iBASE Launches MI995 Mini-ITX Intel CM246-Based Board for Xeon E

iBASE introduced one of the industry’s first Mini-ITX motherboards for Intel’s Xeon E processors on Tuesday. The MI995 is based on Intel’s mobile CM246 PCH and is aimed at low-power miniature specialized PCs. Meanwhile, small does not mean limitations, so the MI995 has nearly all the expansion capabilities its bigger brothers do.

The iBASE MI995VF-X27 is based on Intel’s CM246 chipset designed for laptops and supporting Intel’s Xeon E processors in FCBGA1440 packaging for mobile workstations. The particular model carries six-core Xeon E-2176M CPU. In addition, the manufacturer also offers the MI995VF-8850 and MI995VF-8400 platforms featuring the QM370 PCH as well as six-core Core i7-8850H and quad-core Core i5-8400H processors respectively. The Xeon-powered SKU supports up to 32 GB of ECC memory, whereas the Core-powered models can carry up to 32 GB of non-ECC DRAM. All the SKUs feature a TPM 2.0 module, and support vPro, iAMT 11.6 remote management, and iSMART 3.5 technologies.

When it comes to expandability, the iBASE MI995 motherboards feature a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot for graphics cards, a mini-PCIe slot, an M.2-2280 slot for SSDs, an M.2-2230 slot for CNVi Wi-Fi solutions, two or four SATA connectors, and so on.

Moving on to connectivity. The MI995 is equipped with two Intel GbE controllers, a Fintek F8196D-I chip for four COM ports, three display outputs, (DisplayPort, DVI-D, HDMI 2.0), six USB 3.1 ports, and audio connectors. As noted above, the motherboards may be outfitted with an optional 802.11ac Wi-Fi CNVi module.

iBASE officially positions its MI995 motherboards for digital signage, gaming, entertainment, and POS applications. Even out of the box, the platform can support multiple displays. Once equipped with a discrete graphics card, the system gains both GPU performance and additional display outputs, just what is needed for digital signage and gaming applications.

iBASE’s MI995 Motherboards
MI995VF-X27MI995VF-8850MI995VF-8400
CPUsIntel Xeon E-2176M
6C/12T
2.7 – 4.4 GHz
12 MB cache
45 W
Intel Core i7-8850H
6C/12T
2.6 – 4.3 GHz
9 MB cache
45 W
Intel Core i5-8400H
4C/8T
2.5 – 4.2 GHz
8 MB cache
45 W
PCHIntel CM246 + Fintek F81966D-I controller
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics from CPU
PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
Display Outputs1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × eDP header
1 × DVI-D
1 × HDMI 2.0a
Memory2 × DDR4 SO-DIMM
Up to 32 GB of DDR4-2667
ECC or non-ECC, depending on CPU
Slots for Add-In-Cards1 × PCIe 3.0 x16
1 × miniPCIe
EthernetLAN 1:
Intel I219LM Gigabit LAN PHY (MI995VF-Series)
Intel I219V Gigabit LAN PHY (MI995EF)
LAN 2:
Intel I210AT Gigabit LAN (MI995VF-X27)
Intel I211AT Gigabit LAN (MI995VF-8850/8400, MI995EF)
Storage4 × SATA 6 Gbps
1 × M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4 or SATA)
2 × SATA 6 Gbps
1 × M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4 or SATA)
AudioRealtek ALC888S-VD2-GR
USB6 × USB 3.1 Type-A
4 × USB 2.0 Type-A via header
Serial Ports2 × RS232
2 × RS232/422/485
Wi-FiM.2-2230 slot
Operating Temperature0°C~60°C (32°F~140°F)
Form-FactorMini-ITX (170 mm × 170 mm | 6.7″ × 6.7″)

iBASE already lists MI995 motherboards on its website, but has not touched upon pricing and availability timeframe.

Source: iBASE

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