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Pico-ITX SBC runs Ubuntu on Braswell

Dec 5, 2016 — by Eric Brown 1,222 views

DFI announced an Intel Braswell based “BW051” Pico-ITX SBC with up to 8GB DDR3L, mini-PCIe, SATA 3.0, mSATA, and Linux support.

DFI, which earlier this year tapped Intel’s “Braswell” generation of SoCs for its BW968 COM Express Compact Type 6 module, has now chosen Braswell for a Pico-ITX SBC. The 100 x 72mm BW051 ships with 4-6W Braswell processors including dual or quad-core Celeron models, the quad-core 1.6GHz Pentium N3710, and quad-core, 1.04GHz Atom x5-E8000.

BW051 (left) and block diagram
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The SBC supports Ubuntu 15.10 with an Intel graphics driver, or Debian 8 and CentOS 7 with VESA drivers. Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 IoT Enterprise are also available.

Other Braswell-based Pico-ITX boards include Commell’s LP-176 and IEI’s Hyper-BW. Like the LP-176, DFI’s offering has standard 0 to 60°C support as opposed to -20 to 60°C on the Hyper-BW.


Like these competitors, the BW051 supports up to 8GB DDR3L-1600 RAM via a single SODIMM. Coastline ports include a GbE port, dual USB 3.0 ports, and a 1920 x 1200-pixel ready VGA port that can be replaced with a lower resolution HDMI upon request. Internally, there’s an LVDS interface, two USB 2.0 headers, and both RS-232/422/485 and RS-232 interfaces.

BW051 detail views
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The BW051 is further equipped with SATA 3.0, mSATA, and mini-PCIe interfaces. Audio I/O, 8-bit DIO, SMBus, watchdog, RTC, and optional TPM round out the feature list. The 12V board ships with a 2-pin terminal block connector and a heat sink.

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the BW051 Pico-ITX board. More information may be found on DFI’s BW051 product page.

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One response to “Pico-ITX SBC runs Ubuntu on Braswell”

  1. Brick says:

    Looks like a lot of fun!

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