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Whiskey Lake signage player supports dual 4K displays

Jun 29, 2020 — by Eric Brown 211 views

Axiomtek’s compact, Linux-friendly “DSP501-527” signage player is built around an 8th Gen CPU and supports dual 4K displays with DP++ and HDMI 2.0. Other features include 5x USB, GbE, M.2 M-key for NVMe, and M.2 E- and B-key slots for wireless or Myriad X AI.

Axiomtek has launched a fanless, partially ruggedized digital signage player that supports dual 4K displays and supports Intel Myriad X technology. Aimed at digital signage applications including menu and directory boards, self-service kiosks, and video walls, the DSP501-527 runs Linux or Windows 10 IoT on Intel’s 8th Gen Whiskey Lake processors.

DSP501-527, front and back
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The system is available with Axiomtek’s Intelligent Remote Device Management (RDM) function for integrators and managed service providers. Axiomtek’s AMS.AXView is also supported.


The 200 x 160 x 26mm, 1.3 kg DSP501-527 is possibly based on Axiomtek’s SDM500L Intel’s Smart Display Module-Large (SDM-L) form factor signage board, which has very similar features, including M.2 B-, E-, and M-key slots, but which offers triple instead of dual independent displays. The system joins other Axiomtek signage systems including its Ryzen Embedded V1000 based DSP600-211, its Intel Apollo Lake powered DSP300-318, and its 8th Gen Coffee Lake based OPS700-520, which complies with the OPS Plus spec.


The DSP501-527 appears to support any of Intel’s dual- or quad-core, 15W TDP Whiskey Lake Core or Celeron CPUs. The system supports 4GB to 32GB of DDR4-2400 via dual sockets and offers 4x USB 3.0 host ports and single USB 2.0, RS-232 (DB-9), GbE, HDMI 2.0 and DP++ ports. Dual audio jacks are also available.

DSP501-527 detail views
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An M.2 M-key 2280 socket supports SATA SSDs and NVMe storage and M.2 E-key 2230 and B-key 3042 slots support WiFi/BT and 4G LTE, respectively. There is also a SIM card slot and 4x antenna openings.

The M.2 E- and B-key slots are presumably where you could plug in Intel’s Myriad X VPU. The AI acceleration technology is promoted in the press release along with Intel’s OpenVINO toolkit but is not listed as a formal option on the product pages.

The DSP501-527 is further equipped with a watchdog, VESA and wall mounting, an HDD LED, and optional TPM 2.0. There is a lockable 12V DC input along with a remote power switch and power and reset buttons. The device supports 0 to 50ºC temperatures and offers 3 Grms vibration endurance.

Further information

The DSP501-527 is available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found in Axiomtek’s announcement and product page.


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