Embedded Kontron motherboard pITX-APL V2.0 for high performance in 2.5-inch format

Embedded Kontron motherboard pITX-APL V2.0 for high performance in 2.5-inch format

Kontron, a leading global provider of IoT/Embedded Computing Technology (ECT), is expanding its product line in the Pico-ITX form factor with the pITX-APL V2.0 embedded motherboard, which is equipped with Intel Atom® E39xx and Intel® Celeron® N3350/J3455 two- and quad-core CPUs and features improved performance with an extended range of functions. The pITX-APL V2.0 offers up to 16 Gbytes of hard-soldered LPDDR4 memory, extensive interfaces, such as two 1GB Ethernet ports and a second graphics interface, as well as the option of retrofitting user-specific functions via M2 interface. A mini DisplayPort and HDMI provide flexible graphics options. This makes the motherboard ideal for use in industrial client applications as well as in kiosk, infotainment, digital signage and POS systems.

The new pITX-APL V2.0 with its compact dimensions of only 100 x 72 mm impresses with improved graphics and computing performance and at the same time low power consumption of only 6 to 12 watts at 12V DC input voltage. It features an LVDS 24Bit Dual Channel, an M.2 slot with a USB 3.0 and microSIM interface as well as a half-size mPCIe slot and a uSD/uSIM combo slot. A TPM 2.0 security chip enables the protection of applications and licenses.

Specifications listed for the pITX-APL V2.0 include:

  • Processor — Intel Apollo Lake with Intel HD Graphics 500 (all Atom, Celeron, and Pentium models, dual- and quad-core)
  • Memory/storage:
    • Up to 16GB soldered, 4x-channel LPDDR4 RAM
    • MicroSD slot (combo slot with micro-SIM)
    • SATA 3.0 with locking latch
    • Optional SSD on M.2 B-key and possible mini-PCIe (see below)
  • Networking — 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports with WoL
  • Media I/O:
    • Mini-DisplayPort
    • HDMI port
    • 18/24-bit, dual-channel LVDS with 5V backlight support
    • Triple display support
    • HD Audio I/O headers (mic, line-in, line-out) plus SPDIF
  • Other I/O:
    • 2 USB 3.0 ports
    • 2x USB 2.0 headers
    • RS-232, SPI, and front-panel headers
  • Expansion:
    • M.2 B-key (PCIe 2.0) slot with SSD support and micro-SIM
    • Possible half-size mini-PCIe slot with storage and wireless support
    • Micro-SIM combo slot with microSD
  • Other features — TPM 2.0; optional Kontron Approtect with Wibu secure element; system monitoring; RTC with Pigtail BR2032 battery; optional passive and active cooling
  • Operating temperature — -25 to 75°C (possible -40 to 85°C Atom variants)
  • Power — 12V DC locking jack; power header; CMOS clear/autostart header; power button and LED; ACPI 5.0 PMIC; optional 15W 5V/3A external power supply
  • Dimensions — 100 x 72 x 41mm
  • Operating system – BSPs for Yocto Linux, Win 10 IoT Enterprise and Core, WES7, Win 7, VxWorks

Like all Kontron embedded products, the pITX-APL V2.0 is characterized by the long-term availability of all components – a fact that is particularly beneficial for very complex application scenarios with many devices running in parallel.

For more information, please visit: https://www.kontron.com/products/boards-and-standard-form-factors/single-board-computer/pitx-apl-pitx-apl-v2.0.html

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