Posts Tagged ‘pico-itx’

Axiomtek Braswell pico-ITX Board Fearures Pentium N3710 or Celeron N3060 Processor

June 2nd, 2016 4 comments

Axiomtek has just announced PICO300 pico-ITX board, an update of their PICO842 board replacing Bay Trail processors by Braswell ones. The board supports either Intel Pentium N3710 or Celeron N3060 processors with up to 8 GB memory via a SO-DIMM socket, and includes HDMI or VGA, SATA and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces among others.


Axiomtek PICO300 pico-ITX motherboard specifications:

  • SoC
    • Intel Celeron N3060 dual core processor @  1.6 / 2.48 GHz with 12 EU Intel HD Graphics 400 @ up to 600 MHz (6W TDP) OR
    • Intel Pentium N3710 quad core processor @  1.6 / 2.56 GHz with 16 EU Intel HD Graphics 405 @ up to 700 MHz (6W TDP)
  • System Memory – 1x 204-pin SO-DIMM DDR3L-1600 up to 8GB
  • Storage – 1x SATA-600, 1x mSATA (shared with PCIe mini card)
  • Video Output – 1x LVDS, and 1x HDMI or 1x VGA
  • Audio – MIC-in/Line-out; Realtek ACL662 audio codec
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet with Wake-on-LAN, PXE Boot support (Intel i211AT)
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, and 4x USB 3.0 ports via expansion connector
  • Expansion
    • 1x mini PCI Express (shared with mSATA support)
    • Expansion connectors with 1x PCIe, 2x UART, 1x DDI, 4x USB 3.0, 1x HD audio
  • Misc – Lithium 3V/220mAh, SMBus, hardware monitoring, watchdog timer
  • Power Supply – 12V DC power jack; AT Auto Power On function supported
  • Dimensions – 10 x 7.2 cm (Pico-ITX form factor)
  • Operating Temperature Range – -20°C to +60°C

Intel_Pentium_N3700_pico-ITX_MotherboardThe company does not mention operating system support, but the board should run Windows and Linux operating systems. AXView 2.0 intelligent embedded monitoring software can also be used to manage and monitor the board with SNMP, MQTT, MODBUS, SNMP Trap, and/or Email.

PICO300 is available now at an undisclosed price. Visit the product page for further information.

Axiomtek PICO842 Fanless Bay Trail Pico-ITX Motherboard Includes a SO-DIMM Socket and SATA Ports

October 3rd, 2015 2 comments

Axiomtek PICO842 is a fanless Pico-ITX motherboard that features Intel Celeron J1900 quad core processor or Celeron N2807 dual core processor with up to 8GB DDR3L, and aimed at IoT & medical applications, automation, and embedded systems with wide temperature range requirements.


Axiomtek PICO842 specifications:

  • SoC
    • Intel Celeron J1900 quad core processor up to 2.42 GHz OR
    • Intel Celeron N2807 dual core processor up to 2.16 GHz
  • System Memory – 1x DDR3L-1066/1333 SO-DIMM up to 8GB for J1900, and 4GB for N2807
  • Storage – 1x SATA-300, 1x mSATA
  • Video Output – 1x 18/24-bit single/dual channel LVDS, and 1x HDMI or 1x VGA
  • Audio – HD Codec audio (Realtek ALC662); MIC-in/Line-out
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (Intel i211AT)
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host port
  • Serial – 2x COM ports supporting RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485.
  • Expansion – mini PCI Express (shared with mSATA support)
  • Power Supply – 12V DC power jack.
  • Battery – Lithium 3V/220mAH (where?)
  • Misc – CPU/system temperature and voltage monitoring, SMBus,
  • Dimensions – 10 x 7.2 cm (Pico-ITX form facto)
  • Operating Temperature Range – -20°C to +70°C

Industrial_Bay_Trail_pico-ITXThe processor and video output options means there are four SKUs: PICO842VGA-J1900 with J1900 and VGA, PICO842VGA-N2807 with N2807 and VGA, PICO842HGA-J1900 with J1900 and HDMI, and PICO842HGA-N2807 with N2807 and HDMI. The board is more flexible than many other Bay Trail platform as the RAM and storage are not soldered to the board, and instead you’ll need to install a SO-DIMM memory module, and an mSATA or SATA drive for storage. The company claims the platform “runs well Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems”, but I don’t see why Linux distributions would not run as well as on these Bay Trail-D processors.

Axiometek PICO842 will be available around the beginning of December 2015, but pricing as not been announced yet. More details may be found on Axiomtek PICO842 product page.

