There is a choice between the AMD T56N dual-core processor and the AMD T44R single-core processor. There is also support for up to 8GB of DDR3 memory available through two SODIMM slots. Storage and operating system requirements are easily met through the five SATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors. Expansion interfaces are offered through the half-size Mini PCIe interface and PCI-e [x4] slot. End users can easily channel the 5.1CH HD Audio through the Line-in, Mic-in, and Line-out port. This board offers connectivity with systems and devices through the two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, three RS-232 ports, one RS-232/422/483 port, two USB 3.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports and an eight-bit Digital I/O interface.
The EMB-A50M is offered with support for standard, consumer-grade operating systems as well as embedded Microsoft and Linux systems, says Randy Chang, Product Manager of AAEON's Industrial System Division. Moreover, this motherboard offers both Dual Core and Single Core processors to provide flexibility and the best performance per watt for end users. For graphics-intensive applications such as Digital Signage, Gaming and Medical Imaging, the EMB-A50M offers HD resolution up to 1920 x 1200 for HDMI and DVI output through its integrated AMD Radeon 6310/6250 graphics engine.
This embedded motherboard is designed for ATX power support and thus has the standard 24-pin ATX power connector. The dual-core T56N processor version is designed for operation with a CPU fan that comes on the board and needs active airflow, but the single-core T44R processor version is fanless and therefore allows for more versatility in applications that range from a workstation in an air-conditioned office to a monitoring display on a busy factory floor.