User Manual
AIMB-273
Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3/Celeron
uFC-PGA988 Mini-ITX with 2 DP/
HDMI/LVDS/CRT, 2 COM, Dual
LAN, PCIe x16
Copyright
The documentation and the software included with this product are copyrighted 2012
by Advantech Co., Ltd. All rights are reserved. Advantech Co., Ltd. reserves the right
to make improvements in the products described in this manual at any time without
notice.
No part of this manual may be reproduced, copied, translated or transmitted in any
form or by any means without the prior written permission of Advantech Co., Ltd.
Information provided in this manual is intended to be accurate and reliable. However,
Advantech Co., Ltd. assumes no responsibility for its use, nor for any infringements
of the rights of third parties, which may result from its use.
Acknowledgements
AMI is a trademark of Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
IBM and PC are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.
Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3 Celeron® is trademark of Intel Corporation
WinBond is a trademark of Winbond Corporation.
All other product names or trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
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Part No. 2006027300
Edition 1
Printed in China
July 2012
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A Message to the Customer
Advantech Customer Services
Each and every Advantech product is built to the most exacting specifications to
ensure reliable performance in the harsh and demanding conditions typical of industrial environments. Whether your new Advantech equipment is destined for the laboratory or the factory floor, you can be assured that your product will provide the
reliability and ease of operation for which the name Advantech has come to be
known.
Your satisfaction is our primary concern. Here is a guide to Advantech’s customer
services. To ensure you get the full benefit of our services, please follow the instructions below carefully.
Technical Support
We want you to get the maximum performance from your products. So if you run into
technical difficulties, we are here to help. For the most frequently asked questions,
you can easily find answers in your product documentation. These answers are normally a lot more detailed than the ones we can give over the phone.
So please consult this manual first. If you still cannot find the answer, gather all the
information or questions that apply to your problem, and with the product close at
hand, call your dealer. Our dealers are well trained and ready to give you the support
you need to get the most from your Advantech products. In fact, most problems
reported are minor and are able to be easily solved over the phone.
In addition, free technical support is available from Advantech engineers every business day. We are always ready to give advice on application requirements or specific
information on the installation and operation of any of our products.
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Declaration of Conformity
FCC Class B
This device complies with the requirements in part 15 of the FCC rules:
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
 This device may not cause harmful interference
 This device must accept any interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is
operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this device in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which
case the user will be required to correct the interference at his/her own expense. The
user is advised that any equipment changes or modifications not expressly approved
by the party responsible for compliance would void the compliance to FCC regulations and therefore, the user's authority to operate the equipment.
Caution! There is a danger of a new battery exploding if it is incorrectly installed.
Do not attempt to recharge, force open, or heat the battery. Replace the
battery only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer's
instructions.
CPU Compatibility
CPU Family
Speed
Core Stepping
TDP
L3 cache
Intel i7-3610QE
2.3 GHz
D-4
45 W
6 MB
Intel i7-2710QE
2.1 GHz
D-4
45 W
6 MB
Intel i5-3610ME
2.7 GHz
D-2
35 W
3 MB
Intel i5-2510E
2.5 GHz
D-2
35 W
3 MB
Intel i3-3120ME
2.4 GHz
D-2
35 W
3 MB
Intel i3-2330
2.2 GHz
D-2
35 W
3 MB
Inel Celeron B810
1.6 GHz
D-2
35 W
2 MB
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Memory Compatibility
Test Item
Description
Brand
Size Speed Type
Result Remark
ECC Vendor PN Memory
Transcend 1GB
DDR3 SODIMM
N
1066 DDR3
TS128MS
K64V1U
SEC
K4B1G0846GBCH9
PASS
Transcend 2GB
DDR3 SODIMM
N
1066 DDR3
TS128MS
K64V1U
SEC HCH9
K4B1G0846D
(128x8)
PASS
Transcend 4GB
DDR3 SODIMM
N
1066 DDR3
HYNIX
TS7KSN28
H5TQ2G83BFR
420-1Y
(256x8)
PASS
Apacer
4GB
DDR3 SODIMM
N
1066 DDR3
HYNIX
78.B2GC8.
H5TQ2G83BFR
AF1
(256x8)
PASS
Transcend 1GB
DDR3 SODIMM
N
1333 DDR3
TS128MS
K64V3U
ELPIDA
J1108BFBG-DJ-F
PASS
Transcend 2GB
DDR3 SODIMM
N
1333 DDR3
TS256MS
K64V3N
HYNIX
H5TQ2G83CFR
PASS
Transcend 4GB
DDR3 SODIMM
N
1333 DDR3
TS512MS
K64V3N
HYNIX
H5TQ2G83BFR
(256x8)
PASS
Transcend 8GB
DDR3 SODIMM
N
1333 DDR3
TS1GSK6 MICRON IVD22
4V3H
D9PBC
PASS
Apacer
1GB
DDR3 SODIMM
N
1333 DDR3
HYNIX
78.02GC6.
H5TQ1G83DFRAF0
H9C
PASS
1GB
DDR3 SODIMM
N
1333 DDR3
HYNIX
H5TQ1G83TFRH9C
PASS
Apacer
2GB
DDR3 SODIMM
N
1333 DDR3
78.A2GC9. ELPIDA
4200C
J2108BCSE-DJ-F
PASS
Apacer
4GB
DDR3 SODIMM
N
1333 DDR3
HYNIX
78.B2GC9.
H5TQ2G83BFR
AF1
(256x8)
PASS
Apacer
4GB
DDR3 SODIMM
N
1333 DDR3
78.B2GC9. ELPIDA
4210C
J2108BCSE-DJ-F
PASS
DSL
4GB
DDR3 SODIMM
N
1333 DDR3
HYNIX
D3SH5608
H5TQ2G83BFR
2XH15AA
(256x8)
PASS
DSL
2GB
DDR3 SODIMM
N
1600 DDR3
SEC 113 HCK0
D3SS5608
K4B2G0846C
1XH12AA
(256x8)
PASS
DSL
4GB
DDR3 SODIMM
N
1600 DDR3
SEC 113 HCK0
D3SS5608
K4B2G0846C
2XH12AA
(256x8)
PASS
Transcend 2GB
DDR3 SODIMM
N
1600 DDR3
TS256MS
K64V6N
MICRON IVM77
D9PFJ
PASS
Transcend 4GB
DDR3 SODIMM
N
1600 DDR3
TS512MS
K64N6N
MICRON IRM72
D9PFJ
PASS
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Ordering Information
Part Number
Chipset PCH
AIMB-273G2-00A1E
QM77
VGA HDMI LVDS DP
QM77 Yes
Yes
Yes
SATA USB COM GbE LAN
Yes 4
8
2
2
Product Warranty (2 years)
Advantech warrants to you, the original purchaser, that each of its products will be
free from defects in materials and workmanship for two years from the date of purchase.
This warranty does not apply to any products which have been repaired or altered by
persons other than repair personnel authorized by Advantech, or which have been
subject to misuse, abuse, accident or improper installation. Advantech assumes no
liability under the terms of this warranty as a consequence of such events.
Because of Advantech’s high quality-control standards and rigorous testing, most of
our customers never need to use our repair service. If an Advantech product is defective, it will be repaired or replaced at no charge during the warranty period. For outof-warranty repairs, you will be billed according to the cost of replacement materials,
service time and freight. Please consult your dealer for more details.
If you think you have a defective product, follow these steps:
1. Collect all the information about the problem encountered. (For example, CPU
speed, Advantech products used, other hardware and software used, etc.) Note
anything abnormal and list any onscreen messages you get when the problem
occurs.
2. Call your dealer and describe the problem. Please have your manual, product,
and any helpful information readily available.
3. If your product is diagnosed as defective, obtain an RMA (return merchandise
authorization) number from your dealer. This allows us to process your return
more quickly.
4. Carefully pack the defective product, a fully-completed Repair and Replacement
Order Card and a photocopy proof of purchase date (such as your sales receipt)
in a shippable container. A product returned without proof of the purchase date
is not eligible for warranty service.
5. Write the RMA number visibly on the outside of the package and ship it prepaid
to your dealer.
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Initial Inspection
Before you begin installing your motherboard, please make sure that the following
materials have been shipped:
 1 x AIMB-273 Intel Core™ i7/i5/i3/Celeron uFC-PGA988 Mini-ITX motherboard
 2 x SATA HDD cable
 1 x CPU cooler
 1 x Cable kit for 2 serial ports
 1 x I/O port bracket
 1 x Startup manual
 1 x Driver CD
 1 x Warranty card
If any of these items are missing or damaged, contact your distributor or sales representative immediately. We have carefully inspected the AIMB-273 mechanically and
electrically before shipment. It should be free of marks and scratches and in perfect
working order upon receipt. As you unpack the AIMB-273, check it for signs of shipping damage. (For example, damaged box, scratches, dents, etc.) If it is damaged or
it fails to meet the specifications, notify our service department or your local sales
representative immediately. Also notify the carrier. Retain the shipping carton and
packing material for inspection by the carrier. After inspection, we will make arrangements to repair or replace the unit.
