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Supermicro A2SDi-2C-HLN4F Server Mini-ITX Motherboard is Based on Intel Atom C3338 “Denverton” Processor

July 5th, 2017 15 comments

Almost exactly one year ago, I wrote about Intel Atom C3000 Series “Denverton”  processor based on the same Goldmont architecture used in Apollo Lake processor, and used in an early GIGABYTE MA10-ST0 server motherboard prototype. The latter is not out yet, but according to a YouTube video, the 16-core motherboard should be launched in H2 2017. In the meantime, Supermicro also made their own Denverton motherboard based on a lower-end Atom C3338 dual core processor.

Supermicro A2SDi-2C-HLN4F board specifications:

  • Processor – Intel Atom C3338 dual core Denverton processor @ 1.50 / 2.20 GHz with 4 MB  cache; 9W TDP
  • System Memory
    • Up to 64GB Register DIMM RDIMM and DDR4-1866MHz
    • Up to 32GB Unbuffered ECC/non-ECC UDIMM, DDR4-1866MHz, in 2 DIMM slots
  • Storage – 4x SATA 3 ports, but up to 8x SATA 3 (6 Gbps) ports are configurable; N.B.: total combined PCI-E lanes and SATA ports is up to 8
  • Connectivity – 4x GbE Ethernet via Intel C3000 SoC
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 ports including 2x via headers, 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Expansion – 1x PCI-E 3.0 up to x4 (in x4 slot); number of PCI-E lane is configurable via BIOS setup: 0, 2, or 4.
  • Video Output – VGA
  • Serial – 1x COM port via header
  • IPMI & 2D Graphics – ASPEED AST2400 BMC
  • Misc – TPM header; AMI UEFI 2.4/SMBIOS 2.7.1 “BIOS”;  HW monitoring: 4-fan status and tachometer, CPU voltage monitoring, system temperature, VBAT, etc…
  • Power Supply – ATX power connector; 12V DC power input; CPU thermal trip support for processor protection; power-on mode for AC power recovery
  • Dimensions –  17.02cm x 17.02cm (Mini-ITX)
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0°C ~ 60°C; storage: -40°C – 85°C

The board supports Windows 64-bit operating systems like Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, Hyper-V Server 2016, etc.. as well as various 64-bit Linux distributions such as RedHat Linux EL 7.3, Fedora 25, SuSE SLES 11 SP4, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and others, as well as FreeBSD. You may find the full list here.

If you’d like a complete system, the company also offer SuperServer 5029A-2TN4 with the board, and the company’s SC721TQ-250B mini tower with four hot-swap 3.5″ SATA drive bays, two internal 2.5″ drive bays, and 1 slim DVD-ROM drive bay shared with one internal 2.5″ bay.

Supermicro A2SDi-2C-HLN4F motherboard is sold for just above $200 on websites such as Atacom and WiredZone. I found the barebone “SuperServer” sold for $405 on Newegg. The latter has been reviewed on ServeTheHome in April with the conclusion rather positive:

If you are looking for a 1GbE NAS unit, this is a great option. The performance is well above the previous generation dual core and sometimes quad core models. The ability to maintain a low power profile will help ROI.

Over time, we expect to see better support for the X553 NIC. The major competition for this unit will be when the higher core count variants come out and iterations that support 10GbE.

In many environments, this is going to be a perfect NAS/ network services platform. If you wanted a simple 1GbE Linux NAS or caching appliance, the Supermicro SYS-5029A-2TN4 should be high on your list.

They also ran several benchmarks to put the CPU performance into perspective.

OpenSSL Sign Benchmark – Higher is Better

You’ll find more details about the motherboard on the product page.

Thanks to Paul for the tip.

 

 

SolidRun MACCHIATOBin Mini-ITX Networking Board is Now Available for $349 and Up

April 24th, 2017 32 comments

SolidRun MACCHIATOBin is a mini-ITX board powered by Marvell ARMADA 8040 quad core Cortex A72 processor @ up to 2.0 GHz and designed for networking and storage applications thanks to 10 Gbps, 2.5 Gbps, and 1 Gbps Ethernet interfaces, as well as three SATA port. The company is now taking order for the board (FCC waiver required) with price starting at $349 with 4GB RAM.

