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  • good carputer mobo (other than price)?

    I've been working on an embedded project at work, where we are using these mobos, and after testing them alot, I have to say I'm pretty impressed with performance, stability, and power usage for in-car use. The microATX boards use Intel's 855GME chipset, which is essentially the same chipset found in most modern Centrino based laptops. Better yet, Newegg stocks the stuff.

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...136-150&depa=0
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...137-057&depa=0

    At work we are using the DFI board because it has a 64 bit PCI slot, but I think for my carputer, I'm going to give the AOpen one a try (although at the moment, the DFI board is cheaper so maybe not). Pair this with a Dothan core Pentium M, and you have a cool running, low power, reasonably high performance (compared to VIA anyway) carputer.

    Just using a "Kill-A-Watt" meter hooked up to my PS, it says it is pulling around 30W at full speed (probably less as the PS registers 4 watts when nothing is running and less with a DC to DC because I assume I'm loosing quite a bit in the AC/DC conversion - time to order my Opus I guess). Pentium M 725 (1.6GHz), 1GB RAM, booting FlashLinux off a 512MB USB stick.
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