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Contents
Chapter
1
General Information ............................1
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.9
1.10
1.11
1.12
Introduction ............................................................................................... 2
Features .................................................................................................... 2
Specifications ............................................................................................ 2
1.3.1 System .......................................................................................... 2
1.3.2 Memory ......................................................................................... 2
1.3.3 Input/Output .................................................................................. 2
1.3.4 Graphics........................................................................................ 3
1.3.5 Ethernet LAN ................................................................................ 3
1.3.6 Industrial features ......................................................................... 3
1.3.7 Mechanical and environmental specifications............................... 3
Jumpers and Connectors .......................................................................... 4
Table 1.1: Jumpers...................................................................... 4
Table 1.2: Connectors ................................................................. 4
Board layout: Jumper and Connector Locations ....................................... 5
Figure 1.1 Jumper and Connector Location ................................ 5
AIMB-273 Board Diagram ......................................................................... 6
Figure 1.2 AIMB-273 Board Diagram .......................................... 6
Safety Precautions .................................................................................... 7
Jumper Settings ........................................................................................ 7
1.8.1 How to Set Jumpers...................................................................... 7
1.8.2 CMOS Clear (CMOS1) ................................................................. 8
Table 1.3: CMOS1....................................................................... 8
1.8.3 JLVDS1: LCD Power 3.3 V/5 V/ 12 V Selector ............................. 8
Table 1.4: JLVDS1: LCD Power 3.3 V/5 V/ 12 V Selector........... 8
1.8.4 JLVDS_CLT1: Backlight control selector for LVDS1 .................... 9
Table 1.5: JLVDS_CLT1: Backlight control selector for LVDS1 .. 9
1.8.5 PSON1: ATX, AT Mode Selector .................................................. 9
Table 1.6: PSON1: ATX, AT Mode Selector................................ 9
1.8.6 JWDT1+JOBS1: Watchdog Timer Output and OBS Alarm Option.
9
Table 1.7: JWDT1+JOBS1: Watchdog Timer Output and OBS
Alarm Option............................................................... 9
System Memory ...................................................................................... 10
Memory Installation Procedures.............................................................. 10
Cache Memory........................................................................................ 10
Processor Installation.............................................................................. 10
2
Connecting Peripherals ....................11
2.1
2.2
Introduction ............................................................................................. 12
USB Ports (LAN1_USB12/LAN2_USB34/USB56/USB78) ..................... 12
Table 2.1: LAN LED Indicator.................................................... 12
VGA Connector(VGA1) ........................................................................... 13
Serial Ports (COM1~COM2) ................................................................... 14
PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Connector (KBMS1) .................................... 15
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN1).......................................................... 15
System FAN Connector (SYSFAN1/2).................................................... 16
Front Panel Connectors (JFP1/JFP2) ..................................................... 17
2.8.1 ATX soft power switch ((JFP1/PWR_SW)) ................................. 17
2.8.2 Reset (JFP1/RESET).................................................................. 17
2.8.3 HDD LED (JFP1/HDDLED)......................................................... 17
2.8.4 External speaker (JFP1/SPEAKER) ........................................... 17
2.8.5 Power LED and keyboard lock connector (JFP2/PWR_LED & KEY
1.4
1.5
1.6
1.7
1.8
Chapter
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
2.8
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2.13
2.14
2.15
2.16
2.17
2.18
LOCK)......................................................................................... 18
Table 2.2: ATX power supply LED status (No support for AT power) ............................................................................. 18
Line In, Line Out, Mic In Connector (AUDIO1)........................................ 18
Digital Audio Connector (SPDIF_OUT1)................................................. 19
Serial ATA Interface (SATA1 ~ SATA4).................................................. 19
PCI express x16 slot ............................................................................... 20
Table 2.3: PCI Express Card (x1/x4/x8/x16) Compatibility Test 21
Table 2.4: Mini Pci-e Devices (MSATA device) Compatibility Test
22
Front Headphone Connector (FPAUD1)................................................. 23
ATX Power Connector (EATXPWR1, ATX12V1).................................... 24
SPI Flash connector(SPI_CN1) .............................................................. 25
LCD Inverter Connector (INV1)............................................................... 26
LVDS Connector (LVDS1) ...................................................................... 27
General purpose I/O Connector (GPIO1) ............................................... 27
3
BIOS Operation ................................. 29
3.1
3.2
Introduction ............................................................................................. 30
BIOS Setup ............................................................................................. 30
3.2.1 Main Menu .................................................................................. 31
3.2.2 Advanced BIOS Features ........................................................... 32
3.2.3 Chipset........................................................................................ 52
3.2.4 Boot ............................................................................................ 59
3.2.5 Security....................................................................................... 60
3.2.6 Save & Exit ................................................................................. 61
4
Software Introduction & Service ..... 63
4.1
4.2
Introduction ............................................................................................. 64
Value-Added Software Services ............................................................. 64
4.2.1 Software API............................................................................... 64
4.2.2 Software Utility............................................................................ 66
5
Chipset Software Installation Utility 67
5.1
5.2
5.3
Before You Begin.................................................................................... 68
Introduction ............................................................................................. 68
Windows XP/Windows 7 Driver Setup .................................................... 69
6
VGA Setup ......................................... 71
6.1
6.2
Introduction ............................................................................................. 72
Windows 7/XP......................................................................................... 72
7
LAN Configuration ............................ 75
7.1
7.2
7.3
7.4
Introduction ............................................................................................. 76
Features.................................................................................................. 76
Installation............................................................................................... 76
Windows® 7/XP Driver Setup (Intel 82579LM/82583V) ......................... 77
Appendix A
I/O Pin Assignments ......................... 79
2.9
2.10
2.11
2.12
Chapter
Chapter
Chapter
Chapter
Chapter
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A.1
A.2
A.3
A.4
A.5
A.6
A.7
A.8
A.9
A.10
A.11
A.12
A.13
A.14
A.15
A.16
A.17
A.18
A.19
A.20
A.21
A.22
USB Header (USB56, USB78)................................................................ 80
Table A.1: USB Header (USB56)............................................... 80
VGA Connector (VGA1) .......................................................................... 80
Table A.2: VGA Connector (VGA1) ........................................... 80
HDMI1: HDMI Connector ........................................................................ 81
Table A.3: HDMI1:HDMI Connector........................................... 81
SPI_CN1: SPI Fresh Card Pin Connector............................................... 81
Table A.4: SPI_CN1:SPI Fresh Card Pin Connector ................. 81
PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Connector (KBMS1) .................................... 82
Table A.5: PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Connector (KBMS1) ..... 82
CPU Fan Power Connector (CPU_FAN1) .............................................. 82
Table A.6: CPU Fan Power Connector (CPU_FAN1)................ 82
System Fan Power Connector (SYS_FAN1/2) ....................................... 83
Table A.7: System Fan Power Connector (SYSFAN1/SYSFAN2)
83
Power LED & Keyboard Lock Connector (JFP2) .................................... 83
Table A.8: Power LED & Keyboard Lock Connector (JFP2)...... 83
Power switch/HDD LED/SMBus/Speaker (JFP1) ................................... 84
Table A.9: Power Switch/HDD LED/SMBus/Speaker (JFP1) .... 84
USB/LAN ports (LAN1_USB12/LAN2_USB34)....................................... 84
Table A.10:USB Port................................................................... 84
Table A.11:Ethernet 10/100 Mbps RJ-45 Port ............................ 84
Line In, Line Out, Mic In Connector (AUDIO1)........................................ 85
Serial ATA0/1 (SATA1 ~ 4) ..................................................................... 85
Table A.12:Serial ATA 0/1 (SATA1/SATA2) ............................... 85
AT/ATX Mode (PSON1) .......................................................................... 85
Table A.13:AT/ATX Mode (PSON1) ........................................... 85
HD Audio Interface (FPAUD1) ................................................................ 85
Table A.14:AC-97 Audio Interface (FPAUD1)............................. 85
GPIO Pin Header (GPIO1)...................................................................... 86
Table A.15:GPIO Pin Header (GPIO1) ....................................... 86
LVDS Connector: LVDS1........................................................................ 86
Table A.16:LVDS1 Connector..................................................... 86
LVDS Power Jumper (JLVDS1) .............................................................. 87
Table A.17:LVDS Power Jumper (JLVDS1) ............................... 87
LVDS Inverter (INV1) .............................................................................. 87
Table A.18:LVDS Power Jumper ................................................ 87
ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1)........................................................ 88
Table A.19:ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1) ......................... 88
ATX 12 V connector (ATX12V1) ............................................................. 88
Table A.20:ATX 12 V connector (ATX12V1)............................... 88
HD Digital Audio Interface (SPDIF_OUT1) ............................................. 89
Table A.21:HD Digital Audio Interface (SPDIF_OUT1)............... 89
Display Port Connector (Top of DP+HDMI1, DP1) ................................. 89
Table A.22:Display Port Connector (Top of DP+HDMI1, DP1)... 89
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Chapter
1
1
General Information
1.1 Introduction
AIMB-273 is designed with the Intel® QM77/HM67 for industrial applications that
require both performance computing and enhanced power management capabilities.
