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Graphics-rich EPIC SBC uses 5th Gen Core, expands flexibly

Feb 12, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 1,160 views

Aaeon’s “EPIC-BDU7” SBC uses Intel’s 5th Gen Core processors, and offers multiple graphics, GbE, USB, and SATA ports, plus mini-PCIe and PCI-104 expansion.

Aaeon’s EPIC-BDU7 single board computer uses the same old-school EPIC form factor adopted by its Atom-based EPC-CV1 board, but instead loads up with Intel’s brand new 5th Generation Core processors using the 14nm “Broadwell” architecture. Aaeon typically supports Linux on its SBCs, and although no OS support was listed, Linux should run on this board with no problem.


The EPIC-BDU7 joins other 5th Gen Core based products including Adlink’s cExpress-BL COM Express Compact Type 6 module, and Congatec’s Conga-TC97 Type 6 COM and Conga-IC97 thin Mini-ITX board. Core performance has ticked up only slightly in this first wave of 14nm Broadwell chips, but graphics are faster and more capable, thanks to new Intel HD Graphics 5500 and 6000 technology. Power consumption is generally lower when compared to most 4th Gen Haswell CPUs.

EPIC-BDU7 detail view
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It would appear that Aaeon lets you choose from the full array of i3, i5, i7 Core and 5th Gen Celeron ULT processors. Befitting its legacy form-factor, the 165 x 115mm EPIC board is spec’d a bit lower than the other Broadwell products we’ve seen, for example supporting only 8GB of DDR3L RAM instead of 16GB. You get support for 4K video and triple simultaneous displays with LVDS, DisplayPort, and VGA connections, with the latter available on a coastline port.

EPIC-BDU7 block diagram
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Dual gigabit Ethernet ports are available with Wake-on-LAN support, and other coastline ports include two RS-232/422/485 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. Four more USB 2.0 and four more RS-232 interfaces are onboard along with SATA (3Gbps, not 6Gbps) and mSATA interfaces. Parallel and audio I/O are also available, along with a pair of mini-PCIe slots.

The EPIC-BDU7 provides a SIM slot and a PCI-104 socket for add-ons, and options available for it from Aaeon include a touchscreen, a 2W amp, and a TPM module. The board can be powered by either a +12V or 9-24V power supply.

Specifications listed for the EPIC-BDU7 include:

  • Processor — 5th Generation Intel i7/i5/i3 “Broadwell” Core processors with Fintek 81866D I/O chipset
  • Memory — up to 8GB DDR3L SDRAM @ 1600MHz, via 1x SODIMM
  • Storage — SATA 3Gbps port; mSATA (via mini-PCIe slot)
  • Display:
    • Supports triple independent simultaneous displays
    • Port A — configurable as eDP or dual-channel 18/24-bit LVDS (1920 x 1200)
    • Port B — configurable as DisplayPort or VGA port (2560 x 1600)
    • Port C — configurable as DisplayPort or dual-channel 18/24-bit LVDS (1920 x 1200)
    • Optional touchscreen interface (consumes one of the board’s USB 2.0 ports)
  • Networking — 2x 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports with WoL
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 3.0 ports
    • 4x USB 2.0 interfaces
    • 4x RS-232 interfaces
    • 2x RS-232/422/485 (Ring/ +5V/ +12V)
    • Parallel LPT (SPP/EPP/ECP) interface with 16-bit DIO
    • Audio line-in, line-out, mic-in; optional 2W amp
  • Expansion:
    • 2x mini-PCIe slots (one with mSATA support); optional SIM
    • PCI-104 socket (120 female header)
  • Other features — TPM module (optional); watchdog; HW monitoring; lithium battery; heat spreader
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60°C
  • Power — +12V or 9-24V AT/ATX (default)
  • Weight — 0.5 k
  • Dimensions — 165 x 115mm; EPIC form factor

Further information

No pricing was provided for the EPIC-BDU7, which appears to be available now. More information may be found in Aaeon’s EPIC-BDU7 product page.

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