Archive for the 'boards' Category

Atom processor powers Pico-ITX SBC

September 18, 2008

Taiwan-based Axiomtek has released a tiny single-board computer (SBC) based on a 1.1GHz Intel Atom processor. The Pico820 SBC is implemented on a Pico-ITX form-factor and targets space-constrained embedded and mobile applications.

SD goes undercover with Embedded SD

September 11, 2008

You’ve heard of SD, miniSD, and microSD cards. Now, get ready for Embedded SD — a new standard set for release this November by the SD Card Association.

Intel Mini-ITX mobo targets nettops

August 19, 2008

Intel has announced a mini-motherboard aimed at a new category of mini-PCs dubbed “nettops.” Interestingly, the “Desktop Board D945GCLF2,” powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core Atom Processor 330, is built in the Mini-ITX format pioneered by Intel competitor Via Technologies.

Tiny, 6-chip open computer runs Linux

August 6, 2008

Embedded designer Paul Thomas is showcasing a tiny, open-sourced computer at LinuxWorld in San Francisco this week. Would-be “Linuxstamp” enthusiasts can obtain pre-built boards for the hefty sum of $120 directly from Thomas, or they can download the design for free and build it themselves.

Micro-mobo spec gains high profile advocate

July 29, 2008

A tiny embedded motherboard standard inspired by Intel’s recently introduced Menlow silicon platform has gained a high-profile advocate. Advantech, Taiwan’s top industrial computer maker, claims to be the 11th company to “actively” support the 70 x 70-mm Qseven computer-on-module (COM) standard.

Via debuts Mini-ITX 2.0

June 19, 2008

Via Technologies has launched gen 2 of its signature mini-motherboard standard. Mini-ITX 2.0, an evolutionary update to the seven-year-old 170x170mm form-factor, introduces new and emerging buses and interfaces such as PCI Express, SATA, Gig-E, and HD A/V, while preserving backwards-compatibility with the original standard.

When stackable PCI Express buses collide

April 15, 2008

Two competing stackable PCI Express standards are being unveiled this week at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, Calif. Targeting slightly different slices of the market, the mutually incompatible standards threaten to disrupt next-generation embedded device design much as 4-track/8-track, Beta/VHS, and HD-DVD/Blu-ray rivalries impacted consumer electronics.

Via preps home server mainboard

January 24, 2008

Via Technologies is readying a compact, storage-oriented mainboard optimized for home server applications. The NAS7800 is powered by a Via C7 processor and is sized to stack with optical and hard disk drives.

The Bug of Devices

January 14, 2008

Startup Bug Labs, which aims to turn the task of constructing smart devices into a non-technical, lego-like affair, will begin accepting orders for its Linux-powered electronic building blocks later this month for shipment starting Mar. 17.

Pico-ITX kit targets gadget builders

December 11, 2007

A new kit from chip and board vendor Via Technologies makes it easy to embedded Via’s teeny Pico-ITX micro-motherboard technology into all manner of devices.