The motherboard supports Intel mobiel Core i7-3610QE 2.3GHz / Core i5-3610ME
2.7 GHz / Core i3-3120ME 2.4 GHz / Celeron B810 1.6 GHz processor up to 6 MB L3
cache and DDR3 SO-DIMM 1333/1600 up to 16GB. A rich I/O connectivity of 2 serial
ports, 8 USB, dual GbE LAN and 4 SATA ports.
1.2 Features




Rich I/O connectivity: 2 serial ports, 4 USB 3.0, 4 USB 2.0, 2 SATA 2.0, 2
SATA 3.0, Dual GbE LAN
Standard Mini-ITX form factor with industrial feature: The AIMB-273 is a fullfeatured Mini-ITX motherboard with balanced expandability and performance
Wide selection of storage devices: SATA HDD, customers benefit from the
flexibility of using the most suitable storage device for larger capacity
Optimized integrated graphic solution: With Intel® Graphics Flexible, it supports versatile display options and 32-bit 3D graphics engine
1.3 Specifications
1.3.1 System





CPU: uFC-PGA988 Intel mobiel Core i7-3610QE 2.3GHz / Core i5-3610ME 2.7
GHz / Core i3-3120ME 2.4 GHz / Celeron B810 1.6 GHz processor
BIOS: AMI EFI 64 Mbit SPI BIOS
System chipset: Intel® QM77/HM67
SATA hard disk drive interface:
– Two on-board SATA connectors with data transmission rate up to 300 MB
– Two on-board SATA connector with data transmission rate up to 600 MB
CFast Interface: Supports CFast socket
1.3.2 Memory

RAM: Up to 16 GB in 2 slots 204-pin SODIMM sockets. Supports dual channel
DDR3 1333/1600 MHz SDRAM
1.3.3 Input/Output





PCI bus: 1 PCIe x16 slot
Serial ports: Two serial ports, only RS-232 serial ports
Keyboard and PS/2 mouse connector: Supports one standard PS/2 keyboard, one standard PS/2 mouse
USB port: Supports up to eight USB ports with transmission rate up to 625 MB,
4 on board pin header with USB 2.0 and 4 external ports with USB 3.0
GPIO connector: 8-bit general purpose Input/Output
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
Note!
Triple independent display need to use DP+LVDS+HDMI,
DP+DP+HDMI, DP+DP+LVDS, DP+CRT+HDMI.
Note!
Celeron B810 can't support triple display.
1.3.5 Ethernet LAN


Supports dual 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet port (s) via PCI Express x1 bus
which provides 500 MB/s data transmission rate
Controller: LAN1: Intel 82579LM; LAN2: Intel 82583V
1.3.6 Industrial features

Watchdog timer: Can generate a system reset. The watchdog timer is programmable, with each unit equal to one second or one minute (255 levels)
1.3.7 Mechanical and environmental specifications







Operating temperature: 0 ~ 60° C (32 ~ 140° F, Depending on CPU)
Storage temperature: -40 ~ 85° C (-40 ~ 185° F)
Humidity: 5 ~ 95% non-condensing
Power supply voltage: +3.3 V, +5 V, +12 V, -12 V, 5 Vsb
Power consumption:
Intel® Core™ ii7-3610QE 2.3 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache, 2 pcs 4 GB DDR3 1333
MHz, +5 V @ 3.42 A, +3.3 V @ 1.1 A, +12 V @ 1.19 A, 5 VSB @ 0.5 A, -12 V
@0A
Measure the maximum current value which system under maximum load (CPU:
Top speed, RAM & Graphic: Full loading)
Board size: 170 mm x 170 mm (6.69" x 6.69")
Board weight: 0.365 kg
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


:
Controller: Intel® Gfx Gen 7, HD graphics
Display memory: 1 GB maximum shared memory with 2GB and above system
memory installed
VGA: Supports VGA up to resolution 2048 x 1536 @ 75Hz refresh rate
LVDS: Supports LVDS up to resolution 1920 x 1200
HDMI: Supports HDMI up to resolution 1920 x 1080 (1080P)
Display port: Support Display port up to resolution 2560x1600
Chapter 1
1.3.4 Graphics
1.4 Jumpers and Connectors
Connectors on the AIMB-273 motherboard link it to devices such as hard disk drives
and a keyboard. In addition, the board has a number of jumpers used to configure
your system for your application.
The tables below list the function of each of the board jumpers and connectors. Later
sections in this chapter give instructions on setting jumpers. Chapter 2 gives instructions for connecting external devices to your motherboard.
Table 1.1: Jumpers
Label
Function
JFP1
Power switch/HDD LED/SMBus/Speaker
JFP2
Power LED and Keyboard lock
CMOS1
CMOS clear (Default 1-2)
PSON1
AT(1-2) / ATX(2-3) (Default 2-3)
JWDT1+JOBS1
Watchdog Reset and OBS Alarm
JLVDS1
Voltage 3.3V/5V/12V selector for LVDS1 connector
(Default 4-6, 3.3V)
JLVDS_CLT1
Brightness control selector for Analog or Digital
(Default 1-2, Linear)
JCOM1
COM1 5V/12V selector (Default 1-2, RI)
Table 1.2: Connectors
Label
Function
LVDS1
LVDS1 connector
INV1
LVDS1 inverter connector
USB56
USB port 5, 6 (on board)
USB78
USB port 7, 8 (on board)
VGA1
VGA connector
COM12
Serial port connector (RS232)
KBMS1
PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse connector
CPUFAN1
CPU FAN connector (3-pin)
SYSFAN1
System FAN1 connector (3-pin)
SYSFAN2
System FAN2 connector (3-pin)
LAN1_USB12
LAN1 / USB port 1, 2
LAN2_USB34
LAN2 / USB port 3, 4
AUDIO1
Audio connector
SPDIF_OUT1
SPDIF Audio out pin header
FPAUD1
HD Audio Front Panel Pin Header
PCIEX16_1
PCIe x16 Slot
SATA1
Serial ATA data connector 1
SATA2
Serial ATA data connector 2
SATA3
Serial ATA data connector 3
SATA4
Serial ATA data connector 4
DIMMA1
Memory connector channel
DIMMB1
Memory connector channel
SPI_CN1
SPI flash update connector.
GPIO1
GPIO header
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ATX12V_1
ATX 12V Auxiliary power connector (for CPU)
ATXPWR1
ATX 20 Pin Main power connector (for System)
CF1
CFast connector
DP+HDMI1
Display port AND HDMI connector
JHDMI1
Display Port to HDMI Convertor F/W Programming Port
MINIPCIE1
Mini PCI Express x1 slot
Figure 1.1 Jumper and Connector Location
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1.5 Board layout: Jumper and Connector Locations
Chapter 1
Table 1.2: Connectors
1.6 AIMB-273 Board Diagram
CRT
CRT
2 Display Port
2 SATA 3 PORTS
600MB/s
4 USB PORTS
USB 2.0
4 USB PORTS
USB 3.0
LVDS
24/48 bit
DDR3 1333/1600
Flex Display
Interface
PCIe x1
Intel 82579LM
PCIe x1
Intel 82583V
SATA 2.0/PCIE x1
Mini-PCIe (colay-out mSATA)
300 MB/s
2 SATA 2 PORTS
QM77
HD Audio
2 Display Port
Channel B
Audio Codec
Realtek ALC892
LPC
HDMI
SPI
HDMI
DDR3 1333/1600
Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Celeron
PCIe x 16
DMI x 4
PCIe x 16
Channel A
BIOS
Embedded
Controller
EC8518E
Infineon SLB9635 TPM
1.2 (Optional)
2 RS-232,
PS/2, WDT,
8 GPIO
Figure 1.2 AIMB-273 Board Diagram
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Warning! Always completely disconnect the power cord from chassis whenever
you work with the hardware. Do not make connections while the power
is on. Sensitive electronic components can be damaged by sudden
power surges. Only experienced electronics personnel should open the
PC chassis.
