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Linux-ready Mini-ITX offers Skylake and Xeon too

May 4, 2017 — by Eric Brown — 2144 views

Advantech’s “AIMB-242” industrial Mini-ITX board ships with Intel’s 6th Gen Core EQ and Xeon E3 CPUs, and provides SATA, M.2, mini-PCIe, and PCIe expansion.

Advantech’s AIMB-242 is not a thin Mini-ITX board like the similarly 6th Gen Skylake-based AIMB-285, but it is billed as “industrial.” Advantech has already released a full-height Skylake Mini-ITX called the AIMB-275.

AIMB-242 (left) and block diagram
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Unlike those models, the AIMB-242 supports quad-core Skylake EQ series with Intel QM170 chipset and a Xeon E3 model with a CM236 chipset. The EQ models include the 2.0GHz, 25W TDP Core i7-6822EQ, as well as the 2.8GHz i7-6820EQ and 2.7GHz i5-6440EQ, both with 45W TDPs. The 2.8GHz, server-class Xeon E3-1515M v5 also has a 45W TDP.

The only difference among the different models is that the Xeon supports 0 to 50°C operation while the others top out at 0 to 40°C. In all cases, 0.7m/s air flow is required. (CPU coolers are optional.) The boards also promise ESD level 4 protection.

Linux and Windows Embedded Standard 7 are supported, as well as Advantech software APIs and the WISE PaaS/RMM device remote monitoring and management software. Advantech has been claiming WISE PaaS/RMM compatibility with its products for some time now, but only this week did it formally announce availability.

AIMB-242 rear I/O view
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The 170 x 170mm AIMB-242 supports up to 32GB DDR4 2133 via dual sockets, and provides dual SATA 3.0 connectors, as well as an M.2 B-key expansion interface for SSD and 3G. There are also dual mini-PCIe slots, one of which offers mSATA support, and a PCIe x16 interface.

Triple display support is provided with dual DisplayPort++ 1.2 ports and an HDMI 2.0 port, all with 4K resolution. You also get dual-channel LVDS, which can be swapped out for eDP.


Dual GbE ports are provided, as well as 8x USB 3.0 ports and an internal USB 2.0 connector. The AIMB-242 is further equipped with a coastline RS-232 port and audio jacks, plus an RS-232/422/485 interface, 8-bit GPIO, and a watchdog. Options include various cables and a Mini-ITX chassis with 150W ATX power supply.

Further information

The AIMB-242 is available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found in Advantech’s AIMB-242 announcement and product page.

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One response to “Linux-ready Mini-ITX offers Skylake and Xeon too”

  1. Thomas says:

    I’m sorry to say that Advantech does not officially support Linux for their products. I own a ARK-2121V for in-vehicle computing and do not recommend it for Linux. GPIO pins do not support interrupt handling and the linux driver for the accelerometer does not work (not even with the latest kernel). The built-in GPS device is flawless.

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