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Hardware News   Hardware News : Pianeta Amiga - Sam440 specifications
   posted by mordock on 23-Sep-2006 13:39:51 (11804 reads)
Empoli 23rd september 2006 - We are sorry about the lack of informations coming from the show but we have some Internet access problems (hopefully solved now).
Here follows the official specifications list of Sam 440 EP motherboard:




Sam440EP® is a motherboard developed on the 440EP (SoC) cpu by AMCC, mini-itx format featuring a hight integration rate, low power consumption, highly expandable and maxim customization possibility during production.

The cpu operates at a 667Mhz frequency, but in “low power” environments it’s possible to choose for a production also in 533Mhz and 400Mhz versions.
Suitable for high performance applications, like image management and manipulation, networking and industrial machine control.

440EP offers a high performance FPU (5 stage pipeline), with single and double precision support, single-cycle execution for many instructions, assuring exceptional performances in math intensive applications (2.0 MFLOPS/Mhz SP/DP).

Integrated onchip are two ethernet 10/100 controllers, one USB 1.1 controller (host), one serial port (full 8 pin) controller for the memory and onePCI controller (66Mhz, 32 bit, V2.2).

The motherboard will be shipped with 256 or 512 Mb ram DDR266 onboard, with option to expand it trough a SODIMM 100 pin slot (max 1Gb ram).

The presence of an ATI Radeon Mobility M9 integrated graphic chip, with 64Mb ram DDR onchip, assures excellent graphic performances in his market [band].
It permits lots of connections to monitor, tv, lcd screens through DVI, VGA, Svideo and LVDS (optional) connectors.
For low-cost/low-power-consumption systems, it’s possible to opt at production time for an ATI Radeon Mobility M6 with 16Mb ram DDR onchip.

There are 4 Serial ATA ports thanks to a Silicon Image 3114 controller, 4 USB 2.0 ports through a Nec controller, Audio 5.1 AC97 with line-in, line-out, mic, cd/dvd in connectors.

A Pci-to-PCI bridge permits to manage best PCI bus traffic, eliminating bottlenecks between devices operating at 66Mhz (Graphics and SATA) and those operating at 33Mhz (USB, Audio, Slot PCI)

A PCI slot (32bit, 33Mhz, 3.3V) and a mini PCI Type 3 slot (124 pin, 3.3V) permit to use PCI standard expansion boards.

The presence of a LatticeXP FPGA enhances greatly the expansion possibilities and therefore implementation possibilities, thanks also to a 96 pin connector interfacing directly to the FPGA.

As additional expansion possibility the board provides a GPIO (32 pin) connector, a SPI and a I2C connector.

An optional CCTalk connector permits the interfacing to payment systems (coins, rest and banknotes devices) using this communication protocol.

The boards can be used also in disk-less mode, using a Disk On Chip or a SmartMedia memory board.

The board’s low profile (max high 20mm) and the lack of cooling fans allow to host the board in extremely small cases.

The board uses Uboot 1.1.4 as BIOS

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The developer conference is on going. We will post more informations later. We remember you the IRC chat on #iksnet channel on AW at 17:30 italian time.
    

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Re: Pianeta Amiga - Sam440 specifications
Posted on 23-Sep-2006 14:22:00
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Some notes, the mem port is 32bit and not 64 bit (and thus the 1.064 GB/s throughput)

Sam is short for Samantha

I thought the GPU had 64MB onboard? Not the end of the world for this type of device, but it'd be nice to know for shure what the specs are.

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And Shoe's asked me to make his news post go bye bye incase you wonder why it dissapeared.

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The M9 chip has 64 Mb DDR ram onchip


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and here it said USB1.1 , earlier thread said 2.0 no??
im confused.


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There are both, USB 2.0 and USB 1.1
The first from a Nec USB controller (2 external ports, 2 internal ports) and second one (USB 1.1) from the 440EP cpu


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Thanks m3x.

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the really important questions:

- is it aleady up and running?
- does it run OS4 at this stage?
- what is the estimated price and releae date?


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It has both. USB 1.1 is provided by the 440EP and UDB 2 by the NEC chip. The question will be which ones are routed out to backplane connections.


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Far too slow at typing...


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and here it said USB1.1 , earlier thread said 2.0 no?? im confused.


What I read from the specs is that the processor incorporates a USB1.1 host controller and that a NEC device provides USB2.0 connectivity.

But, again, that's what I read.

Pretty good specs on paper. Hopefully the board lives up to meet them with an OS4 license-to-kill.

EDIT: Shi'! I should learn to type faster. Been beaten by five or six posters, dammit.

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Nice little powerful machine for BSD/Linux. Hopefully not too expensive. I have a 4-port USB2.0 somewhere here (storage/bluetooth/printing/camera). I can't wait to see it running jamvm or cacaojvm for AWT programming, xemacs/upp for c/c++, gnustep+etoile+windowmaker as a DE. And listen GOA trance from audio-realm. For me 16MB of onboard ram is nice a upgrade, I do the above with an ATI rage with 8MB on my Duron 700MHz. I am not quite sure but the above machine translates to an AthlonXP 2000 in terms of power. It is more than fine. I have one with 768MB that runs netbeans (java simulations) under PCBSD and !!!COMPUTER VISION!!! with openCV at my FC5. For me it is a great update. Actually even if it is a PIII in terms of power I know what to do with it .

For amiga/linux/bsd users it is enough since it has a good FPU!!! No altivec but I do not think it is an issue. The PPC assembly is fantastic. Very useful and competitive solution. Better than Intel's and AMD 's toasters and also one generation behind VIA C7.

I expect a reasonable price.

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Far too slow at typing...


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That was meant for me?

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Nice ;)
Does it need a cpu or gpu fan? Is it noiseless? I really need a silent computer :)

EDIT: I just read in the last lines about the "lack of cooling fans" ! Excelent! So it's silent right?

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@Dagon

Quote:
Does it need a cpu or gpu fan? Is it noiseless? I really need a silent computer :)

"The board's low profile (max high 20mm) and the lack of cooling fans allow to host the board in extremely small cases."

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totally fanless ....


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hey Saimo! .... quite portable then!


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Looks cool to me! Bring it on!


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Hope you guys have a great show!

So when will we hear about the more important stuff like license, release date and price..?

What size is miniITX, the fpga and fanless design sounds cool but if theres no license


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Perfect! Exactly the type of machine I am looking for. Mini-itx, silent, low power (plenty of power for surfing, mp3, my xvid collection, etc). My KVM switch shivers in anticipation



Now, who do I have to get liquored up to get the board with serial # 0001 on it?


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Good job guys!

I knew you would perform!

Now the price and the maximum specs available for SAM.

And the OS4 question to be answered if not done already...

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