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Mini-ITX and Pico-ITX Boards Boast Leading Edge Graphics

Products based on the various small sized versions of the ITX form factor—Mini-ITX and Pico-ITX—provide system developers with complete PC-functionality and advanced graphics.

JEFF CHILD, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

The days have now past when backplane-based form factors like VME and cPCI were only choices for military systems. Now that a complete computing solution can be designed into a small form factor embedded motherboard, system designers can opt to dispense with extra size and weight for card cages and the backplanes themselves. Among the so-called bus-less embedded form factors are the various versions of the ITX. They offer a more complete single board computer (SBC) approach, integrating most or all of the typical desktop PC kinds of functions. Military systems where graphics are a priority are particularly suited to these types of board-level products (Figure 1). Some of these products takes advantage of the latest SoC integrated with Intel Gen9 featuring seamless Ultra HD graphics and support for multiple display outputs.

Figure 1. Bus-less embedded computer form factors like Pico-ITX, Min-ITX and Thin-Mini-ITX are particularly attractive in space-constrained military applications that require advanced graphics for user interfaces.

The ITX form factor is based on the ATX PC motherboard standard, but it’s more known in recent years its spinoffs Mini-ITX and Pico-ITX. Mini-ITX is a 17 x 17 cm (or 6.7 x 6.7 inch) low-power motherboard form factor developed by VIA Technologies in 2001. They are commonly used in small form factor (SFF) computer systems. Mini-ITX boards can be passively cooled due to their low power consumption architecture. The four mounting holes in a Mini-ITX board line up with four of the holes in ATX-specification motherboards. Pico-ITX, meanwhile, is a PC motherboard form factor announced by VIA Technologies in January 2007. The form factor was transferred over to SFF-SIG in 2008. The Pico-ITX form factor specifications call for the board to be 10 x 7.2 cm (3.9 × 2.8 inch).

Mini-ITX and Pico-ITX have become so prevalent that this year COTS Journal gave them (this), their own Data Sheet Roundup section. Among those, there are many vendors this year coming out with their first Thin Mini-ITX board offerings. Thin Mini-ITX is version of Mini-ITX that is only 22 mm in height, a thinner port cluster and horizontally stacked SO-DIMM memory slots. Meanwhile the 3.5-inch style of board continues to be a popular size even though it’s not any official established standard. Note the product in the roundup section on the next couple pages includes only boards released in the past 12 months.

For its part, Intel provides documentation for using Thin Min-ITX for a so-called All-In-One PC board design including the minimum requirements for consideration and approval to have components listed on its “Channel AIO Compatibility Matrix”. According to Intel, compliance with those requirements ensures compatibility among the listed building block components to aid in the successful integration of Channel All-In-One systems. The business model for All-In- One system integrators is based on building block components that are readily available from established distribution channels. This compliance document is targeted towards All-In-One systems based on the Thin Mini-ITX motherboard standard as defined in the Thin Mini-ITX Based PC System Design Guide.

ITX and Mini ITX Boards Roundup and Links to the full data sheets for each product are listed below.

 

Acrosser Technology

Mini ITX Board Sports AMD Brazos G-Series Dual Core T56N APU

Acrosser Technology’s AMB-A55ET1 is an industrial Mini ITX motherboard, is based on the AMD Brazos G-Series Dual Core T56N APU with AMD Hudson-E1 A55E which integrated with AMD Radeon HD 6320 and supported Directx 11. The card is equipped with 1x VGA, HDMI and LVDS connection on the rear I/O panel, as well as 2 Mini PCIe slot for mSATA/USB, and 8 USB 2.0 which can satisfy most requirements of industrial appliances. Onboard SO-DIMM socket supports up to 4 GB of DDR3 1333 memory.

• AMD Brazos Dual Core T56N APU.
• AMD Hudson-E1 A55E Fusion Control Hub.
• 1 x SO-DIMM, DDR3-1066/1333MHz up to 4 Gbytes.
• 1 x VGA,1x HDMI, 1 x LVDS; AMD Radeon HD 6320 500MHz, Directx11 Supported.
• 8 x USB2.0; 2 x miniPCIe; 1 x COM Header; 1 x 4-Pin S/PDIF Header.
• 2 x SATA II 3Gbit/s Ports.

AMB-A55ET1 Data Sheet: Click Here

Acrosser USA
Cypress, CA.
(714) 903-1760.
www.acrosser.com

 

ADLINK Technology

Mini-ITX Embedded SBC Boasts Intel Gen 9 Graphics

The AmITX-SL-G from ADLINK Technology is a Mini-ITX motherboard supporting the Desktop 6th Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3 and Pentium and Celeron Processor with Intel Q170/H110 Chipset. The AmITX-SL-G is specifically designed for customers who need high-level processing and graphics performance with a long product life solution.

