The king is dead, long live the king. Emerging from the shadow of the previous generation of Intel Atom-based boards, a new generation based on the Cedar Trail platform is faster, more powerful, and more energy-efficient. The Cedarview boards are capable of HD playback, equipped with dual-core processors and more muscular onboard graphics.
That’s why we’re proud to introduce the AG150 fanless system, successor to the venerable Atom-SLFJT01 which featured Intel’s N270-powered Johnstown board. The AG150 picks up where the JT01 left off, preserving the compact, dustproof enclosure while adding features like HDMI, high-current USB 2.0 for charging peripherals, and dual PCIe Mini Card slots, one of which can double as mSATA.
Due to driver limitations of the PowerVR graphics core, Cedarview systems are currently restricted to Windows 7 32-bit operating systems. Support for Linux, such as Ubuntu 10.04, is spotty, with limited video decode and playback capability. The AG150 can power through most video (thanks to the dual core processor), but 1080p fullscreen is still choppy. We’re hoping that the Linux developer community manages to crack the code to improve support in the near future.
In terms of performance, the 1.86 GHz N2800 processor powering the AG150 manages more than double the Passmark score of the N270, with 726 and 304, respectively. This matches the AMD E350 Fusion processor and edges out Intel’s own dual core Atom D525, which placed at 712. Admittedly, it’s not as impressive when stacked up against the likes of Intel’s i5-2510E, which makes 3422, or the even more powerful i5-2500, at 6608. However, when you consider that the i5-2500 is a 95-watt processor, and the AG150 does all it does while consuming less than 20 watts for the whole system, suddenly the score is put into perspective.
I could go on about how well suited the AG150 is for entry-level computing and industrial control or remote data collection, but I’m told a picture is worth a thousand words. So here’s a video of me … talking some more about it.