MACCHIATOBin board specifications:

  • SoC – ARMADA 8040 (88F8040) quad core Cortex A72 processor @ up to 2.0 GHz with accelerators (packet processor, security engine, DMA engines, XOR engines for RAID 5/6)
  • System Memory – 1x DDR4 DIMM with optional ECC and single/dual chip select support; up to 16GB RAM
  • Storage – 3x SATA 3.0 port, micro SD slot, SPI flash, eMMC flash
  • Connectivity – 2x 10Gbps Ethernet via copper or SFP, 2.5Gbps via SFP,  1x Gigabit Ethernet via copper
  • Expansion – 1x PCIe-x4 3.0 slot, Marvell TDM module header
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 headers (internal),  1x USB-C port for Marvell Modular Chip (MoChi) interfaces (MCI)
  • Debugging – 20-pin connector for CPU JTAG debugger, 1x micro USB port for serial console, 2x UART headers
  • Misc – Battery for RTC, reset header, reset button, boot and frequency selection, fan header
  • Power Supply – 12V DC via power jack or ATX power supply
  • Dimensions – Mini-ITX form factor (170 mm x 170 mm)

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The board ships with either 4GB or 16GB DDR4 memory, a micro USB cable for debugging, 3 heatsinks, an optional 12V DC/110 or 220V AC power adapter, and an optional 8GB micro SD card. The company also offers a standard mini-ITX case for the board. The board supports mainline Linux or Linux 4.4.x, mainline U-Boot or U-Boot 2015.11, UEFI (Linaro UEFI tree), Yocto 2.1, SUSE Linux, netmap, DPDK, OpenDataPlane (ODP) and OpenFastPath. You’ll find software and hardware documentation in the Wiki.

The Wiki actually shows the board for $299 without any memory, but if you go to the order page, you can only order a version with 4GB RAM for $349, or one with 16GB RAM for $498 with the optional micro SD card and power adapter bringing the price up to $518.

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.

Supermicro A2SAV mini-ITX Board Powered by Intel Atom E3940 SoC Features 6 SATA Ports, Dual GbE, and Up to 9 USB Interfaces

February 6th, 2017 14 comments

Intel introduced three Atom E3900 series Apollo Lake processors last fall that target IoT, industrial and automotive applications, and Supermicro has designed A2SAV mini-ITX board powered by Atom x5-E3940 SoC that comes with lots of interfaces include 6 SATA ports, two Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports, and up to 9 USB interfaces accessible from connectors or headers.

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Supermicro A2SAV motherboard specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom x5-E3940 quad core “Apollo Lake” processor @ 1.6 / 1.8 GHz with 2MB L2 cache, 12 EU Intel HD graphics (6.5W TDP)
  • System Memory – 1x 204-pin DDR3 SO-DIMM socket for 2, 4, or 8GB 1866/1600/1333MHz Unbuffered non-ECC 204-pin SO-DIMM DDR3
  • Storage
    • 6x SATA3 ports include 2x from SoC, and 4x via Marvel 88SE9230 controller
    • 1x SATA DOM (Disk on Module) power connector
    • 64Mb SPI Flash EEPROM with AMI UEFI BIOS supporting Plug and Play (PnP), DMI 2.3, ACPI 5.0, USB Keyboard, SMBIOS 2.7.1, and UEFI
    • mSATA and M.2 (See  expansion below)
  • Connectivity – Dual GbE LAN with Intel i210-AT controller
  • Video Output – 1x VGA, 1x Display Port, 1x HDMI, 1x eDP (Embedded Display Port)
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports (rear), 7x USB 2.0 port (2x rear, 4 via headers, 1x type A)
  • Serial – 3x COM ports using RJ45, RS232 and RS485 ports
  • Expansion
    • 1x PCIe 2.0 (in x8) slot
    • 2x M.2 PCIe 2.0, M Key 2242/2280
    • 1x Mini-PCIe with mSATA
  • Misc – Voltage and temperature monitors, chassis intrusion header and detection, system overheat LED, 2x 4-pin fan headers
  • Power Supply – ATX Power connector, 4-pin 12V DC power connector
  • Dimensions – 17.145cm x 17.145cm (Mini-ITX form factor)
  • Temperature Range – 0°C to 60°C

The company can provide mid and mini-tower chassis for the board, as well as a 1U chassis all “optimized for A2SAV motherboard”. There’s no list of supported operating systems yet, but Windows 10 (IoT), and various Linux distributions will certainly run on the board.

Supermicro product page has a few more details including some documents, but it does not mention pricing information. However, the board is listed for back order on Arrow Electronics for $253.73 (back order), and TigerDirect has the light version of the board, named A2SAV-L, with just two SATA ports and fewer USB ports for $169.99.