• 6th/7th Gen (Skylake) Intel Core i7/i5/i3, Pentium and Celeron Desktop Processors.
• Intel Q170/H110 Chipsets.
• 32 GB dual channel DDR4 at 2133 MHz.
• Intel Gen 9 graphics, 3x DP, LVDS co-lay with eDP (opt.).
• 2x LAN, 4x COM, 2x Mini-PCIe, mSATA, PCIe x16 & PCIe x1.
• Q170: 7x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0; H110: 4x USB 3.0, 7x USB 2.0.
• TPM1.2; Supports Smart Embedded Management Agent (SEMA) functions.

AmITX-SL-G Data Sheet: Click Here

ADLINK Technology
San Jose, CA
(408) 360-0200
www.adlinktech.com

 

Advantech

Mini-ITX SBC Serves up 6th and 7th Gen Intel Kaby Lake Processors

The AIMB-285 from Advantech is a Mini-ITX SBC sporting the latest 7th Generation Intel Core Processor Family (formerly Kaby Lake). With the latest 7th Generation Intel Core Processor Family and Advantech’s exclusive WISE-PaaS integrated IoT platform software services, the board provides advanced CPU and graphics performance, and better 4K graphics; making them well suited for wide range of defense applications.

• Supports Intel 6th and 7th Gen Core i processor (LGA1151) with Intel H110 chipset.
• Two 260-pin SO-DIMM up to 32 GB DDR4 2133 MHz SDRAM.
• Supports PCIe x 4 (Gen 3), 1 F/S miniPCIe 1 H/S miniPCIe, 4 USB 3.0 and 3 SATA III.
• Supports dual display of DP/HDMI/VGA/LVDS(optional).
• Supports TPM 1.2 / 2.0 (optional).
• Support 12V DC Input.

AIMB-285 Data Sheet: Click Here

Advantech
Irvine, CA.
(949) 789-7178.
www.advantech.com

 

American Portwell

Atom-Based Mini-ITX SBC Features TDP Under 12 Watts

Built with the Intel Atom processor E3900 series, the American Portwell Technology NANO-6062 is a Nano-ITX embedded board that operates with thermal design power (TDP) under 12W for fan-less applications, but it also supports a wide industrial temperature range from -40 to 85 degrees C and a wide voltage of power input from 12V to 24V for rugged applications. Support for four USB 3.0 ports ensures fast data transmission with low-power consumption.

• Supports Intel 6th and 7th Gen Core i processor (LGA1151) with Intel H110 chipset.
• Intel Atom processor E3900 series.
• Supports DDR3L 1866/1600 SODIMM up to 8 GB.
• Supports triple display by VGA, DisplayPort and LVDS.
• Supports one M.2 socket, SATA III port, Mini PCIe and mSATA socket.
• Supports a wide -40 to 85 degrees C industrial temperature range.

NANO-6062 Data Sheet: Click Here

American Portwell Technology
Fremont, CA
(510) 403-3399
www.portwell.com

 

Arbor Solution

Mini ITX Board Combines 6th Gen Xeon Processor and Rich I/O

The ITX-i89H0 from Arbor Solution is an industrial motherboard that includes a 6th Gen Intel Xeon processor and two DDR4 SO-DIMM sockets with ECC supporting 4th Generation DDR SDRAM as well as support for Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF or M.2) expansion cards. The board features a 170 x 170 mm Mini-ITX form factor. I/O includes one GbE PHY with Intel AMT, two DisplayPort, one eDP, one HDMI port, two NGFF connectors for SSD and wireless radio support. Interfaces for USB 3.0/2.0 and LPC connection are provided also.

• Soldered onboard 6th Gen Intel Core i3-6100E Dual-core 2.7 GHz or Xeon Processor E3-1505L V5 Quad-core 2.0 GHz (Base) / 2.8 GHz.
• Integrated Gbit Ethernet: Intel i219LM GbE PHY.
• 2 x DDR4 SO-DIMM sockets W/ECC, supporting up to 32 GB SDRAM.
• Dual DisplayPorts and one HDMI support.
• Extended operating temp: -20 to 70 degrees C.