Data Modul eDM-pITX-BT pico-ITX Boards Powered by Intel Bay Trail Processors

February 6th, 2015 4 comments

Data Modul has introduced industrial pico-ITX boards based on low power Intel Atom or Celeron Bay Trail processors, that include a Gigabit Ethernet port, LVDS, HDMI or DisplayPort video output, a SATA interface and up to 4 GB RAM.

eDM-pITX-BT Board (Click to Enlarge)

eDM-pITX-BT Board (Click to Enlarge)

eDN-pITX-BT boards specifications:

  • SoC:
    • Intel Atom E3815 single core processor @ 1.46GHz with HD graphics – 5W TDP
    • Intel Celeron J1900 quad core processor @ 2.0 GHz (up to 2.42GHz) with HD graphics – 10W TDP
  • System Memory – 2GB or 4GB on-board DDR3L (1600 MT/s)
  • Storage – SATA 2.0 (3GB/s), mSATA via mini-PCIe
  • Video Output / Display I/F – DisplayPort up to 2560 x 1600, optional HDMI (TBC),  dual-channel 24-bit LVDS up to 1920 x 1200, backlight control. Dual independent display support.
  • Audio – Realtek ALC888S HDA audio codec – S/PDIF, front speaker, and microphone via headers.
  • Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0; 1x USB 3.0
  • Expansion:
    • 1x mini-PCIe/mSATA (half size)
    • 1x mini-PCIe (half size)
    • Headers and connectors for 8x GPIO,  1x I2C, 1x SMB,  1x CAN 2.0, 1x RS232; 1x RS422/485
  • Misc – Watchdog timer, fan connector
  • Power – 12V DC (+/-5%); input is via a rear-panel Jack or internal Molex connector
  • Dimensions – 100 x 72mm (Pico-ITX)
  • Temperature Range – 0 to 60°C (standard); -40 to 85°C (industrial)

Cooling is passive by default, but optional active cooling is also available. The boards support Linux, Windows 7/8.x, Windows Embedded Compact 7/2013, or Windows Embedded Standard 7/8.

Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

eDM-pITX-BT Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

The two Bay Trail pico ITX board are shipping, and will be available for 7 years, but price has not been disclosed publicly. Further details can be found on Data Modul’s eDM-pITX-BT product page.

Via LinuxGizmos

Snapdragon 600 based IFC6410 Development Board is Available for $75 For a Limited Time

May 9th, 2014 13 comments

Despite their popularity with tablets and smartphones, I don’t see much developer community around Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and only a few low cost development boards. One of them is Inforce Computing IF6410 pico-ITX board powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (APQ8064) quad core processor with 2GB RAM, 4GB eMMC flash, Gb Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, SATA,  micro HDMI and LVDS video outputs, etc.., that normally sells for just $149.

IFC6410 Single Board Computer (Click to Enlarge)

IFC6410 Single Board Computer (Click to Enlarge)

But the company is having a promotion for $75 with the coupon code “makerfaire” until May 18, or until the 500 units they’ve reserved are sold out. Shipping is not included in the price, and you’ll have to add about $50 for Fedex delivery (It may be cheaper in the US) for a total of about $125, which still probably makes it the cheapest “Cortex A15 class” board that you can get. The board appears to only officially support Android, and if you want to run a Linux distribution you may need to so so within Android (TBC).

Thanks to adem for the tip.

Phytec phyBOARD WEGA Industrial Pico-ITX SBC Features Texas Instruments Sitara AM335x SoCs

April 22nd, 2014 No comments

Phytec has recently announced phyBOARD WEGA board powered by Texas Instruments AM335x Sitara ARM Processors via their phyCORE-AM335x SoM, which comes with up to 1GB DDR3 SDRAM, and up to 2GB NAND Flash. This single board computer targets industrial HMI (Human Machine Interface) and is suitable for various automation and display applications.


PhyBOARD WEGA specifications:

  • SoM – phyCORE-AM335x with:
    • SoC – Texas Instruments Sitara AM355x ARM Cortex-A8 processor @ up to 1GHz, with PowerVR SGX530 GPU
    • System Memory – 256 MB DDR3 RAM (Max: 1GB)
    • Storage – 128 MB NAND Flash (Max: 2GB), optional 8 MB NOR Flash, 4KB EEPROM
  • External Storage – micro SD card slot
  • Connectivity – 2 x 10/100 Ethernet
  • USB – 1 x USB Host, 1 x USB OTG
  • Display I/F – 24bpp TTL
  • Communication Interfaces – 6 x UART, 3 x I2C, 2 x SPI, 1 x CAN
  • Expansion Connectors – 1x ADC(12Bit, 8Channel), GPIOs, JTAG, HDMI
  • Power – 5V DC
  • Dimensions – 100 x 72 mm (Pico-ITX)
phyBOARD WEGA-AM335x Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

phyBOARD WEGA (M335x) Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

Three expansions modules are available for the board:

  • A power module – 12 V – 24 V input voltage, 5 V and 3.3 V output voltage
  • An “evaluation board” with three User LEDs and three switches, one  JTAG interface for AM335x, one RS232 interface (UART 0), and a second expansion socket to connect another expansion board
  • An HDMI adapter – Adding HDMI and audio over I2S

Other accessories are also said to be available, although currently not documented: RGB LCD Adapter + LCD, VGA LCD Adapter, WiFi/BT Module, TTL to RS232 breakout board and  CAN Transceiver breakout board.

