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Apollo Lake Pico-ITX SBC has dual GbE ports and plenty of options

Aug 21, 2018 — by Eric Brown 1,572 views

Aaeon’s Apollo Lake powered “PICO-APL4” SBC offers a pair each of GbE, USB 3.0, and M.2 connections plus HDMI, SATA III, and up to 64GB eMMC.

Aaeon has spun another Pico-ITX form-factor SBC featuring Intel Apollo Lake processors, following the PICO-APL3 and earlier PICO-APL1. Unlike those SBCs, the new PICO-APL4 has dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, among other minor changes.

PICO-APL4, front and back
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As before, there’s a choice between Intel’s dual-core, 1.1GHz Celeron N3550 or quad-core, 1.1GHz Pentium N4200. A Linux driver is listed among the several Windows drivers. You can load 2GB or 4GB of DDR3L and 16GB to 64GB of eMMC storage.

PICO-APL4 detail views
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In addition to the 2x GbE ports (Realtek 8111G) with Wake-on-LAN, coastline ports include 2x USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI 1.4b with up to 3840 x 2160 @ 30Hz. An eDP interface with the same resolution at 60Hz is optional, and you can add a DDI display interface if you choose the option for Aaeon’s homegrown BIO I/O interface and then populate it with a DDI add-on.

PICO-APL4 and block diagram
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The PICO-APL4 is equipped with dual USB 2.0 headers and a SATA III interface with 5V reserved power. You get an M.2 2280 B Key slot for storage, and an M.2 2230 E-Key slot for wireless or I/O add-ons.

Other features include RS-232/422/485, RS-232, I2C, SMBus, 4-bit DIO, a watchdog, and a 12V AT/ATX input with “lockable & Phoenix terminal co-lay.” The 100 x 72mm SBC can safely operate at 0 to 60˚C temperatures.


Options include a heatsink, heatspreader, and a CPU cooler. Although not mentioned on the product page or datasheet, the announcement also mentions and option for MIPI-CSI.

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the PICO-APL4. More information may be found in Aaeon’s PICO-APL4 product page.


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