ITX-i89H0 Data Sheet: Click Here

Arbor Solution
San Jose, CA
(408) 452 8900
www.arbor-technology.com

 

Axiomtek

Pico-ITX SBC Boasts 14 nm Quad-Core Apollo Lake SoC

Axiomtek’s PICO312 is a palm-sized fanless Pico-ITX motherboard featuring the latest 14 nm quad-core Intel Pentium N4200 or dual-core Celeron N3350 processors. This 2.5-inch Pico-ITX embedded board features the Intel Gen9 graphics engine with dual display configurations through one LVDS and a choice of one VGA or HDMI.

• N4200 and Celeron processor N3350 (Apollo Lake SoC).
• 1 DDR3L-1867 SO-DIMM max. up to 8 GB.
• 1 USB 2.0 and 1 Gigabit LAN port.
• 1 Full-size PCI Express Mini Card slot with mSATA supported.
• Expansion connectors for I/O board (one PCIe x1 lane, LPC, SMBus, DDI, USB 3.0 and audio signals).
• Fanless yet noiseless operation.
• Wide operating temperature range supported from -20 to +60 degrees C.

PICO312 Data Sheet: Click Here

Axiomtek
City of Industry, CA
(626) 581-3232
www.axiomtek.com/us

 

Congatec

Thin Mini-ITX Board Features 7th Gen Intel Core U Processors

Congatec’s conga-IC175 is a thin industrial-grade motherboard family featuring the new 7th Gen Intel Core U (Kaby Lake) processors. The boards feature a SIM card socket for 3G/4G or Narrow Band connectivity and first versions of the Congatec Cloud-API. The option is provided for the use of ultra-fast Intel Optane memory via M.2 connector. The motherboards ship with 4 different dual-core variants of 7th Gen Intel Core U SoC processors and have a configurable cTDP from 7.5 W to 25 W.

• 7th Generation Intel Core Mobile SOC U-Processors.
• Improved Graphics Performance with HD600 Series.
• Two SO-DIMM sockets support up to 32 Gbytes of DDR4-2133 memory.
• Ready for Intel Optane memory technology on M.2.
• 2x SATA 3.0 interfaces allow additional HDDs or SSDs to be connected.
• Wide Range Power Input 12-24 Volt.

conga-IC175 Data Sheet: Click Here

Congatec
San Diego, CA
(858) 457-2600
www.congatec.com

 

DFI Tech

Pico-ITX Board Offers Rich I/O and 7 Year Lifecycle Support

DFI Tech’s BW051 is the first in the company’s new product line of Pico-ITX boards featuring Atom-based SoC and ARM-based processor options. The BW051 is a Pico-ITX board with a a 6th Generation Intel Atom SoC processor with up to 8 GB of DDR3L memory. The BW051 board features a SATA 3.0 interface and Mini PCIe and mSATA expansion. The available I/O on the single board computer includes 2 x COM, 1 x GbE, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x 8-bit DIO, and 1 x SMBus. There are also display ports for 1 x LVDS and 1 x VGA or HDMI. DFI Tech’s board products come with standard 7-year lifecycle support.

• 6th Gen Intel Atom SoC.
• 1 DDR3L SODIMM with up to 8 GB.
• 12V DC-in.
• 1 LVDS, 1 VGA/HDMI.
• Mini PCIe and mSATA expansion
• 2 x COM, 1 x GbE, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x 8-bit DIO, and 1 x SMBus.
• 7-year lifecycle support standard.

BW051 Data Sheet: Click Here

DFI Tech
Sacramento, CA
(916) 558-1234
www.dfitech.com

 

Giada

Thin Min-ITX Card Delivers Geforce GPU with 384 CUDA Cores

Giada USA’s MG-5200SL is a Thin Mini ITX motherboard powered with the latest 14nm sized Broadwell processors. The MG-5200SL boasts a Core i5 CPU with 3 MB Cache and speeds up to 2.7 GHz for better performance and lower power consumption. A dedicated Nvidia GT730 GPU enables powerful graphics performance, supporting 4K Ultra HD resolution and multiple displays. Rather than relying on integrated graphics solutions, the MG-5200SL uses a dedicated Geforce GT730 GPU with 384 CUDA cores for 4K Ultra HD and multi-display capability.

• Intel Broadwell Core i5-5200U CPU up to 2.7 GHz with 15W TDP.
• Dedicated GT730 GPU w/ 4K Ultra HD, multi-display, and LVDS.
• Compact Thin Mini-ITX Form factor 6.7- x 6.7- x0.95-inches.
• Compatible with Mini ITX chassis.
• Compact but efficient brass heat pipe for heat dissipation.

