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Fanless Pico-ITX SBC uses Braswell SoCs, packs up to 8GB RAM

Jun 3, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 1,956 views

Commell’s “LP-176” is a Pico-ITX SBC with Intel’s “Braswell” processors, featuring mini-PCIe, USB 3.0, SATA III, GbE, HDMI, and optional DisplayPort.

Commell’s modestly configured LP-176, which follows Commell Pico-ITX form-factor boards such as the Bay Trail Atom E3800 and Celeron based LP-173, gives you a choice of two quad-core SoC’s from Intel’s Braswell line of 14nm system-on-chips. For the highest performance, there’s a 1.6GHz Intel Pentium N3710 with 6W TDP, and for the highest power efficiency at a lesser price, there’s a 1.04GHz Atom X5-E8000 with a 5W TDP.

Commell LP-176 top (left) and bottom views
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The “fully passively cooled, silent and efficient” LP-176 is designed for gaming, medical, IoT gateway, imaging, machine vision, and digital signage applications. As seen in the board photos, the Intel SoC is situated on the bottom side of the board, such that a heat spreader can provide thermal conduction between the processor chip and a mounting bracket or enclosure surface.

The LP-176 supports up to 8GB DDR3L RAM, and offers SATA and mSATA for storage. Coastline ports include a GbE, dual USB 3.0, and HDMI. Along with the onboard LVDS interface, an optional DisplayPort would give you triple display support.

No OS support was listed, but Linux or Windows should work fine.

Commell LP-176 top/bottom details and block diagram
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Two USB 2.0 interfaces are onboard along with a pair of serial interfaces, and PS/2 and HD audio connections. A mini-PCIe slot is also available.

Specifications listed for the Commell LP-176 include:

  • Processor — Intel Pentium N3710 or Atom X5-E8000 (4x Braswell cores @ 1.6GHz or 1.04GHz, respectively); Intel HD Graphics; FCBGA1170 package
  • Memory — 4GB or 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz via 1x SODIMM
  • Storage — SATA 3 interface; mSATA via mini-PCIe
  • Display:
    • HDMI port
    • LVDS interface
    • LCD inverter
    • Optional DisplayPort for triple display support
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet port (Intel 1210-AT)
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 3.0 ports
    • 2x USB 2.0 interfaces
    • 2x RS232 interfaces
    • PS/2 interface
    • HD audio interface (Realtek ALC262)
  • Expansion:
    • Mini-PCIe slot with mSATA support
    • LPC
    • SMBus
  • Other features — Watchdog, RTC with lithium battery
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60°C
  • Power — DC input 5V±5%
  • Dimensions — 100 x 72mm (Pico-ITX)

Further information

The LP-176 appears to be available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found at Commell’s LP-176 product page.

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