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alix6e1 System board
Status Superseded by alix6f.
Part numbers alix6e1 = 2 LAN / 1 miniPCI / 1 miniPCI Express / LX800 / 256 MB / USB / single SIM socket
alix6e2 = 2 LAN / 1 miniPCI / 1 miniPCI Express / LX800 / 256 MB / USB / dual SIM socket
Spec CPU: 500 MHz AMD Geode LX800
DRAM: 256 MB DDR DRAM
Storage: CompactFlash socket
Power: DC jack or passive POE, min. 7V to max. 20V
Three front panel LEDs, pushbutton
Expansion: 1 miniPCI slot, 1 miniPCI Express slot (USB only), LPC bus
Connectivity: 2 Ethernet channels (Via VT6105M 10/100)
I/O: DB9 serial port, dual USB port
Board size: 6 x 6" (152.4 x 152.4 mm)
Firmware: tinyBIOS
Customer options • 44 pin IDE, I2C bus, buzzer, RTC battery
• (alix6e2) Dual SIM sockets (switched by AC_BEEP GPIO signal).
SIM socket ? By itself the SIM socket does not do anything. You need a 3G modem in the miniPCI express socket to get connectivity.
miniPCI express ? This is a new standard for small size radio modules, using PCI Express and USB 2.0 connectivity. On ALIX, only USB 2.0 connectivity is supported. Some manufacturers of radio modules:
Ericsson
Novatel
Option
Sierra Wireless
•wi-fi cards using PCI express will NOT work !
•Modem modules based on Qualcomm chipsets don't seem to work reliably with the AMD CS5536 USB controller - consider limiting to 12 Mb/s USB 1.1 mode. Ericsson modules don't observe the reset signal, difficult to get a proper reset on reboot.
BIOS update note Board ID has been changed, flash updater will look for alix5.bin . Latest BIOS = v0.99j.
Changes from alix6b • Change board ID to 5 (BIOS selection).
• Optional pin header for internal USB.
• Optional alternate location for SIM sockets.
• Integrate ECN.034 (SIM switch issue).
• Optional reset controlled by USBEN2.
• Change to normal LED routing (all LEDs controlled by software).
• Various changes to improve EMI margin.
Manufacturer PC Engines
Origin Taiwan
Support info ALIX.2 series
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