconnected offering up to 1536-core servers, with those systems suitable for IoT gateways, edge computing and servers running programs such as Hadoop/Spark, e-Commerce platforms, OpenStack, and so on. As of March 2017, Socionext SC2A11 supported ARM Trusted firmware, UEFI (edk2), Linux 4.5 with all drivers, Centos 7 Aarch64 rootfs, and Hadoop.

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The new development platform should become available in December 2017, and a prototype will be demonstrated during Linaro Connect San Francisco next week on September 25-29, and Yasuo Nishiguchi (Socionext) will present a related keynote at the event.

GIGABYTE MA10-ST0 Server Motherboard is Powered by Intel Atom C3958 “Denverton” 16-Core SoC

August 15th, 2017 27 comments

Last year, we wrote about Intel Atom C3000 series processor for micro-servers with the post also including some details about MA10-ST0 motherboard. GIGABYTE has finally launched the mini-ITX board with an unannounced Atom C3958 16-core Denverton processor.

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GIGABYTE MA10-ST0 server board specifications:

  • Processor –  Intel Atom C3958 16-core processor @ up to  2.0GHz with 16MB L2 cache (31W TDP)
  • System Memory – 4x DDR4 slots for dual channels memory @ 1866/2133/2400 MHz with up to 128GB ECC R-DIMM, up to 64GB for ECC/non-ECC UDIMM
  • Storage
    • 32GB eMMC flash
    • 4x Mini-SAS up to 16 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
    • 2x Mini-SAS ports are shared with PCIe x8 slot
  • Connectivity
    • 2x 10Gb/s SFP+ LAN ports
    • 2x 1Gb/s LAN ports (Intel I210-AT)
    • 1x 10/100/1000 management LAN
  • Video – VGA port up to 1920×[email protected] 32bpp; Aspeed AST2400 chipset with 2D Video Graphic Adapter with PCIe bus interface
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Expansion Slots – 1x PCIe x8 (Gen3 x8 bus) slot; shared with Mini-SAS ports, Mini_CN2, Mini_CM3
  • Misc
    • 1x CPU fan header, 4x system fan headers
    • 1x TPM header with LPC interface
    • 1x Front panel header
    • 1x HDD back plane board header
    • 1x JTAG BMC header
    • 1x Clear CMOS jumper
    • 1x IPMB connector
    • 1x PMBus connector
    • 1x COM (RS-232)
    • Power and ID buttons with LEDs; status LED
  • Board Management – Aspeed AST2400 management controller; Avocent MergePoint IPMI 2.0 web interface
  • Power Supply – 1x 24-pin ATX main power connector; 1x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • Dimensions –  170 x 170 mm (Mini-ITX form factor)
  • Temperature Range – 10 to 40°C
  • Relative Humidity – 8-80% (non-condensing)

The dual core Atom C3338 is the only processor listed on Intel’s formerly Denverton page, with now info about the 16-core Atom C3958 processor so far.

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The board is said to support Windows Server 2016, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7.1, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS, Fedora 22, and CentOS 7.1. The board is sold with an I/O shield and a quick start guide. There’s no word about pricing or availability on the product page, but Anandtech reports that the “board is essentially ready to go, and interested parties should get in contact with their local reps”. For reference, SuperMicro  A2SDI-H-TP4F-O board based on the same processor is sold for $820+ on Atacom.

GIGABYTE GA-SBCAP3350 Celeron N3350 Single Computer Computer Offers Upgradeable Memory and Storage

July 21st, 2017 11 comments

The other day I wrote about MeLE PCG35 Apo mini PC which comes with soldered RAM and eMMC flash, and one person commented about having a model with more than 4GB RAM, but I explained it would  not be cost-effective to add more RAM for low cost Windows 10 mini PCs since they would not qualify for Microsoft discount, and it would significantly add to the price. So Microsoft has a big impact on this market segment, and even if you’re going to run Ubuntu or other Linux distributions, those requirements indirectly affect your choice of hardware.  One solution is to buy barebone mini PC, or at least with upgradeable RAM and storage, but there aren’t that many with an Apollo Lake processor. Intel NUC6CAYS NUC or GIGABYTE GB-BPCE-3350 are options, and on the Chinese side, you could consider Voyo V1 VMac Mini. AFAIK, none of those options are fanless, but GIGABYTE GA-SBCAP3350 single board computer offers a SO-DIMM RAM slot, two SATA ports, as well as a mSATA socket, and appears to have been designed for passively cooled system with a large integrated SoC heat spreader.

