Industrial PC firm Portwell is providing an uncommon server motherboard. The PEB-9783G2AR is a FlexATX board designed to be used in low-profile chassis, supporting Intel Comet Lake-S CPUs and as much as 128GiB of DDR4 ECC RAM. This, and the remainder of the board’s specs, are fairly regular—however then there’s the 20 USB 3.2 type-A ports.

Sure, that is proper, 20 USB ports, and field headers for an extra 4 straight serial ports. Tom’s {Hardware} coated this board and speculated that the large array of USB ports can be helpful to cryptocurrency miners to be used with exterior GPUs (although some commenters disagreed).

The cryptocurrency angle is fascinating, but it surely’s most likely a bit off the mark—Portwell’s personal press launch pushes automation and robotics as functions for the brand new board. Portwell advertising engineer Maria Yang says that the ports “[allow] clients to hook up with many peripheral gadgets resembling cameras that can be utilized for robotic and car navigation.”

Full specs (together with a datasheet) for the brand new board can be found at Portwell doesn’t seem to promote to most of the people, so you may have to request a quote (and possibly be prepared to purchase a big amount) if you need a 20x USB board of your very personal—to the good dismay of our personal Jonathan Gitlin, who hoped to persuade me to make some form of loopy RAID array from all of the USB flash drives he is collected at press conferences in his time at Ars.

Itemizing picture by Portwell


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