Jetway NF9C-2600 Atom N2600 Mini-ITX Motherboard

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Jetway NF9C-2600 Atom N2600 Mini-ITX Motherboard

March 4, 2012 by Lawrence Lee

Jetway NF9C-2600 Mini-ITX Motherboard
Street Price

Jetway is a Taiwanese manufacturer which has produced a slew of minimalist, energy efficient mini-ITX motherboards powered by Intel, AMD, and VIA processors for OEMs, businesses, and DIY enthusiasts alike. The company's latest offering is the NF9C-2600 powered by the dual core 1.6 GHz N2600, a mobile version of the newest generation of Intel Atom CPUs, codename Cedarview.

Intel's Atom processor ushered in the age of the netbook and the nettop, significantly altering the PC market. Its popularity has been waning of late due to growth in the mobile sector and competition from AMD's Fusion line of APUs. Cedarview is essentially the same as their last Atom, Pineview, but manufactured using a smaller fabrication process (32nm rather than 45nm) and incorporating a new GPU.

The Intel GMA 3150 graphics chip was arguably Pineview's biggest flaw as it lacked hardware acceleration for the popular H.264 video codec. This has been remedied with the GMA 3600 series which, interestingly enough, isn't even made by Intel but by PowerVR, best known for powering the graphics on countless cell phones and tablets. It's not an entirely positive move, as Intel drivers for the chip currently support only 32-bit versions of Windows 7/8 and DirectX 9.

Jetway NF9C-2600: Specifications
(from the product web page)
CPU INTEL® Cedar Trail-M Processor N2600 (1.6GHz)
Chipset INTEL®NM10 Express chipset
Memory 1 * DDR3 800MHz Single CH SO-DIMM up to 2GB*
Expansion Slots 1 * PCI slot
Storage 1 * Serial ATAII (3Gb/s) & 2 * Serial ATAIII (6Gb/s) connectors
1 * CFast card socket
Audio Realtek ALC662 6-Channel HD Audio
Ethernet LAN 1 * RTL8111E PCI-EVL Gigabit LAN
LVDS 1 * 18-bits Single CH & 1 * 24-bits Dual CH LVDS connectors
USB Embedded 7 * USB 2.0/1.1
Special Features Support ACPI S3
Support CPU Smart FAN
Support Watch Dog
Rear Panel I / O 3 * USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 * RJ-45 port
1 * HDMI port
1 * COM port
Line-out connector
1 * 12V DC in
Internal I / O 2 * USB 2.0/1.1 headers for 4 USB 2.0 ports
1 * KB/MS headers
1 * VGA header

NB / Chassis Fan connectors;
2 * LVDS headers & 1 * GPIO header & 1 Parallel headers
3 * COM headers ( COM4 for RS232/422/485)
1 * AUDIO header
1 * chassis intrusion header
Form Factor Mini ITX Form Factor (170mm x 170mm)
Functional ATM, Security, Digital Signage, POS, General Application, Transportation
Certificate CE, FCC, RoHS
Temperature Operating within 0~60° C
Storage within -20-85° C
*Note: Despite official support for only up to 2GB of RAM, we used a 4GB SO-DIMM, and Windows 7 (32-bit) reported 3.3GB available.

Jetway has two main mini-ITX motherboard series, the "NC" and "NF", geared for consumer use and industrial purposes, respectively. The NF9C-2600 doesn't fit the mold of a board to power an SFF media PC. It could certainly play that role as it has many of the common features you'd expect on a regular desktop board, like a PCI slot, mini PCI Express slot, HDMI output, and gigabit ethernet, but it also has multiple internal connectors for legacy serial ports, LVDS devices, and a CFast card socket used to connect tiny solid state storage devices. These connectivity options make it suitable for powering POS systems, kiosks, network appliances, security devices and routers/firewalls as well.

The Jetway NF9C-2600 box and AC power brick (sold separately).

Box contents: board, I/O shield, driver disc, manual, serial port adapter, two SATA cables, and a power cable with one molex and two SATA connectors.

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