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Technical Specs

  • flex-ATX form factor (21.6 x 17 cm)
  • 8 layers PCB
  • Applied Micro PPC460ex SoC – upto 1.10 Ghz
  • max 2 GB DDR2 Ram – 200-pin SODIMM
  • Silicon Motion SM502 embedded MoC (audio/video) max 64MB Gfx RAM
  • Audio 5.1 Realtek ALC655 codec
  • PCI-express 4x lanes slot (16x mechanical connector)
  • PCI-express 1x lane slot (* check notes)
  • PCI slot, 32 bit, 33 Mhz, 3.3V
  • 1x SATA2 port (* check notes)
  • 6x USB2 EHCI/OHCI ports + 1 USB 1.1 port
  • 1x 10/100/1000 Ethernet port (another 10/100/1000 Ethernet is optional)
  • Lattice XP2 FPGA with 80 I/O pins expansion connector (connector is optional)
  • UMTS/GSM module (optional requires add-on card)
  • 512 MB NAND Flash (optional)
  • integrated SD card reader
  • RTC clock
  • Serial port, 8-wires
  • I2C and SPI/I2C buses
  • passive cooling
  • U-Boot 2010.06

Notes: the SATA2 port and the PCI-e 1x slot are mutually exclusive, only one of them can be used at a time

Packaging

The packaging includes:

  • one Sam460ex board with a metallic heatsink on the CPU
  • 1 backplate
  • printed user manual

Sam460ex is a PowerPC modular motherboard engineered and produced by ACube Systems and it is totally made in Italy.

The core of the board is the PowerPC 460EX, a System On Chip (SoC) from Applied Micro which allowed us to build a PowerPC motherboard running at 1.10 Ghz, scalable for different uses and still fanless and very low power consumption!

The Sam460ex supports 3 expansion slots: PCI, PCIe 1x and PCIe 4x. Also it has onboard audio and video chips as well as a SATA2 port.

While this board is the fastest of our products, we also wanted to add more features to it. You can have the following on your Sam460:

  • UMTS/GSM module
  • NAND Flash
  • 7 USB ports
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • 5 boot media
  • and more...

Availability: Available now.

Note: this board will NOT replace the Sam440ep-flex board.

 

Available as:

  • version with 1.10 Ghz CPU +  AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition
  • version with 1 Ghz CPU + AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition
  • industrial version: prices may vary depending on volumes, please contact us.

Optionally you can complete your order with:

  • 1 GB Memory module
  • 2 GB Memory module
  • Radeon 4650 cards or Silicon Image SATA card, please see the accessories page.

For complete systems please check the system page on our shop.

For the motherboard only please check our online shop.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How to use more than one SATA drive?

    The Sam460ex is made both for embedded and consumer markets. It can be adapted to different needs. As an example, a customer who wants a board for home use will probably choose to add a SATA controller on a PCI card. This will allow up to four SATA drives. ACube may provide such expansion boards.
  • How can the operating system be loaded?

    It is possible to load the operating system from a SATA harddisk, a CDROM connected on SATA, a USB key, a SD card or from the network.
  • Which setup are possible with the board?

    It's possible to use the Sam460ex in one of these setup:
    • PCI-Express 16x slot + PCI slot + PCI-Express 1x slot
    • PCI-Express 16x slot + PCI slot + SATA2 port

Media & other resources

 MorphOS MorphOS

 Win95 on Sam460ex xourtesy of DOSBox Sam460 on ATI RADEON X1550 PCIe with compositing enabled