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Mini-ITX board gets it going with AMD G-Series

Oct 10, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 1,738 views

Acrosser’s “AMB-A55ET1” Mini-ITX SBC taps AMD’s dual-core, 1.65GHz G-Series T56N, and offers dual mini-PCIe, dual SATA, and 8x USB ports.

Sometimes the best SBC isn’t the fastest and most feature rich, but the one that can do the job right at the right price. Assuming the AMB-A55ET1 is priced as low as we would expect, this could be it. The Mini-ITX board’s legacy approach is highlighted by its claimed support for Windows XP. We are confident, however, that it runs Linux and other Windows distributions with no problem.

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This appears to be the first T56N-based Mini-ITX that we’ve covered here at HackerBoards (formerly LinuxGizmos). We see, however, that other still-shipping competitors include the Axiomtek Mano120 and the Commell LV-683, among others.

The industrial-targeted AMB-A55ET1 is equipped with the 18W TDP G-Series T56N, the fastest of AMD’s G-Series APUs. The T56N combines dual 1.65MHz x86 “Brazos” cores and a 500MHz, Directx11 ready AMD Radeon HD 6320, and adds a separate “Fusion” I/O controller. The Brazos APUs were subsequently replaced with G-Series SoCs — full system-on-chips with integrated controllers. As hinted at by the product name, the T56N is matched here with an AMD Hudson-E1 A55E controller.

AMB-A55ET1 detail view
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The 170 x 170mm AMB-A55ET1 supports up to 4GB of DDR3-1066/1333MHz RAM, and provides dual SATA II (3Gbps) interfaces for storage. Coastline ports include a “LAN” port, with no indication of whether it’s 10/100 or 10/100/1000Mbps, as well as four of the eight available USB 2.0 ports. You also get audio I/O, a VGA port, and an HDMI port, plus onboard LVDS and S/PDIF connections.

The board includes full- and half-height USB-ready mini-PCIe slots including a full-height slot with mSATA support. Additional interfaces include COM, GPIO, speaker, fan, LPC, and various power connectors. No details were provided on power or temperature range.

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the AMB-A55ET1. More information may be found on Acrosser’s AMB-A55ET1 product page

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3 responses to “Mini-ITX board gets it going with AMD G-Series”

  1. Jayro Jones says:

    No m.2 slot, and only DDR3 instead of the standard DDR4? Ouch. No thanks, this board might have been useful back in 2014, but certainly not now.

  2. Chris B says:

    The pics on their site appears to show 2 memory slots even though their spec says one.

  3. Brian says:

    It is targeted for industrial applications, which means that purchase cost and efficiency are paramount. This is designed to be bare-bones, not cutting edge.

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