Chassis Plans Unveils MX8 SBC with Pentium 4 and HT Technology

4/20/2004 - Chassis Plans, LLC. announces its MX8 single board computer using the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor with HT Technology and featuring the Intel® 875P chipset with the new Intel® E6300ESB I/O Controller Hub (ICH). Chassis Plans' MX8 combines these new Intel processor offerings to produce a level of processing, network communications and I/O functionality unheard of in embedded computing applications. The processor is produced using Intel's 90nm manufacturing process technology which enables greater processing efficiencies while enabling advanced capabilities such as Hyper-Threading, an 800MHz system bus and a 1MB on-die L2 cache memory.

The E6300ESB I/O Controller Hub used on the MX8 supports many I/O features, including dual Serial ATA/150 ports and a 64-bit/66MHz PCI-X bus interface to the backplane. Additional MX8 product features include support for up to 2GB of DDR333/400 memory, both 533MHz and 800MHz system bus support, two 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet ports, 16MB of on-board DDR video memory, dual USB 2.0 ports and an Ultra160 SCSI interface. MX8 models without the SCSI interface are also available. The MX8 combines the outstanding capabilities of the Intel Pentium 4 processor, the 875P chipset and the E6300ESB ICH with Chassis Plans' applied computing engineering design expertise to produce a single board computing platform designed to support robust embedded computing applications.

Onboard Features
Speeds for the MX8 are 2.4GHz and 2.8GHz for processors with a 533MHz system bus; speeds with an 800MHz system bus are 3.0GHz and above. The Intel 875P chipset features Intel® Performance Technology that increases overall system performance by providing a faster path between the processor cache memory and the DDR system memory while taking full advantage of the 800MHz system bus on the Intel Pentium 4 processor.

The MX8's DDR333/400 memory interface supports up to 2GB of system memory and can operate in either single-channel or dual-channel mode. Dual-channel mode doubles the memory interface bandwidth. The MX8 provides two 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet LAN ports. LAN Port 1 is a direct-connect Gigabit Ethernet interface to the 875P using Intel's Communications Streaming Architecture (CSA). RJ-45 connectors located on the I/O bracket provide the physical interface to the Ethernet networks.

Enhanced video processing on the MX8 is achieved using an ATI® MobilityTM RadonTM video memory controller connected directly to the 875P via the chipset's AGP 3.0 video interface using 4x data transfers. Video memory capacity is 16MB and supports pixel resolutions up to UXGA (1600 x 1200).

In addition to the Serial ATA/150 interfaces and the PCI-X bus, the MX8 has many other features including dual EIDE Ultra ATA/100 interfaces, PCI/ISA bus interface support, hardware monitoring, two serial ports, an enhanced bi-directional parallel port interface, a watchdog timer and PS/2 mouse, keyboard and floppy drive interfaces.

Pricing and Availability
Contact Chassis Plans for latest pricing and processor speed availability. Volume and OEM purchase programs are available.

About Chassis Plans
Chassis Plans, LLC. is a specialized designer and manufacturer of award-winning industrial single board computers and backplanes, industrial rackmount chassis and displays for critical applied industrial and embedded applications such as telephony, imaging, instrumentation, control and other environments which require performance, precision and reliability.

Chassis Plans offers an extensive line of PCI-X/PCI/ISA single board computers and backplanes manufactured in the USA to ISO 9001:2000, CE and UL standards, satisfying the industry's increasing demands for features and performance. All Chassis Plans products are backed by a full two-year warranty and Chassis Plans' engineer oriented technical support.

For more information about the MX8, or any other Chassis Plans SBC or backplane product, call (858) 571-4330. You can also visit our website at or e-mail us at

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