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GIGABYTE GA-SBCAP3350 SBC specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N3350 dual core processor @ 1.1 GHz / 2.4 GHz with 12 EU Intel HD graphics 500 @ 200 MHz / 650 MHz (6W TDP)
  • System Memory – 1x SO-DIMM socket for up to 8GB DDR3L 1333/1600/1866 MHz
  • Storage –  2x SATA 6Gb/s connectors, 1x MSATA connector (MSATA_MPCIE2), 2x 64Mbit flash for AMI UEFI BIOS supporting PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI 1.4 ports up to 4K @ 30 Hz, 1x VGA up to 1920×1200 @ 60 Hz, 1x LVDS header, 1x flat panel header, 1x backlight switch header
  • Audio – HDMI out, headphone jack, 1x speaker header, 1x volume control header; Realtek ALC255 2-channel audio codec
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek chip)
  • USB – 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 type A ports, 4x USB 2.0/1.1 via internal headers
  • Other Expansion
    • 1x half size Mini PCIe slot (MPCIE1) conforming to PCI Express 2.0 standard
    • 4x serial port headers + 4x serial port power select jumpers
    • 1x LPT/GPIO header and 1x LPT configuration header
    • 1x I2C, 1x SMBUS
  • Misc – 1x system fan, 1x front panel header, 1x battery cable header, 1x buzzer header, 1x BIOS select jumper, 1x clear CMOS jumper, 1x chassis intrusion header, H/W monitoring for voltage, temperature, fan speed control & detection, etc…
  • Power Supply – DC in connector
  • Dimensions – 14.6 x 10.2 cm

The board is said to support Windows 10 64-bit, and older Windows version may not be supported. Linux should be supported too, but the company asks to download Linux driver from chipset vendors or third party websites. So you’d be on your own…

Integrated SoC Heat Spreader

The dimensions (14.6 x 10.2 cm) are the ones of 3.5″ embedded SBCs, so it should be possible to find an enclosure. The form factor and features could however mean it’s not for consumer market, but the enterprise / embedded market only.

Price and availability information has not been disclosed. You may find more details on the product page.

Via FanlessTech

GIGABYTE GA-J3455N-D3H Apollo Lake Mini-ITX Motherboard Comes with 2x Gigabit Ethernet Interfaces, 4x SATA Ports

April 18th, 2017 20 comments

GIGABYTE has introduced an update to Bay Trail based GA-J1900-D3V and Braswell based GA-N3150N-D3V motherboards with the launch of GIGABYTE GA-J3455N-D3H mini-ITX motherboard powered by an Intel Celeron J3455 Apollo Lake processor, and equipped with two Gigabit Ethernet ports, four SATA interfaces, and support for up to 16GB RAM.

