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3.5-inch Apollo Lake SBC has dual mini-PCIe slots and triple displays

Nov 21, 2017 — by Eric Brown 3,359 views

Avalue’s Linux-friendly, 3.5-inch “ECM-APL2” SBC features Apollo Lake SoCs, 2x GbE, 4x USB 3.0, 2x mini-PCIe, triple displays, and optional -40 to 85°C.

Avalue’s 3.5-inch, Apollo Lake based ECM-APL single-board computer was announced a year ago, shortly after Intel unveiled its Apollo Lake generation. Now it has followed up with an ECM-APL2 3.5-incher with a slightly different, and reduced, feature set.



ECM-APL2
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Like the original, the new model supports up to 8GB of 1866MHz DDR3L, and features a wide range 12-26V power input and optional -40 to 85°C operation. It similarly runs Linux or Windows 10 on Atom, Celeron, and Pentium Apollo Lake SoCs. The specific Atom models were not listed, but the earlier ECM-APL supported the quad-core Atom x7-E3950 and Atom x5-E3940, and the dual-core Atom x5-E3930.

Compared to the ECM-APL, the ECM-APL2 eliminates the M.2 and micro-SIM slots in favor of a half-size mini-PCIe slot. As before, there’s a full-size mini-PCIe with mSATA support.



ECM-APL2 coastline view
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Like the ECM-APL, the new model supports triple displays, and offers 2x HDMI ports. However, instead of the LVDS interface you get a VGA header. Previously there were 5x RS-232 and one RS-232/422/485, but the new model’s serial interfaces are limited to 2x RS-232/422/485, one of which is on the coastline. On the plus side, you get dual USB 2.0 headers instead of one.

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Other features appear to be identical, including 4x USB 3.0 ports, 2x GbE ports, 8-bit GPIO, audio I/O, and SATA III, LPC, and SPI interfaces. A watchdog, hardware monitoring, and optional TPM 2.0 are also available.

Specifications listed for the ECM-APL2 include:

  • Processor — Intel Apollo Lake Atom, Celeron, and Pentium
  • Memory — Up to 8GB DDR3L-1867 via 1x SODIMM
  • Storage — SATA 3.0; mSATA via mini-PCIe
  • Display:
    • 2x HDMI ports at up to 3840 x 2160 @ 30Hz
    • VGA header
    • Triple-display support
  • Networking — 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Other I/O:
    • 4x USB 3.0 ports
    • 2x USB 2.0
    • 2x RS-232/422/485 (port and header)
    • Audio line-in, line-out, mic-in (Realtek ALC892)
    • 8-bit GPIO
    • LPC, SPI
  • Expansion — 2x mini-PCIe slots (1x full with mSATA, 1x half-size)
  • Other features – Watchdog; HW monitoring; optional TPM 2.0
  • Power — 12-26V DC AT/ATX
  • Operating temperatures — 0 to 60°C; optional -40 to 85°C
  • Dimensions — 146 x 101mm (“3.5-inch form factor”)
  • Operating system — Linux; Windows 10

 
Further information

The ECM-APL2 is “coming soon” at an unstated price. More information may be found on Avalue’s ECM-APL2 product page.
 

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