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Tiny Pico-ITX SBC offers choice of dual-core Atom CPUs

Apr 17, 2013 — by Eric Brown 1,879 views

Axiomtek announced a Pico-ITX single-board computer (SBC) that supports dual-core Intel Atom N2800 and N2600 processors, clocked at 1.86GHz and 1.6GHz respectively. The Linux-friendly PICO831 supports up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, provides full-size and half-size PCI Express Mini slots, features an optional 16GB SATA SSD.

Designed for a variety of fanless, low-power embedded applications, the PICO831 adopts the 100 x 72mm Pico-ITX form-factor. Unlike the MI/O-Ultra version of Pico-ITX, as seen in Advantech’s recent MIO-2262 SBC, this standard Pico-ITX board is exclusively designed for SBC duty, and cannot be plugged into a carrier board like a COM.


PICO831 top and bottom views, showing connector locations
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Like the MIO-2262, the PICO831 is available with Intel’s dual-core, 1.86GHz or 1.6GHz N2000 Series “Cedarview” Atom processors, as well as the Intel NM10 companion chip. A 204-pin SODIMM socket supports up to 4GB on the N2800 or 2GB on the N2600, says Axiomtek. An optional 16GB solid state drive (SSD) plugs into the SATA-300 port.

PICO831 SBC with optional I/O board and heatsink installed
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The PICO831 ships with edge pin-headers that support a gigabit Ethernet port, two serial ports, four USB 2.0 ports, and VGA and HD audio ports. An LVDS interface is also provided, and there are both full-and half-size PCI Express (PCIe) Mini Card slots.

Specifications listed for the PICO831 include:

  • Processor — Intel dual-core Atom Cedarview N2600 (1.6GHz, 3.5W TDP) or N2800 (1.86 GHz, 6.5W TDP)
  • Chipset — NM10
  • Integrated graphics engine:
    • supports OpenGL 3.0 and DirectX 9
    • H.264/VC1/WMV9/MPEG2 H/W decode/acceleration
  • Memory — up to 2GB (N2600) or 4GB (N2800) DDR3 in SODIMM socket
  • Storage — SATA-300 port with optional 16GB SSD
  • Expansion — full-and half-size mini-PCIe slots; SIM slot
  • Display — VGA port; 18/24-bit single channel LVDS interface
  • Networking — gigabit Ethernet port with wake-on LAN
  • Other I/O:
    • 4x USB 2.0
    • RS-232/422/485
    • RS-232
    • HD audio mic-in, line-out
    • SMBus
  • Other features — watchdog, hardware monitoring
  • Power — 5V DC-in
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60° C
  • Dimensions — 100 x 72mm (Pico-ITX)

The PICO831 will be available in early May, says Axiomtek, which listed no price. Although only Windows is currently mentioned in connection with PICO831 on the company’s website, an Axiomtek tech support engineer confirms that the “the PICO831 is compatible with Linux in general.”

More information may be found at the PICO831 product page.

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