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GA-J3455N-D3H specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron J3455 quad core processor @ 1.50 / 2.3 GHz with 12EU Intel HD Graphics 500, 2 MB Cache; 10W TDP
  • System Memory – 2x DDR3L SO-DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB RAM; Dual channel; DDR3L 1866/1600/1333 MHz non-ECC memory modules supported
  • Storage
    • 2x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0 & 1) via SoC, 2x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 2 & 3) via ASMedia ASM1061 chip
    • 1x 64 Mbit flash for licensed AMI UEFI BIOS with PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
  • Video Output
  • Audio
    • Realtek ALC887 codec; 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel (to configure 7.1-channel audio, you have to use an HD front panel audio module)
    • 3x audio jacks (Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
  • Connectivity – 2x Realtek GbE LAN chips (10/100/1000 Mbit)
  • Expansion Slots – 1x PCI slot
  • USB – 4x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header) via SoC, 6x USB 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers) via SoC + GENESYS LOGIC USB 2.0 Hub
  • Other internal I/O Connectors
    • 1x 24-pin ATX main power connector; 1x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
    • 1x CPU fan header; 1x system fan header
    • 1x front panel header; 1x front panel audio header
    • 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 header; 2  USB 2.0/1.1 headers
    • 1x parallel port header
    • 1x Clear CMOS jumper
    • 1x chassis intrusion header
  • Misc – 1x PS/2 keyboard port, 1x PS/2 mouse port, 2x serial ports (DB9), H/W Monitoring (voltage, temperature, fan speed detection & control)
  • Power Supply – ATX
  • Dimensions – 17 x 17 cm (mini-ITX form factor)

If two Gigabit Ethernet ports are not enough for your application,  you could also add a PCI network card. The company only claims Windows 10 64-bit support for the motherboard, but Linux distributions are likely to work too, provided it is not somehow locked by the BIOS/UEFI.

It does not appear to be for sale just yet, and we do not know the price either, but it could be in the $100 range for the barebone motherboard. More details may be available on the product page.

Thanks to Paul for the tip.

GIGABYTE BRIX IoT Apollo Lake Fanless mini PC is Designed for the Internet of Things, Digital Signage, Thin Clients

April 7th, 2017 11 comments

GIGABYTE has unveiled BRIX IoT mini PC powered by either Intel Celeron N3450 or Pentium N4200 processor both part of Intel’s Apollo Lake family, and as the name implied the devices target Internet of Things applications.

GIGABYTE BRIX IoT specifications:

  • SoC (one or the other)
    • Intel Celeron  N3450 quad core processor @ up to 2.2GHz with Intel HD graphics 500 (6W TDP)
    • Intel Pentium N4200 quad core processor @ up to 2.5GHz with Intel HD graphics 505 (6W TDP)
  • System Memory – 2x SO-DIMM DDR3L slots @ 1333/1600/1866 MHz up to 8GB
  • Storage – 1x M.2 slot, 1x micro SD slot, optional 32 or 64GB eMMC flash
  • Connectivity
    • Dual Gigabit Ethernet via Realtek RTL8111HS
    • Intel Dual band Wireless-AC 3165 module with two SMA antenna connectors
    • 3G via mini PCIe slot and SIM card slot with one SMA antenna connector
  • Video Output – Dual HDMI 1.4b up to 3840×2160 @ 30 Hz
  • Audio – Realtek ALC255 audio codec; microphone/headphone jack, via HDMI ports
  • USB – 4x USB 3.0 (2x front, 2x rear)
  • Serial – 1x COM port (RS232/422/485) via RJ45 connector (ring indicator not supported)
  • Expansion
    • 1x M.2 slot (2280_storage) SATA
    • 1x M.2 NGFF 2230 A-E key slot occupied by WiFi+BT card
    • 1x Half-size mini-PCIe slot for 3G module
    • 1x Micro SIM card connector
  • Misc – Power button, Kensington lock slot, TPM header
  • Power Supply – 19 or 12V DC (shipped with 19V/65W power supply)
  • Dimensions  – 165 x 105 x 27mm; motherboard: 150 x 100 mm
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0°C to +50°C; storage:: -20°C to +60°C

The fanless IoT gateway ships with a power supply, 75×75 and 100×100 VESA brackets, and is said to support Windows 10 64-bit. The company also expects the mini PC to be used in thin clients, POS solutions, and digital signage.

Price and availability information could not be found, but you may be able to find more details on GIGABYTE GB-EAPD-4200 and GB-EACE-3450 product pages.

