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15W Skylake SBCs include Mini-ITX, Nano-ITX, and 3.5-inch

Aug 4, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 1,357 views

Commell announced three Intel 6th Gen Skylake-U boards in Mini-ITX, Pico-ITX, and 3.5-inch formats, with DDR4 RAM, GbE, USB 3.0, and triple display support.

Commell, which in April announced an LV-67S Mini-ITX board running Intel’s 6th Gen (“Skylake”) Core S-Series and Xeon processors, has followed up with three SBCs offering the more energy-efficient, 15W, dual-core, 6th Gen U-Series chips. The LV-67T is another 170 x 170mm Mini-ITX board while the LP-175 uses the 100 x 72mm Pico-ITX form factor, and the LE-37G uses a 146 x 101mm 3.5-inch format.

Commell’s new Skylake SBCs shown to scale (left to right): LV-67T, LP-175, and LE-37G

All three boards support Intel’s “Skylake” U-Series Core i7/i5/i3 and Celeron processors in FCBGA1356 packages. They all offer 16GB or 32GB DDR4 RAM and support 0 to 60°C temperature operation. Commell lists only Windows drivers, but Linux should do fine as well.

LV-67T Mini-ITX

The LV-67T has a reduced feature set compared to the Skylake-S based LV-67S and uses soldered-on, rather than socketed, Skylake-U processors. You can still load up to 32GB of DDR4 1866/2133 MHz via dual SODIMM slots, but there are only two SATA 3.0 ports instead of four, both with RAID 0,1 support.

LV-67T (left) compared to the earlier LV-67S
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The LV-67T Mini-ITX board’s coastline ports include dual GbE (one with iAMT 11), an audio jack (Realtek ALC262 HD), a RS232/422/485 port, a PS/2 port, and one of the four available RS232 ports. Also located on the rear panel are DVI-I and DisplayPort/VGA ports, while LVDS and VGA interfaces plus an LCD inverter are available internally. You get four USB 3.0 coastline ports, with four more USB 2.0 ports located internally.

For expansion, there are three mini-PCIe slots, one of which supports mSATA, plus PCI and SIM slots. Other features include SMBus, LPC, DIO, a watchdog, an RTC with battery, and an additional audio interface. The board provides a wide-range ATX or DC 9-to-24V power input.

LP-175 Pico-ITX

The LP-175 Pico-ITX board is almost identical to Commell’s Intel Braswell based LP-176. The main difference aside from the faster Skylake processor is that you top out at 16GB of 1866/2133MHz DDR4 instead of 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L on the Braswell board.

LP-175 (left) compared to earlier LP-176
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Once again, you get a video port option, but in this case the standard ports are coastline DisplayPort and HDMI ports plus an internal LVDS with LCD inverter. The option is an internal VGA interface that replaces the DP.

The LP-175 offers single SATA and mSATA connections for storage, with the latter tag-teaming off the single mini-PCIe slot. Coastline ports include a single GbE with iAMT 11, dual USB 3.0, and the DP and HDMI ports.

Two USB 2.0 interfaces are onboard along with a pair of RS232 interfaces. The Pico-ITX board is further equipped with PS/2, HD audio, and LPC interfaces, plus a watchdog and RTC with battery. A 5V DC input is also available.

LE-37G 3.5-inch

The LE-37G is also similar to a previous Commell Braswell board, in this case the similarly 3.5-inch LE-37F. Once again, the main difference is the processor and the 16GB DDR4 vs. 8GB DDR3L RAM. You also get two more USB 2.0 ports and one more serial port among other minor differences.

LE-37G (left) compared to earlier LE-37F
(click image to enlarge)

The LE-37G is equipped with dual SATA 3.0 ports and dual mini-PCIe slots, one of which offers mSATA. Coastline ports include dual GbE ports, one of which supports iAMT 11. Also on the rear panel are four USB 3.0, one of the six serial ports, and HDMI and DisplayPorts. As with the LP-175, the DP can be swapped out for an internal VGA port, and there is also an onboard LVDS with LCD inverter.

Internal interfaces include four more RS232 plus an RS232/422/485 interface. You also get four USB 2.0 ports, and PS/2, LPC, SMBus, audio, and DIO connections.

The LE-37G is further equipped with a DC output, a watchdog, an RTC with battery, and a SIM slot. Like the LV-67T Mini-ITX board, you get a wide-range 9-24V power supply.

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for Commell’s LV-67T, LP-175, and LE-37G SBCs. More information may be found on the LV-67T, LP-175, and LE-37G product pages.

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One response to “15W Skylake SBCs include Mini-ITX, Nano-ITX, and 3.5-inch”

  1. Jerry says:

    The last two look neat. I wonder what the CPU specs are. Apparently you can choose from any U series. If it had I2C or just GPIOs instead of RS-232, this would be interesting for hackers..

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