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AAEON RICO-3288 Pico-ITX Board is Powered by Rockchip RK3288 Processor

March 21st, 2017 4 comments

When Rockchip RK3288 was launched in 2014 we got a few development boards like Firefly-RK3288, PopMetal, and Radxa Rock 2, and later on MiQi board. ASUS Tinker board made the processor popular again in 2017, and now AAEON, an industrial embedded company of ASUS group, has just unveiled RICO-3288 Pico-ITX Board based on the processor, and targeting OEMs instead of hobbyists & makers.

RICO-3288 board specifications with RICO-3288F & RICO-3288V models adding wireless connectivity & battery options, as well as CAN and an extra RS-232 port for for the latter:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3288 quad core Cortex A17 processor @ 1.8GHz with ARM Mali-T760 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3L RAM
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash, micro SD slot up to 64GB
  • Video Output / Display IF
  • Audio – Via HDMI, interfaces for microphone, earphone and speakers (2.5W / 4 Ohm)
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet; V & F models: WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0,Nano-SIM card slot, optional GPS
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro-USB 2.0 OTG port, 1x USB 2.0 header
  • Serial – RS-232/422/485 port, RS-232 header, V model optional features: 2x RS-232 ports, CAN bus
  • Expansion
    • 8-bit DIO connector (4-in , 4-out)
    • Full-size mini-PCIe slot for 3G/4G card (USB signals only)
  • Misc – Watchdog, RTC with battery
  • Power Supply
    • 12V DC via 2-pin header; [email protected] full load power consumption
    • Optional 7.4V battery for V and F models only
  • Dimensions – 100 x 72mm ( Pico-ITX form factor)
  • Weight – 400 grams
  • Temperature Range – Standard: 0°C ~ 60°C;  WiTAS 1: -20°C ~ 70°C
  • Certifications – CE/FCC

RICO-3288 single board computer comes preloaded with Android 6.0, but there’s no mention of Linux support.

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Pricing and availability information is not available yet, except the board is “coming soon”. You may want to visit Aaeon RICO-3288 product page for more details.

Via LinuxGizmos

UP Core is a Low Cost & Compact Intel Maker Board Powered by an Atom x5-Z8350 SoC (Crowdfunding)

March 18th, 2017 19 comments

The UP community has already launched Intel Cherry Trail and Apollo Lake boards in the past with UP Board and UP2 (squared) boards, and they are now about to launch a cheaper and smaller board called UP Core powered by Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor with to 1 to 4GB memory, up to 64GB eMMC flash, HDMI, USB 3.0, … and I/O expansion connectors.

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UP Core specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom x5-Z8350 “Cherry Trail” quad core processor @ 1.44 GHz / 1.92 GHz (Burst frequency) with Intel HD 400 graphics @ 200 / 500 MHz
  • System Memory –  1, 2 or 4 GB DDR3L-1600 (soldered on board)
  • Storage – 16, 32, or 64 GB eMMC flash, SPI flash ROM
  • Video Output / Display – HDMI 1.4 port, full eDP (embedded DisplayPort) connector
  • Audio I/O – Via HDMI, and I2S
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n WiFi  @ 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.0 LE (AP614A)
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 host port, 2x USB 2.0 via header
  • Camera I/F – 1x 2-lane MIPI CSI, 1x 4-lane MIPI CSI
  • Expansion
    • 100-pin docking connector with power signals, GPIOs, UART, SPI, I2C, PWM, SDIO, I2S, HDMI SMBUS, PMC signals, 2x USB HSIC, CSI, and PCIe Gen 2
    • 10-pin connector with 2x USB 2.0, 1x UART
  • Misc – Power & reset buttons, RTC battery header, fan connector, BIOS reflash connector
  • Power Supply – 5V/4A via 5.5/2.1mm power barrel
  • Dimensions – 66 x 56.50 mm
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0 to 60 °C

The board will support Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 10 IoT Core, Linux including Ubilinux, Ubuntu, and the Yocto Project, as well as Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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If you look at the bottom right connector of the diagram above, we can see an extension HAT for the 100-pin docking port will be offered, as well as an IO board, both of which should be compatible with Raspberry Pi HATs with 40-pin connectors. But so far, I could not find details about the extension HAT, nor the IO board.

