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3.5-inch SBC dives into Kaby Lake

Oct 27, 2017 — by Eric Brown 918 views

Aaeon’s 3.5-inch “GENE-KBU6” SBC features Intel’s 7th Gen U-series CPUs, and up to 16GB DDR4, SATA III, 4x USB 3.0, 4x serial, DP, and touch-ready LVDS.

Aaeon’s 3.5-inch GENE-KBU6 SBC is part of an Aaeon rollout of Intel 7th Gen Core “Kaby Lake” boards that includes the PICO-ITX form factor PICO-KBU1, the IMBA-Q170A and IMBA-H110A ATX boards, and the COM-KBUC6 COM Express Type 6 Compact, NanoCOM-KBU Type 10 Mini, and COM-KBHB6 Type 6 Basic modules. Earlier 3.5-inch Aaeon “GENE” boards include the Apollo Lake based GENE-APL5, and other 3.5-inch Kaby Lake SBCs include Axiomtek’s CAPA500.

GENE-KBU6, front and back
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Like all of the above Kaby Lake boards except for the ATX models, the GENE-KBU6 offers a choice of dual-core, U-series processors with 15W TDPs, defaulting to the highest-end, up to 3.9GHz Core i7-7600U. As usual, Aaeon does not mention OS support, but Linux should run just fine.

The GENE-KBU6 supports up to 16GB DDR4, and offers SATA III and mSATA interfaces, with the latter shared with one of the two mini-PCIe slots. A SIM slot is also onboard.

GENE-KBU6 portside view
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Coastline ports include dual GbE ports, 4x USB 3.0 ports, and DisplayPort and DVI-I ports. You also get LVDS with resistive touch and backlight support. Onboard I/O includes dual USB 2.0, 4x serial, audio, and 8-bit DIO

GENE-KBU6 detail view (left) and block diagram
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The GENE-KBU6 ships with a TPM security chip, and features a 9-36V power input. There’s a temperature range of 0 to 60˚C.


Specifications listed for the GENE-KBU6 include:

  • Processor — Intel 7th Gen U-Series CPUs: 2.8GHz/3.9GHz Core i7- 7600U (default) or 2.4GHz Core i3-7100U, 2.6GHz/3.5GHz Core i5-7300U, and 2.2GHz Celeron 3865U
  • Memory — up to 16GB DDR4 1866/2133MHz via single SODIMM
  • Storage — SATA III (6Gbps); +5V SATA power connector; mSATA via mini-PCIe
  • Display:
    • DisplayPort (or optional VGA)
    • DVI-I port
    • 18/24-bit, dual-channel LVDS
    • 4/5/8-wire resistive touch controller
    • Backlight inverter supply
  • Networking — 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports (Intel i210/i211) with Wake-on-LAN and EtherCAT suport
  • Other I/O:
    • 4x USB 3.0 ports
    • 2x USB 2.0
    • Audio out
    • RS-232
    • 3x RS-232/422/485
    • 8-bit DIO
  • Expansion — full-size mini-PCIe; half-size mini-PCIe (shared with mSATA); SIM slot
  • Other features — Watchdog; TPM 2.0; heatspreader; optional heatsink and cooler
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60˚C
  • Power — 9-36V or optional 12V input with AT/ATX supply; [email protected] +12V typ. consumption with Core i7)
  • Dimensions — 146 x 101.7mm (3.5-inch)

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the GENE-KBU6 SBC. More information may be found at Aaeon’s GENE-KBU6 product page.


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