96Boards Updates Site With EE, HuskyBoard Details
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 23 March 2016 at 07:44 AM EDT. 21 Comments
AMD's HuskyBoard still isn't shipping even though it was originally supposed to launch last year as a developer board powered by their ARMv8-based Opteron SoC. While the LeMaker Cello is moving forward as an ARM developer board using the Opteron A1100, 96Boards recently updated their web-site with new Enterprise Edition (EE) board details.

A Phoronix reader pointed out that the HuskyBoard is back to appearing on the 96Boards web-site, the Linaro initiative to drive more standardization into the prolific number of ARM developer boards appearing. With the HuskyBoard not out yet, the LeMaker Cello is the first board complying with the 96Boards Enterprise Edition specification.

The Cello is available for pre-order at $299 USD and will begin shipping in the weeks ahead. For those that don't recall, the LeMaker Cello features an AMD Opteron A1100 quad-core Cortex-A57, two DDR3 SO-DIMM sockets, two SATA ports, two USB 3.0 ports, one GBe Ethernet, PCI Express 3.0 x16, and support for the standard 160 x 120mm EE form factor.

The 96Boards site still doesn't express any new details about when the HuskyBoard might ship and simply states "This board is not yet in mass production, but an alternative version created by LeMaker and called the Cello Board is available for pre order with shipments expected by the end of Q2 2016." Any retail price is also not available.

The specifications listed on the 96Boards site for the HuskyBoard is a quad-core Opteron A1100, two DDR3 SO-DIMM sockets, four SATA ports, two USB 3.0 ports, GBe Ethernet, PCI Express x16 3.0, and other features in common with the LeMaker Cello. The clock speeds on the A1100 aren't listed, but if it's the same as the Cello, one of the only apparent differences between these two boards is that HuskyBoard has four Serial ATA ports rather than two with the Cello.

You can poke around more at 96Boards.org. Hopefully the HuskyBoard ends up materializing soon. As soon as I'm able to get my hands on either board, I'll be posting many benchmarks on Phoronix.
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