Mini-ITX motherboard boosts performance with Intel Atom® x6000E

Mini-ITX motherboard boosts performance with Intel Atom® x6000E

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Advantech has released the AIMB-218, a low-profile fanless industrial-grade Mini-ITX motherboard featuring Intel Atom® x6000E, Intel® Pentium®, and Celeron® N and J Series processors.

Based on low-power 10nm technology (6 to 12 W TDP), AIMB-218 supports up to 4 cores with 3.0 GHz turbo frequency and up to 850 MHz of Gen 11 Graphics, increasing the performance of the CPU up to 50 percent and doubling its graphics processing capabilities, compared to the previous ATOM generation. AIMB-218 is designed for industrial edge computing applications which require high-resolution graphics and low power consumption, including retail displays, smart kiosks, digital signage, smart manufacturing, medical devices and smart cities. Additionally, its wide operating temperature (-20 to 70 °C) makes it a perfect fit for semi-outdoor industrial environments.

The AIMB-218 delivers superior graphics capabilities via Intel® UHD Graphics up to 32EUs. AIMB-218 supports rich display interfaces, including DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, LVDS and eDP –delivering 4K resolution progressive scan at 60 fps on 3x displays. Additionally, AIMB-218 features an improved memory capacity via DDR4 3200MHz up to 32GB with IBECC. The Mini-ITX motherboard achieves low latency for high-resolution video content in embedded display control applications by using its next-gen. graphics, high-speed memory, storage, and data transfer rate capabilities.

The practical small form-factor design (height of 21 mm) of the AIMB-218 features diverse I/O, including dual GbE LAN ports, 3x USB 3.2 Gen2, 5x USB 2.0 and 1x SATA III. Moreover, the motherboard supports 6x high-speed capable (1Mbps) COM (COM 1 supports 5V/12V, COM2 supports RS-232/422/485 auto-flow control) to improve data synchronization precision over the network and reduce latency during device communication.

The Mini-ITX motherboard offers 1x PCIe Gen. 3 for improved AI capabilities. Its 1x M.2 Slot (E key) for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module, and 1x M.2 Slot (B Key) with SIM card holder for LTE and mSATA modules support efficient scalable networks and storage configurations.

The AIMB-218 provides 64 bit OS support for Windows 10, Yocto, Ubuntu, Android 10, and Wind River VxWorks 7, along with support for OpenVino and built in WISE-DeviceOn .

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