The UP core is coming soon to Kickstarter with price starting at 69 Euros with 1GB RAM, 16GB eMMC flash, and WiFi and Bluetooth. Other part of the documentation show a $89 price for the 1GB/16GB board, so maybe it’s the expected retail price out of the crowdfunding campaign. You’ll find a few more information on UP Core page, but we’ll probably have to wait for the Kickstarter campaign to launch to get the full details, especially with regards to add-on boards, and pricing for various options.

Thanks to Freire for the tip.

UP Squared Apollo Lake Development Board Comes with Up to 8GB RAM, 128 GB Storage for 89 Euros and Up (Crowdfunding)

November 1st, 2016 4 comments

AAEON Introduced a Intel Atom X5 based Raspberry Pi-like development board named “UP Board” last year that sold for as low as 89 Euros via a Kickstarter campaign. The company is now back with the first Apollo Lake development board for makers I’ve seen so far, powered by either a dual core Celeron N3350 or a quad core Pentium N4200 processor, featuring an Altera MAX 10 FPGA, and called UP2 (“UP Squared”).

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There are six variants of UP Squared board sharing most of the same technical specifications:

  • SoC
    • Intel Celeron N3350 dual core “Apollo Lake” processor @ 1.1 GHz / 2.4 GHz with 12 EU Intel HD graphics 500 @ 200 MHz / 650 MHz (6W TDP)
    • Intel Pentium N4200 quad core “Apollo Lake” processor @ 1.1 GHz / 2.5 GHz with 18 EU Intel HD graphics 505 @ 200 MHz / 750 MHz (6W TDP)
  • FPGA – Altera Max 10 FPGA
  • System Memory –  2, 4 or 8 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
  • Storage – 16, 32, 64 or 128 GB eMMC flash, 1x SATA 3 port + SATA power
  • Video Output – 2x HDMI 1.4b; eDP connector; 3 independent displays support
  • Audio I/O – HDMI
  • Connectivity – Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports,
  • USB – 3x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 OTG port, header with 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Camera – 1x 4-lane MIPI CSI connector
  • Expansion
    • 40-pin GP (general purpose) Raspberry Pi compatible header with GPIOs, I2C, SPI, ADC … signals controlled by the Apollo Lake processor (according to the block diagram below)
    • 60-pin EXHAT connector with GPIO, I2C, UART, USB 3.0… signals controlled by Altera FPGA and the Intel processor based on the block diagram.
    • M.2 2230/E-key slot
    • mini PCIe x1 slot
    • Header with 2x HSUART
  • Debugging – JTAG header for FPGA
  • Misc – Power button, 4x LEDs, RTC header, fan power header, reset and power pin headers
  • Power Supply – 5V DC via power barrel
  • Dimensions – 85.6 x 90 mm
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0 to 60 C
  • Certifications – FCC, CE, RoHS

up-squared-boardThe six available boards have only differences in terms of processor, RAM, and storage:

  • UP2 Celeron (89 Euros) – 2 GB LPDDR4, 16 GB eMMC flash
  • UP2 Celeron Plus (105 Euros) – 2 GB LPDDR4, 32 GB eMMC flash
  • UP2 Celeron Ultra (125 Euros) – 4 GB LPDDR4, 32 GB eMMC flash
  • UP2 Pentium (169 Euros) – 4 GB LPDDR4, 32 GB eMMC flash
  • UP2 Pentium Plus (199 Euros) – 8 GB LPDDR4, 64 GB eMMC flash
  • UP2 Pentium Ultra (229 Euros) – 8 GB LPDDR4, 128 GB eMMC flash

up2-block-diagramThe board will support Windows 10, Windows IoT Core, Linux (Ubuntu, Ubilinux Debian, Yocto Project), and Android. UP2 board should also leverage UP board eco-system with support for Intel RealSense for robotics project, LoRa connectivity for IoT gateways, EnOceon solutions for home automation, and TPLink for WiFi, and many more.

