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Gigabyte jumps into SBC market with 3.5-inch Apollo Lake model

Jul 21, 2017 — by Eric Brown — 1,960 views
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Gigabyte’s “GA-SBCAP3350” SBC is equipped with a dual-core Celeron N3350, plus 2x GbE, SATA, and USB 3.1 ports, and HDMI, mSATA, and mini-PCIe.

Motherboard maker Gigabyte posted a product page on what appears to be its first 3.5-inch single-board computer. The fanless GA-SBCAP3350 is designed to run Windows 10 on a dual-core Celeron N3350 from Intel’s latest “Apollo Lake” family, but the company notes that users can download a Linux driver from Intel or third parties.



GA-SBCAP3350
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There was no formal announcement of the 146 x 102mm SBC except for a brief pre-announcement in March at Embedded World that was noticed by Liliputing. The press release mentions applications in transport, medical, and industrial automation, as well as the SBC’s bottoms-up design in which the Celeron SoC is placed on the bottom of the board to directly contact a built-in aluminum heat spreader.

Gigabyte also notes that a generous two ounces of copper in the PCB helps reduce temperatures. The product page, meanwhile, touts the board for its all solid capacitors with humidity protection thanks to a new glass fabric PCB design. The board is also said to offer high resistance ICs that help protect the motherboard against electrostatic discharge. There is no stated temperature range, but the board stands out with its wide-range, 9-36V DC input.



GA-SBCAP3350 bottom view showing integrated heat spreader (left) and side view
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Despite these extras — and the novelty of consumer-oriented Gigabyte dipping its toes into the industrial embedded SBC market — the board is fairly similar to other 3.5-inch Apollo Lake SBCs we’ve seen. These include Axiomtek’s CAPA312, Kontron’s 3.5″-SBC-APL, Portwell’s PEB-2773, Advantech’s MIO-5350 and PCM-9366, Litemax’s AECX-APL0, and Aaeon’s GENE-APL5 and Avalue’s ECM-APL.


GA-SBCAP3350 details
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The GA-SBCAP3350 supports up to 8GB DDR3L RAM, and offers dual SATA III ports, and mSATA storage via one of the two mini-PCIe slots. The other half-length slot supports WiFi.

For displays, you get an HDMI port for up to 4K resolution, as well as an unnamed D-Sub port, which would appear to be a VGA port. There’s also an LVDS interface muxed with eDP with integrated flat panel and backlight support. Audio features include an audio jack and various headers, including an amplified speaker header that supports up to 2W speakers.

Like most of its rivals, the GA-SBCAP3350 features dual GbE ports. Other features include 2x USB 3.1 ports and four USB 2.0 headers. You also get four serial headers, 8-bit DIO, and other interfaces such as I2C.

Specifications for the GA-SBCAP3350 include:

  • Processor — Intel “Apollo Lake” Celeron N3350 (2x cores @ up to 2.4GHz, 6W TDP
  • Memory — Up to 8GB DDR3L (1866/1600/1333 MHz) via 1x SODIMM
  • Storage — 2x SATA III (6Gbps); mSATA (via mini-PCIe)
  • Display:
    • HDMI port at up to 3840 x 2160 @ 30Hz
    • D-Sub (VGA) port up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz
    • LVDS muxed with eDP signal
    • Flat panel display, display switch, and backlight headers
  • Networking — 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports with WoL, PXE boot
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 3.1 ports
    • 4x USB 2.0
    • 2x RS-232 (with power select jumpers)
    • 2x RS-232/422/485 (with power select jumpers)
    • Audio headphone/mic jack (Realtek ALC255 codec)
    • Amplified speaker header for up to 2W speaker
    • Speaker, volume control, and buzzer headers
    • DIO (8-channel)
    • I2C; SMBus
    • GPIO power select and status config jumpers<
    • LPT/GPIO and LPT config jumpers
    • BIOS select and clear CMOS jumpers
    • System fan, battery cable, and front panel headers
    • Chassis intrusion header
  • Expansion — 2x full-size mini-PCIe slots (1x with mSATA)
  • Other features — Hardware monitoring
  • Power — 9-36V DC input
  • Dimensions — 146 x 102mm (“3.5-inch form factor”)

EL-30

This is the second time that Gigabyte has stepped outside its comfort zone this year. In February, the company launched an EL-30 IoT gateway based on the Apollo Lake based Pentium N4200. Unusually for Gigabyte, the system gave Ubuntu 16.04 LTS equal billing with Windows and Android.

 
Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the GA-SBCAP3350. The buy button on the product page leads to Gigabyte’s usual distributors, but the SBC does not yet appear to be available. More information may be found at Gigabyte’s GA-SBCAP3350 product page.

 

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2 responses to “Gigabyte jumps into SBC market with 3.5-inch Apollo Lake model”

  1. CampGareth says:

    “Dimensions — 146 x 102mm (“3.5-inch form factor”)”

    uh, 3.5″ is apparently 89mm. Do those mounting holes line up with some actual standard that’s more appropriate for the size of the board, like mini ITX or pico ITX?

  2. GetOffMyHoverboard says:

    Is the VGA plug for my vintage CRT?
    Can we skip the analog video plugs next time?

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