MG-5200SL Data Sheet: Click Here

Giada USA
Brea CA 92821
(714) 257-9330
www.giadatech.com

 

iBASE

Mini-ITX Blends Apollo Lake Processors and Advanced Graphics

The MI811 Mini-ITX Motherboard from iBASE Technology comes built in with the Intel 2.5 GHz Pentium QC N4200 or Celeron DC N3350 processors, both belonging to the formerly Apollo Lake processor family and using the Goldmont microarchitecture for low-power Intel SoCs. The MI811 takes advantage of the latest SoC integrated with Intel Gen9 featuring seamless Ultra HD graphics, with three display outputs including an HDMI, 2nd HDMI or DVI-D, and eDP or 24-bit dual channel LVDS.

• Intel Pentium QC N4200 at 2.5GHz or Celeron DC N3350 at 2.4G GHz onboard.
• 2x DDR3L SO-DIMM socket, Maximum: 8 GB.
• Supports HDMI, HDMI / DVI-D and eDP / 24-bit dual channel LVDS.
• 2x Intel I211-AT PCI-E Gigabit LAN.
• 4x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0, 4x COM, 2x SATA III.
• 1x PCI-E(1x), 1x Mini PCI-E, 1x mSATA.
• Watchdog timer, Digital I/O.

MI811 Data Sheet: Click Here

IBASE Technology
Sunnyvale, CA
(408) 992-0888
www.ibase-usa.com

 

Kontron

Atom-Based Mini-ITX SBC Supports Three Independent Displays

The Mini-ITX embedded motherboard mITX-APL from Kontron extends the company’s long-term available portfolio to include a motherboard with the latest generation Intel Atom processor (formerly codenamed ‘Apollo Lake’). Supports the extended temperature range of 0 to + degrees 60 C. The mITX-APL boasts an excellent performance-per-watt ratio and optimized Thermal Design Power (TDP).

• High-performance Atom CPU, graphics, and media performance supporting up to 3 independent displays.
• TPM2.0 and built in Hardware Security Device.
• mPCIe full size, CAN bus and eMMC card; mPCIe slot which supports both mSATA or mPCIe extension target.
• SO-DIMM Sockets DDR3L-1867 Memory (up to 8 GB).
• LVDS 24Bits dual channel and Display Port 1.2.
• Extended temperature range of 0 to + degrees 60 C.

mITX-APL Data Sheet: Click Here

Kontron
Poway, CA.
(888) 294-4558.
www.kontron.com

 

MiTac USA

Thin Mini ITX Board Boasts Apollo Lake Processor and Rich I/O

MiTac’s PD10AI is an Apollo Lake Thin Mini ITX board mainboard that offers both an Intel Celeron N3350, and Intel Pentium N4200, both operating fanless, accepting a wide range of system voltage from 8~24VDC. It is available with 2 to 6 COM ports and supports video output via HD, DisplayPort, LVDS and eDP, making well suited as building block for use in embedded box PC or in a low power AIO system. UEFI BIOS ensures compatibility with the latest operating systems such as MS Windows 10, and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, while optional TPM offers enhanced system security.

• Intel Apollo Lake N4200 / N3350 quad / dual cores processor.
• Intel HD graphics and Direct X 12 support.
• Dual channel DDR3L with two connectors for up 8 Gbytes of memory.
• Triple independent display from HD-Out, DP-out, and eDP / LVDS connectivity.
• Gbit Ethernet; 2 SATA 6 Gbits/s; 4 Hi-Speed USB3.0 ports; 2 RS232; optional 4 extra COM ports.

PD10AI Data Sheet: Click Here

Mitac USA
Fremont, CA
(510) 651-8868
www.mitac.com

 

WIN Enterprises

Mini-ITX SBC Uses Intel Skylake-S 6th Core Processor with LGA Socket

The MB-64050 from WIN Enterprises is a Mini-ITX motherboard featuring the Intel processor formerly code named Intel Skylake-S. Skylake is a 6th generation Core processor. The “S” model is a socketed processor that uses a socket called the LGA 1151 (Land Grid Array). The LGA socket provides the OEM with the flexibility to choose between Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors, depending on the processing power required.

• LGA socketed 6th Generation Intel Core Skylake-S embedded processor.
• Intel Q170/H110 Express chipset.
• DDR4 / 2133MHz up to 16 Gbytes.
• HDMI 1.4b, DP++ and 24-bit LVDS.
• 2 x Intel GbE LAN, 1 x Mini-PCIe.
• 6 x COM, 8 x USB, LPC, SMBus.
• 4 x SATA w/ RAID, HD Audio.
• PCIe X16 and optional X1 PCIe slot.
• DC 12V input.

MB-64050 Data Sheet: Click Here

WIN Enterprises
North Andover, MA.
(978) 688-2000.
www.win-ent.com