Caution! The computer is provided with a battery-powered real-time clock circuit.
There is a danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace
only with same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer.
Discard used batteries according to manufacturer's instructions.
Caution! There is a danger of a new battery exploding if it is incorrectly installed.
Do not attempt to recharge, force open, or heat the battery. Replace the
battery only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer’s
instructions.
1.8 Jumper Settings
This section provides instructions on how to configure your motherboard by setting
the jumpers. It also includes the motherboards's default settings and your options for
each jumper.
1.8.1 How to Set Jumpers
You can configure your motherboard to match the needs of your application by setting the jumpers. A jumper is a metal bridge that closes an electrical circuit. It consists
of two metal pins and a small metal clip (often protected by a plastic cover) that slides
over the pins to connect them. To “close” (or turn ON) a jumper, you connect the pins
with the clip. To “open” (or turn OFF) a jumper, you remove the clip. Sometimes a
jumper consists of a set of three pins, labeled 1, 2, and 3. In this case you connect
either pins 1 and 2, or 2 and 3. A pair of needle-nose pliers may be useful when setting jumpers.
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Caution! Always ground yourself to remove any static charge before touching the
motherboard. Modern electronic devices are very sensitive to electrostatic discharges. As a safety precaution, use a grounding wrist strap at
all times. Place all electronic components on a static-dissipative surface
or in a static-shielded bag when they are not in the chassis.
Chapter 1
1.7 Safety Precautions
1.8.2 CMOS Clear (CMOS1)
The AIMB-273 motherboard contains a jumper that can erase CMOS data and reset
the system BIOS information. Normally this jumper should be set with pins 1-2
closed. If you want to reset the CMOS data, set CMOS1 to 2-3 closed for just a few
seconds, and then move the jumper back to 1-2 closed. This procedure will reset the
CMOS to its default setting.
Table 1.3: CMOS1
Function
Jumper Setting
*Keep CMOS data
1-2 closed
Clear CMOS data
2-3 closed
* Default
1.8.3 JLVDS1: LCD Power 3.3 V/5 V/ 12 V Selector
Table 1.4: JLVDS1: LCD Power 3.3 V/5 V/ 12 V Selector
Closed Pins
Result
JLVDS1
2-4
Jumper for 5V LVDS panel
4-6
Jumper for 3.3V LVDS panel*
3-4
Jumper for 12V LVDS panel
*Default
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Table 1.5: JLVDS_CLT1: Backlight control selector for LVDS1
Closed Pins
Result
1-2*
Linear brightness control
2-3
PWM brightness control
*Default
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1.8.4 JLVDS_CLT1: Backlight control selector for LVDS1
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1.8.5 PSON1: ATX, AT Mode Selector
Table 1.6: PSON1: ATX, AT Mode Selector
Closed Pins
Result
1-2
AT Mode
2-3*
ATX Mode
*Default
1
1
ATX Mode
2-3 closed
AT Mode
1-2 closed
1.8.6 JWDT1+JOBS1: Watchdog Timer Output and OBS Alarm
Option
Table 1.7: JWDT1+JOBS1: Watchdog Timer Output and OBS Alarm
Option
Closed Pins
Result
1-2
NC
2-3*
Watchdog Timer Output OBS_Beep
4-5*
Error Beep*
*Default
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PWM brightness control
2-3 closed
Linear brightness control
1-2 closed
1.9 System Memory
The AIMB-273 has two sockets for a 204-pin DDR3 SODIMM. This socket uses a 1.5
V unbuffered double data rate synchronous DRAM (DDR SDRAM). DRAM is available in capacities of 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB and 8 GB. The sockets can be filled in any
combination with SODIMMs of any size, giving a total memory size between 1 GB, 2
GB, 4 GB and 8 GB. AIMB-273 does NOT support ECC (error checking and correction).
1.10 Memory Installation Procedures
To install SODIMMs, first make sure the two handles of the SODIMM socket are in
the “open” position, i.e., the handles lean outward. Slowly slide the SODIMM module
along the plastic guides on both ends of the socket. Then firmly but gently (avoid
pushing down too hard) press the SODIMM module well down into the socket, until
you hear a click when the two handles have automatically locked the memory module
into the correct position of the SODIMM socket. To remove the memory module, just
push both handles outward, and the memory module will be ejected by the mechanism.
1.11 Cache Memory
The AIMB-273 supports a CPU with one of the following built-in full speed L2 caches:
6 MB for Intel Core i7-3610QE
3 MB for Intel Core i5-3610ME
3 MB for Intel Core i3-3120ME
2 MB for Intel Celeron B810
The built-in second-level cache in the processor yields much higher performance
than conventional external cache memories.
1.12 Processor Installation
The AIMB-273 is designed for µFC-PGA988, Intel mobile Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/
Celeron processor.
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Chapter
2
Connecting
Peripherals
2
2.1 Introduction
You can access most of the connectors from the top of the board as it is being
installed in the chassis. If you have a number of cards installed or have a packed
chassis, you may need to partially remove the card to make all the connections.
2.2 USB Ports (LAN1_USB12/LAN2_USB34/USB56/
USB78)
The AIMB-273 provides up to eight USB ports. Four USB3.0 on the real side and four
pin header on the board. The USB interface complies with USB Specification Rev.
2.0 and Rev. 3.0 supporting transmission rate up to 625 Mbps and is fuse protected.
The USB interface can be disabled in the system BIOS setup.
The AIMB-273 is equipped with one high-performance 1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN
adapter, and one 100 Mbps LAN adapter, both of which are supported by all major
network operating systems. The RJ-45 jacks on the rear panel provide for convenient
LAN connection.
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Table 2.1: LAN LED Indicator
LAN Mode
LAN1 indicator
LAN2 indicator
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LED1 (Right)
off for mal-link; Link (On) / Active (Flash)
LED2 (Left)
100 Mbps (On) / 10 Mbps (Off)
LED2 (Left)
1000 Mbps (On)
LED1 (Right)
off for mal-link; Link (On) / Active (Flash)
LED2 (Left)
100 Mbps (On) / 10 Mbps (Off)
LED2 (Left)
1000 Mbps (On)
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2.3 VGA Connector(VGA1)
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15
1
6
11
The AIMB-273 includes VGA interface that can drive conventional VGA displays.
VGA1 is a standard 15-pin D-SUB connector commonly used for VGA.
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2.4 Serial Ports (COM1~COM2)
COM1/COM2
AIMB-273 supports two serial ports, and only support RS-232 function.
These ports can connect to serial devices, such as a mouse or a printer, or to a communications network.
The IRQ and address ranges for both ports are fixed. However, if you want to disable
the port or change these parameters later, you can do this in the system BIOS setup.
Different devices implement the RS-232 standards in different ways. If you have
problems with a serial device, be sure to check the pin assignments for the connector.
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2.6 CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN1)
3
2
1
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Two 6-pin mini-DIN connectors (KBMS1) on the motherboard provide connection to a
PS/2 keyboard and a PS/2 mouse, respectively.
Chapter 2
2.5 PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Connector (KBMS1)
If a fan is used, this connector supports cooling fans of 500 mA (6 W) or less.
2.7 System FAN Connector (SYSFAN1/2)
3
2
1
If a fan is used, this connector supports cooling fans of 500 mA (6 W) or less.
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There are several headers for monitoring and controlling the AIMB-273.
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2.8.1 ATX soft power switch ((JFP1/PWR_SW))
If your computer case is equipped with an ATX power supply, you should connect the
power on/off button on your computer case to ((JFP1/ PWR_SW)), for convenient
power on and off.
2.8.2 Reset (JFP1/RESET)
Many computer cases offer the convenience of a reset button. Connect the wire for
the reset button.
2.8.3 HDD LED (JFP1/HDDLED)
You can connect an LED to connector (JFP2/HDDLED) to indicate when the HDD is
active.
2.8.4 External speaker (JFP1/SPEAKER)
JFP1/SPEAKER is a 4-pin connector for an external speaker. If there is no external
speaker, the AIMB-273 provides an onboard buzzer as an alternative. To enable the
buzzer, set pins 7 & 10 as closed.
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2.8.5 Power LED and keyboard lock connector (JFP2/PWR_LED &
KEY LOCK)
(JFP2/PWR_LED & KEY LOCK) is a 5-pin connector for the power on LED and Key
Lock function. Refer to Appendix B for detailed information on the pin assignments.
The Power LED cable should be connected to pin 1-3. The key lock button cableshould be connected to pin 4-5. There are 3 modes for the power supply connection.
The first is “ATX power mode”; the system turns on/off by a momentary power button.
The second is “AT Power Mode”; the system turns on/off via the power supply switch.
