What is a Pico-ITX Motherboard?
The Pico-ITX industrial computing platform provides a solution in a 100mm by 72mm foot print. This makes it ideally suited to space-limited applications were diverse I/O requirements are still a requirement.
Pico ITX solution basically come in two formats :-
- Low power format – such as Atom or ARM based
- High power format – latter i-cores series, e.g. Sky Lake, Kay Lake, Coffee Lake – and Whisky Lake
Low power formats; generally used where space is of a premium, but low power operation is required to save on power usage (such as industrial hand held devices where battery power needs to be efficiently conserved) – and low heat dissipation, but still providing for enhanced graphics capability. A good example are the latest Atom solutions in Apollo Lake – including N3350, and N4200, plus the Atom x7-E3950 Apollo Lake, x5-E3940 and x5-E3930 series.
In recent years, OEM’s have picked up on requirements for solutions with good all-round processor capability (high performances in data & graphical manipulation). Most notable amongst these OEM providers are Commell, DFI and Lex
Typically, where would a high power Pico-ITX solution be deployed ?
For example, in high end surveillance applications where the ability to manipulate intensive (HD/4K) imagery and data, whilst still maintaining a discrete sized device that will remain hidden from public view is needed.
Additionally, and as referred to in the above, the ability to still have a diverse range of I/O, powerful IoT-ready industrial PC systems can be realised by adding 3G & 4G modem capability well as an SSD using the available features such as full-size mini PCIe and M.2 B key 2242 sockets. Some Pico-ITX solutions can provide up to 3 x displays support via VGA, mini DP++ and LVDS. Dual Gigabit Ethernet, 4 x USB ports including dual USB 3.0, RS-232/485, SATA 3.0, SMBus, audio and GPIO are also all available features that can be found.
As well as being available in extended temperature formats – such as (-20C to +70C) and full industrial (-40C to +85C) temperature specification – wide supply voltage (9-36v) versions are also available (ideal for in-vehicle usage)
ASRock Industrial SOM-P104J 12th Gen Alder Lake N97 Pico-ITX Motherboard
LEX 2I130HW 2.5″ Pico-ITX 13th Gen Raptor Lake Embedded SBC
Commell LP-17A 12th Gen Alder Lake-U Pico-ITX SBC
Jetway JNP891P Gemini Lake J4125 Pico-ITX SBC
LEX 2I110AW 11th Gen Tiger Lake-UP3 i7/i5/i3 2.5″ Embedded SBC
LEX 2I640CW Elkhart Lake Atom X6413E 2.5″ Embedded SBC
LEX 2I110D 11th Gen Tiger Lake-UP3 i7/i5/i3 2.5″ Embedded SBC
LEX 2I640DW Elkhart Lake Atom X6413E 2.5″ Embedded SBC
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