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Linux-friendly Coffee Lake signage player supports new OPS+ spec

Dec 18, 2018 — by Eric Brown 613 views

Axiomtek’s “OPS700-520” signage player complies with the OPS Plus spec, which adds a second high-speed combo connector. The compact, Intel 8th Gen based player supports Intel AMT 11.0 and Intel Unite.

The OPS700-520 is the first Coffee Lake based signage system we’ve seen, as well as the first to offer Intel OPS Plus (or OPS+) compliance. Designed for multi-display applications such as interactive whiteboards (IWBs), digital signage, and video walls, the system is “among one of the most advanced and powerful digital signage players in the market,” claims Axiomtek.

OPS700-520, front and back
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Intel’s Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) spec began appearing in signage systems such as the Axiomtek OPS860 back in 2011. The spec standardizes mounting and power requirements and connects to OPS-compatible displays via an 80-pin JAE Electronics TX24/TX25 blind mate plug and receptacle connector system. Other OPS systems we’ve covered include NEC P and V Series signage displays which run on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3, as well as TinyGreenPC’s Raspberry Pi based Pi Media Player and Ibase’s Kaby Lake-based IOPS-602.

Intel’s new OPS Plus spec enables higher bandwidth and higher resolution content via a second, 60-pin high-speed connector with DP and PCIe signals. OPS Plus adds support for 8K resolution content and simultaneous display and broadcast usages. It also offers an improved thermal design that supports additional processors such as Intel Xeon and Intle/Altera FPGAs.


The OPS700-520 supports the OPS Plus spec by providing both a JAE TX25A combo connector and the new high-speed HRS-FX18 connector. The JAE connector supplies DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 interfaces, both at 4K @ 60Hz. It also integrates 1x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0 connections, as well as single audio and UART signals. The HRS plug connector interface provides a second 4K @ 60Hz DisplayPort and a PCIe x4 interface, and is available with an optional 4K docking board.

OPS700-520 and detail view
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The OPS700-520 runs Linux or Windows 10 on 8th generation (Coffee Lake S) Intel Core i7/i5/i3 and Celeron processors that support the LGA1151 socket. An Intel Q370 chipset is provided.

The OPS700-520 enables Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) 11.0 and optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0. There’s also support for Intel Unite software for secure content sharing and real-time collaboration.

The 200 x 119 x 30mm player can load up to 32GB DDR4-2400 via dual sockets. You get an M.2 2280 socket for SATA and NVMe storage, as well as an M.2 2230 E-Key socket for an optional WiFi module with antenna. A GbE port is also available.

In addition to the JAE and HRS interfaces listed above, the system provides 2x USB 3.1, 2x USB 2.0, an RS232 COM port, and a second HDMI port that defaults to HD, but is capable of 4K. There’s a 12V input with power and reset buttons, and a variety of adapters. Other features include a watchdog, dual LEDs, and support for 0 to 45°C temperatures with airflow.

Further information

The OPS700-520 is “coming soon” at an undisclosed price. More information may be found on Axiomtek’s OPS700-520 product page.

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One response to “Linux-friendly Coffee Lake signage player supports new OPS+ spec”

  1. Andy says:

    Great product. Assured Systems are an official Axiomtek distributor and can supply the OPS700-520 configured to your standards.

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