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DFI Shows Dual Intel Atom Motherboard At Computex

Motherboard manufacturer DFI had a very special product on display, which for a second reminded us of the legendary Abit BP6.

The LR100X2-HB is a one-of-a-kind dual Atom motherboard aimed at the embedded/industrial market. It is actually two motherboards fused into one standard ATX model and runs two single core N450 processors clocked at 1.66GHz and covered by fanless heatsinks.

In total, the board has two 512MB RAM modules, four SATA ports, two CF Flash ports, two PCI and two mini PCI slots, eight LAN & eight USB ports and many more ports.

The system only shares one VGA and two USB ports which are used to control the built-in KVM switch that bridges the two.

A spokesperson for DFI told us that the company had no plans for now to swap the Atom processors for something more recent like the N570 or more powerful like low voltage Core CPUs.

The motherboard is apparently targeting system integrators and customers looking for a solution that allows them to get two networks to be physically separate, thereby reducing the risk of hacking.

DFI also told us that they have noted a significant increase in the volume of orders for embedded ARM-based motherboards with three SoC vendors - TI, Marvell and Freescale - delivering the goods.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.