F A Q
1. What are MicroAGP and MicroPCI?
2. What are the advantages of MicroAGP and MicroPCI?
3. What  IBASE products support MicroAGP and MicroPCI sockets?
1. What  MicroAGP and Micro PCI?
MicroAGP sockets are 144-pin sockets that are used in CPU cards as expansion slots. Of the 144 pins, 132 pins are assigned for standard AGP signals, 7 pins for VGA, and other 5 pins for ground and VCC. With MicroPCI, 120pins are for standard PCI signals and other 24 pins are for VGA and Ethernet interface signals.
2. What are the advantages of MicroAGP and MicroPCI?
CPU cards with MicroAGP/MicroPCI sockets offer practical advantages that make them the better choice for the industrial computing market today. They offer the following advantages:

Optimum Flexibility and Expandability
MicroAGP/PCI CPU cards utilize small-size sockets to let you save PCI slots or other expansion slots. MicroAGP cards offer superior VGA power with various interfaces, such as LVDS, TMDS, TV-out and 2nd CRT. With MicroPCI sockets you can choose MicroPCI daughter cards with the functions you need to add or even remove from your system whether it is VGA, Ethernet, SCSI or RAID.

Higher Reliability and Less Failure Rate
MicroAGP/PCI CPU cards and boards work with higher reliability and lower production failure rate. By designing them with better component placements, IBASE come up with more reliable and improved-quality products.

Cost Effectiveness
Better quality control, more efficient production, and minimal failure rate brings RMA costs to a minimum. Normally, CPU cards are designed with double-side components and pose difficulty in manufacturing and quality control. However, MicroPCI makes it possible to place the components on a single side.

Efficient and Cost-Effective Inventory
Normally, you have to keep a long list of inventory to accommodate CPU cards that integrate various functions. For instance, a single product mix for an item with functions such as VGA, Ethernet, and SCSI alone would result in 8 models. The MicroAGP/PCI solution creates a simpler and cost-effective inventory.

Longer Life Cycle
Intel®'s Embedded Division will be supplying chipsets at least in the next five (5) years. On the other hand, controllers for VGA/Ethernet/SCSI cards would most likely be available for a shorter period. By using the MicroAGP/PCI interface, upgrading and adding extra functions are not only workable but issue in a longer product life cycle.

Dual Ethernet Support
With MicroPCI sockets, CPU cards from IBASE can support dual Ethernet interfaces that are essential to eliminate downtime and meet your critical availability needs.
3. What IBASE products support MicroAGP and MicroPCI sockets?
Current CPU cards IBASE Technology that support MicroAGP/MicroPCI sockets are as follows:
IB840
- Socket 478 Intel® 865G Full Size CPU Card with MicroAGP socket
IB850
- Socket 478 Intel® 875P Full Size CPU Card with MicroAGP socket
IB500 - Socket 7 Half-Size CPU Card with Optional MicroPCI VGA/LAN/SCSI cards
IB600 - Slot 1 Full-Size CPU Card with Optional MicroPCI VGA/LAN/SCSI cards
IB700 - Socket 370 Full-Size CPU Card with Optional MicroPCI VGA/LAN/SCSI cards
IB750 - Transmeta Crusoe TM3400 5.25-in Single Board Computer with Audio/LAN
MB700 - Socket 370 Industrial Motherboard with Dual LAN and Optional Third LAN
IB740 - Intel® 815E Full Size CPU card for up to 1GHz processors
IB745 - Intel® 815E(B) Full Size CPU card for up to 1.2GHz processors (Tualatin)
IB755 - Transmeta Crusoe TM3200 / TM5400 / TM5600 5.25-inch Embedded Board
IB780 - Socket 370 PIII Tualatin VIA Apollo PLE133T Full Size CPU Card
IB800 - Intel® 845 Pentium 4 Full Size CPU Card with SDRAM Support
IB810 - Intel® 845 Pentium 4 Full Size CPU Card with DDR Support
IB820 - Intel® 845G Pentium 4 Full Size CPU Card, 533MHz FSB
MB800 - Intel® 845G Pentium 4 ATX Industrial Motherboard

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