SLOWLY BUT SURELY details about AMD’s partners Brazos boards are starting to appear ahead of the actual launch which is set for early January as far as we’re aware and today it’s Jetway’s turn to show off its board. This time around it’s a board not intended for consumers, but rather for industrial PC applications and other vertical markets.
What we’re looking at is a single core Ontario APU which means that we’re talking about a 9W TDP, but with the downside being much lower performance than its dual core siblings. The board also features the Hudson E1 chipset which is intended for embedded platforms. Unlike the consumer orientated Hudson D1 chipset, the E1 features a Gigabit Ethernet MAC, support for six SATA 6Gbps ports and RAID.
PC Perspective is the source behind the details of the Jetway NF81-LF as the model is called and they offer some additional details beyond what the picture of the board gives away. We’re looking at a pair of SO-DIMM DDR3 slots and the board is said to support 1066 and 1333MHz modules, albeit only in single channel as Ontario and Zacate only have single channel memory controllers. It has five SATA ports, although it’s said to also sport an mSATA port for mSATA SSD modules, but this is most likely located at the bottom of the board.
We’re also looking at a single PCI slot and two mini card PCI Express slots, both of which accept full-length and half-length cards. Around the back we’re looking at six USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 port, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, a D-sub, DVI and HDMI port, as well as three audio jacks. The board also sports a GPIO and LVDS header, as well as several serial and USB port headers. Unlike the Gigabyte board we spotted a little while ago, the NF81-LF only features a 24-pin power connector, much more in line with what we expected for the Brazos platform.
Although this board is by no means intended for the consumer market, considering that Jetway’s IPC boards are a fair bit more affordable and available than most of its competitors, we can imagine that there will be quite a few home media servers built around this board. Hopefully Jetway will offer a version with a dual core CPU in the future, as single core feels a bit long in the tooth, despite the power saving on offer.S|A
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