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Tiny Pico-ITX board packs dual-core Atom punch

Apr 9, 2013  |  Rick Lehrbaum
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Advantech has introduced a tiny, fanless embedded motherboard based on 1.6 or 1.86GHz dual-core N2000 Series “Cedarview” Atom processors. Constructed in Advantech’s unique “MI/O-Ultra” version of the Pico-ITX form-factor, the MIO-2262 simplifies system integration by providing three internal headers for all I/O, expansion, and power connections.

Advantech’s MI/O-Ultra format lives in a netherworld between SBCs (single-board-computers) and COMs (computer-on-modules). That is, it can be used without a baseboard, like an SBC, or can be plugged into a carrier board, like a COM, depending on application requirements or system designer preferences. The board’s 100 x 72 mm Pico-ITX footprint matches that of a 2.5-inch hard drive.
 


Advantech MIO-2262 SBC front and back
(click each image to enlarge)

 

As seen above, the board’s back side contains a set of header and board-to-board connectors that can be utilized two ways: cabled to other system modules and external I/O connectors; or plugged component-style into an application baseboard as illustrated below.


Plugging the MIO-2262 into an application baseboard

 

In addition to its 1.86 or 1.6 GHz N2000-series Atom processor (codename Cedarview) and NM10 chipset, the MIO-2262 has an SODIMM socket for up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM. Its rich set of I/O interfaces includes dual display graphics-accelerated video output via VGA, LVDS, and either DisplayPort (standard) or HDMI (option) outputs, Gig-Ethernet networking, SATA storage interface, USB2.0, COMs, GPIOs, and more. There’s also a socket for on-board addition a full-sized mini-PCIe card.

The MIO-2262′s block diagram appears below.


MIO-2262 block diagram
(click image to enlarge)

 

Key features and specs for the MIO-2262, as listed by Advantech, include:

  • Processor — Intel dual-core Atom Cedarview N2600 (1.6GHz) or N2800 (1.86 GHz)
  • Chipset — NM10
  • Integrated graphics engine:
    • Supports OpenGL 3.0 and DirectX 9
    • H.264/VC1/WMV9/MPEG2 H/W decode/acceleration
      Memory:
      • Onboard flash — unspecified
      • RAM — up to 4GB DDR3 in SODIMM socket
    • SATA II interface
    • Video:
      • Supports dual-independent display (VGA+LVDS)
      • LVDS (18/24-bit LVDS1), up to 1366 x 768
      • VGA, up to 1920 x 1200
    • HD audio — based on Realtek ALC892
    • Gigabit Ethernet (Intel 82583V)
    • Expansion:
      • Expansion socket for Mini-PCIe or mSATA cards
      • Multi-I/O expansion (MIOe) module header — 3xUSB 2.0; 2x PCIe x1; LPC; HD audio; SMBus; DisplayPort (standard) or HDMI (option)
    • Dual 64-pin expansion headers:
    • VGA; 2x USB 2.0; Gig-Ethernet
    • SMBus; I2C; 2x USB 2.0; 8x GPIOs; 2x RS232; HD audio I/O
  • Power — 12V DC @ N2600 0.43A (N2600) or 0.51 A (N2800) typical
  • Temperature — 0-60° C operation; -40 to +85° C storage
  • Dimensions — 100 x 72 mm


MIO-2262 with plain and finned heatsinks topside

 

Operating system support for the MIO-2262 includes Linux (Ubuntu 12.04), Windows CE 7, and VxWorks RTOS. Additionally, the board is supported by Advantech’s “SUSIAccess” cloud-based service, described by the company as providing various remote real-time monitoring, control, maintenance, debug, and security functions.

For further information, visit Advantech’s website, here.
 

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