UP and UP2 Boards Comparison

UP and UP2 Boards Comparison

UP Squared is larger than UP board, but as seen from the table above offers many more features, and more performance for about the same price.

The project has now launched on Kickstarter, where the company has also surpassed their 10,000 Euros funding target, with pledges currently totaling a little over 22,000 Euros. Most rewards starting with UP Squared Celeron at 89 Euros come with the board only, but you may consider pledge for kits that include the power supply, HDMI cable, SATA cable, USB 2.0 pin header cable, and WiFi 802.11ac and BT 4.2 M.2 module (Starter/Innovator Package). Most rewards are expected to ship on April 2017, excepted Innovator packages with Beta boards reaching backers in February 2017. Shipping is not included, but is only 13 to 16 Euros for Europeans, and between 28 and 46 Euros (Brazil) for the rest of the world. More details include the 40-pin header pinout can be found in UP Squared product page.

Via HackerBoards

AAEON BOXER-6404 Bay Trail Embedded Computer Comes with 4 GbE Ports, 2 HDMI Outputs

February 2nd, 2016 4 comments

AAEON has recently launched BOXER-6404 embedded box PC suitable to industrial application, powered by Intel Celeron J1900 “Bay Trail-D” or Celeron N2807 “Bay Trail-M” processor, with up to 8GB RAM, a CFast slot, four Gigabit Ethernet ports, and to HDMI outputs.

Aaeon_BOXER-6404BOXER-6404 mini PC specifications:

  • SoC
  • System Memory – 1x 204-pin DDR3L SODIMM slot for up to 4GB RAM with N2807), and up to 8GB RAM with J1900
  • Storage – CFast Slot
  • Video and Audio Output – 1x or 2x HDMI ports
  • Connectivity –  2x or 4x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Serial – 1x RS232 DB9 port
  • Expansion – 1x mini card with USB interface only
  • Misc – Power button
  • Power — 12V DC via lockable DC jack; ATX mode (optional for AT by jumper/BIOS settings)
  • Dimensions – 166 x 107 x 30mm
  • Weight – 1.3 kg
  • Temperature Range – -30 to 65°C (N2807) with 0.5 m/s airflow
  • Anti-vibration – 5 Grms/ 5 ~ 500Hz/ operation (CFast)
  • Anti-shock – 50 G peak acceleration (11 msec. duration, CFastTM)
  • MTBF – 152,670 hours

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Four models of the fanless computer are available with combination of 1 or 2 HDMI ports, and 2 or 4 Ethernet ports. An optional VESA/Din-rail kit is also available for mounting it on walls. The device supports Windows 10/8.1/7, Windows Embedded 8/7, and  Fedora Linux.

The embedded computer is available now at an undisclosed price. Documentation such as product brief and user’s manual, as well as drivers and BIOS download can be found on AAEON BOXER-6404 product page.

Aaeon AIOT-X1000 Linux Gateway is Powered by an Intel Quark SoC

June 4th, 2014 No comments

Intel Quark SoC for low power embedded devices has been seen on platforms designed by Intel themselves, such as Intel Galileo board or Edison wearable development kit, but I had not found Quark SoC in actual products until Aaeon announced their AIOT-X1000 gateway for the internet of things running Linux on an Intel Quark X1000 SoC, and working with a Cloud Service by Asus, Aaeon’s parent company. The solution targets manufacturing, transportation, and energy applications.

