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

May 4, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 2027 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.

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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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