Boards/Backplanes

Low-power SBC for industrial IoT solutions

22nd January 2019
Alex Lynn

Specialist in research, development and manufacture of industrial computer products, Axiomtek, is introducing its PICO318, a palm-sized fanless pico-ITX motherboard powered by the Intel Pentium processor N4200 or Celeron processor N3350 (code name: Apollo Lake). The PICO318 is a low power-consumption 2.5” embedded board that is expandable, rugged design, feature-rich and versatile to help facilitate quick deployment.

The PICO318 is equipped with one 204-pin DDR3L-1867 SO-DIMM for up to 8GB system memory. A dual-display capability is available through 18/24-bit single/dual channel LVDS and DisplayPort. For storage, there are one M.2 key B slot for SATA or PCIe x2 SSD card and one half-size PCI Express Mini Card slot with support for mSATA. Moreover, the pico-ITX form factor single board computer features 12V DC power supply input with AT Auto Power On function.

Michelle Mi, Product Manager of Product PM Division at Axiomtek, stated: "The slim and lightweight 2.5-inch PICO318 comes with various expansion interfaces within its limited dimensions. This fanless embedded motherboard features wireless communication capabilities with an internal PCI Express Mini Card slot. The board also comes with two Gigabit Ethernet ports for customers who need mass data transmission or LAN port teaming functions for each virtual machine.

“The PICO318 is suitable for various industrial environments with an operating temperature range of -20°C to +60°C. This rugged pico-ITX embedded motherboard is designed for wide range applications including factory automation, Industrial IoT gateway systems, machine vision and more."

The Intel Apollo Lake-based pico-ITX board provides I/O connectivity including two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, one RS-232/422/485 port, one RS-232 port, two Gigabit LAN ports with Intel i211AT Ethernet controller, one HD Codec audio, and 4-channel digital I/O.

The PICO318 offers watchdog timer and hardware monitoring for reliable operation. It also supports AXView 2.0, intelligent remote management software for industrial IoT applications. Additionally, its I2C interface offers smart battery support.

Axiomtek’s PICO318 will be available in March, 2019.

Advanced features:

  • Intel Pentium processor N4200 and Celeron processor N3350 (code name: Apollo Lake).
  • One 204-pin DDR3L-1867 SO-DIMM, up to 8GB.
  • Two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports
  • Two Gigabit Ethernet ports and two COM ports.
  • PCI Express Mini Card slot with mSATA support.
  • Supports M.2 Key B (SATA, USB 2.0, PCIe x2 for option) in 22x42mm or 30x42mm.

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