UP 4000 SBC is a Raspberry Pi lookalike with an Intel Apollo Lake processor

AAEON has unveiled the UP 4000 single board computer with a form factor and ports arrangement similar to Raspberry Pi 2/3, but powered by a choice of x86 processors, namely the Intel Atom E3900 series, Celeron N3350, or Pentium N4200 all parts of the Apollo Lake family.

The first UP Board was introduced in 2015 as a device offering an x86 alternative to the Raspberry Pi 2 with an Intel Atom x5-Z8300/Z8350 “Cherry Trail” processor, but later “UP bridge the gap” boards from the company used larger “Squared” (85.6 x 90 mm) or “Xtreme” (122 x 120 mm) form factors. The UP 4000 SBC brings us back to the original business card form factor but with a boost in performance and various specifications improvements.

UP 4000 SBC

UP 4000 vs UP Board specifications

 UP BoardUP 4000
SoCIntel Atom x5-Z8350 (up to 1.92 GHz)Intel Celeron N3350 (up to 2.40 GHz)
Intel Pentium N4200 (up to 2.50 GHz)
Intel Atom x7-E3950 (up to 2.00 GHz)
GPU (in SoC)Intel HD Graphics 400Intel HD Graphics 500 or 505
System MemoryUp to 4GB RAMUp to 8GB dual-channel. LPDDR4
Storage
16GB to 64GB eMMC flash
DisplayHDMI 1.4aHDMI 1.4b
1x DP 1.2 via USB Type C
Audio
I2S audio port1x 6pin Audio wafer (Mic in/ Line out)
EthernetGigabit Ethernet
USB
4x USB 2.0 Type A
1x USB 3.0 OTG Micro B
2x USB 2.0 via 10pin wafer
3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A
1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C
2x USB 2.0 via 10pin wafer
HW SecurityN/ATPM 2.0 on board
Expansion
10pin wafer for WiFi/ Bluetooth10pin wafer for WiFi/ Bluetooth
1x FPC connector for M.2 expansion board
Power Input5V DC12V DC, up to 5A

 

Raspberry Pi x86 Intel Apollo Lake board

AAEON says the new board is able to deliver 30% faster CPU performance and twice the 3D graphics performance compared to UP Board. The UP 4000 did lose one USB port, but it might be for the best, as the company used a USB + HDMI combo connector, which puts Ethernet, HDMI, and USB Type-A ports on one side of the board.

The new interfaces include support for an additional display through a USB Type-C port with Displayport Alt. mode, TPM 2.0 security, and support for M.2 modules (WiFi, AI module, 5G connectivity) via an expansion board that’s coming later this year. The UP 4000 should also be compatible with expansion boards for the UP board.

UP 4000 Block Diagram

On the software side, the company lists Microsoft Windows 10 full version, Windows IoT Core, and Linux (Ubuntu, Yocto). But as an x86 board, you should be able to install other 64-bit x86 (AMD64) operating systems as well including FreeBSD or NetBSD, but Windows 11 may not be supported due to the processor used, or at least not directly without some hacks. The new Apollo Lake SBC is said to be especially suited for automation, robotics, and retail services.

The UP 4000 SBC is now up for pre-order with a 10% discount until July 15, and prices range between $116.10 and $233.10 depending on CPU, memory, and storage configuration. Shipping is scheduled to start in August. More details may be found on the product page.

Via FanlessTech

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Salvador Liébana
Salvador Liébana
2 months ago

Afaik, that’s fake I/O. Those socs can’t provide usb 3.2 gen 1 bandwidth.

tkaiser
tkaiser
2 months ago

How hard is it to do a web search for eg “n4200 ark intel” to get the specs? This is more ‘crippled I/O’ than ‘fake I/O’ since SATA and most of PCIe lanes not exposed 🙁

WereCatf
WereCatf
2 months ago

I have an UP Squared with Pentium N4200, 4GB RAM and 32GB eMMC and it’s been fabulous for running pfSense on for years now. I would much rather recommend getting an UP Squared than UP 4000, because it’s the same SoC, but you get a lot, lot more I/O.

UP 4000 kind of cripples that SoC with such an anemic selection of I/O, which is quite sad.

tkaiser
tkaiser
2 months ago

Fully agree. But most probably this board should serve as a drop-in replacement for the original UP Board since following the stupid RPi form factor makes otherwise not that much sense since RPi enclosures don’t fit due to different placement of some components.

Talking about 12V vs. 5V on the original UP Board: that’s how I killed mine just recently…

Willy
Willy
2 months ago

I don’t remember having had the schematic with mine, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a small fuse at the input. I can’t see any on mine due to the heat sinks, but that’s worth checking.

tkaiser
tkaiser
2 months ago

My original UP Board was almost all the times in the drawer since due to the moronic Micro USB3 Type B Connector for the USB3 OTG port I never got any SuperSpeed USB connection since there seem to exist two pin-outs for these cables and IIRC those are ‘illegal’ according to USB implementors forum anyway.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 months ago

SBCs should move to Pico-ITX, and forget the RasPi form factor. ~49% larger.

tkaiser
tkaiser
2 months ago

With capable SoCs like RK3588 even Pico-ITX is IMO too small 🙂

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
2 months ago

There are loads of other non RPI boards out there already. Like Kontrons recent 3.5″-SBC-EKL series.

3.5″ SINGLE BOARD COMPUTER WITH INTEL® ATOM® X6000E SERIES, CELERON® J6000 / N6000 SERIES & PENTIUM® J6000 / N6000 SERIES PROCESSORS

Just costs that separates them.

Maybe the 8 GB RPI format clones meet the needs as RPI 4 are silly money or rare still.

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
2 months ago

If not wanting RPI format Ameridroid still has the Atomic Pi for $45.
Don’t forget the extra bits you might need.

Genuine Intel Atom x5-Z8350 quad core with 2M Cache. Runs up to 1.92GHz with a 480MHz GPU. Eats RPi for dessert. Beats some desktops.
Loaded with memory: 2GB DDR3L-1600, 16GB eMMC, SD slot for adding more – up to 256GB
Full HDMI port with Intel HD Graphics & primary audio out.

Unai Uribarri
2 months ago

You has never have a RPi4. It is faster than Intel Atom x5-Z8350 by a large margin even when running without any fan and consuming a fraction of the energy.

spuwho
spuwho
2 months ago

I still have my original UP! board. It still runs, but like the original, running any kind of modern OS will make that heat sink get really hot. Tried some 3rd party hats from the Pi world, most didn’t work. A kind of a oddity now. RockPi X is $49 for entry level Cherry Trail now.

Willy
Willy
2 months ago

Most likely depends on what you do with it. Among the two I have, one is on my desk, powered 24×7 serving various tests (all performance-related), and I unplugged the fan since it was not needed. The heat dissipates via the bottom plate into the desk and that’s sufficient. Right now in idle it’s probably at 39-40°C. Under load it gets hotter, but nothing that causes throttling so that’s fine this way. Regarding the other board, it’s in my computer bag, in an acrylic enclosure I made ( ) and its bottom plate is in contact with the bottom acrylic… Read more »

Henrik
Henrik
2 months ago

Stop keep changing the layout!

Eric
Eric
2 months ago

Just waiting for such a board with a better network controller, i21x or even i225 for hw PTP and other nice features. Even Realtek is starting to provide such functions, albeit in other controllers.

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