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NEC Crusoe SBC - CB56

Abstract: The CB56, which measures 170 x 150mm, forms the basis of both the CS56 server and CW56 Web pad.
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NEC Crusoe SBC - CB56

There are already several Single Board Computer manufacturers on the market with Crusoe-based solutions. NEC (Yonezawa) is the first "brand name" to enter into this region with a Crusoe SBC. The CB56 SBC is a farily standard solution which NEC expect to sell about 10000 units of this year for around 72000 Yen ($600USD) apiece at OEM quantities.

The CB56, which measures 170 x 150mm, forms the basis of both the CS56 server and CW56 Web pad. A secondary board, known as the "sub board" gives the CB56 the extra ports and functionality required for the server application, while the single CB56 unit provides the slim foot-print necessary for the portable web pad.

The unit consumes less than 10 Watts of power while in use and offers users silent operation as no fan is used to cool the TM5600 Crusoe processor. The unit has two system connectors to make it versatile for industrial applications, IA's, etc. As with most Crusoe SBC's, they tend to operate best in Linux environments but are equally capable with Windows operating systems loaded.

The CB56 uses the Ali M1535 south bridge chipset, ATI Rage Mobility graphics chipset, and can be expanded to 256MB of memory with an onboard SO-DIMM socket. A battery control circuit is built-in.

The CB56 has some interesting characteristics seeing as it can be used not only as the basis for a SOHO server, but as an SBC and the back bone for a portable devices like a web pad.

We have been receiving quite a few requests about this NEC Crusoe based product, and the others of this series. With help from Transmeta and NEC, we have the following information for you concerning their purchase. Please be aware that all three of these NEC products are available ONLY to Domestic Japan orders. They are not sold in the US, and will NOT be shipped out of Japan by NEC.

NEC contact is : NEC Customtechnica Sales group


NEC Netbrain
(Japanese text only)

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Contents of Article: NEC CB56
 Pg 1.  — NEC Crusoe SBC - CB56
 Pg 2.  Full specs for the SBC, and sub board

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