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Aaeon AIOT-X1000 specifications:

  • Processor – Intel Quark X1000-series SoCs @ up to 400 MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3 800/1066 SODIMM
  • Storage – IDE port, and micro SD slot
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet
  • USB 4x USB2.0 ports
  • Serial – 1x RS-232/422/485, 1x RS-422/485
  • Other I/Os — I2C, GPIO, JTAG
  • Mini-PCIe card expansion – 1x full-size and  1x half-size, allowing for WiFi, 2G/3G/LTE cellular, Bluetooth, CAN bus, ZigBee, and RFID add-on boards
  • Power – 5V or 9-24V DC input
  • Dimensions – 146 x 102mm (board only) 3.5″ SBC form-factor
AIOT-X1000 Board (Click to Enlarge)

AIOT-X1000 Board (Click to Enlarge)

The board can run Wind River or Yocto Linux, and McAfee security is apparently part of the software packages too!?. Operating systems and development tools for the platform will be the same as Intel’s Gateway Solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) Development Kit according to Aaeon.

AIOT-X1000 gateway is supposed to collect data from various sensors and be controlled by the cloud, and transfer results back to Asus Cloud Platform where the data will be stored in a database, and analyzed, as shown in the diagram below.

Asus_Cloud_Platform_IOT_Gateway

Communication between the gateway and the cloud occurs via file transfer, IoT messages (whatever that means), server push, and heartbeats. The Cloud platform will provide connectivity management, data storage and processing, data searching and indexing, and various cloud management functions.

Pricing and availability information are not available publicly for either AIOT-X1000 or the 3.5″ board which can be purchased separately. There’s no AIOT-X1000 product page on Aaeon website at the time of writing, but the company is currently at Computex 2014, where demos using AIOT-X1000 are showcased in Aaeon and Intel booths between June 3 to June 7.

Via LinuxGizmos

Aaeon Announces CoMs, 3.5″ & mini ITX Embedded Boards Powered by Intel Bay Trail Processors

May 24th, 2014 1 comment

AAEON has announced the release three embedded boards and modules based on Intel Celeron J1900, N2930, N2807 and Atom E3800 series processors, which are all part of Intel’s low power Bay Trail family. EMB-BT1 is s mini-ITX board powered by Intel Atom 3825 or 3845, Gene-BT05 is a 3.5″ industrial board also based on Atom 3815/3815 or Celeron N2930 processors, and COM-BT is a series of COM Express type 6 computers-on-module.

EMB-BT1 mini-ITX Board

Aaeon_EMB-BT1EMB-BT1 is a fanless board designed for digital signage, POS, Kiosk and networking applications among others, with the following key features:

  • SoC – Intel Atom E3825 with 2 cores @ 1.33 GHz (TDP: 6 W) or Atom E3845 with 4 cores @ 1.91 GHz (TDP: 10W)
  • System Memory – DDR3L-1066 MHz (3825) or DDR3L-1333 MHz (3845)
  • Storage – Up to 2x SATA 6.0Gb/s, 2x SATA 3.0Gb/s
  • Display – 1x VGA, 1x HDMI, 1x LVDS with dual independent display support
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet (via Realtek 8111G)
  • USB – Up to 1x USB 3.0, 8x USB 2.0
  • Serial – Up to 5x RS-232, 1x RS-232/422/485
  • Expansion
    • 1x Full-size Mini Card with optional mSATA
    • 1x Half-size Mini Card
    • 1x PCI-E〔x1〕
  • Power – 12V DC
  • Dimensions – 17 x 17 cm (mini-ITX form factor)

You can get more information and access the user’s manual, datasheet, BIOS and drivers on Aaeon EMB-BT1 page.

Gene-BT05 Industrial Board (3.5″)

Gene-BT05 3.5″ fanless industrial boards are best suited for building automation, factory automation and medical equipment, and come with the following specs:GENE-BT05_Board

