Mar 9th 2010- Initial release.

These are questions asked by Intel internal teams, and a limited set of customers and reviewers, and is a living document. If your question is not featured here, then search the EDC community, for documents tagged with @devboard. If you have a better answer to a question below, please forward it to stewart.christie@intel.com, or send me a message on this community, my ID is rethinker.

 

Q: What’s in the box and what do I need to provide by myself?.

 

A: The Devboard kits consist of a mini-ITX carrier card, a CPU card with 1GB SODIMM memory card, a CD for documents and utilities, and for the first series of boards, a 12V power supply is also included.

 

At a minimum, to get an operating system up and running you will need to supply:

  • USB Keyboard, USB mouse, VGA display and VGA cable
  • SATA drive with SATA cable and a disk power cable suitable for 4 pin Molex on the carrier card.
  • Installation media:     

            Depending on your target operating system either a USB key with an install image, or a USB CD/DVD drive and an OS CD/DVD.

 

 

Optional Items.

            A case suitable for holding a Mini-ITX motherboard, with power switch, reset switch and indicator LED’s.

 

Q: Why does this board cost so much, I can get an Atom Motherboard for much less than $100?

 A: If all you need is a Mini-ITX board to build into or upgrade an existing system, then this board is not the recommended solution.  The board has been supplied as a modular component to help cut down the design time for proof of concept or prototype builds for system developers.  Users are encouraged to develop their own carrier card, in their own specific form factor and to use the CPU card as a component.

If the Mini-ITX form factor is all you need there are several solutions available. For long life embedded solutions, check out what the Embedded Alliance members have on offer as standard products. search N450+Mini-ITX

If you are looking for a low cost Mini-ITX board for building a home system, or are not concerned about long life availability, check out the D510MO motherboard from Intel.  http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=42645.  It uses the dual core processor and the NM10 instead of the ICH8M chipset. 

Q: How do I get support for this board?

A:  This depends on what features you need support for.  So this question is broken down into three sections

                Q: How do I get support for the Processor, Chipset or Ethernet Hardware on this board.             

                A:  As these are standard embedded devices, all the regular support channels on EDC, will answer question’s about these devices. For online documentation look at the EDC-N450

                Q: How do I get support for my favorite operating system for this board?

                A:  For commercial operating systems, for example Wind River* or Microsoft* products,  please contact the vendor first and be sure to mention the Intel® Embedded Development Board 1-N450.  For open source operating systems, check the user forum for the latest versions that have been tested. 

                NOTE: If you are an OS vendor or have experience with operating systems and wish to port to this board, send a request through the EDC feedback link, via a message to “rethinker” on this site, or via twitter to @devboard.

                Q: How do I get a custom carrier board built?

                A: Post your request on the board forum, or via twitter @devboard, and Intel will help co-ordinate the different request, and ongoing projects to get the best match for your needs.  Multiple university programs are planning on using this board, third party vendors have signed up to provide addons to the board, and multiple teams within Intel are planning to use the board for their own projects.  Status updates, and related info will be posted on EDC.

Q: This board uses a new form factor for the processor card, is Intel trying to get a new standard adopted?  Why not use CoreExpress*, Summit* or some other industry standard?

This is not an attempt to create a new standard, but is a lower cost option to help make prototypes and proof of concepts faster.  Industry standard form factors have multiple vendors, thermal profiles, vibration and packaging test, connector reliability and extended warranties. This board has none of that, and is not intended to replace a commercial offering from the Embedded Alliance members, but is intended to complement their offerings.  If after developing your prototype systems you need more information about what these members can offer, click on the need more help section situated at the bottom left of every EDC page.