"Acrosser announced two Linux-ready AMD-powered motherboards
designed for slot machines and other gaming devices. The ACE-B8700
includes a 1.5GHz C7 processor plus battery-backed static RAM for
intrusion logging, while the ACE-B7300 accepts various Athlon CPUs,
has a smart card reader, and includes a PCI Express x16 expansion
slot, according to the company.
"Computers running Linux or Windows Embedded operating systems
are inside many a slot machine and other AWP (amusement with
prizes) device, but they can't be built around just any old
motherboard -- thanks to a variety of different gaming regulations
and specifications worldwide. Acrosser says its "All-in-One" gaming
platforms, which include both boards and complete devices, meet
standards such as Japan's JAMMA (Japan Amusement Machinery
Manufacturers Association and Italy's Comma 6A/B.
"The ACE-B8700 (right) is being touted as new, but plainly made
its first appearance in the ACE-8700, a complete PC that was
announced last June. Pictured later in this story, the ACE-S8700 is
clearly nothing more and nothing less than a box housing the main
board -- there's no power supply, since 5V and 12VDC is supplied to
the board via its "golden finger" connectors."