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 three.2 type-A ports.
Sure, that is proper, 20 USB ports. Sixteen of them are mounted on the motherboard itself and rear-facing; the opposite 4 are headers accessible for cable connections to chassis-mounted ports. Tom’s Hardware covered this board and speculated that the huge 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, nevertheless it’s in all probability a bit off the mark—Portwell’s personal press release pushes automation and robotics as purposes for the brand new board. Portwell advertising and marketing engineer Maria Yang says that the ports “[allow] clients to connect with many peripheral gadgets equivalent to 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.com. Portwell doesn’t seem to promote to most people, so you will must request a quote (and doubtless be prepared to purchase a big amount) in order for you 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 sort 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