Advantech, the embedded platform and service provider, has released a new industrial-grade Mini-ITX motherboard. AIMB-258 features the mobile GM45 chipset and the Mobile Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU that meets high performance and power efficient needs. AIMB-258 features rich connectivity with up to eight USB 2.0 and six COM ports integrated into the standard 170mm x 170mm Mini-ITX form factor. The motherboard supports dual display output for LVDS, CRT and DVI. AIMB-258 Mini-ITX motherboard is designed for small, quiet applications in long-term use ranging from self-service kiosks to medical and factory automation.

Energy-efficient performance and maximum connectivity

The GM45-ICH9M chipset combination supports Intel Core2 Duo mobile processors with FSB running at 800MHz / 1066MHz and features excellent energy-efficiency with enhanced processing capability and power optimization. AIMB-258 comes with an array of I/O connectivity such as PCIe x16, six COM ports, eight USB, CompactFlash and 16-bit GPIO for easy system integration. A dual 10 / 100 / 1000Base-T Ethernet port is also available to deliver high-speed networking. All of this connectivity is packed into a space-saving, power-efficient Mini-ITX form factor.

Snappy graphics

The integrated, high performance GM45 Express chipset, featuring the Intel X4500 Graphics Media Accelerator, provides a cost-effective solution with enhanced full HD graphics and 3D rendering. Intel Clear Video Technology enables a rich experience, with high-definition playback featuring sharp images, smooth edges and vibrant colours. 24-bit LVDS and dual display support are built in, along with audio inputs and outputs.

OS, embedded software API and utility

Windows XP, Windows XP embedded, Windows Vista and Linux are all supported. Watchdog timer / GPIO / hardware monitor / SM Bus utilities are included in SUSI Software API, and BIOS flash and monitoring software utilities are also available for installation.

Target markets

Any application requiring good graphics and processing performance combined with low power consumption will benefit from the robust performance that this board offers. AIMB-258 is the ideal choice for gaming, digital signage, self-service kiosks, ATMs, medical and factory automation applications. The board is available now; please contact your local sales for more details.