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Thin, tough Mini-ITX board runs Linux on Apollo Lake

May 11, 2017 — by Eric Brown 1,027 views

Adlink’s rugged “AmITX-AL-I” is a thin Mini-ITX board based on Intel Apollo Lake. It offers triple and 4K displays, plus mini-PCIe, PCIe, and mSATA.

Adlink briefly announced the AmITX-AL-I when unveiling several Intel Atom E3900 “Apollo Lake” COMs back in November. The board now has a product page, although it’s still tagged as “preliminary.”

Like Adlink’s other early Apollo Lake boards, the AmITX-AL-I offers a choice of all five Apollo Lake parts as listed below:


  • Intel Atom x7-E3950 — 4x cores @ 1.6GHz/2.0GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 12W TDP
  • Intel Atom x5-E3940 — 4x cores @ 1.6GHz/1.8GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 9W TDP
  • Intel Atom x5-E3930 — 2x cores @ 1.3GHz/1.8GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 6.5W TDP
  • Intel Celeron N3350 — 2x cores @ 1.1GHz/2.4GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 6W TDP
  • Intel Pentium N4200 — 4x cores @ 1.1GHz/2.5GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 6W TDP

AmITX-AL-I (left) and block diagram
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No height specifications were listed for the 170 x 170mm “thin” Mini-ITX, but the photo suggests it shares the 16mm to 20mm profile range of other thin boards. Shock and vibration resistance is said to comply with IEC 60068-2-64, IEC-60068-2-27, and MIL-STD-202F. The board supports to 0 to 60°C temperatures, although -40 to 85°C support is listed as a build option for selected SKUs. Other build options include a microSD slot, SIM card slot, and some video interface swaps detailed below.

The AmITX-AL-I offers up to 16GB DDR3L-1867/1600 RAM. Standard features include dual SATA 3.0 slots, one of which can be used for mSATA, which is available on a full-size mini-PCIe slot. There’s also a half-size mini-PCIe with USB support and a PCIe x1 slot.

AmITX-AL-I coastline view
(click image to enlarge)

Coastline ports include dual GbE ports with wake-on-LAN, audio line out and mic-in jacks, and 4x USB 3.0 host ports. Triple displays are supported via rear-panel HDMI and DisplayPorts, each with up to 4K support, and a dual-channel LVDS interface. Build options here include swapping the HDMI for a second DP port, and swapping LVDS for eDP.

Onboard interfaces include three more USB 2.0, or four if you include the mini-PCIe interface. Other I/O includes 4x RS-232, 2x RS-232/422/485, 10x GPIO, PS/2, and S/PDIF. You also get a 40-pin debug header and optional TPM. 12V input is supported via a 12V DC jack or a power connector.

The AmITX-AL-I supplies BSPs for 64-bit Linux and Windows 10, and possibly VxWorks (TBD). It supports Intel VT-x and VT-d virtualization, as well as Adlink’s Smart Embedded Management Agent (SEMA) and SEMA Cloud software.

Further information

The AmITX-AL-I is said to be “coming soon.” More information may be found at Adlink’s AmITX-AL-I product page.

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