Phytec provides BSP for Linux including GCC C/C++ cross development tool chain, Eclipse IDE, PTXdist build system, Bootloader, kernel, file system and source code, and Windows Embedded Compact 7 (WEC7) with Visual Studio 2008 evaluation CD, Platform Builder 7, SDK for application development, Bootloader and runtime Nk.bin image, OSDesign example and binary BSP, with the source available under EULA. Android and Qt BSP are also said to be available but only listed in their product brief. You can access the Linux & WEC7 BSP and associated software & hardware documentation via Phytec FTP server and Wega Documentation page.  The schematics are also available once your purchase a sample. Support is supposedly available via a WiKi (currently empty), Phytec community, or via paid premium support.

Phytec phyBOARD WEGA AM335x is currently available for a discounted sample price of 4900 Rupees (~$81), and $95 for 1k orders. Further information is available on Phytec phyBOARD WEGA page.

Thanks to Nanik for the tip

$69 PhoenixA20 Pico-ITX Board Features Allwinner A20 SoC

November 25th, 2013 27 comments

Anichips Technology, a Shenzhen based electronics design company, has just announced PhoenixA20, a pico-ITX board features AllWinner A20 dual core Cortex A20 SoC with 1GB, 4GB Flash, HDMI and VGA output, Ethernet, and built-in Wi-fi and Bluetooth.

PhoenixA20 specifications:

  • SoC- AllWinner A20 dual ARM Cortex-A7 processor @ 1.2 GHz with ARM Mali-400MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 4GB NAND Flash, micro SD card slot (up to 32GB), and SATA
  • Video output – HDMI and VGA connectors. LVDS, RGB and CVBS signals are accessible via the expansion headers
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0 (via AP6210)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Camera Interface – CSI
  • Expansion headers – 3x UART, 2x I2C, 1×I2S, 1xCVBS, 4x TVIN, 2x Line IN,  1x SPDIF, 2x PWM, 2x LRADC, 2x FMIN, 1xHeadphone, 4xTVOUT, MIC, IR, TP

The board supports Android 4.2.2, and Linux 3.3 with source code for Linux, Android, and U-boot available from the company’s github account. Documentation and schematics (PDF format) are also available. There are two directory for English and Chinese documentation, but at the moment don’t bother with the English version (basically empty), and all interesting docs are in the Chinese directory. There’s also a Wiki (short but in English, and with somewhat useful links), and a forum, in Chinese only for now, which could be the place where to find bootable Ubuntu or Android images for the board.

It’s one of the rare boards to come with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in this price category ($69 including shipping), as well as a CSI connector (although it’s unclear if any cam is supported right now). The VGA output may be an advantage too. In theory, you should be able to purchase pico-ITX case for the board, but as noted on linux-sunix mailing list, there are not that many off-the-shelf Pico-ITX cases, so this may not be that much of an advantage.

The board can be purchased on Aliexpress for $69 including shipping via China Post, or on Taobao for 369 CNY (~ $60.50).

VIA Unveils VAB-820 Pico-ITX Board Powered by Freescale i.MX6 Quad

November 7th, 2013 6 comments

About two weeks ago, VIA announced the VAB-820, which according to the company, is the first ARM based quad core Pico-ITX single board computer (SBC) on the market. A claim that looks to be incorrect by the way. The board is powered by Freescale i.MX6Quad quad core ARM Cortex A9 processor, and comes with 1GB DDR3 SDRAM and 4GB eMMC Flash. This is an industrial board targeting in-vehicle, surveillance and industrial applications, designed to work in an operating temperature range from -20°C ~ 70°, and with a seven years longevity support.

