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alix6e1 System board
Status EOL, replaced by alix6f2.
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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