Easily Scale Across Multiple Processors with Aeon’s GENE-CML5 Subcompact Board

Easily Scale Across Multiple Processors with Aeon’s GENE-CML5 Subcompact Board

Embedded Boards manufacturer, AAEON, some days ago announced the launch of a new embedded development board, the GENE-CML5 3.5, a subcompact board designed for next-generation industrial, and general Edge AI applications where robustness, ruggedness, and increased processing capacity are required.

Designed with an understanding of flexibility and need for scale, unlike the usual fixed, soldered down processor style deployed in most 3.5″ form factor boards, the GENE-CML5 comes with an LGA1200 socket which enables the board to support all sorts of 10th Generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors, as well as Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® processors with up to 4.4 GHz CPU frequency. This flexibility provides developers, solution providers, and end-users with the ability to easily maintain, scale, and upgrade the platform based on their changing requirements.

Designed to bring portability to the edge, the GENE-CML5 comes with 64GB DDR4 memory, which combined with the high CPU frequency it supports, allows users to perform computations at a speed that is on par with what is obtainable in bulkier desktop systems.  Asides from processing capabilities, one other key feature for Edge solutions is a remote monitoring and management system and the GENE-CML5  allows users to do this without fuss, leveraging the many advantages of the Intel vPro and Intel Active Management Technology (iAMT).

For easy integration, deployment, and general usage, the GENE-CML5  comes with a broad I/O layout that features; two USB3.2 Gen 2 ports, four USB2.0 ports, and dual Gigabit LAN ports. Display options include DP++, VGA, and LVDS connectors. For storage and expansion/extension of processing capabilities, the board also features an M.2 2280 M-Key slot that can support AI expansion modules snd as well be used for NVMe storage, a PCIe 3.0 (x4) expansion with FPC connector and two SATA III (6.0 Gbps) slots.

Highlight features and specification of the GENE-CML5 as listed on Aeon’s website are provided in the table below:

Form Factor 3.5” SubCompact Board
CPU Intel® 10th Generation Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron SoC
i7-10700TE (8C, 2.0 GHz, up to 4.4 GHz)
i5-10500TE (6C, 2.3 GHz, up to 3.7 GHz)
i3-10100TE (4C, 2.3 GHz, up to 3.6 GHz)
G6400TE (2C, 3.2 GHz)
G5900TE (2C, 3.0 GHz)
CPU Frequency Up to 4.4GHz
Chipset Intel® Q470E
Memory Type DDR4 2933/2666/2400 MHz SODIMM x 2 (Dual Channel, Non-ECC)
Max. Memory Capacity Up to 64 GB
Wake on LAN Yes
Watchdog Timer 255 Levels
Power Requirement +12V
Power Supply Type AT/ ATX (Default: AT)
Power Consumption (Typical) Intel® i7-10700TE, DDR4 3200Mhz 32GB, 4.47A at +12V
Dimension (L x W) 5.75″ x 4″ (146mm x 101.7mm)
Operating Temperature 32°F ~ 140°F (0°C ~ 60°C)
Storage Temperature -40°F ~ 176°F (-40°C ~ 81°C)
Operating Humidity 0-90% @ 40°C, non-condensing
MTBF (hours) 380,571
Certification CE/FCC Class A
VGA/LCD Controller Chrontel CH7517A
Video Output DP++ x 1
VGA x 1
LVDS x 1
Backlight inverter supply Max 12V, 2A
Ethernet Intel® i210/i211,10/100/1000Base, RJ45 x1
Intel® i219,10/100/1000Base, RJ45 x1 (Support Vpro only with i5/i7 + Q470/Q470E variant)
Audio High Definition Audio Interface,Line-in/Line-out/MIC
USB Port USB3.2 Gen 2 x 2 (Rear I/O, Gen 2 for Q470/Q470E only)
USB2.0 x 4 (Pin header)
Serial Port RS-232/422/485 x 2
SSD SATA 3.0 x 2
SATA power connector x 1 (+5V)
Expansion Slot M.2 M Key 2280 PCIe[x4]/SATA[x1] x 1
PCIe[x4] x 1 (through Flexible Printed Circuit interface, Q470/Q470E only)
I2C, SMBUS (Default as I2C, SMBUS selected by board)
DIO 8 Bit

The GENE-CML5 is currently available for sale on Aeons website for $325 and like all Aeon’s products, OEM/ODM services are supported and users can request for the board to be customized the way they need with different modifications, including I/O layouts, possible..

More Information on the board, its specifications, modification options, and sales options can be found on the product’s page on Aeon’s website. 

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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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