DFI’s AL05P is a 2.5-inch Pico-ITX SBC with PoE and an Apollo Lake Processor

DFI’s AL05P is a 2.5-inch Pico-ITX SBC with PoE and an Apollo Lake Processor

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DFI has launched AL05P – a 2.5-inch Pico-ITX SBC that offers PoE and is powered by an Intel Atom® Processor E3900 Series.

AL05P is not the first Intel Apollo Lake Pico-ITX board to appear in the market, but it is amongst the first to come with a PoE support (Power-over-Ethernet). The Linux-ready AL05P board is equipped with 4GB RAM, up to 64GB eMMC, a mini DisplayPort output, two USB 3.1, one GbE port with isolated PoE, and one mini PCIe for seamless and stable operations. The board also has an extended temperature range of -20 to 70°C that seems to be absent in many of the small SBCs with PoE.

Highlights:

  • Intel® Pentium®/Celeron®/Intel Atom® Processor E3900
  • Support LPDDR4 memory down up to 4GB
  • Rich I/O: 1 LAN, 1 COM, 2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0
  • Expansion and Storage: 1 Mini PCIe, 1 SMBus, 1 eMMC
  • PoE single board solution support PoE PD 48VDC
  • 15-Year CPU Life Cycle Support Until Q4′ 31 (Based on Intel IOTG Roadmap)

Features and Specifications include: 

  • Any of the following SoCs:
    • Intel Atom x5-E3940 processor, quad-core, 2MB cache, 1.6/1.8 GHz, Intel HD Graphics; 9.5W TDP
    • Intel Atom x5-E3930  processor, dual-core, 2MB cache, 1.3/1.8 GHz, Intel HD Graphics; 6.5W TDP
    • Intel Pentium N4200  processor, quad-core, 2MB cache, 1.1/2.5 GHz, Intel HD Graphics; 6W TDP
    • Intel Celeron N3350  processor, dual-core, 2MB cache, 1.1/2.4 GHz, Intel HD Graphics, 6W TDP
  • Up to 4GB LPDDR4-2400 via single channel
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB eMMC
  • 128 Mbit SPI flash (UEFI boot only)
  • Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port
  • Mini DP++ up to 4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz
  • Full-size Mini PCIe slot
  • 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
  • 2x USB 2.0 interfaces
  • 1x RS-232/422/485 header
  • 1x 8-bit GPIO
  • 1x SMBus header
  • RTC + CR2032 coin cell battery
  • Watchdog timer
  • TPM 2.0
  • 15mm thick heat spreader for fanless operation
  • Power Supply: 12V DC header or 48V DC via PoE
  • Power Consumption: 
    • Typical: E3950:12V @ 0.33A (3.96Watt)
    • Max: E3950:12V @ 1.76A (21.12Watt)
  • Temperature Range: 
    • Operating: 0 – 60°C, -20 – 70°C
    • Storage: -40 – 85°C
  • Humidity: 5 – 90% RH (operating and storage)
  • Dimensions: 100 mm x 72 mm (2.5″ Pico-ITX form factor)
  • Operating System: Linux, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise (64-bit)

The Intel Atom® E3900 series in the AL05P is of high-performance and low-power (9W), so we expect it to be able to give a real-time response to edge events, handling image recognition and data streaming analysis easily.

AL05P can be closely compared with a similar AL051 that sells for $320 on Amazon. One major difference between them is that AL05P has PoE support while AL051 does not. It is believed that the AL05P replaced one of the two GbE ports found on the AL051 to provide its 48VDC PoE capability. AL05P also has just one (mDP++) with no M.2 socket and no SATA port while AL051 also has up to three display interfaces (mDP++, VGA, LVDS), one M.2 socket, and one SATA port.

DFI AL05P has been launched but there’s no word on pricing and availability yet. You might want to take a look at the datasheet of the board or check on DFI’s announcement page or the product page for additional information concerning the board.

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Hardware Design Engineer | #IoT Consultant |All things #ML | Entrepreneur | Serial Writer | Passionate about Innovation and technology as tools for solving problems in developing countries. Spare time is spent around writing and advocacy for the growth of the Maker/DIY Culture in Africa.

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