IMB 142 s ASRock enters the Industrial PC market with three new Atom boards

Industrial PC motherboards are generally not that interesting, but at least a couple of ASRock's new models could be quite suitable for HTPC usage. The company has quietly added three IPC motherboards to its range of otherwise consumer focused products and for a first attempt, the company has done a pretty good job.

Industrial PC motherboards are generally not that interesting, but at least a couple of ASRock's new models could be quite suitable for HTPC usage. The company has quietly added three IPC motherboards to its range of otherwise consumer focused products and for a first attempt, the company has done a pretty good job.

Going by model name we start with the IMB-140 which in many ways is the most advanced model of the three, as it sports the most impressive collection of connectivity options with two PS/2 ports, three rear serial ports – one of which has an RJ-45 interface – four USB 2.0 ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet, a pair of audio jacks, a D-sub and an HDMI connector. The board also has a pair of SATA ports – a limitation of the NM10 chipset – headers for three additional USB 2.0 ports, three serial ports and a parallel port, an LVDS connector, a mini PCI Express slot, a PCI slot, a Compact Flash card slot and two SO-DIMM slots. So in other words, very much an IPC board, something that's further enhanced by the fact that the board is powered by a 12V connector instead of a standard ATX connector.

IMB 140 ASRock enters the Industrial PC market with three new Atom boards

Next up we have the IMB-141 and IMB-142, two very similar boards with only one differentiator between them. Here we're looking at a low-profile board with only two USB 2.0 ports, and one or two Gigabit Ethernet ports (this is the difference between the two models), a pair of audio jacks, an HDMI and DVI port. The boards also have headers for an additional six USB 2.0 ports, two serial ports, a D-sub connector and LVDS. As with the IMB-140 we also find a PCI slot, a mini PCI Express slot, a Compact Flash slot, two SATA ports, two SO-DIMM slots and a 12V power input.

IMB 142 ASRock enters the Industrial PC market with three new Atom boards

All three models features an Atom D2700 CPU at 2.13GHz as standard with support for up to 4GB of DDR3 1066MHz memory, although the IMB-141 and IMB-142 is also available in a SKU with a mobile Atom N2800 processor at 1.86GHz. We didn't manage to locate either model for sale as yet, so it's likely that ASRock hasn't released them into the channel as yet.

Source: ASRock