AAEON uCOM-ADN SMARC SoM features Intel Processor N97, Core i3-N305, or Atom x7425E CPU

AAEON uCOM-ADN is a SMARC-compliant system-on-module (SoM) based on an Intel Core i3-N305, Intel Atom x7425E, or Intel Processor N97 Alder Lake-N SoC and mainly designed for the digital signage and smart kiosk markets.

The module is equipped with up to 8GB LPDDR5, up to 64GB eMMC flash, two 2.5GbE controllers, and offers a range of interfaces through a standard 314-pin MXM 3.0 connector such as SATA III, three PCIe Gen3 x1, DP++ and eDP video outputs, MIPI CSI camera input, and more.

Intel N97 Alder Lake-N SMARC SoM

uCOM-ADN SMARC module specifications:

  • Alder Lake N-series SoC (one or the other)
    • Intel Atom x7425E quad-core processor up to 3.4 GHz with 6MB cache, 24EU Intel UHD Graphics @ 1.00 GHz; TDP: 12W
    • Intel Processor N97 quad-core processor up to 3.6 GHz with 6MB cache, 24EU Intel UHD Graphics @ 1.20 GHz; TDP: 12W
    • Intel Core i3-N305 octa-core processor up to 3.8 GHz with 6MB cache, 32EU Intel UHD Graphics @ 1.25 GHz; TDP: 15W
  • System Memory – Up to 8GB LPDDR5x 4800MHz
  • Storage – Up to 64GB eMMC flash
  • Networking – 2x 2.5GbE Intel Ethernet Controller I226-V/IT
  • 314-pin MXM 3.0 edge connector
    • Storage – SATA 3.0 interface
    • Video Output
      • 2x DP++ up to 3840 x 2160
      • 1x eDP up to 3840 x 2160
    • Camera I/F – 2x MIPI CSI
    • Audio – High-Definition Audio Interface
    • Networking – 2x 2.5GbE
    • USB Port – 6x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.2
    • Serial Port – 2x 2-Wire UART (Tx/Rx), 2x 4-Wire UART (Tx/Rx/RTS/CTS)
    • Expansion
      • 3x PCIe Gen 3 x1 (up to PCIe x2); Note: contact AAEON to get a fourth PCIe Gen 3 x1 interface
      • GPIO – 7-bit (up to 14-bit by customization)
      • SMBus/I2C – GP_I2C and SMBus
  • Security – TPM 2.0
  • Misc – AMI UEFI BIOS with Wake-on-LAN, watchdog timer
  • Power Supply
    • Supply Voltage – +5V for ATX / AT
    • Power Type – AT (default)/ATX, switch by BIOS
    • Power Consumption (Typical) – Intel Core i3-N305, up to 4.23A @ +5V
  • Dimensions – 82 x 50mm (SMARC Module)
  • Weight – 60 grams
  • Temperature Range
    • Operating – Default: -20°C ~ 70°C; extended: -40°C ~ 85°C
    • Storage – -40°C ~ 85°C
  • Humidity – 0% ~ 90% relative humidity, non-condensing
  • EMC – CE/FCC Class A


AAEON uCOM-ADN SMARC system-on-module block diagram
AAEON uCOM-ADN block diagram

AAEON provides support for Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 11 Enterprise, and Ubuntu 22.04 with Linux 5.19. The company does not provide any information about the carrier board, although they used to offer the CB-960T SMARC Carrier Board which has been phased out since December 2020. So I’d assume customers would have to use other reference SMARC carrier boards or directly integrate the module into their existing designs.

The AAEON uCOM-ADL is not the only SMARC 2.1 system-on-module on the market, as we previously covered the TQ-Embedded TQMxE41S, as well as the congatec conga-SA8 and ADLINK LEC-ASL SMARC 2.1 system-on-module with the latter two offered with both Alder Lake-N and Amston Lake CPU families. For a better understanding of what can be done with such modules, you can check out Arnon’s review of the LattePanda Mu Intel N100 system-on-module with a SO-DIMM form factor.

AAEON did not provide availability and pricing information for the module. Further details may be found on the product page and the press release.

Update: I’ve been given some pricing information.

  • Intel Processor N97 SKU: USD 269.00
  • Intel Core i3-N305 SKU: USD422.00
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25 days ago

–>Intel Processor N97 SKU: USD 269.00
I think Intel Processor N100 mini PC with 8GB LPDDR5 memory sells should be about $150

Any one know why the SMARC module (or COM EXPRESS module)are so expensive?

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