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Mini-ITX board offers life after Marshalltown’s death

Aug 27, 2014 — by Rick Lehrbaum — 1,688 views

Habey announced an enhanced replacement for Intel’s discontinued Marshalltown thin Mini-ITX board. It jumps up to a 2GHz quad-core “Bay Trail-D” Celeron.

Intel introduced the Desktop Board DN2800MT (aka “Marshalltown”) in Q1 of 2012 and it’s now gone EOL according to the product’s Intel ARK page. So Habey, the California-based subsidiary of Chinese firm NORCO Intelligent Technology, has seized on the opportunity to satisfy continuing Marshalltown demand by cranking out a “drop-in replacement” board backed by an assurance of long lifecycle support, which typically translates to 5-7 years.



Habey MITX-6771 (left) compared to Marshalltown
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In contrast to the Marshalltown board’s 1.86GHz dual-core Atom N2800 CPU, Habey’s “MITX-6771” motherboard boasts a turbo processor clock rate of up to 2.41GHz and four CPU cores. Yet, thanks to using next-generation Intel processor technology, power consumption remains about the same as the older, slower board, says Habey. Another improvement is a somewhat wider operating temperature range: 0 to 60°C, versus 0 to 50°C for Intel’s board.


MITX-6771 rear-panel I/O
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The style and position of the MITX-6771’s rear-panel I/O and power connector layout precisely matches that of Intel’s board, adds Habey. There are a few functional differences between the boards that are worth noting, however. For example:
  • The MITX-6771 has five USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port, versus eight USB 2.0 ports on the Intel board.
  • Habey’s board has two full-size mini-PCIe sockets, versus one full- and one half-size socket on the Marshalltown board; also, one of the mini-PCIe sockets on the MITX-6771 is accompanied by a SIM slot, enabling support for 3G/4G radio modules.
  • The MITX-6771 has only one normal SATA connector, versus two on the Intel board, but it supports mSATA functionality in its mini-PCIe sockets.

“Many replacement boards for the Marshalltown DN2800MT were created, but none as unique as the Habey MITX-6771,” says Habey. The board “is ideal for a range of applications ranging from advanced human to machine interfaces, data acquisition, point of sale, vehicle telemetry, digital signage, industrial automation, building controls, and connected appliances.”

The MITX-6771 is “built to industrial standards so you can run it in a factory, but it’s cost effective enough to run as a media streamer in your living room,” adds the company.

 
Beyond Marshalltown

Whereas Habey’s MITX-6771 design uses the Celeron J1900 (“Bay Trail-D”) processor and is focused on enhanced drop-in compatibility with Marshalltown, other Intel-based thin Mini-ITX boards targeting embedded applications have recently been developed without drop-in compatibility constraints. In most cases these designs support the full range of Intel’s Atom E3800 (“Bay Trail-I”) SoCs, which allow for reduced TDP options and extended operating temperatures. A few examples of Bay Trail-I based Mini-ITX products (pictured below) include Aaeon’s EMB-BT1, Adlink’s AmITX-BT-I, DFI’s BT100 and BT160, Kontron’s mITX-E38, and Portwell’s WADE-8078.


Aaeon EMB-BT1

Adlink AmITX-BT-I

DFI BT100

DFI BT160

Kontron mITX-E38

Portwell WADE-8078


Examples of Bay Trail I-based Mini-ITX SBCs
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Summary of MITX-6771 specs

Specifications listed by Habey for the MITX-6771 include:

  • Processor — Intel quad-core Celeron J1900 SoC (aka “Bay Trail-D”):
    • 2GHz clock rate (2.41GHz turbo)
    • Intel HD Graphics
    • 10W TDP
  • Memory – 2x 204-pin DDR3L SO-DIMM sockets for up to 8GB
  • Storage:
    • 1x SATA 3Gb/s
    • 1x mSATA (via mini-PCIe)
  • Networking — 1x GbE (RJ-45)
  • Graphics:
    • 1x VGA
    • 1x HDMI
    • 1x LCD Interface — dual/single channel 18/24-bit LVDS
    • Max. resolution — VGA @ 1920×1200; HDMI @ 1920×1200; LVDS @ 1920×1200
    • Dual independent display support
  • Audio in/out (OEM option of ALC892 7.1 audio)
  • USB:
    • 5x USB2.0 ports (4x external, 1x internal header)
    • 1x USB3.0 (header)
  • Other I/O ports:
    • 2x RS-232 serial ports
    • 1x LPT port
    • PS/2 port
  • Expansion:
    • 2x full-sized mini-PCIe slots (both support mSATA; one has SIM support)
    • 1x PCIe x1 slot
  • Other features — wake on LAN; programmable watchdog timer
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60°C
  • Power:
    • Input — 8-19VDC, via DC jack or 2-pin internal header
    • Consumption — approx. 13W under heavy load, sub-1W when idle
  • Dimensions — 170 x 170mm (6.7 x 6.7 in.); Mini-ITX form factor
  • Operating system support — Linux; Windows, Windows Embedded

 


Habey MITX-6771 video

 
Further information

The Habey MITX-6771 is now shipping in limited quantities (for example at Newegg.com), priced at $149.99 for single units. Further details are available at Habey MITX-6771 product page.
 

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  1. fred buining says:

    Intel’s contract manufacturer Mitac, also launched a Celeron version maintaining the same low profile and I/O as the Intel DN2800MT available through available through 2017. Attractive pricing against above mentioned competitors, available in US and Europe,

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