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Mini-ITX board runs Linux on Skylake, has lots of expansion

Mar 18, 2016 — by Eric Brown 3,628 views

Adlink has launched a “AmITX-SL-G” Mini-ITX SBC based on 6th Gen Intel CPUs, with multiple SATA, GbE, and video ports, plus PCIe and Mini-PCIe expansion.

Adlink is one of the last of the major embedded firms to announce an embedded Mini-ITX board based on the Intel’s 14nm fabricated 6th Generation Core (Skylake) processors, following Congatec’s early March launch of the Conga-IC170. Like the Conga-IC170, however, it’s shipping now.

The AmITX-SL-G, which is targeted at “self-service kiosk, on-display mount, stand-alone gaming system, or any limited-space application,” offers standard Linux and Windows BSPs. It follows earlier Adlink Mini-ITX boards including the Bay Trail Atom AmITX-BT-I.



AmITX-SL-G angled views
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The AmITX-SL-G offers the usual quad-core Core i7-6700 and i5-6500, and dual-core i3-6100, as well as the slower, lower TDP “TE” variants, and adds four more Skylake chips which shipped in late 2015, but are new to these pages. These are the dual-core Pentium G4400 and Celeron G3900, also available in low-power TE versions down to the 35W Celeron G3900TE. The processors offer either Intel Q170 or lower end Intel H110 chipsets.

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Here’s the full lineup of Intel Skylake chips available on the AmITX-SL-G:

  • Intel Core i7-6700 — 4x Skylake cores @ 3.4GHz (4GHz Turbo), 65W TDP, 8MB cache, Intel HD Graphics 530
  • Intel Core i7-6700TE — 4x Skylake cores @ 2.4GHz (3.4GHz Turbo), 35W TDP, 8MB cache, Intel HD Graphics 530
  • Intel Core i5-6500 — 4x Skylake cores @ 3.2GHz (3.5GHz Turbo), 6MB cache, 65W TDP, Intel HD Graphics 530
  • Intel Core i5-6500TE — 4x Skylake cores @ 2.5GHz (3.1GHz Turbo), 6MB cache, 35W TDP, Intel HD Graphics 530
  • Intel Core i3-6100 — 2x Skylake cores @ 3.7GHz, 3MB cache, 51W TDP, Intel HD Graphics 530
  • Intel Core i3-6100TE — 2x Skylake cores @ 2.7GHz, 4MB cache, 35W TDP, Intel HD Graphics 530
  • Intel Pentium G4400 — 2x Skylake cores @ 3.3GHz, 3MB cache, 54W TDP, Intel HD Graphics 510
  • Intel Pentium G4400TE — 2x Skylake cores @ 2.4GHz, 3MB cache, 35W TDP, Intel HD Graphics 510
  • Intel Celeron G3900 — 2x Skylake cores @ 2.8GHz, 2MB cache, 51W TDP, Intel HD Graphics 510
  • Intel Celeron G3900TE — 2x Skylake cores @ 2.3GHz, 2MB cache, 35W TDP, Intel HD Graphics 510



AmITX-SL-G coastline ports
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The AmITX-SL-G isn’t a “thin” Mini-ITX board like the 20mm Conga-IC170, but at 170 x 170 x 35mm, it’s thinner than some Mini-ITX boards. The board supports up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and offers three SATA connections. Highlights include generous expansion, including PCIe x16, PCIe x1, and dual Mini-PCIe slots, one of which can be deployed as an mSATA storage connection.

Triple simultaneous displays are available via three DisplayPorts for up to 4096 x 2160 resolution, as well as LVDS or eDP. Five HD audio jacks and an SPDIF port are also available.



AmITX-SL-G top view and block diagram
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The AmITX-SL-G provides dual GbE ports, as well as a quartet each of USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, plus three more internal USB 3.0 headers. Also available are headers for four serial ports, PS/2, GPIO, and more. TPM is optional, and the board is supported with Adlink’s SEMA hardware monitoring package.

Specifications listed for the AmITX-SL-G include:

  • Processor — Intel 6th Gen (“Skylake”) Core i7/i5/i3, Pentium, or Celeron (see list above); Intel Q170 or H110 chipset available for any
  • Memory — Up to 32GB DDR4 (1866/2133MHz) RAM via 2x SODIMM
  • Storage — 3x SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s); option for mSATA on full-size Mini-PCIe
  • Display – 3x DisplayPort at up to 4096 x 2160; single/dual channel 24-bit LVDS up to 1920 x 1200 or optional eDP; triple displays
  • Networking — 2x Gigabit Ethernet with WoL
  • Other I/O:
    • 7x USB 3.0 (4x ports, 2x headers, 1x vertical connector with keep out for dongle)
    • 4x USB 2.0 ports
    • 3x RS232 headers
    • RS232/422/485 header
    • 10x GPIO, SMBus, I2C via feature connector
    • PS/2 header
    • Debug (40-pin connector)
    • 5x jacks with 7.1 channel audio (Realtek ALC886); additional audio header
    • SPDIF output; additional SPDIF audio header
  • Expansion:
    • PCIe x16 Gen 3
    • PCIe x1 Gen 2
    • Mini-PCIe (full size, supports PCIe + USB or mSATA)
    • Mini-PCIe (half size, supports PCIe + USB)
  • Other features – Optional TPM; SEMA support (HW monitoring, watchdog, etc.)
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60˚C
  • Dimensions — 170 x 170 x 35mm (Mini-ITX)
  • Operating system — Linux and Windows 7/8 BSPs standard; extended BSP available for alternative Linux, WES7/8, or VxWorks

 
Further information

The AmITX-SL-G is available now at an unstated price. More information may be found on Adlink’s AmITX-SL-G product page.
 

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