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Nano-ITX based mini-PC taps 5th Gen Core, packs dual GbE

Nov 17, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 4,051 views

Aaeon’s fanless, Linux-friendly “Nano-001N” mini-PC is built around a Nano-ITX board with a 5th Gen. Core processor, M.2 storage, and dual DP and GbE ports.

The “entry level” Nano-001N, which is billed as Aaeon’s first embedded box PC based on a 120 x 120mm Nano-ITX form factor board, is designed for indoor applications like vending machines, kiosks, and digital signage. The fanless computer is similar to Intel’s NUC, but more feature-rich, says the Asus subsidiary.

Nano-001N, front and back
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The Nano-001N is larger than Aaeon’s mini-PCs such as the Atom N2600-based AEC-6402 and AEC-6401. It’s also larger than Intel NUC-style systems that similarly run Linux on Intel’s 14nm, 5th Generation Core (“Broadwell”) processors, such as Logic Supply’s ML100G-30, as System76’s Meerkat, and ZaReason’s Zini 1550. The Nano-001N features a NUC-like aluminum enclosure, but with a ribbed heat-sink design vaguely like that of Logic Supply’s ML100G-30.

Relative to the System76, ZaReason, and Logic Supply NUCs, Aaeon’s Nano-001N is similarly limited to dual-core Broadwell chips, but it offers the option of a faster, 2.2GHz Core i7-5650U processor in addition to the Core i5-5350U available with Logic Supply and the Core i3-5010U available with all three NUCs. All these processors offer relatively low 15W TDPs

Nano-001N detail view, front and back
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The Nano-001N supports up to 16GB of DDR3L RAM, and offers an M.2 slot for storage. Unlike the NUC-based mini-PCs noted above, the Aaeon computer features two Gigabit Ethernet ports instead of one, and similarly offers dual video ports, in this case a pair of full-size DisplayPorts with 4K support.

The Nano-001N is further equipped with four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and a USB header. Audio jacks, a mini-PCIe slot, and a serial header are also provided. Other features include VESA mounting, a wide-range power supply, and a WiFi antenna output.

Nano-001N’s “NITX-BD1” mainboard (left) and details
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The Nano-001N’s “NITX-BD1” Nano-ITX form-factor mainboard is also available separately, says Aaeon. Although there’s no product page yet, the blurry photo and board details diagram shown above, found in a couple of online Aaeon documents, offer a sneak preview of this new Aaeon Nano-ITX single-board computer.

The system uses Intel’s Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework (Intel DPTF), which can adjust performance based on temperature. A fanned variant of the system called the NANO-001F is also available, says Aaeon.

Specifications listed for the Nano-001N include:

  • Processor — 5th Generation Intel i7/i5/i3 “Broadwell” Core U-Series processors, all with 15W TDP:
    • Core i7-5650U — dual-core 2.2GHz (3.1GHz turbo), 4MB Cache, Intel HD Graphics 6000
    • Core i5-5350U — dual-core 1.8GHz (2.9GHz turbo), 3MB Cache, Intel HD Graphics 6000
    • Core i3-5010U — dual-core 2.1GHz (no turbo), 3MB Cache, Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • Memory — Up to 16GB DDR3L-1600 RAM (non-ECC, un-buffered) via 2x SODIMMs
  • Storage — M.2 slot (M-key) with optional 32GB SSD
  • Display — 2x DisplayPorts Up to 3840 x 2160 @60Hz
  • Networking — 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports (Realtek 8111G)
  • Other I/O:
    • 4x USB 3.0 ports (2x front-facing)
    • 2x USB 2.0 ports
    • USB 2.0 header
    • Audio line-out, mic-in
    • RS-232 serial header
  • Expansion — Mini-PCIe (half-size) slot with USB+PCIe signals (mSATA BOM change)
  • Other features — VESA mounting; LEDs; reset switch; WiFi antenna output
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 40°C
  • Power — 12V-19V DC; Lithium battery
  • Dimensions – 150 x 125 x 55mm (with 120 x 120mm Nano-ITX mainboard)
  • Operating system — Fedora (Linux kernel 3.x); Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 7 32/64-bit, Windows 8.1 32/64-bit

Further information

The Nano-001N appears to be available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found at Aaeon’s Nano-001N product page.

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