Coffee Lake embedded PC has six USB 3.0 ports and GbE with BMC

Coffee Lake embedded PC has six USB 3.0 ports and GbE with BMC

Trenton Systems is prepping a compact, Linux-friendly “Ion Mini PC” with 8th or 9th Gen Coffee Lake options and up to 32GB DDR4, SATA, DP, 6x USB 3.0, and 3x GbE, including one BMC-linked port for out-of-band, remote management.

Trenton Systems has released a photo and preliminary documentation for an Ion Mini PC due to begin sampling by the end of the month. Although this Mini-ITX-based, 178 x 173 x 36mm system is a bit larger than what we typically consider to be a mini-PC these days, it packs in a lot of features including 6x USB 3.0 ports and a Gigabit Ethernet port linked to a Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) chip for remote, out-of-band management of network connections.

The Ion Mini PC supports up to 32GB of dual-channel DDR4-2400/2666, including ECC RAM. There’s an internal 2.5-inch SATA SSD drive and an M.2 slot (x4 PCIe) with NVMe storage support.

Other features include 6x USB 3.0 ports, a DisplayPort, and VGA and RS-2332 (DB9) ports. You also get include dual audio jacks, a power button and jack, and an LED.

The two standard Gigabit Ethernet ports use Intel i350 controllers while the BMC-linked GbE has an Intel i210. The port is monitored by an AST2500 Baseband Management Controller consisting of rKVM, system monitoring, out-of-band management, and a TPM 2.0 security chip. A customizable in-house BIOS is also available. The system supports 0 to 50°C temperatures with 5% – 90% non-condensing humidity tolerance.

The Ion Mini PC will begin sampling at the end of the month, with pricing undisclosed. More information should eventually appear on Trenton Systems’ website. Meanwhile, here’s the Ion Mini PC teaser page.


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