Just after the reveal of two Mini-ITX boards from Gigabyte which supported the upcoming embedded “Kabini” APUs, Asus unveils a Mini-ITX board with embedded Celeron J1800 based on the Intel’s Bay Trail-D platform.
Introducing the 2014 embedded platform from Intel
We previously did an article about the supported motherboards for upcoming embedded Kabini APUs from Gigabyte and just a week after that we have Asus unveiled a Mini-ITX board the “J1800I-C” sporting gold colored Heatsinks with the appearance of the “Tyrant Gold” accents. The board is based on the Intel’s Bay Trail-D Platform with a Mini-ITX form factor small plate design and low noise emissions.
Closer details and specifications
The Mini-ITX form factor holds in an embedded Celeron J1800 Dual core CPU clocked at 2.41 GHz and is dynamically overclocked to 2.58 GHz and has a tiny 1mb of shared level 3 cache and the integrated graphics core has a frequency of 688 MHz base and up to 792 MHz. The TDP of the CPU is 10W which states that the platform would be aimed at low power consumption mini PCs. This platform is the lowest end of the Bay Trail-D platform and the higher end variants would have Celeron J1900 and Pentium J2900 embedded CPUs, both with 10W TDP as well. The board hosts two DDR3L-1600 memory slots that support low voltage DIMMs with signaling voltages of 1.25V – 1.35V and is capable of handling dual memory channels and max SDRAM capacity of 8GB of DDR3 RAM. The connectors include two SATA II 3GB/s interface, a single PCI-E 2.0 x1 slot, a mini PCI-E/mSATA expansion slot. LAN is controlled by Realtek RT8111G Gigabit LAN and on-board sound is powered by ALC887 eight channel sound card. The rear panel ports include a PS/2 port for Keyboard and Mouse connectivity, an HDMI and a VGA port for display output and one USB 3.0 (just one, but accelerated by UASP protocol), four USB 2.0, one parallel port (COM) and three audio ports.
Concluding about the “J1800I-C”
Asus is known for the quality of components and excellent workmanship on their boards and this one is no exception, the board uses quality components and stand out from the rest of the competition. Though the pricing is not unveiled by Asus yet, but we think that it will come at a modest premium (just like other Asus motherboards) compared to the Gigabyte’s counterparts. Stay tuned for more.