The advent of Intel's Sandy Bridge processors has allowed many hardware makers to develop high-powered custom computing systems and the latest company to do so is Axiomtek, which just unveiled a single board computer (SBC) designed to run second generation Core CPUs.
The SBC solution is based on the Q67 Express chipset, which makes it compatible with all Core i3, i5 and i7 processors
that use the LGA 1155 socket.
The Intel processors can be paired together with as much as 8GB of DDR3 system memory via two DIMM sockets and the SHB106 SBC also features six SATA ports with support for RAID 0/1/10/5. Two of these are of the SATA 6Gbps variety.
Graphics is handled by the Sandy Bridge on-die GPU and users can connect either a VGA or a DisplayPort monitor (the latter port is available as an optional).
The rest of the Axiomtek
SHB106 specifications include support for a LPT and two COM ports via on-board pin headers, an FDD connector, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports with PXE Boot, and a proprietary expansion interface.
This provides support for one PCI Express x16 slot, four 32-bit legacy PCI slots, a LPC interface, as well as an additional four PCI-E lanes for connecting a series of other devices.
“Axiomtek’s newest SHB106 is a mainstream platform designed for the new Intel Core i7/ i5/ i3 processors, which provides extreme computing and high bandwidth with great energy efficiency,” said Eric Chiang, Product Manager of Product & Marketing Division at Axiomtek.
“All three Intel Core processors bring memory and graphics controllers onto the CPUs themselves and offer a Turbo Boost feature and Hyper-Threading technology that can scale the clock speeds up on demand.
“Moreover, the built-in Intel AMT 7.0 and TPM 1.2 have answered today’s customers’ needs of enhanced security and remote access for easier maintenance.
“The SHB106 also meets all current requirements for the Windows 7, which makes them satisfy all the demanding needs of today’s and tomorrow’s,” concluded the company's rep.
Axiomtek's single board computer
is fully compatible with the company's PICMG 1.3 full-size passive backplanes, and can be paired various Axiomtek industrial-grade enclosures. The SHB106 will be available around early August, 2011.