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Thin Mini-ITX board packs quad-core 2.4GHz punch

May 4, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 1,735 views

Habey’s latest Mini-ITX board runs Linux on a quad-core Celeron J1900, and offers dual GbE, dual mini-PCIe slots, mSATA, dual-display support, and HD audio.

The new MITX-6770 is a more embedded alternative to Habey’s MITX-6771, which the company announced last August as a practical replacement for Intel’s discontinued thin Mini-ITX form factor “Desktop Board DN2800MT” (aka “Marshalltown”). Like the MITX-6771, the MITX-6770 runs on Intel’s Celeron J1900 (“Bay Trail-D”), a quad-core 2.42GHz SoC related to the Atom E3800 line that has a relatively low (for Celerons) 10W TDP.

Two views of the MITX-6770
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The MITX-6770 offers the same support for up to 8GB of DDR3L RAM, and shares many other features in common with the MITX-6771. Yet, the MITX-6770 has dual gigabit Ethernet ports instead of one, and one of them can be optionally configured for Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) operation. On the other hand, the 6770 only has three coastline USB ports instead of five, although one of those is a USB 3.0 port, which on the 6771 was consigned to a header. Overall, the MITX-6770 has only four USB connections, compared to six on the MITX-6771.

While the MITX-6771 offered fixed VGA, HDMI, and LVDS display interfaces, the MITX-6770 comes with built-in VGA and HDMI ports, and provides a DDI interface where you can add small adapters for adding either a second HDMI, DisplayPort, or LVDS interface. As on the 6771, you can also add an eDP port. Realtek ALC892 based 7.1 audio is now standard instead of optional.

MITX-6770 coastline ports (left) and optional DisplayPort add-on card
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As before, there’s a SATA and mSATA port, with the latter shared with Mini-PCIe. Now, however, you can make both ports SATA or both mSATA. One of the two mini-PCIe slots is half size, and there’s also a PCIe x1 slot, an LPC expansion header for legacy boards, and a SIM card socket for cellular modems.

The MITX-6770 once again offers dual serial ports, an LPT port, and GPIO, but the PS2 port has been eliminated. The fanless, passively cooled board is notable for having a built-in TPM security module.

MITX-6770 block diagram
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While the product page lists only Windows drivers, a Habey rep assures us that the MITX-6770 runs Linux. According to the rep, a major customer that was upgrading to the new board primarily for the 7:1 audio support decided to switch to Linux as well, and will now save thousands of dollars per year by eliminating the cost of Windows licensing fees.

Specifications listed for the MITX-6770 Mini-ITX board include:

  • Processor — Intel Celeron J1900 (10W TDP):
    • 4x CPU cores @ 2.42GHz
    • Intel HD Graphics
  • Memory — Up to 8GB DDR3L via 2x SODIMMs
  • Storage — 2x SATA or 2x mSATA (1x full, 1x half mini-PCIe), jumper selectable
  • Display:
    • HDMI port, supporting up to 1920 x 1200
    • VGA port, supporting up to 1920 x 1200
    • DDI interface, supporting optional second HDMI, DisplayPort, or LVDS via DDI add-on cards
    • Optional eDP expansion
    • Dual independent display support
  • Networking — 2x gigabit Ethernet ports (Intel I210/I211) with wake-on LAN, optional PoE
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 3.0 port
    • 3x USB 2.0 ports (2x via headers)
    • 3.5mm audio jack (line-out, mic-in)
    • Amplified speaker out; 7.1 audio header (Realtek ALC892)
    • 2x RS232 (via headers)
    • 8-bit GPIO
    • LPT Parallel port
  • Expansion:
    • PCIe x1 slot
    • Mini-PCIe full-size, with USB and mSATA support
    • Mini-PCIe half-size, with USB and mSATA support
    • SIM socket
    • LPC expansion (header)
  • Other features — Watchdog; TPM 1.2; long lifecycle support;
  • Power — 12V DC jack
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60°C
  • Dimensions — 170 x 170mm; Mini-ITX form-factor
  • Operating system — Linux; Windows

Further information

The MITX-6770 appears to be available now. More information may be found at the Habey MITX-6770 product page.

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