The third is another “AT Power Mode” which makes use of the front panel power
switch. The power LED status is indicated in the following table:
Table 2.2: ATX power supply LED status (No support for AT power)
Power mode
LED
(ATX Power Mode)
(On/off by
momentary button)
LED
(AT power Mode)
(On/off by switching
power supply)
LED
(AT power Mode)
(On/off by front
panel switch)
PSON1
(on back plane)
jumper setting
pins 2-3 closed
pins 1-2 closed
Connect pins 1 & 2 to
panel switch via cable
System On
On
On
On
System Suspend
Fast flashes
Fast flashes
Fast flashes
System Off
Slow flashes
Off
Off
2.9 Line In, Line Out, Mic In Connector (AUDIO1)
Line In
Line Out
Mic In
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AIMB-273 features a high performance Serial ATA interface (up to 300 MB/s) and
Serial ATA III interface (up to 600 MB/s) which eases hard drive cabling with thin,
space-saving cables.
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2.11 Serial ATA Interface (SATA1 ~ SATA4)
Chapter 2
2.10 Digital Audio Connector (SPDIF_OUT1)
2.12 PCI express x16 slot
The AIMB-273 provides 1 x PCI express x16 slot.
Note!
Intel QM77 chipset supports PCIe x16 slot (Gen 2.0), but it still has
some compatibility issues with certain interface cards; below is the compatibility list table.
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Test Item
Description
Result Remark
Brand
Name
Model
Interface
LAN
Intel
Intel 9400PT Server
adapter
PCI-E X1 PASS
LAN
Intel
EXPI9301CTBLK
PCI-E X1 PASS
3W-9650SE-2LP
PCI-E X1 PASS
LSI Raid SATA 2 port
UPMOST
3GB/S 128MB
Raid Card
UPMOST
MegaRAID SAS 8704EM2 PCI-E X8 PASS
TV- Card
COMPRO
Vista E500F
PCI-E X1 PASS
USB
FORCOM
PE20U3 (USB 3.0) (chip:
NEC APAN D720200F1 )
PCI-E X1 PASS
Combo
(1394B+USB2.0)
SUNIX
UFC2412
PCI-E X1 PASS
Sound
Creative
SB X-Fi Titanium Fatallty
Pro
PCI-E X1 PASS
LAN
Intel
Intel E1G42ETG1P20
PCI-E x4
SATAII/SAS RAID
Adaptec
AAR-1430SA (4 ports)
PCI-E X4 PASS
PCIe x16_VGA Card GIGABYTE
GV-N2500C-1GI (NVIDIA
GeForce GTS 250)
PCI-E X16
PASS
(Gen2)
PCIe x16_VGA Card GIGABYTE
GV-R5450C-512I (ATI
Radeon HD 5450)
PCI-E X16
PASS
(Gen2)
PCIe x16_VGA Card GIGABYTE
GV-R467ZL-1GI (ATI HD
4670 )
PCI-E X16 PASS
PCIe x16_VGA Card MSI
R5770 Hawk 1G/DDR5
(ATI Radeon HD 5770)
PCI-E X16
PASS
(Gen2)
PCIe x16_VGA Card Leadtek
PX9800 GT 1024M DDR3
256 BIT (NVIDIA GeForce
9800 GT)
PCI-E X16
PASS
(Gen2)
PCIe x16_VGA Card Leadtek
Quadro FX370 256M
DDR2 64BIT (NVIDIA
Quadro FX370)
PCI-E X16
PASS
(Gen2)
PCIe x16_VGA Card ASUS
ENGT240/DI/1GD5/WW
(NVIDIA GeForce GT240)
PCI-E X16
PASS
(Gen2)
PCIe x16_VGA Card ASUS
ATI Radeon™ HD 5850
(power of moren than 500
w can support)
PCI-E X16
PASS
(Gen2)
PCIe x16_VGA Card ASUS
EAH5750 FML/2DI/1GD5
(ATI Radeon HD 5750)
PCI-E X16
PASS
(Gen2)
VGA card
ASUS
ENGT240/DI/1GD5/WW
(NVIDIA GeForce GT240)
PCI-E X16
PASS
(Gen2)
VGA card
ASUS
EAH5750 FML/2DI/1GD5
(ATI Radeon HD 5750)
PCI-E X16
PASS
(Gen2)
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Table 2.3: PCI Express Card (x1/x4/x8/x16) Compatibility Test
Table 2.4: Mini Pci-e Devices (MSATA device) Compatibility Test
Test Item
Description
Brand Name Model
Type
Capacity/
Mode
Speed
Result Remark
Vendor PN
Advantech
(0 ~ 70° C)
SQF MSATA 4G
SLC 4-CH
4GB
SQFMINI-PCIE SMSS4-4G- PASS
S5C
Advantech
(0 ~ 70° C)
SQF MSATA
32G SLC 8-CH
32GB
SQFMINI-PCIE SMSS832G-S5C
PASS
Transcend
SLC 16G
TS16GMSA500
16GB
MINI-PCIE NA
PASS
Transcend
MLC 32G
TS32GMSA300
32GB
MINI-PCIE NA
PASS
Intel
Soda Creek
Msata
SSDMAEMC08
0G2C1
80GB
MINI-PCIE NA
PASS
Advantech
(0 ~ 70° C)
SQF MSATA
128G MLC 8CH
128GB
SQFMINI-PCIE SMSM8128G-S5C
PASS
Advantech
(0 ~ 70° C)
SQF MSATA 4G
MLC 1-CH
4GB
SQFMINI-PCIE SMSM1-4G- PASS
S5C
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This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that supports
either HD Audio or legacy AC’97 (optional) audio standard. Connect this connector
with the front panel audio I/O module cable.
Chapter 2
2.13 Front Headphone Connector (FPAUD1)
Connecting Peripherals
Note!
For motherboards with the optional HD Audio feature, we recommend
that you connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this connector to take advantage of the motherboard’s high definition audio
capability.
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2.14 ATX Power Connector (EATXPWR1, ATX12V1)
This connector is for an ATX Micro-Fit power supply. The plugs from the power supply are designed to fit these connectors in only one direction. Determine the proper
orientation and push down firmly until the connectors mate completely.
Note!
1.
2.
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Please do connect the ATX12V1 connector with the PSU ATX 12V
4-pin connector.
For a fully configured system, we recommend that you use a power
supply unit (PSU) that complies with ATX 12 V Specification 2.0 (or
later version) and provides a minimum power of 180 W.
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The SPI flash card pin header may be used to flash BIOS if the AIMB-273 cannot
power on.
Chapter 2
2.15 SPI Flash connector(SPI_CN1)
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2.16 LCD Inverter Connector (INV1)
Note!
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Signal Description
Signal
VR
Signal Description
Vadj=0.75 V
(Recommended: 4.7 K, 1/16 W)
LCD backlight ON/OFF control signal
ENBKL
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2.17 LVDS Connector (LVDS1)
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2.18 General purpose I/O Connector (GPIO1)
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Chapter
3
BIOS Operation
3
3.1 Introduction
AMI BIOS has been integrated into many motherboards, and has been very popular
for over a decade. People sometimes refer to the AMI BIOS setup menu as BIOS,
BIOS setup or CMOS setup.
With the AMI BIOS Setup program, you can modify BIOS settings and control the
special features of your computer. The Setup program uses a number of menus for
making changes and turning special features on or off. This chapter describes the
basic navigation of the AIMB-273 setup screens.
3.2 BIOS Setup
The AIMB-273 Series system has AMI BIOS built in, with a CMOS SETUP utility that
allows users to configure required settings or to activate certain system features.
The CMOS SETUP saves the configuration in the CMOS RAM of the motherboard.
When the power is turned off, the battery on the board supplies the necessary power
to preserve the CMOS RAM.
When the power is turned on, press the <Del> button during the BIOS POST (PowerOn Self Test) to access the CMOS SETUP screen.
Control Keys
< ↑ >< ↓ >< ← >< → >
Move to select item
<Enter>
Select Item
<Esc>
Main Menu - Quit and not save changes into CMOS
Sub Menu - Exit current page and return to Main Menu
<Page Up/+>
Increase the numeric value or make changes
<Page Down/->
Decrease the numeric value or make changes
<F1>
General help, for Setup Sub Menu
<F2>
Item Help
<F5>
Load Previous Values
<F7>
Load Setup Defaults
<F10>
Save all CMOS changes
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Press <Del> to enter AMI BIOS CMOS Setup Utility, the Main Menu will appear on
the screen. Use arrow keys to select among the items and press <Enter> to accept or
enter the sub-menu.
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3.2.1 Main Menu
BIOS Operation
The Main BIOS setup screen has two main frames. The left frame displays all the
options that can be configured. Grayed-out options cannot be configured; options in
blue can. The right frame displays the key legend.
