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Onboard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and storage strengthen ‘world’s smallest maker board’

May 16, 2018

Posted by: Zenobia Hegde

UP Core

UP Core

AAEON, a developer of industrial embedded controllers and IoT solutions, has launched the UP Core, said to be the world’s smallest maker board. The 56.5mm x 66mm board draws on the breakthroughs made by AAEON’s UP and UP2 boards and delivers a combination of high-performance and low-power-consumption specifications that can’t be matched by other maker boards currently on the market.

The UP Core is a complete system and features onboard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Powered by an Intel® Atom™ x5 Z8350 processor (codenamed Cherry Trail), the board offers up to 4GB DDR3L memory and up to 64GB eMMC storage, and its Intel Gen 8 HD 400 GPU enables 3D graphics. With a pair of MIPI camera connectors, the board is an excellent fit for facial recognition applications, and it also provides a powerful solution for any IoT system.download

The UP Core houses a USB3.0 port, additional USB2.0 pin headers, and HDMI and eDP ports. Expansion is easily achieved through a 100 pin docking connector, and AAEON can help customers develop and manufacture custom carrier boards. The UP Core supports Android 6.0, Windows 10, Windows IoT Core, Linux, Ubuntu, and Yocto, and with an operating temperature range of 0 to 60oC, it can be deployed in a variety of locations.

“UP Core is pushing back the boundaries of what can be achieved with a maker board,” said Irene Lin, AAEON design manufacturing service product manager. “The board is setting new standards and opening up a new range of options for application developers.”

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