Thanks to Paul for the tip.

Theobroma Systems Introduces Micro Qseven Allwinner A64 System-on-Module

October 25th, 2016 5 comments

Theobroma Systems, an Austrian based engineering services and embedded systems solutions company, has been designing Allwinner based systems-on-module compliant with Micro Qseven standard for a while, starting with Allwinner A31 A31-μQ7 module in 2015. The company has now launched A64-μQ7 system-on-module powered by Allwinner A64 quad core Cortex A53 processor.

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A64-μQ7 module specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner A64 quad core ARM Cortex A53 processor with Mali-400MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – Up to 2GB DDR3 on module
  • Storage – Up to 64GB eMMC flash, Up to 16MB SPI NOR flash
  • Display I/F (via edge connector) – HDMI 1.4 up to 4K @ 30 Hz, MIPI DSI up to 1920×1200 @ 60 Hz
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000 Mbps PHY
  • USB – 7x USB 2.0 ports including one dual-role port
  • Other I/Os – On-module communication offload controller for CAN, UART, 8x GPIO, I2S, I2C, SMBus, SPI, FAN
  • Security – Optional Global Platform 2.2.1 compliant JavaCard 2.2 environment, and EAL4-certified smartcard controller
  • Power – 5V; AXP803 PMIC
  • Dimensions – 70mm x 40mm (μQseven form factor)
  • Temperature Range – Commercial: 0ºC to 85ºC; Extended range available on request

The company provides support for Linux 4.x, Debian 8, and Android 6 for the module. There’s no word about a baseboard / carrier board for the SoM, but since it should be mechanically and electrically compatible with previous micro Qseven module (that’s what standards are for), and we do know a Mini-ITX baseboard is available for previous Theobroma modules.

The price has not been disclosed publicly. A few more details may be found on the company’s A64-uQ7 product page.

Thanks to tkaiser for the tip.

ASRock IMB-157 is one of the First Intel Apollo Lake Motherboards

September 6th, 2016 6 comments

We’ve already seen Intel launched 6 Apollo Lake Celeron and Pentium processors, some upcoming Acer Apollo Lake laptops, as well as Intel Apollo Lake NUCs, and now ASRock has listed one of the first Apollo Lake motherboard with their IMB-157 mini-ITX board.

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ASRock IMB-157 mini-ITX motherboard preliminary specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron / Pentium Apollo Lake processor with Intel gen9 HD graphics (BGA1296 package)
  • System Memory – 2x SO-DIMM dual channel DDR3L @ 1867 MHz up to 16GB
  • Storage – 1x SATA 3.0 6Gbps connector, 1x M.2 slot
  • Video Output – HDMI up to 4K @ 24 Hz, VGA up to 1920×1200, LVDS up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz, internal eDP & VGA headers; Triple display support
  • Audio – HDMI, 3.5mm jacks for Mic-in and Line-out, speaker header
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet via 2x Realtek RTL8111G controllers
  • USB – 4x external USB 3.0 ports , internal header with 4x USB 2.0 ports
  • Serial – 6x internal COM ports, including COM1 & COM2 with support for RS232/422/485
  • Expansion – 1x half/full size mini PCIe slot, 1x PCIe x1 slot, 1x M.2 slot, header with 8x GPI, 8x GPO shared with Parallel (LPT) header
  • Misc – Watchdog timer, 1x TPM (Trusted Platform Module) header
  • Power Supply – +12V or 19V~+24V via DC jack or 4-pin ATX power connector
  • Dimensions – 17 x 17 cm (mini-ITX form factor)
  • Temperature – 0ºC – 60ºC
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There’s no word about operating system support, but the board should be able to run Windows 10, various Linux distributions, and possibly Android.

Pricing and availability information do not seem to be available at this stage.

Via FanlessTech

Jide and Asus Optimized Remix OS 2.0 on a Specific Intel Celeron 3150 mini-ITX Board

May 16th, 2016 3 comments

Remix OS 2.0 Android port with optimization for desktop use is great on ARM hardware, as in most cases, Linux distributions or Windows 10 don’t really run perfectly on such hardware. Remix OS for x86 could also be an option for your older computer that may feel sluggish with recent desktop operating systems, but would people really run it on newer and faster x86 hardware as their main OS? Jide and Asus actually think  there’s a market here, and both companies collaborated to optimize Remix OS 2.0 for Asus N3150I-C mini-ITX motherboard powered by Intel Celeron N3150 processor.