Above the key legend is an area reserved for a text message. When an option is
selected in the left frame, it is highlighted in white. Often a text message will accompany it.
3.2.1.1 System time / System date
Use this option to change the system time and date. Highlight System Time or
Sys?tem Date using the <Arrow> keys. Enter new values through the keyboard.
Press the <Tab> key or the <Arrow> keys to move between fields. The date must be
entered in MM/DD/YY format. The time must be entered in HH:MM:SS format.
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3.2.2 Advanced BIOS Features
Select the Advanced tab from the AIMB-273 setup screen to enter the Advanced
BIOS Setup screen. You can select any of the items in the left frame of the screen,
such as CPU Configuration, to go to the sub menu for that item. You can display an
Advanced BIOS Setup option by highlighting it using the <Arrow> keys. All Advanced
BIOS Setup options are described in this section. The Advanced BIOS Setup screen
is shown below. The sub menus are described on the following pages.
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3.2.2.1 ACPI settings
BIOS Operation
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Enable ACPI Auto Configuration
Enable or disable BIOS ACPI Auto Configuration
Enable Hibernation
This item allows users to enable or disable hibernation
ACPI Sleep state
This item allows users to set the ACPI sleep state
Lock Legacy Resources
This item allows users to lock legacy devices’ resources.
S3 Video Repost
Enable or disable video repost
Power on by Modem
Disable/Enable power on modem function
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3.2.2.2 Trusted Computing
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Security Device Suport
Enable or disable BIOS support for security device.
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3.2.2.3 S5 RTC wake Settings
BIOS Operation
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
Wake system with fixed time
Enable or disable system wake on alarm event
Wake system with Dynamic Time
This item allows you to enable or disable system wake on dynamic time
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Hyper Threading
This item allows users to enable or disable Intel® Hyper Threading technology.
Active Processor Cores
This item allows users to set how many processor cores should be active.
Limit CPUID Maximum
This item allows users to limit the maximum value of CPUID.
Execute Disable Bit
This item allows users to enable or disable the No-Execution page protection
technology.
Intel Virtualization Technology
This item allows users to enable or disable the Intel virtualization technology
Hardware Prefetcher
This item allows users to enable or disable the hardware prefetcher feature.
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3.2.2.5 SATA configuration
BIOS Operation
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SATA Controller(s)
This item allows users to enable or disable the SATA controller(s).
SATA Mode Selection
This item allows users to select mode of SATA controller(s).
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Intel® Rapid start technology
This item allows users to enable or disable Intel rapid start technology.
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3.2.2.7 INTEL TXT(LT) Configuration
BIOS Operation
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
Secure Mode Extensions (SMX)
This item allows users to enable or disable SMX.
Intel TXT(LT) Support
This item allows users to enable or disable Intel TXT.
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3.2.2.8 PCH(FW) Configuration
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Me FW Image Re-Flash
This item allows users to enable or disable Me FW image re-flash function.
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3.2.2.9 Intel® Anti-Theft Technology Configuration
BIOS Operation
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Intel® Anti-theft Technology
This item allows users to enable or disable Intel AT in bios for testing only.
Enter Intel® AT Suspend Mode
This item allows users to enable or disable enter Intel AT suspend mode function.
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Intel AMT
This item allows users to enable or disable Intel AMT BIOS extension.
BIOS Hotkey Pressed
This item allows users to enable or disable BIOS hotkey press.
MEBx Selection Screen
This item allows users to enable or disable MEBx selection screen.
Hide Un-Configuration ME Confirmation
This item allows users to hide un-configure ME without password confirmation
prompt.
MEBx Debug Message Output
This item allows users to enable or disable MEBx debug message.
Un-Configure ME
This item allows users to un-configure ME without password.
Amt Wait Timer
Set timer to wait before sending ASF_GET_BOOT_OPTIONS.
Disable ME
This item allows users to enable or disable ME function.
ASF
This item allows users to enable or disable Alert Specification Format.
Activate Remote Assistance Process
This item allows users to enable or disable trigger CIRA boot.
USB Configure
This item allows users to enable or disable USB configure function.
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3.2.2.11 USB configuration
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Legacy USB support
Enables support for legacy USB. Auto option disables legacy support if no USB
devices are connected.
USB3.0 support
This item allows user to enable or disable USB3.0 function.
XHCI Hand-off
This is a workaround for OS without XHCI hand-off support. The XHCI ownership change should claim by XHCI driver.
EHCI Hand-off
This is a workaround for OS without EHCI hand-off support. The EHCI ownership change should claim by EHCI driver.
USB transfer time-out
Time-out value for control, bulk, and interrupt transfers.
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PET Progress
This item allows users to enable or disable PET events progress to receive PET
events or not.
AMT CIRA Timeout
OEM defined timeout for MPS connection to be established.
WatchDog
This item allows users to enable or disable WatchDog Timer.
OS Timer
Sets OS watchdog timer.
BIOS Timer
Sets BIOS watchdog timer.
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Device reset time-out
USB mass storage device starts unit command time-out.
Device power-up delay
Maximum time the device will take before it properly report itself to the host controller.
3.2.2.12 Smart Settings
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Smart Self Test
Enable or disable Run SMART Self test on all HDDs during Post.
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3.2.2.13 Embedded Controller configuration
BIOS Operation
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EC iManager WatchDog IRQ
This item allows users to set the irq number of EC watchdog.
EC Power Saving Mode
This item allows users to set board°Øs power saving mode when off.
CPU Shutdown Temperature
This item allows users to set the value of CPU shutdown temperature.
EC iManager Smart FAN
This item allows users to enable or disable smart FAN feature.
Backlight Enable Polarity
This item allows users to set backlight enable polarity.
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ISCT Configuration
Enable or disable ISCT configuration.
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BIOS Operation
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Serial Port
This item will allow user to enable or disable serial port.
Change Settings
This item allows user to change the serial port setting.
Device Mode
This item allows user to change the device mode.
3.2.2.16 Serial Port Console Redirection
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Console Redirection
This item allows users to enable or disable console redirection for Microsoft
Windows Emergency Management Services (EMS).
Out-of-Band Mgmt Port
Select the port for Microsoft Windows Emergency Management Services (EMS)
to allow for remote management of a Windows Server OS.
Terminal Type
VT-UTF8 is the preferred terminal type for out-of-band management. The next
best choice is VT100+ and then VT100. See above, in Console Redirection Settings page, for more Help with Terminal Type/Emulation.
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3.2.2.17 CPU PPM Configuration
BIOS Operation
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EIST
CPU runs at its default speed if disabled; CPU speed is controlled by the operating system if enabled.
Turbo Mode
This item allows users to enable or disable turbo mode.
CPU C3/C6/C7 Report
This item allows users to enable or disable CPU C-state support.
Config TDP LOCK
This item allows users to enable or disable CPU TDP lock function.
ACPI T state
This item allows users to enable or disable ACPI T state function.
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SG Mode Select
This item allows users to select switchable graphics mode.
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3.2.2.19 Sandybridge DTS Configuration
BIOS Operation
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CPU DTS
This item allows users to select the ACPI thermal management uses EC
reported temperature value function.
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PCI Express Configuration
Detail of PCI Express items.
USB Configuration
Details of USB items.
PCH Azalia Configuration
Details of PCH azalia items.
LAN controller
Enables or disables the LAN1/2 controller.
LAN option-ROM
Enables or disables the LAN1/2 option-ROM.
Wake on LAN
Enables or disables LAN1/2 wake up from sleep state.
High Precision Timer
Enables or disables the high precision timer.
SLP_S4 Assertion Width
This item allows users to set a delay of sorts.
Restore AC Power Loss
This item allows users to select off, on and last state.
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3.2.3.1 PCI Express Configuration
BIOS Operation
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PCI Express Root Port 1
This item allows users to enable or disable the PCI Express Root Port.
ASPM Support
This item allows users to enable or disable PEG ASPM.
PME SCI
This item allows users to enable or disable the PME SCI function.
Hot Plug
This item allows users to enable or disable the PCI Express hot plug function.
PCIe Speed
This item allow users to select PCIe speed.
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XHCI Pre-Boot Driver
This item allows user to enable or disable XHCI Pre-boot driver.
XHCI Mode
This item allows user to enable or disable XHCI Mode.
EHCI 1/2
Enables or disables the EHCI controller.
USB Ports pre-port Disable Control
This item allows users to enable or disable each USB port individually.
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3.2.3.3 PCH Azalia Configuration
BIOS Operation
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Azalia
This item allows user to enable or disable azalea device.
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VT-d
This item allows users to enable or disable VT-d.
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3.2.3.5 Graphic Configuration
BIOS Operation
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Primary Display
This item allows users to select which graphics controller to use as the primary
boot device.
