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Mini-ITX board offers life after Marshalltown’s death

Aug 27, 2014  |  Rick Lehrbaum
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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 miniPCIe slots, versus one full- and one half-size slot on the Marshalltown board; also, one of the miniPCIe slots 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 miniPCIe slots.

“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 these Mini-ITX products include Aaeon’s EMB-BT1, Adlink’s AmITX-BT-I, DFI’s BT100 and BT160, Kontron’s mITX-E38, and Portwell’s WADE-8078. These six E3800-based Mini-ITX boards are pictured below.

 

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Aaeon EMB-BT1

Adlink AmITX-BT-I

DFI BT100

DFI BT160

Kontron mITX-E38

Portwell WADE-8078
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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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One Response to “Mini-ITX board offers life after Marshalltown’s death”

  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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