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For reference, I’ll list the main specifications of Asus N3150C-I motherboard:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N3150 “Braswell” quad core processor @ up to 2.08 GHz with Intel HD Graphics Gen8 @ up to 640 MHz – 6W TDP
  • System Memory – 2x U-DIMM up to 8GB DDR3 1600/1066 MHz Non-ECC dual channel memory
  • Storage – 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors
  • Video Output – HDMI, VGA, and LVDS
  • Audio – Realtek ALC887-VD2 Audio Codec, 7.1 CH HD Audio; 3x audio jacks
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet,
  • USB – External: 2x USB 3.0 ports, and xx USB 2.0 ports; Internal: 1x USB 3.0 port & 1x USB 2.0 port
  • Serial – 1x COM port (DB9), 1x COM header
  • Expansion – 1x PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot
  • Power Supply – 24-pin EATX power connector; 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • Dimensions – Mini-ITX form factor

That’s not the fastest hardware around, but it’s still pretty good and similar to MINIX NGC-1, which I reviewed with Windows 10, and found to perform pretty well. Netbook Italia met with the companies at CES Asia 2016 to discuss about Remix OS on Asus mini-ITX board.

The solution will be available to end users who purchase the mini-ITX board, or to manufacturers who want to create a complete solution with case and power supply.

BIOSTAR Introduces 4 Motherboards based on Intel “Braswell” Celeron J3060 and J3160 Processors

March 4th, 2016 13 comments

Intel recently announced updates to Intel Celeron N3050 & N3150, and Pentium N3700 processors, confusingly called J3060, J3160 and J3710 and offering higher burst frequencies compared to their predecessors. BIOSTAR has now also updated their Motherboard catalog with four models based on Celeron J3060 and J3160 dual and quad core processors.

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BIOSTAR Macro-ITX J3160MP “Braswell” Motherboard

The four motherboards key differences are listed as follows:

  • BIOSTAR J3060NH Mini-ITX motherboard with Celeron J3060,  SO-DIMM slot, and  HDMI + VGA
  • BIOSTAR J3160NH Mini-ITX motherboard with Celeron J3160, SO-DIMM slot, and HDMI + VGA
  • BIOSTAR J3160MP Micro-ATX motherboard with Celeron J3160, DIMM slots, and VGA + external printer & COM ports
  • BIOSTAR J3160MD Micro-ATX motherboard with Celeron J3160, DIMM slots, and DVI + VGA + internal printer port

But the rest of the specifications are very similar between all 4 boards:

  • SoC
    • Intel Celeron J3060 dual core processor @ 1.6/2.48 GHz with Intel HD graphics 400 with 12EU @ 320/700 MHz (6W TDP) OR
    • Intel Celeron J3160 quad core processor @ 1.6/2.24 GHz with Intel HD graphics 400 with 12EU @ 320/700 MHz (6W TDP)
  • System Memory
    • 2 x DDR3 SO-DIMM memory slots for up to 8GB DDR3L-1600 or 16GB DDR3L-1066 OR
    • 2x DDR3 DIMM memory slots for up to to 8GB DDR3L-1600 or 16GB DDR3L-1066
  • Storage – 2x SATA3 connectors
  • Video Output – VGA, DVI and/or HDMI depending on model.
  • Audio – Realtek ALC662 6-Channel HD Audio, 3x audio connectors, 1x front audio header
  • Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 header, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 headers
  • Expansion slots
    • mini-ITX boards – 1x PCI-E x1 2.0 Slot
    • macro-ITX boards – 1x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot(x1) + 2x PCI Slot
  • Misc – 1x PS/2 mouse, 1x PS/2 keyboard, printer port, COM port…
  • Power Supply – ATX connector
  • Dimensions
    • Mini ITX Form Factor; dimension: 17cm x 17cm OR
    • Micro ATX Form Factor; dimensions: 22.6cm x 18.8cm
BIOSTAR J3160NH mini-ITX Motherboard (Click to Enlarge)

BIOSTAR J3160NH mini-ITX Motherboard (Click to Enlarge)

The motherboards are said to be compatible with Windows 7(x64)/8.1(x64) /10, but 64-bit Linux distributions should work fine too.

I could not find for sale anywhere yet, but for reference the previous mini-ITX model based on N3150 processor sells for 69.50 GBP($98 inc. VAT) on Amazon UK, and I’d expect the new model to only be marginally more expensive. More details are available on BIOSTAR’s “INTEL CPU onboard” page.

Via FanlessTech