Internal Graphics
This item allows users to enable or disable IGD.
GTT Size
This item allows users to select GTT size.
Aperture Size
This item allows users to select aperture size.
DVMT Pre-Allocated
This item allows users to select DVMT pre-allocated memory size.
DVMT Total Gfx Mem
This item allows users to select DVMT total memory size.
Gfx Low Power Mode
This item allows users to enable or disable IGD low power mode.
Graphic Performance Analyzers
This item allows users to enable or disable graphic performance analyzer function.
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PEG0 - Gen x
Select PEG0 speed.
Enable PEG
This item allows users to enable or disable PEG always.
PEG Sampler Calibrate
This item allows users to enable or disable PEG sampler calibrate function
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3.2.4 Boot
BIOS Operation
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Setup Prompt Timeout
This item allows you to change number of seconds to wait for setup activation
key.
Bootup NumLock State
Select the Power-on state for Numlock.
Quiet Boot
If this option is set to Disabled, the BIOS display normal POST messages. If
Enabled, an OEM Logo is shown instead of POST messages.
GateA20 Active
This item allows you to select upon request or Always.
Option ROM Messages
Sets display mode for option ROM.
INT19 Trap Response
This item allows option ROMs to trap interrupt 19.
Boot Option Priorities
Set the system boot order.
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Select Security Setup from the AIMB-273 Setup main BIOS setup menu. All Security
Setup options, such as password protection and virus protection are described in this
section. To access the sub menu for the following items, select the item and
press<Enter>: Change Administrator / User Password.
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3.2.6 Save & Exit
BIOS Operation
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Save Changes and Exit
This item allows you to exit system setup after saving changes.
Discard Changes and Exit
This item allows you to exit system setup without saving any changes.
Save Changes and Reset
This item allows you to reset the system after saving the changes.
Discard Changes and Reset
This item allows you to rest system setup without saving any changes.
Save Changes
This item allows you to save changes done so far to any of the options.
Discard Changes
This item allows you to discard changes done so far to any of the options.
Restore Defaults
This item allows you to restore/load default values for all the options.
Save as User Defaults
This item allows you to save the changes done so far as user defaults.
Restore User Defaults
This item allows you to restore the user defaults to all the options.
Boot Override
Boot device select can override your boot priority.
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Chapter
4
4
Software Introduction
& Service
4.1 Introduction
The mission of Advantech Embedded Software Services is to "Enhance quality of life
with Advantech platforms and Microsoft® Windows® embedded technology." We
enable Windows® Embedded software products on Advantech platforms to more
effectively support the embedded computing community. Customers are freed from
the hassle of dealing with multiple vendors (hardware suppliers, system integrators,
embedded OS distributors) for projects. Our goal is to make Windows® Embedded
Software solutions easily and widely available to the embedded computing community.
4.2 Value-Added Software Services
Software API: An interface that defines the ways by which an application program
may request services from libraries and/or operating systems. Provides not only the
underlying drivers required but also a rich set of user-friendly, intelligent and integrated interfaces, which speeds development, enhances security and offers add-on
value for Advantech platforms. It plays the role of catalyst between developer and
solution, and makes Advantech embedded platforms easier and simpler to adopt and
operate with customer applications.
4.2.1 Software API
4.2.1.1 Control
GPIO
General Purpose Input/Output is a flexible parallel interface
that allows a variety of custom connections. It allows users to
monitor the level of signal input or set the output status to
switch on/off the device. Our API also provide Programmable
GPIO, which allows developers to dynamically set the GPIO
input or output status.
SMBus
SMBus is the System Management Bus defined by Intel Corporation in 1995. It is used in personal computers and servers for low-speed system management communications. The
SMBus API allows a developer to interface a embedded system environment and transfer serial messages using the
SMBus protocols, allowing multiple simultaneous device
control.
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Brightness Control
The Brightness Control API allows a developer to access
embedded devices and easily control brightness.
The Backlight API allows a developer to control the backlight
(screen) on/off in embedded devices.
4.2.1.3 Monitor
Watchdog
A watchdog timer (WDT) is a device that performs a specific
operation after a certain period of time if something goes
wrong and the system does not recover on its own. A watchdog timer can be programmed to perform a warm boot
(restarting the system) after a certain number of seconds.
Hardware Monitor
The Hardware Monitor (HWM) API is a system health supervision API that inspects certain condition indexes, such as
fan speed, temperature and voltage.
4.2.1.4 Power Saving
CPU Speed
Makes use of Intel SpeedStep technology to save power consumption. The system will automatically adjust the CPU
speed depending on the system loading.
System Throttling
Refers to a series of methods for reducing power consumption in computers by lowering the clock frequency. This API
allows the user to adjust the clock from 87.5% to 12.5%.
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Backlight
Chapter 4
4.2.1.2 Display
4.2.2 Software Utility
BIOS Flash
The BIOS Flash utility allows customers to update the
flash ROM BIOS version, or use it to back up current BIOS
by copying it from the flash chip to a file on customers’
disk. The BIOS Flash utility also provides a command line
version and an API for fast implementation into customized applications.
Embedded Security ID
The embedded application is the most important property
of a system integrator. It contains valuable intellectual
property, design knowledge and innovation, but it is easy
to be copied! Embedded Security ID utility which provides
reliable security functions for customers to secure their
application data within embedded BIOS.
Monitoring
The Monitoring is a utility for customer to monitor the system health, like voltage, CPU and system temperature and
fan speed. These items are important to a device, if the
critical errors occur and are not solved immediately, permanent damage may be caused.
eSOS
The eSOS is a small OS stored in BIOS ROM. It will boot up
in case of a main OS crash. It will diagnose the hardware status, and then send an e-mail to the designated administrator.
The eSOS also provide for remote connection via Telnet
server and FTP server so the administrator can attempt to
rescue the system. Note: This function requires BIOS customization.
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Chapter
5
Chipset Software
Installation Utility
5
5.1 Before You Begin
To facilitate the installation of the enhanced display drivers and utility software, read
the instructions in this chapter carefully. The drivers for the AIMB-273 are located on
the software installation CD. The driver in the folder of the driver CD will guide and
link you to the utilities and drivers under a Windows system. Updates are provided
via Service Packs from Microsoft*.
Note!
The files on the software installation CD are compressed. Do not
attempt to install the drivers by copying the files manually. You must use
the supplied SETUP program to install the drivers.
Before you begin, it is important to note that most display drivers need to have the
relevant software application already installed in the system prior to installing the
enhanced display drivers. In addition, many of the installation procedures assume
that you are familiar with both the relevant software applications and operating system commands. Review the relevant operating system commands and the pertinent
sections of your application software’s user manual before performing the installation.
5.2 Introduction
The Intel® Chipset Software Installation (CSI) utility installs the Windows INF files
that outline to the operating system how the chipset components will be configured.
This is needed for the proper functioning of the following features:
 Core PCI PnP services
 IDE Ultra ATA 100/66/33 and Serial ATA interface support
 USB 1.1/2.0 support (USB 2.0 driver needs to be installed separately for Win98)

Identification of Intel® chipset components in the Device Manager
Note!
This utility is used for the following versions of Windows, and it has to be
installed before installing all the other drivers:
 Windows 7 (32-bit)
 Windows 7 (64-bit)
 Windows XP professional edition (32-bit)
 Windows XP professional edition (64-bit)
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Insert the driver CD into your system's CD-ROM drive. You can see the driver
folder items. Navigate to the "Chipset" folder and click "infinst_autol.exe" to
complete the installation of the driver.
Chapter 5
5.3 Windows XP/Windows 7 Driver Setup
Chipset Software Installation Utility
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Chapter
6
VGA Setup
6
6.1 Introduction
The Intel mobile Core i7-3610QE, Core i5-3610ME, Core i3-3120ME, Celeron B810
CPUs with dual core are embedded with an integrated graphics controller. You need
to install the VGA driver to enable the function.
Optimized integrated graphic solution: With Intel Graphics Flexible, it supports versatile display options and 32-bit 3D graphics engine. Dual independent display,
enhanced display modes for widescreen flat panels for extend, twin, and clone dual
display mode, and optimized 3D support deliver an intensive and realistic visual
experience.
6.2 Windows 7/XP
Note!
Before installing this driver, make sure the CSI utility has been installed
in your system. See Chapter 5 for information on installing the CSI utility.
Insert the driver CD into your system's CD-ROM drive. You can see the driver folders
items. Navigate to the "VGA" folder and click "setup.exe" to complete the installation
of the drivers for Windows 7 and Windows XP.
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Chapter
7
7
LAN Configuration
7.1 Introduction
The AIMB-273 has dual Gigabit Ethernet LANs via dedicated PCI Express x1 lanes
(Intel 82579LM (LAN1) and 82583V (LAN2)) that offer bandwidth of up to 500 MB/
sec, eliminating the bottleneck of network data flow and incorporating Gigabit Ethernet at 1000 Mbps.
