Portwell Launches New Intel Q965-Based Industrial and Embedded Micro-ATX Motherboard

RUBY-9717VGAR combines greater computing power with lower power consumption.

FREMONT, CALIF.-- January 28, 2008 -- American Portwell Technology, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Portwell, Inc., a world-leading innovator in the Industrial PC (IPC) market and a member of the Intel Embedded and Communications Alliance, has developed an industrial and embedded Intel Q965-based motherboard in a uATX form factor that supports all Intel mainstream desktop processors including Core2 Duo (C2D), Core 2 Quad (C2Q), Pentium D, Pentium 4 and Celeron D in the LGA-775 package. The new RUBY-9717VGAR features: onboard dual VGA and DVI independent display; an ADD2 graphics card slot; one PCI-E x4 slot for non-graphical devices; two 32-bit PCI expansion slots for legacy devices; six 32-bit PCI expansion slots to accommodate most industrial I/O cards; six SATA-300 ports to support Intel Matrix storage technology with RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10; and RS-232/422/485 connectivity.

Available now, Portwell’s new RUBY-9717VGAR industrial uATX motherboard is the ideal solution for applications in the medical ultrasound equipment, data communications, multimedia, point-of-sale (POS) and gaming markets.

Greater onboard integration, fewer add-on devices
“The RUBY-9717VGAR’s ability to support Intel’s C2D and C2Q multi-core processor architecture means it can provide developers with greater computing performance while retaining lower power consumption,” says Jack Lam, American Portwell Technology’s senior product marketing manager. “However, unlike commercial motherboards, the RUBY-9717VGAR is designed specifically for applications that need more onboard integration and fewer costly add-on devices,” Lam adds. According to Lam, expansion on a typical commercial motherboard is usually restricted to one PCI-E x16 and a small amount of PCI-E x1 and PCU slots. “While this will serve the home user and casual gamer, it is a less than satisfactory choice for the unique applications developed by OEMs and service providers. They have completely different needs,” Lam confirms. “Portwell’s RUBY-9717VGAR uATX industrial motherboard targets these needs by providing multiple onboard I/O slots.”

The perfect solution for high-speed Ethernet
Frank Shen, American Portwell Technology’s product marketing director, believes that the new RUBY-9717VGAR is the perfect solution for applications that need small footprint and great connectivity. “While users of commercial motherboards can add a few extra PCI-E x1 cards to accommodate the add-on Ethernet card,” Shen explains, “a true performance-oriented board such as the 4GB Fiber-Channel or 4-Port LAN card needs a minimum PCI-E x4 slot to function efficiently. Medical applications are good example,” he adds. “Compared to the expensive high-end graphics card with 2x DVI output found in commercial PC, the ADD2 graphics card slot built into the new RUBY-9717VGAR enables developers to add two DVI independent displays at a very low cost. Add in up to 10 USB ports, four serial ports, and an HD two-channel audio interface,” he continues, “and the RUBY-9717VGAR becomes a powerful, cost-efficient solution for the integration-hungry applications developed by today’s OEMs and service providers.”

About American Portwell Technology
American Portwell Technology, Inc., is a world-leading innovator in the Industrial PC (IPC) market and a member of the Intel Embedded and Communications Alliance. American Portwell Technology designs, manufactures and markets a complete range of rackmount systems, PICMG and embedded computer boards, and communication appliances for both OEMs and ODMs. The company is located in Fremont, California. For more information about American Portwell’s extensive turnkey, and private-label branding solutions, call 1-877-APT-8899, email info@portwell.com or visit us at http://www.portwell.com