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Elkhart Lake arrives on Nano-ITX board

Jul 21, 2021 — by Eric Brown — 385 views

Portwell’s “Nano-6063” SBC is equipped with Intel’s Atom x6000E with up to 32GB DDR4, triple displays, GbE, 2.5GbE with TSN/TCC, 4x USB 3.1 Gen2, SATA, serial, M.2, mini-PCIe, and -40 to 85°C support.

American Portwell has launched an Intel Elkhart Lake based Nano-ITX board, which follows its Apollo Lake powered Nano-6062. This is the first board we have seen equipped with the 10nm Atom x6000E that uses the 120 x 120mm Nano-ITX form factor. Other Elkhart Lake SBCs include Congatec’s Conga-PA7 Pico-ITX SBC, Ibase’s 3.5-inch IB836, Avalue’s 3.5-inch ECM-EHL, and Advantech’s AIMB-218 thin Mini-ITX board.



Nano-6063, front and back
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Portwell appears to offer a choice of any Atom x6000E model. The MaxLinear GPY215-driven 2.5GbE port supports Intel Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) and Time Coordinated Computing (TCC) technologies for real-time computing and control, which suggests the SBC also supports the TSN/TCC-ready “RE” Elkhart Lake models. Other Elkhart Lake features include up to 32EU Intel Gen11 graphics with triple 4K and an Intel PSE engine built around a Cortex-M7 with remote OOB and INB device management.

The Nano-6063 features -40 to 85°C support and a slim, 25.25mm profile. The board is aimed at applications including industrial automation, robotic control systems, automated test equipment, automated guided/unmanned vehicles, medical equipment, outdoor gateways, and outdoor digital signage. Portwell did not list OS support but Linux and Windows should feel at home.

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You can load up to 32GB DDR4, although there is no support for Intel’s error-correcting IBECC RAM. Storage is available via microSD, SATA, and the mSATA-ready mini-PCIe slot. For networking, you get a GbE port in addition to the 2.5GbE port. An M.2 E-key slot supports WiFi.



Nano-6063 detail view
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The Nano-6063 supplies 4x 10Gbps 3.2 Gen2 connections via 2x ports and 2x headers. The detail view probably erroneously labels them as USB 3.0 and lists a 12-24V input instead of the 12V jack listed elsewhere.

Triple simultaneous displays are enabled via 4K-ready DP and HDMI ports along with a VGA header. Other features include an audio jack and headers, onboard serial and GPIO connections, and a watchdog and TPM 2.0.

Specifications listed for the Nano-6063 include:

  • Processor — Intel Elkhart Lake Atom x6000E (2x or 4x 10nm Elkhart Lake cores @ up to 1.8GHz/3.0GHz); Intel UHD Graphics (Intel Gen11) up to 32EU; Cortex-M7; 4.5-12W TDP
  • Memory — Up to 32GB DDR4 (3200 MT/s)
  • Storage — MicroSD slot; SATA 3.0; mSATA available via mini-PCIe
  • Networking:
    • 1GbE port (Intel I210)
    • 2.5GbE port with TSN/TCC (MaxLinear GPY215)
    • Wireless available via M.2 or mini-PCIe
  • Media I/O:
    • DisplayPort at up to 4K
    • HDMI port at up to 4K
    • VGA header
    • Triple independent display support
    • Audio line-out jack and 3x audio headers (Realtek ALC888)
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 3.2 Gen2 host ports
    • 2x USB 3.2 Gen2 headers
    • RS-232/422/485 header
    • 8-bit GPIO
  • Expansion:
    • M.2 E-key slot for WiFi/BT
    • Mini-PCIe (full-size) slot with mSATA support
  • Other features — Watchdog; HW monitoring; TPM 2.0
  • Power — 12V DC input (possibly 12-24V)
  • Operating temperature — -40 to 85°C with 5-95% non-condensing relative humidity tolerance
  • Dimensions — 120 x 120 x 25.25mm (Nano-ITX form factor)

 
Further information

The Nano-6063 is available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found in Portwell’s announcement and product page.

 

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