7.2 Features
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Integrated 10/100/1000 Mbps transceiver
10/100/1000 Mbps triple-speed MAC
High-speed RISC core with 24-KB cache
On-chip voltage regulation
Wake-on-LAN (WOL) support
PCI Express X1 host interface
7.3 Installation
Note!
Before installing the LAN drivers, make sure the CSI utility has been
installed on your system. See Chapter 5 for information on installing the
CSI utility.
The AIMB-273’s Intel 82579LM (LAN1) and 82583V (LAN2) Gigabit integrated controllers support all major network operating systems. However, the installation procedure varies from system to system. Please find and use the section that provides the
driver setup procedure for the operating system you are using.
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Insert the driver CD into your system's CD-ROM drive. Select the LAN folder then
navigate to the directory for your OS.
Chapter 7
7.4 Windows® 7/XP Driver Setup (Intel 82579LM/
82583V)
LAN Configuration
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Appendix
A
A
I/O Pin Assignments
A.1 USB Header (USB56, USB78)
Table A.1: USB Header (USB56)
Pin
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
USB0_VCC5
2
USB1_VCC5
3
USB0_D-
4
USB1_D-
5
USB0_D+
6
USB1_D+
7
GND
8
GND
9
Key
10
N/C
A.2 VGA Connector (VGA1)
5
1
10
6
15
11
Table A.2: VGA Connector (VGA1)
Pin
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
RED
9
CRT_VCCIN
2
VGA_G
10
GND
3
VGA_B
11
N/C
4
N/C
12
V_SDAT
5
GND
13
H-SYNC
6
GND
14
V-SYNC
7
GND
15
V_SCLK
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Table A.3: HDMI1:HDMI Connector
Pin
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
TMDS Data2+
2
TMDS Data2 Shield
3
TMDS Data2-
4
TMDS Data1+
5
TMDS Data1 Shield
6
TMDS Data1-
7
TMDS Data0+
8
TMDS Data0 Shield
9
TMDS Data0-
10
TMDS Clock+
11
TMDS Clock Shield
12
TMDS Clock-
13
CEC
14
Reserved
15
SCL
16
SDA
17
DDC/CEC/HEC Ground
18
+5 V Power (max 50 mA)
19
Hot Plug Detect
A.4 SPI_CN1: SPI Fresh Card Pin Connector
Table A.4: SPI_CN1:SPI Fresh Card Pin Connector
Pin
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
+F1_3V
2
GND
3
F1_SPI_CS#_Q
4
F1_SPI_CLK_Q
5
F1_SPI_MISO_Q
6
F1_SPI_MOSI_Q
7
KEY
8
NC
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A.3 HDMI1: HDMI Connector
A.5 PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Connector (KBMS1)
Table A.5: PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Connector (KBMS1)
Pin
Signal
1
KB DATA
2
N/C
3
GND
4
KB VCC
5
KB CLK
6
N/C
7
M_DATA
8
N/C
9
GND
10
M_VCC
11
M_CLK
12
N/C
A.6 CPU Fan Power Connector (CPU_FAN1)
3
2
1
Table A.6: CPU Fan Power Connector (CPU_FAN1)
Pin
Signal
1
GND
2
+12V PWM
3
DETECT
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3
2
1
Table A.7: System Fan Power Connector (SYSFAN1/SYSFAN2)
Pin
Signal
1
GND
2
+12V PWM
3
DETECT
A.8 Power LED & Keyboard Lock Connector (JFP2)
You can use an LED to indicate when the single board computer is on. Pin 1 of JFP3
supplies the LED's power, and Pin 3 is the ground.
Table A.8: Power LED & Keyboard Lock Connector (JFP2)
Pin
Function
1
LED power
2
NC
3
GND
4
KEYLOCK#
5
GND
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A.7 System Fan Power Connector (SYS_FAN1/2)
A.9 Power switch/HDD LED/SMBus/Speaker (JFP1)
The single board computer has its own buzzer. You can also connect it to the external
speaker on your computer chassis.
Table A.9: Power Switch/HDD LED/SMBus/Speaker (JFP1)
Pin
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
SPK_P1
2
HDDLED+
3
PWR
4
NC
5
HDDLED-
6
GND
7
SPK_P3
8
SMB_DAT
9
SYS_RST( +)
10
SPK_P4
11
SMB_CLK
12
SYS_RST( -)
A.10 USB/LAN ports (LAN1_USB12/LAN2_USB34)
Table A.10: USB Port
Pin
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
VCC
3
Data0+
2
Data0-
4
GND
Table A.11: Ethernet 10/100 Mbps RJ-45 Port
Pin
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
XMT+
5
N/C
2
XMT-
6
RCV-
3
RCV+
7
N/C
4
N/C
8
N/C
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Line In
Line Out
Mic In
A.12 Serial ATA0/1 (SATA1 ~ 4)
Table A.12: Serial ATA 0/1 (SATA1/SATA2)
Pin
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
GND
2
SATA_0TX+
3
SATA_0TX-
4
GND
5
SATA_0RX-
6
SATA_0RX+
7
GND
8
A.13 AT/ATX Mode (PSON1)
Table A.13: AT/ATX Mode (PSON1)
Pin
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
#PSON_SIO
(to super IO)
2
#PSON
(to power supply)
3
GND
A.14 HD Audio Interface (FPAUD1)
1
9
2
10
Table A.14: AC-97 Audio Interface (FPAUD1)
Pin
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
MIC2_L
2
GND
3
MIC2_R
4
FP_AUD_DET
5
LOUT2_R
6
SRTN1
7
LOUT2_DET
8
KEY
9
LOUT2_L
10
SRTN2
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A.11 Line In, Line Out, Mic In Connector (AUDIO1)
A.15 GPIO Pin Header (GPIO1)
Table A.15: GPIO Pin Header (GPIO1)
Pin
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
GPIO0
2
GPIO4
3
GPIO1
4
GPIO5
5
GPIO2
6
GPIO6
7
GPIO3
8
GPIO7
9
+5V
10
GND
A.16 LVDS Connector: LVDS1
Table A.16: LVDS1 Connector
Pin
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
VDDSAFE_1
2
VDDSAFE_2
3
GND_1
4
GND_7
5
VDDSAFE_3
6
VDDSAFE_4
7
OD0-
8
ED0-
9
OD0+
10
ED0+
11
GND_2
12
GND_8
13
OD1-
14
ED1-
15
OD1+
16
ED1+
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GND_3
18
GND_9
19
OD2-
20
ED2-
21
OD2+
22
ED2+
23
GND_4
24
GND_10
25
OCK-
26
ECK-
27
OCK+
28
ECK+
29
GND_3
30
GND_11
31
DDC_CLK
32
DDC_DAT
33
GND_6
34
GND_12
35
NC
36
NC
37
NC
38
NC
39
HPLG
40
VCON
A.17 LVDS Power Jumper (JLVDS1)
2 and 4
4 and 6
3 and 4
Table A.17: LVDS Power Jumper (JLVDS1)
Pin
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
N/C
2
5V
3
12V
4
VCC_LCD
5
N/C
6
3.3V
A.18 LVDS Inverter (INV1)
Table A.18: LVDS Power Jumper
Pin
Signal
1
+12V
2
GND
3
BL_EN
4
BL_CLT
5
+5V
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A.19 ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1)
Table A.19: ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1)
Pin
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
+3.3 V
11
3.3 V
2
+3.3 V
12
-12 V
3
GND
13
GND
4
+5 V
14
PSON
5
GND
15
GND
6
+5 V
16
GND
7
GND
17
GND
8
POK
18
-5 V
9
5 VSB
19
+5 V
10
12 V
20
+5 V
A.20 ATX 12 V connector (ATX12V1)
Table A.20: ATX 12 V connector (ATX12V1)
Pin
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
aGND
2
aGND
3
CPU_+12V
4
CPU_+12V
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Table A.21: HD Digital Audio Interface (SPDIF_OUT1)
Pin
Signal
1
+5V
3
SPDIF Out
4
GND
A.22 Display Port Connector (Top of DP+HDMI1, DP1)
Table A.22: Display Port Connector (Top of DP+HDMI1, DP1)
Pin
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
Lane 0+
2
GND
3
Lane 0-
4
Lane 1+
5
GND
6
Lane 1-
7
Lane 2+
8
GND
9
Lane 2-
10
Lane 3+
11
GND
12
Lane 3-
13
Config 1
14
Config 2
15
Auxiliary Chanel+
16
GND
17
Auxiliary Chanel-
18
Hot Plug
19
Return
20
+3.3V
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