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Pico-ITX board and compact system set sail on Elkhart Lake

Aug 3, 2021 — by Eric Brown — 1271 views

Vecow’s “EPCB-1000” Pico-ITX SBC runs Linux or Win 10 on Intel’s dual-core Atom x6211E with up to 32GB DDR4, SATA, DP, 2x GbE, 2x USB 3.1, and 2x M.2 with SIM. The SBC also powers a “PCB-1000” box PC.

Vecow announced the Pico-ITX form-factor EPCB-1000 board and compact PCB-1000 embedded system along with a larger, more feature rich SPC-6000 system that similarly runs Linux or Win 10 on Intel’s Elkhart Lake processors. We already reported on the SPC-6000 shortly after Vecow announced the system back in Sep. 2020. We don’t see any changes except that the case is colored blue.



EPCB-1000 (left) and PCB-1000
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All three products support intelligent control, energy management, M2M, in-vehicle infotainment, factory automation, and AIoT/Industry 4.0 applications. They are optimized to run Vecow’s VHub AI Developer SDK, a turnkey AI stack built around Intel’s OpenVINO.

The new EPCB-1000 and the fanless PCB-1000 based on it are equipped with a dual-core, 1.2GHz/3.0GHz Atom x6211E with 6W TDP. By comparison, the SPC-6000 uses a faster, quad-core Atom x6425RE with 12W TDP and RE extensions for TSN and Intel TCC network sync.



EPCB-1000 (left) and Vecow’s Elkhart Lake group shot with SPC-1000 (top), PCB-1000, and EPCB-1000
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The 100 x 72mm, “2.5-inch” EPCB-1000 is only the second Pico-ITX board we’ve see based on Elkhart Lake after Congatec’s more feature rich Conga-PA7. The EPCB-1000 supports twice the RAM as the Conga-PA7, with up to 32GB of dual-channel, 3200MHz DDR4 and it adds a SIM card slot and SATA III with SATA power. However, it lacks the Congatec SBC’s support for triple simultaneous displays and USB 3.1 Gen2 or its optional UFS flash.

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The EPCB-1000 is equipped with 2x GbE, 2x USB 3.1 Gen1, and a DisplayPort, as well as internal USB 2.0, dual COM, and GPIO headers. There is an M.2 B-key slot for up to 5G modules plus M.2 E-key for WiFi/BT. The 12V board operates at -40 to 70°C.



PCB-1000, front and back
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The PCB-1000 embedded computer based on the SBC converts the dual COM headers into external ports and also exposes the SIM card slot and LEDs. The 126 x 43.5 x 78.5mm PCB-1000 adds 50G shock tolerance per IEC 60068-2-27 and 5-Grms vibration resistance per IEC 60068-2-64. There are also EN50155 and EN50121-3-2 compliances for EMC.

Specifications listed for the EPCB-1000 SBC include:

  • Processor — Atom x6211E (2x 10nm Elkhart Lake cores @ up to 1.2GHz/3.0GHz); Intel UHD Graphics (Intel Gen11); built-in Cortex-M7
  • Memory:/storage:
    • Up to 32GB DDR4 @ 3200MHz
    • SATA III with SATA power connector
  • Networking — 2x GbE ports (Realtek RTL8119I); WiFi and cellular available via M.2 expansion
  • Media I/O:
    • DisplayPort at up to 4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz
    • Audio I/O headers (Realtek ALC888S-VD)
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
    • USB 2.0 header
    • 2x serial headers (RS-232/422/485 and RS-232)
    • GPIO header
  • Expansion:
    • M.2 B-key 3052/2280 slot for up to 5G
    • M.2 E-key 2230 slot
    • SIM card slot
  • Other features — Watchdog; HW monitoring; 4x LEDs; optional heatsink and cables
  • Power — 12VDC via terminal block input; internal power connector; reset button; up to 80V/1ms transient surge protection
  • Operating temperature — -40 to 70°C; 5-95% non-condensing humidity tolerance
  • Dimensions — 100 x 72mm; Pico-ITX form factor
  • Operating system — Linux, Win 10

 
Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the EPCB-1000 SBC or PCB-1000 system. More information may be found in Vecow’s announcement and EPCB-1000 and PCB-1000 product pages.

 

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