DFI shows off Tunnel Creek board

Intel’s upcoming Atom for embedded systems

IF YOU LOOK carefully enough you can find a wealth of interesting things at Computex and we spotted a tiny little board at DFI’s booth that turned out to be housing Intel’s Queens Bay platform. The Queens Bay platform is set to launch in the fourth quarter this year and is an Atom solution for embedded platforms.

Intel announced the platform back in April and we wrote about it then, but this is the first actual hardware that we’ve seen. The board to which the CPU and chipset are fitted is tiny at 2.76 by 2.76 inches. There’s also 1GB of DDR2 667 RAM and a Realtek Ethernet controller on the board, as well as a chip that we couldn’t identify from Dialog Semiconductor.

This board is, of course, not intended to be used on its own as instead it’s meant to interface with an I/O board. DFI claims support for up to six USB 2.0 ports, three PCI Express x1 slots, one Ethernet port, an SD/SDIO interface, two SATA ports and VGA, LVDS and SDVO display connectivity options. It might not be the most exciting product at the show, unless you’re into embedded systems. DFI appears to be moving its entire business into this segment as the company wasn’t showing any consumer products at all this year at Computex.S|A

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