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VXL Itona: TC38xx and TC39xx Hardware 


 


 

 



Backpanel view of an Itona fitted with 6VLE-VXL motherboard
Itona with 6VLE motherboard back view

I believe this motherboard to be fitted to the TC38xx and TC39xx series. What I have is a TC3841 and a TC3931.

Specifications

The basic specs are:

ModelTC38xxTC39xx
Processor
   Type
   Speed
Via Samuel 2
800MHz
Via C3 Nehamiah
1GHz
Memory
   Flash
   RAM
256Mb
256Mb (max 1GB)
32Mb
64Mb (max 1GB)
Video
   Chip
   Max resolution
Via CLE266
1600 x 1200 16-bit colour
Ports
   Network
   USB
   Serial
   Parallel
   PS/2
10/100
4 x USB2.0
2
1
Kybd & mouse
Power
   Off
   Running
7W
~23W
2W
16W(idle) 31W(peak)
Dimensions
 26.5cm x 5cm x 24.5cm
Manufactured
 December 2005May 2005

Processor

Linux's cpuinfo tells us:

TC38xxTC39xx
CPU family:  6      6
model:  7      9
model name:VIA Samuel 2  VIA Nehemiah
Stepping:  3      10

Motherboard Inside the TC38xx and TC39xx series

The motherboard is made by Gigabyte and has 6VLE-VXL screen printed on it. A google search will show you that there is a GA-6VLE. I don't know if the 6VLE-VXL has any special tweaks or is just the same board labelled for VXL. It uses the C3 CPU, CLE266 Northbridge, VT8235 Southbridge and VT1211 SuperIO chip.

Expansion

As they are based on mini-ITX boards both the Flash memory and the RAM in the Itona are easily replaceable.

Flash: The flash memory is a Disk-On-Module plugged into the red 40-pin IDE connector. It is powered through the IDE connector. (Pin 20, normally removed as a 'key', is fitted and is used to supply the power). There is a second IDE connector, but pin 20 is missing from this one.

RAM: There is a single 184-pin DDR DIMM socket for the RAM. The speed rating is PC266 (aka PC-2100).

USB: There is a spare USB header on the motherboard (labelled USB2) adjacent to the header which is connected to the two front panel USB sockets.

PCI: The board does have a PCI slot on it, but the case not engineered in a way that would let you make use of it.

 


Any comments? email me.    Last update October 2012