  • SoC
    • Intel Atom E3815 with 1 core @ 1.46 GHz (TDP: 5 W)
    • Intel Atom E3825 with 2 cores @ 1.33 GHz (TDP: 6 W)
    • Intel Atom N2930 with 45 cores @ 1.83 GHz (TDP: 7.5W)
  • System Memory – 1x DDR3L 1066/1333MHz SODIMM, Up to 8 GB
  • Storage – 1x SATA 3.0Gb/s, 1x CFast. Optional mSATA (using Mini Card I/F)
  • Display
    • 1x VGA, 1x HDMI, 1x 18/24-bit dual channel LVDS
    • Onboard 4/5/8-wire Resistive Touch Screen Controller (Optional)
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB – 1x USB3.0, 3x USB2.0
  • I/Os – 4x COM ports (2 x RS-232, 2 x RS-232/422/485), 8-bit Digital I/Os
  • Expansion – 2x Mini Card/PCIe (1x Full-size, 1x Half-size)
  • Power – 12V DC
  • Dimensions – 101.6 x 46 mm (3.5″ form factor)

There’s currently no Gene-BT05 in Aaeon’s list of 3.5″ Sub-compact boards, but you could check out the product brief, and Texim-Europe has the three boards listed for sale (4 to 8 weeks lead time).

Aaeon COM-BT COM Express modules

There’s no complete information about the company’s Bay Trail COM express modules, and albeit they’ve announced Atom and Celeron versions of the CoM in their latest press release,I could only find a product brief with Intel Atom Bay Trail-I processors. Here are the key features listed in that document:Aaeon_COM-BT

  • SoC
    • Intel Atom E3815 with 1 core @ 1.46 GHz (TDP: 5 W)
    • Intel Atom E3827 with 2 cores @ 1.75 GHz (TDP: 8 W)
    • Intel Atom E3845 with 4 cores @ 1.91GHz (TDP: 10W)
  • System Memory – 1x DDR3L 1066/1333MHz SODIMM, Up to 4 GB
  • Storage – 2x SATA II (3.0Gb/s), optional 4GB eMMC
  • Display
    • HDMI, Display Port, eDP and VGA up to 2560 x 1600
    • LCD Interface – Up to 18/24-bit dual-channel LVDS
  • Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet (Intel I211)
  • USB – 1x USB3.0, 8x USB2.0 including one for USB OTG
  • I/Os – 2x serial ports (Tx/Rx only), up to 8 GPIOs (4 Input, 4 Output)
  • Expansion – 4x PCIe [x1], including one shared with Gigabit LAN
  • Misc – Optional TPM 1.2, watchdog Timer, H/W status Monitoring
  • Power – 12V DC
  • Standard – COM Express compact module, Pin-out Type 6, COM.0 Rev. 2.1
  • Dimensions – 95 x 95 mm

Further details about the three boards should become available during Computex 2014, on June 3-7 in Taipei, Taiwan, as Aaeon will showcase samples of the GENE-BT05, COM-BT and EMB-BT1 board at their booth  (K0315a).

AAEON EMB-KB1 AMD G-Series SoC based mini-ITX Embedded Motherboard

March 13th, 2014 2 comments

AMD announced their G-Series SoC combining CPU, GPU and chipset in a single chip nearly a year ago, but AAEON EMB-KB1 is the first mini-ITX board I’ve ever heard of using these embedded SoCs. The board features first generation AMD SoCs in dual and quad core configuration, with up to 16GB RAM, up to 9 USB interfaces, 2 SATA III ports, and 2 USB 3.0 ports.

AAEON EMB-KB1 Mini-ITX Embedded Board

AAEON EMB-KB1 Mini-ITX Embedded Board

AAEON EMB-KB1 hardware specifications:

