View test setup AAEON EMB-B75A motherboard salvaged from dumpster.
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Salvage, Test AAEON EMB-B75A Industrial Motherboard

by Lewis Loflin

(Above) Review, test of AAEON EMB-B75A motherboard salvaged from dumpster. Had 1 Gigabytes RAM, quad core 3 Gig processor.

For a larger graphic of above click AAEON Motherboard.

Announced in 2013 it is no longer available. Plenty of these have shown up on Ebay for around $70.

One location offers a new board for $160 minus processor and memory.

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This is one the best boards I've found.

It was salvaged from scrap highway control equipment. To quote:

The EMB-B75A provides dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, a SATA 6.0Gb/s port and two SATA 3.0Gb/s plus four USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports for robust expansion and connectivity options. USB 3.0 provides upgraded bandwidth from 480Mbps to 5Gbps, thus greatly reducing data transfer times...

reliable and cost efficient motherboards come in the Mini-ITX form factor and onboard industry leading Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processor while the Intel B75 chipset offers support for up to 16GB of DDR3 1600 memory...

Ref. 05/10/2013.

Download entire spec sheet: EMB-B75A.pdf.

I tested this on Debian 7 and Debian 10 Linux. I also added an additional 1 gigabytes of RAM.

In Fig. 1 I added a wireless ethernet card to the single PCI-Express 16 slot. I connected a set of USB speakers.

Top view AAEON EMB-B75A Motherboard
Fig. 2 top view AAEON EMB-B75A Motherboard.

Fig. 2 is the top view of the mother board. One problem was the USB 2.0 and serial connectors have an odd 2.0mm pitch. Most connectors are 2.56mm.

I have not been able to find connectors and had to make my own.

The SATA connections included 2X SATA2 and a SATA3.

Rear panel view AAEON EMB-B75A Motherboard
Fig. 3 rear panel view AAEON EMB-B75A Motherboard.

Rear panel view includes 3X HDMI and 2X RJ-45 ethernet connections. Plus 2X USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0 plus keyboard, mouse, VGA, audio.

Because this was embedded there was no I/O plate and I've not been able to find one.

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