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Pico-ITX Apollo Lake SBC gives you expansion options

Dec 14, 2016 — by Eric Brown 2,130 views

Aaeon’s “PICO-APL1” is a Pico-ITX SBC built around Intel’s “Apollo Lake” SoCs, with mini-PCIe, SATA III, and mSATA.

After unveiling 3.5-inch (GENE-APL5) and Mini-ITX (EMB-APL1) SBCs based on Intel’s Apollo Lake SoCs, the Asus-owned company has now spun Apollo Lake into a smaller, 100 x 72mm “PICO-APL1” Pico-ITX SBC. No OS support was listed, but Linux and Windows should have no problem. Other Apollo Lake Pico-ITX boards include Congatec’s Conga-PA5 and Advantech’s MIO-2360.

PICO-APL1, front and back
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The PICO-APL1 ships with either a dual-core, 1.1GHz Celeron N3550 or a quad-core, 1.1GHz Pentium N4200, which ups the L2 cache from 1MB to 2MB. Both of these Apollo Lake SoC models have burst speeds of up to 2.0GHz, plus 6W TDPs and Intel Gen9 graphics. The board also supports the related Atom E3900 models.

PICO-APL1 (left) and block diagram
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The PICO-APL1 supports up to 8GB of DDR3L-1867 via a single SODIMM. The board provides SATA III and mSATA via a full-sized mini-PCIe slot. A half-size mini-PCIe slot is also available.

Coastline ports include dual USB 3.0 ports, a GbE port with WoL, and an HDMI port for up to 3840 x 2160. Triple display support is optional, with the HDMI port joined by DDI and 18/24-bit dual-channel LVDS.

PICO-APL1 detail views
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Other interfaces include a USB 2.0, 4-bit DIO, RS-232/422/485, RS-232 and either I2C or SMBus. An audio line out header is also available, along with a watchdog. Aaeon’s homegrown BIO I/O connector for BIO daughterboards is listed as optional.


The SBC supports commercial, 0 to 60°C temperatures. A heatspreader is standard and a heatsink optional. The 12V power supply is AT/ATX by default, and a lockable connector is optional.

Further information

The PICO-APL1 is listed as “coming soon.” More information may be found on Aaeon’s PICO-APL1 product page.

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