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Mini ITX Motherboard w/ SoC AMCC 440ep CPU


If you are looking for a board to run AmigaOS 4.x on, please have a look at the SAM440ep-flex or the SAM460ex.

SAM440ep is the first modular motherboard produced by ACube Systems Srl (see also SAM440ep-flex). Its main characteristics are:
  • low power consumption
  • passive cooling
  • scalability
  • can run AmigaOS 4.1 :-)
The core of the board is the PowerPC 440EP, a System On Chip (SoC) produced by AMCC under license from IBM. One of the main features of the PowerPC AMCC 440EP is the presence, together with the CPU, of a number of integrated peripherals. This allowed to build a complete system with huge savings of both development and debug time, with less components and space used on the PCB. This also results in a significant cost reduction for the customer.

As a consequence the usual northbridge/southbridge combination is not present on the board since parts of their functionalities are already built into the CPU.

The 440EP chip has a size of 35x35 mm, with a PBGA packaging (456 balls). It is built with CMOS (0.13 um) technology, has a very low power consumption (only 3 Watts at 533Mhz) and it does not require any active cooling system.

Technical data:
  • Mini ITX Form Factor (17x17 cm)
  • CPU SoC AMCC 440ep with:
    • integrated DDR 266 MHz memory controller
    • integrated PCI controller
    • integrated Flash memory devices controller
    • integrated USB 1.1 Host and 2.0 Device controller
    • 2 integrated Ethernet 10/100 ports
    • up to 4 serial ports
    • 2 I2C interfaces
    • SPI interface
    • 64 pin for I/O General Purpose
  • 512 MB RAM
  • USB 2.0 OHCI/EHCI NXP PCI controller
  • Audio Cirrus Logic CS4281 and Realtek ALC655 Codec
  • Silicon Image 4 Serial ATA ports
  • ATI RADEON Mobility M9 with 64mb RAM graphic chip
  • Pericom 8150B PCI Bridge
  • FPGA Lattice XP with 80 pin I/O expansion connector
  • PCI Slot - 32 bits, 33 Mhz
  • mini PCI Slot - 32 bits, 33 Mhz (optional)
  • RTC with backup battery
  • UBoot 1.3.1

Package Contents:
  • SAM440ep board complete with 512MB DDR RAM and metallic heatsinks on both cpu and gfx chip
  • SATA data cable
  • DVI to VGA converter
  • Printed user manual
  • Orders including AmigaOS 4.1 will also include a free OS4 mouse mat, an Amiga sticker and a Boingball pin :-)

The following Operating Systems are available or under development:
  • AmigaOS 4.1
  • Aros
  • Debian Lenny
  • Fedora 9
  • Ubuntu
  • CruxPPC
  • FreeBSD

You can configure this board, please click the link "Configure Item" below the product text. You can certainly also add items not available in the configuration menu, such as the Nexus PSILE 10 case.

If the Mini ITX form factor doesn't meet your requirements, you should also have a look at the Flex ATX alternative, the SAM440ep-flex.

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