Intel-powered SBC brings optional support for 5G, dual GbE and NVMe
The Single Board Computer (SBC) market is exploding with options for DIY enthusiasts looking to power their pet projects and corporate customers who need pint-sized machines for industrial and robotic applications. . There are many competitors in this area, including Aaeon, which has just announced its Up Square 6000 card (via CNX-Software).
Instead of an Arm-based design that consumes little power, the Up Squared 6000 is compatible with x86-64-based Intel Elkhart Lake SoCs. Aaeon offers customers four processor options, including the Celeron N6210 (dual-core, 1.2 / 2.6 GHz), Pentium J6426 (quad-core, 1.8 / 3 GHz), Atom x6413E (quad-core, core, 1.5 / 3 GHz) and the Atom x6425RE (quad-core, 1.9 GHz). Base cards come with 2 GB of onboard LPDDR4 memory and 32 GB of eMMC storage, while mid-range configurations double the memory to 4 GB. The flagship SKU with an Atom x6425RE SoC comes with 8 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC storage.
As for interfaces, the Up Squared 6000 includes HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.2, two USB 3.1 (Type-A), USB 3.2 (Type-C), one M.2 slot (NVMe supported), SATA, 40 pin GPIO connector and a 100 pin board connector. In addition, AAEON has equipped the card with GbE and 2.5 GbE LAN ports for wired networking tasks. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 5G connectivity are optional via the M.2 slot. The Wi-Fi / Bluetooth kit is currently available for purchase for $ 29.99.
Aaeon also sells the Up Squared 6000 Edge (which includes a fanless chassis) and the Up Squared 6000 Edge Computing Kit (which includes a support board and comes preinstalled with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS). The carrier card reinforces the system with the following additional ports: one SATA, one SATA with power connector, one microUSB, one Mini PCIe slot (via USB 2.0), one RS232 / 422/485, one 40 pin GP I / O and two GbE ports.
According to Aaeon, the Up Squared 6000 will bow in February 2022, priced at $ 219 with the Celeron / 2GB / 32GB configuration. The Up Squared 6000 Edge will arrive that same month with a starting price of $ 289. The Up Squared 6000 Edge computer kit is currently priceless and will be available later in 2022.