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Thin Mini-ITX board taps Braswell SoCs, offers 4K video

Jul 29, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 1088 views

IEI’s “tKINO-BW” Mini-ITX board features Intel Pentium and Celeron “Braswell” SoCs, 4K video, triple display support, and optional remote management.

Over the last year, numerous Mini-ITX boards based on Intel’s “Braswell” family of 14nm SoCs have reached market, but there have been far fewer models billed as being “thin.” This somewhat arbitrary term refers to boards with low-profile coastline port layouts, generally for space-constrained embedded applications rather than big gaming boxes.


Like Adlink’s Braswell-based, thin Mini-ITX AmITX-BW-I board, no vertical dimensions are provided for IEI’s 170 x 170mm tKINO-BW, but it similarly appears to fit the bill, with ports stacked no more than two high.

tKINO-BW coastline profile

The tKINO-BW is aimed at industrial, entertainment, education, and retail markets. There’s a wide-range power supply, but only a modest temperature range of 20 to 60°C.

tKINO-BW topside detail
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The tKINO-BW gives you a choice of the top-of-the-line, quad-core Pentium N3710, the quad-core Celeron N3060 and N3160, and the dual-core Celeron N3010. They all have 6W TDPs except for the Celeron 3010, which runs at even lower 4W. No OS support is listed, but Linux and Windows should do fine.

tKINO-BW coastline detail

The main draw here is Braswell’s advanced Intel Gen 8 Graphics, including 4K support. Like most Braswell boards, the tKINO-BW lets you run three independent displays at once. Other features include up to 8GB DDR3L, a microSD slot, dual GbE, an audio jack, and four USB 3.0 ports.

The announcement notes the presence of dual 6Gbps SATA slots, which did not make it to the spec list. More USB and serial ports are available internally, along with DIO and PS/2. There are also PCIe and Mini-PCIe expansion slots.

Optional iRIS-1010 remote management module
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The tKINO-BW provides an optional interface to IEI’s iRIS-1010 module supporting IEI’s IPMI 2.0 compliant iRIS out-of –band remote management software. In addition, the board stands out with its IEI One Key Recovery service for rapid OS backup, also referred to as “IEI jumperless function.” This feature enables the system to “recover from remote through LAN automatically or via local operation,” says IEI

Specifications listed for the tKINO-BW include:

  • Processor –- Intel “Braswell”:
    • Pentium N3710 — 4x cores @ 1.6GHz (2.56GHz burst); 6W TDP
    • Celeron N3160 — 4x cores @ 1.6GHz (2.24GHz burst); 6W TDP
    • Celeron N3060 — 4x cores @ 1.6GHz (2.48 burst); 6W TDP
    • Celeron N3010 — 2x cores @ 1.04GHz (2.24 burst); 4W TDP
  • Memory -– Up to 8GB 1333/1600MHz single-channel DDR3L SDRAM via 2x SODIMMs
  • Storage -– 2x SATA 3.0 (6Gbbs); microSD slot
  • Display:
    • HDMI/DP (up to 3840 x 2160 @ 30Hz
    • 18/24-bit dual-channel LVDS via “CH7511B” DP to LVDS converter up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz
    • VGA via “CH7517” DP to VGA converter up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz
    • Triple independent display support
  • Networking – 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports (Realtek RTL8111E PCIe GbE controller)
  • Other I/O:
    • 4x USB 3.0 ports
    • 2x USB 2.0 interfaces
    • 4x RS-232 interfaces
    • 2x RS-232/422/485 interfaces
    • Audio out jack (Realtek ALC662 HD)
    • Analog audio 2×5 pin interface
    • 8-bit DIO
    • KB/MS interface
    • Optional iRIS-1010 slot
  • Expansion — Full-size Mini-PCIe slot; PCIe slot
  • Power — 9-30V DC input; 12V @ 133A consumption with Celeron N3060 and 4GB 1600MHz RAM
  • Operating temperature –- 20 to 60°C

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the tKINO-BW. More information may be found on IEI’s tKINO-BW product page.


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