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.
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.
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
- 1x SATA 3Gb/s
- 1x mSATA (via mini-PCIe)
- Networking — 1x GbE (RJ-45)
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- 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