Via FanlessTech

GIGABYTE EL-30 Apollo Lake Fanless IoT Gateway Powered by Intel Pentium N4200 to Launch in Q2 2017

January 31st, 2017 No comments

GIGABYTE will soon introduce their EL-30 “Intel Apollo Lake IoT Gateway Solution” powered by a quad core Intel Pentium N4200 with 32GB storage, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, dual HDMI ports, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as a mini PCIe slot for 3G module or mSATA storage, and an optional Zigbee module.

GIGABYTE EL-30 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Pentium processor N4200 with 4 cores, 4 threads @ 1.10 – 2.50 GHz with 2MB L2 cache, 18EU Intel HD Graphics 505 (6W TDP)
  • System Memory – 2x SO-DIMM slots for DDR3L 1600/1866MHz memory up to 8GB
  • Storage -32GB eMMC flash + 1x SD card slot + optional mSATA module
  • Video Output – 2x HDMI 1.4b ports up to 3840×[email protected] Hz
  • Audio – Via HDMI ports, 3.5mm audio jack (headphone + mic), Realtek ALC255 audio codec
  • Connectivity
    • 2x GbE LAN ports (Realtek RTL8111HS)
    • Pre-installed WiFi + Bluetooth module in half-size mini PCIe slot
    • 1x Zigbee module (optional)
  • USB – 4x USB 3.0 ports + 1x internal USB 2.0 header
  • Serial – 1x COM port (RJ45), 1x micro USB 5-pin RS232 full-duplex port (TxD, RxD, CTS, RTS, GND)
  • Expansion
    • 1x Full-size Mini-PCIe slot for 3G module or mSATA storage
    • 1 x Half-size Mini-PCIe slot used by pre-installed WiFi+BT module
    • 10-pin GPIO header, SPI-SMB header, RS232 header, and “80H” LPC port on motherboard
  • Misc – Power button with LED, HDD/SSD activity LED, 1x TPM header, Kensington lock slot
  • Power Supply – 19V (65W) DC / 100~240V AC
  • Dimensions – 140.8 x 107.5 x 29.5 mm
  • Weight – 560 grams
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0°C to 40°C; storage: -20°C to 60°C

The fanless IoT gateway will run Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 10 IoT, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, or Android N. It will ship with a quick start guide, a 19V power adapter and a US power cord.

Pricing is unknown, but we do know production is scheduled for Q2 2017. More details – including the Quick Start Guide – can be found on the product page.

Thanks to Paul for the tip.

Intel Atom C3000 “Denverton” Processor Targets Low Power Servers

July 16th, 2016 5 comments

[Update: Some pictures have been removed due to some NDA issues]

Intel Atom “Avoton” server processors are the equivalent of Bay Trail processor for mini PCs, laptops and tablets, and with the upcoming release of Apollo Lake processors, Intel has a matching family codenamed “Denverton” that will be used in servers and NAS. Information about the new processors is scarce, but Anandtech spotted an early motherboard prototype last month at Computex.

MA10-ST0 motherboard main specifications:Intel_Atom_C3000

  • SoC – Intel Atom C3000 “Denverton” processor with 4 to 16 cores @ 1.8 GHz; QKP2 code; 14nm process
  • System Memory – 4x RDIMM/UDIMM slots for DDR4 @ 2400 MHz
  • Storage – 4x SATA 3.0 breakout ports supporting up to 16 drives (8x shared with PCIe slot); 32GB eMMC flash
  • Video Output – VGA
  • Connectivity – 2x 10GbE SFP+ ports; 2x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports (via Intel I210); 1x extra RJ45 port (for management?)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Expansion – 1x PCIe 3.0 x8 slot
  • Misc – Aspeed AST2400 board management controller
  • Power Supply – ATX connector
  • Dimensions – 170 x 170 mm (Mini-ITX form factor)

Intel Atom “Denverton” single core performance is expected to be slightly better than Avoton, but the power consumption should be quite lower by core.

Anandtech expects more information including specifications and pricing at IDF (Intel Developer Forum) next month, or possibly at SC16 in November.