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UP Core SBC begins shipments

May 15, 2018 — by Eric Brown 1,805 views

Aaeon has begun shipping its community-backed “UP Core” SBC starting at $99, featuring a quad-core Atom x5-Z8350, up to 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC, plus WiFi, BT, HDMI, USB 3.0, and RPi HAT compatibility.

Aaeon has achieved volume production for its UP Core SBC, a smaller (66 x 56.5mm) version of the UP board. The UP Core supports the same OSes as the UP — Android 6.0, Ubuntu, Ubilinux, and Yocto based Linux, as well as Windows 10 and Windows IoT Core — running on the same quad-core, up to 1.84GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8350 from the Cherry Trail family.

UP Core, front and back
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The prices are $20 to $30 higher than those available on Kickstarter back in Mar. 2017 and are $10 to $20 more than the pre-order prices we recorded at the end of the year in our catalog of 103 community backed SBCs. The entry-level model with 1GB DDR3L-1600 RAM and 16GB eMMC sells for $99 and the high-end 4GB/64GB model goes for $169. The board has the same five configurations of RAM and eMMC as the UP board.

The feature set appears to be unchanged. The UP Core lacks a GbE port but offers WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 BLE. There are single USB 3.0 and HDMI ports, as well as dual USB 2.0 and dual MIPI-CSI headers. Other features include eDP, I2S audio, a UART, an RTC, and a 100-pin docking connector with Raspberry Pi HAT compatibility.

UP Core detail views, front and back
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We have yet to see full schematics for the UP Core and other boards. However, the UP Community provides extensive documentation, open source downloads, forums, tutorials, and other support.


Specifications listed for the UP Core include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom x5-Z8350 (4x Cherry Trail cores @ 1.44GHz / 1.84GHz burst); Intel HD 400 Graphics (200MHz/500MHz)
  • Memory — 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB DDR3L-1600 RAM; 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB eMMC flash
  • Display/camera:
    • HDMI 1.4b port with audio (via docking)
    • eDP
    • 2x MIPI-CSI (2-lane and 4-lane)
  • Wireless — 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0 BLE; antenna
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 3.0 port
    • 2x USB 2.0 via headers
    • I2S audio (via docking)
    • 100-pin docking connector to carrier with HAT40 compatibility
  • Other features — RTC
  • Power — 5V DC-in @ 4A 5.5/2.1mm jack
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60°C
  • Dimensions — 66 x 56.5mm
  • Operating system — Linux (Ubuntu, Ubilinux, Yocto); Android 6.0; Windows 10 (full); Windows 10 IoT Core

Further information

The UP Core is now shipping to new buyers. Pricing is as follows: $99 (1GB/16GB); $109 (2GB/16GB); $119 (2GB/32GB); $149 (4GB/32GB); $169 (4GB/64GB). More information may be found on Aaeon’s UP Core product page, the UP Shop shopping page, and the UP Community site.


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