VAB-820 SBC (Click to Enlarge)

VAB-820 SBC (Click to Enlarge)

VAB-820 Specifications:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX 6Quad ARM Cortex-A9 @ 1.0GHz with Vivante GC2000 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3-1066 SDRAM using 128M x16 memory devices
  • Storage – 4MB SPI Serial Flash, 4GB eMMC Flash, and microSD slot (up to 64GB)
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet using Micrel KSZ9031RNX Ethernet transceiver with RGMII support
  • Audio – Freescale SGTL5000 low power stereo codec
  • Video Decoder – ADI ADV7180 10-Bit, 4 x oversampling SDTV video decoder
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 transmitter + Composite output
  • USB – SMSC USB2514 USB 2.0 high speed 4-port hub controllers
  • Onboard I/O
    • COM connector with power supply (supports 8-wire DTE mode)
    • COM/CAN connector with power supply (supports 2-wire RS232 Tx/Rx and 2 FlexCAN Tx/Rx ports)
    • Dual-channel, 18/24-bit LVDS connector
    • RTC battery connector
    • MIPI CSI-2 connector (supports 2 data lanes)
    • SPI master connector (supports 2 SPI slave devices)
    • S-video pin header
    • 2 POE pin headers (support optional PD power board)
    • Front audio pin header for line-in, headphone-out and MIC-in
    • Boot flash select pin header (for SPI or micro SD)
    • Miscellaneous pin header for 1 USB 2.0 host port, 1 USB2.0 OTG port
    • Miscellaneous pin header for 1 I2C pair, 8 GPIOs, system reset button and LEDs for power/WPAN/WLAN/WWAN
    • 12V DC-in power connector
    • Mini PCI-e slot (supports multiple connections and buses including JTAG)
  • Front I/O
    • Micro SD connector
  • Rear I/O
    • HDMI port
    • 2x USB 2.0 ports
    • RJ-45 LAN port (supports optional IEEE802.3at type 2, that’s PoE)
    • Composite RCA jack
  • Watch Dog Timer
  • Operating Temperature – Extended temperature: -20~ 70°C
  • Operating Humidity – 0% ~ 95% (relative humidity ; non-condensing)
  • Form Factor – 8-layer PCB, 10 cm x 7.2 cm (Pico-ITX)
VAB-820 Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

VAB-820 Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

The company provides board support packages (BSP) for Android 4.2.2 and Embedded Linux 3.0.35
operating systems. A embedded Linux evaluation kit is available for download for the VAB-820 board and  AMOS-820 (VAB-820 board with rugged enclosure). The embedded board comes with a DC-in power cable, an audio cable, a USB cable, and a COM cable (3-wired) for debugging via the console.

Sample units of the VIA VAB-820 Pico-ITX board are available now, and you can visit VIA VAB-820 page.

VIA Announces $99 Springboard Platform for Android and Linux Development

November 1st, 2013 3 comments

Back in May 2013, VIA unveiled VAB-600 Pico-ITX board powered by WonderMedia WM8950 with an ARM Cortex A9 processor @ 800 MHz and a Mali-400 GPU. At the time they provided a starter kit with a 7″ display. The company has now announced the VIA Springboard Platform based on VAB-600 that is available without Wi-Fi for $99 or with Wi-Fi for $129.


VIA Springboard Platform Wi-Fi Kit (Click to Enlarge)

Here are the items included in the kits:

  • VAB-600 Pico-ITX board with WM8950, 1GB DDR3 SDRAM, 4GB eMMC Flash memory and microSD slot. See VAB-600 post for detailed specifications.
  • VIA VAB-600-A I/O extender card:
    • 1 x Line-Out jack
    • 1 x Mic-In jack
    • 2 x USB 2.0 A-type ports
    • 1 x Suspend LED power indicator
    • 1 x Power On/Off button
    • 3 x board-to-board connectors
    • 1 x USB board-to-board connector
  • VIA VNT9271 Springboard USB WiFi module (Wi-Fi Kit only) – Supports IEEE 802.11b/g/n standards and 802.11e WiFi Multimedia (WMM). Based on Atheros AR9271 controller chip
  • A/C power adapter
  • 1 x COM cable
  • 1 x USB 2.0 cable
  • 3 year longevity
  • 6 month warrantee

The VAB-600 board supports Android and Linux Software Development Packages which can be downloaded from VIA Springboard website. The Springboard Android Software Development Package features Android version 4.0.3, and includes the kernel and bootloader source codes as well as a Smart ETK comprising a number of APIs, including Watchdog Timer (WDT), GPIO access, COM port access, RTC for auto-power on, and a sample app. The Springboard Linux Software Development Package has a pre-built Debian image, including the kernel and bootloader source codes, as well as a toolchain.

The kits are available now at for $99 for the base version and $129 for the Wi-Fi kit, plus shipping that seems to be between $25 and $30 to the few countries I’ve tried. That’s not exactly the best performance / price ratio we can get today, but it could be an option if you need at least 3-years guaranteed longevity, or/and some particular features available on the board such as SIM card slot, pico-ITX form factor, etc…