  • SoC
    • GX-420CA quad-core CPU @2.0GHz with AMD Radeon HD 8400E GPU @600MHz – 25W TDP
    • GX-217GA dual-core CPU @1.65GHz with AMD Radeon HD 8280E GPU @450MHz – 15W TDP
  • System Memory – 2x SODIMM sockets for up to 16GB DDR3/DDR3L @ 1600MHz/1333MHz
  • Storage – 2x SATA III (6.0Gb/s)
  • I/O Chipset – Fintek F8186D-I
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek 8111F)
  • Video Output – 1x LVDS, 1x VGA, and 1x DVI up to 1080p or 1920×1200
  • Audio – Mic-in, line-out, and internal audio for 2W speaker. Realtek ALC887 audio codec with amplifier.
  • USB – 8x USB 2.0 ports (2 on rear panel, 4 on mid-board, 2 on mini card interface), 2x USB 3.0 ports on back panel
  • Other I/O:
    • Serial – 5x RS-232, 1x RS-232/422/485
    • 1x PS/2 for keyboard/mouse
    • 8x digital I/O (4 in, 4 out)
    • 2x 4-pin fan connectors
  • Expansion slots:
    • PCIe x4 slot
    • Full-size mini card (PCIe, USB, and mSATA) with SIM Card support
    • Half-size mini card (PCIe and USB)
  • Misc – Watchdog timer, hardware monitors (temperature, voltage, fan)
  • Power – ATX, compliant with EuP / ErP
  • Dimensions – 170 x 170mm (Mini-ITX form factor)
  • Operating temperature – 0 – 60°C

The boards are sold with a SATA cable, an I/O shield, and a product CD. A USB cable, Heatsink and CPU cooler are available in option. GX-420CA requires a fan, but GX-217GA is a fanless motherboard. The boards are said to support Linux, Windows XP, and Windows 7. A 64 Mbflash ROM is used to stora the AMI BIOS. You’ll notice mention of an I/O chipset (Fintek F81866D-I) which in theory should not be needed since there’s one in the SoC, so I’m not extra sure why it’s there unless it was required to add extra expansion connectors.

As usual for this type of product, pricing is not available, nor is availability. More information, including a “datasheet” and a user’s manual, can be found on AAEON EMB-KB1 product page.

Via Embedded Control Europe

Boston Viridis 2.0 and AAEON CRS-200S-2R ARM Based Servers Powered by Calxeda Quad core Cortex A15 SoC

November 21st, 2013 2 comments

Calxeda unveiled its new ECX-2000 Server-on-a-Chip (SoC) at ARM Techcon 2013. Calxeda new chipset features 4 cortex A15 cores, support up to 16GB RAM, and thanks to the move from Cortex A9 to Cortex A15 supports hardware virtualization. I’ve stumbled across two new servers powered by ECX-2000: Boston Viridis 2.0 and AAEON-CRS-200S-2R. Let’s have a look

Boston Viridis 2.0

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The successor of Boston Viridis powered by Calxeda ECX-1000 quad core Cortex A9 SoC, Viridis 2.0 features six ECX-2000 cards, with each card hosting two four-core SoCs @ 1.8GHz, and consuming as little as 6 watts of power. The server runs Ubuntu 13.10 operating systems, and OpenStack Havana platform, and would typically be used for cloud computing, distributed storage, and virtualization.

Viridis 2.0 is a 4U ARM microserver that, and the company claims this can allow up to 1000+ servers in a rack, or about 1.5PB of data storage per rack. The 4U form factor permits configuration with both 36x 3.5″ drives or 72x 2.5″ drives, providing up to 144TB per enclosure.

You can find a little more information on Boston Viridis page.

AAEON CRS-200S-2R

AAEON, a subsidiary of ASUS, and an Industrial PCs manufacturer, showcased CRS-200S-2R storage solutions at ARM Techcon 2013. This is the first ARM-based storage solution part of the Poseidon family of rackmount products targeting applications such as cloud computing, high-density storage appliances and IP surveillance. A similar AAEON solution was also presented at Computex 2013, most probably with Energycore ECX-1000. Here are some of the key features of AAEON CRS-200S-2R 1U system:

  • 12x 3.5″ SATA drives for up to 48TB storage
  • 3x Calxeda EnergyCore ECX-2000 series SoCs
  • Power Consumption – 150W including 12 hard drives, against 250W for an equivalent x86 storage server solution.

Information is limited, but if we can refer to CRS-300S-2R (1U/12 SATA drive) powered by Intel Xeon E3-1200/1200 v2, the server should run the Hadoop platform, and come with 5 to 7 years of guaranteed product life (availability).

Charbax of ARMDevices.net interviewed the company at the conference.

AAEON CRS-200S-2R should eventually show up on the company’s cloud solutions microsite.