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Braswell Pico-ITX board features HDMI, SATA, GbE, M.2

Aug 12, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 986 views

IEI’s wide temperature “Hyper-BW” Pico-ITX SBC expands upon Intel’s Braswell chips with 2x mini-HDMI, 4x USB, and 2x serial, plus SATA, M.2, and GbE.

IEI’s 100 x 72mm Hyper-BW recently showed up on an IEI product page with a “preliminary” tag, and without an announcement. The SBC follows earlier IEI Pico-ITX boards like the Bay Trail Celeron based Hyper-BT and the AMD G-Series SoC based Hyper-KBN. The Hyper-BW moves up to the latest Pentium and Celeron models within Intel’s 14nm “Braswell” line of SoCs, and can be compared with boards like Commell’s Braswell-based LP-176 Pico-ITX SBC.

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IEI’s SBC lacks the LP-176’s support for Intel’s 1.04GHz, 5W TDP Atom X5-E8000, but it similarly supports the top-of-the-line , quad-core, 1.6GHz/2.58GHz Pentium N3710. Unlike Commell’s board, it can also load one of three Braswell-based Celerons, including the quad-core N3160, dual-core N3060, and dual-core N3010. All four SoCs have 6W TDPs except for the N3060 with 4W TDP. No OS support was listed, but this rugged, no-frills board looks like it was born to run Linux.

The Hyper-BW supports up to 8GB of DDR3L, and offers only dual displays via a pair of mini-HDMI ports rather than the LP-176’s triple displays. A SATA 6Gbps port is available, but instead of offering mini-PCIe with mSATA, you get an even more versatile M.2 Key B port with support for SATA, PCIe extensions like wireless, and other interfaces.

Hyper-BW detail views
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In addition to the two mini-HDMI’s, coastline ports include a GbE port, a USB 3.0, and a USB 2.0 port. Two more USB 2.0 interfaces are onboard along with dual RS-232 interfaces and HD audio. The 12V board supports colder temperatures than the Commell board, at -20 to 60°C, and also provides some vibration resistance and IEI’s One Key Recovery solution for rapid OS backup and recovery.

Preliminary specifications listed for the Hyper-BW include:

  • Processor — Intel “Braswell” Pentium and Celeron SoCs; Intel HD Graphics Gen 8 with support for DX11.1, OpenGL 4.2, and OpenCL1.2
  • Memory — Up to 8GB DDR3L 1333/1600MHz via 1x SODIMM
  • Storage — SATA 3 interface with 5V SATA power connector; M.2 2242 Key B with SATA, PCIe, etc.
  • Display — 2x mini-HDMI for up to 3840 x 2160 @ 30Hz
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet port (Realtek RTL8111)
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 3.0 port
    • 3x USB 2.0 (1x port, 2x interfaces)
    • 2x RS232 interfaces
    • HD audio interface
  • Other features — Watchdog, smart fan connector; IEI jumper-less function and One Key Recovery
  • Operating temperature — -20 to 60°C
  • Vibration resistance – “3G”
  • Power – 12V DC input; power terminal block; AT/ATX support; [email protected] consumption with N3710 and 8GB RAM
  • Dimensions — 100 x 72mm (Pico-ITX)
  • Weight — 30 g

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the Hyper-BW Pico-ITX board. More information may be found on IEI’s Hyper-BW product page.


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