3.5-inch SubCompact board features LGA1200 socket for Comet Lake Embedded processors

Most compact boards covered on CNX Software are either getting the processor soldered on board, or with a system-on-module including CPU, storage, memory, and potentially other features like PMIC and Ethernet.

But AAEON GENE-CML5 3.5-inch subcompact board adopts a different approach and uses an LGA1200 socket to offer a choice of five different Intel Comet Lake Embedded processors from Celeron up to Core i7.

Comet Lake SBC socketed processor

AAEON GENE-CML5 specifications:

  • SoC (one or the other)
    • Intel Core i7-10700TE 8-core/16-thread Comet Lake processor @ 2.0 GHz / 4.4 GHz (Turbo) with 16MB cache, Intel UHD Graphics 630; 35W TDP
    • Intel Core i5-10500TE 6-core/12-thread Comet Lake processor @ 2.3 GHz / 3.7 GHz with 12MB cache, Intel UHD Graphics 630; 35W TDP
    • Intel i3-10100TE quad-core/4-thread Comet Lake processor @ 2.3 GHz /  3.6 GHz with 6MB cache, Intel UHD Graphics 630; 35W TDP
    • Intel Pentium Gold G6400TE dual-core/4-thread processor @ 3.2 GHz with 4MB cache, Intel UHD Graphics 610; 35W TDP
    • Intel Celeron G5900TE dual-core/2-thread processor @ 3.0 GHz with 2MB cache, Intel UHD Graphics 610; 35W TDP
  • Chipset – Intel Q470E / H420E / Q470
  • System Memory – Up to 64GB DDR4 2933/2666/2400 MHz via 2x SODIMM sockets (dual-channel, Non-ECC)
  • Storage – 2x SATA 3.0, NVMe storage (See expansion slots)
  • Video Output
    • Chrontel CH7517A VGA/LCD Controller
    • 1x DisplayPort++
    • 1x VGA
    • 1x LVDS with 12V/2A backlight inverter supply
  • Audio – High Definition Audio Interface,Line-in/Line-out/MIC
  • Networking
    • 1x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port via Intel i210/i211
    • One extra Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port via Intel i219 (Vpro only with i5/i7 + Q470/Q470E variant)
  • USB – 2x USB3.2 Gen 2 ports, 4x USB 2.0 interfaces via pin header
  • Serial Port – 2x RS-232/422/485
  • Expansion
    • 1x M.2 M Key 2280 PCIe x4/1x SATA
    • 1x PCIe x4 through Flexible Printed Circuit interface, Q470/Q470E only – for AI expansion modules or NVMe storage
    • I2C, SMBUS
    • 8-bit DIO
  • Security – TPM 2.0
  • Misc – AMI UEFI BIOS with Wake-on-LAN, Watchdog timer
  • Power Supply – 12V AT(default)/ATX
  • Power Consumption – 4.47A type. for Intel i7-10700TE, DDR4 3200Mhz 32GB
  • Dimensions – 146×101.7mm (3.5″ SubCompact Board)
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0°C ~ 60°C; storage: -40°C ~ 81°C
  • Humidity – 0-90% @ 40°C, non-condensing
  • MTBF – 380,571 hours (now that’s accurate!)
  • Certification – CE/FCC Class A


AAEON says the GENE-CML5 SBC is designed for “next-generation industrial and AI Edge applications”, which seems to be a compulsory buzzword in all press releases these days…

Socketed processors are the default in most desktop and server motherboards, but not found in board’s with low-power processors. The GENE-CML5 relies on more powerful and less energy-efficient 35W Comet Lake processors which come in a socketed form contrary to the Comet Lake U-series and Y-series we normally cover on CNX Software. It’s not the first 3.5-inch SBC with a socketed processor, as for instance, Axiomtek CAPA500 was introduced a few years ago with an LGA1151 socket for 7th/6th Gen Intel processors.

socketed processor on single board computer

More details may be found on the product page and press release.

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2 years ago

A company whose products can’t be purchased. Another SBC from which we only know spec. E.g. a long time ago there was an article about https://www.cnx-software.com/2021/02/12/aaeon-pico-tgu4-pico-itx-tiger-lake-up3-sbc-comes-with-gbe-sata-hdmi-edp/
We still can’t buy the device (so never will). I treat this as a wet dream. There isn’t even a prototype of this SBC – If such a device existed we would have seen a video of AAEON PICO-TGU4 long ago….

2 years ago

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