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Design your own Intel x86 motherboard

Did you know, Intel has a free tool called Embedded Board Planner? Through a web interface, you can for example design your own Intel Atom based processor board.

It will even generate a schematic for you!

Intel Embedded Board planner (screenshot)

I have never used it, so I am not sure how good it is, but certainly it is an interesting idea. The link is: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/intelligent-systems/embedded-design-tools/board-planner.html

Have a fun! :)


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  • John Carney

    Hello Most x86 motherboards today are designed using Cadence Allegro. AMD and Intel reference designs available under NDA are also done in Cadence Tools. Typically you will find the schematics are done in Orcad Capture and the boards are designed in Allegro.
    As a PCB designer I find it interesting you are using Altium to do x86 Motherboard design. Best of luck with your course, content looks good.
    Thanks John

    • http://www.fedevel.com Robert Feranec

      Hello John, exactly as you described. Most of these designs are in Orcad + Cadence Allegro. I used to design in Allegro, but after I set up my own company I use Altium because of its price. Cadence Allegro is an expensive tool. You can import Cadence files into Altium.
      Thank you very much for your feedback about courses :)
      – Robert

    • Gaston

      Hello, I just stumbled into this thread and have, if you permit me, another kind of question.
      Would you be able and willing to design a motherboard for me that is only meant for audio playback?
      It would keep in mind to habeas little as possible high frequency pick up, thick pcb lines and rids of all not necessary for audio playback only.
      Please contact me at dcd_gaston@hotmail.com
      I am only interested in audio, not commercially.
      Thanx! Gaston

  • Grima04

    Where do I design the board? The link sends me to an Intel page but there isn’t any design tool available like shown in the screenshot. I want to design a small board with a core m to build a mini portable gaming machine.

    • http://www.fedevel.com Robert Feranec

      You are right. It looks like, they moved it somewhere else :(

      • Will Middleton

        Robert,

        If I wanted to buy 400 motherboards, what do you think the design costs would be for those mobos? I just need the board to have an Intel Celeron processor and some PCIe slots — let me know your thoughts

        • http://www.fedevel.com Robert Feranec

          Customization of x86 may easily cost around 100k USD and take around 12 months to have ready to sale product. It may be easier/cheaper/faster to try to find a commercial board which is going to fit your needs.