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Pico-ITX board and six others gain wide operating temps

Jun 17, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 822 views

Aaeon has added extended temperature support to seven embedded boards, including a “PICO-BT01” Pico-ITX SBC with Bay Trail CPUs and optional add-on boards.

Aaeon has added wider temperature range options to a number of its embedded SBCs and COMs. Most of these boards originally came out before LinuxGizmos (now HackerBoards) was launched in early 2013. One fairly recent board we missed, but we think is still worthy of coverage is the PICO-BT01 Pico-ITX SBC detailed farther below. As usual, Aaeon does not list OS support, but we are confident all these boards can run Linux or Windows.

Aaeon has added wide-range temperature operation to these seven embedded SBCs
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Aaeon divides its wide-range temperature options into WiTAS 1 (-20 to 70°C), or what we typically called extended temperature support, and WITAS 2 (-40 to 85°C), which we usually refer to as industrial support. All of the boards are cooled using passive (fanless) thermal solutions.

The boards that now offer WiTAS 1 extended options include the:

  • PICO-BT01 Pico-ITX SBC (see below), based on Intel Bay Trail Atom and Celeron
  • EPIC-CV07 EPIC board, based on Atom D2550/N2600
  • GENE-CV05 3.5-inch SBC, based on Atom D2550/N2800/N2600
  • COM-QM77 COM Express Type 6 module, based on 3rd Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Celeron

The boards that now offer WiTAS 2 options include the:

  • PFM-CVS PC/104+ module, based on Atom N2600
  • GENE-BT05 3.5-inch SBC, based on Bay Trail Atom and Celeron, similar to the newer GENE-BT06 and succeeded by the Intel Braswell based GENE-BSW5
  • COM-CV COM Express Type 6 module, based on the Atom D2550 or N2600


This 100 x 72mm Pico-ITX form-factor PICO-BT01 SBC offers a range of Intel Atom and Celeron SoCs based on the 22nm Bay Trail architecture. The board won the Taiwan Excellence Award for 2014, says Aaeon. It was likely earned in part due to the PICO-BT01’s modular design. The SBC has a home-grown BIO expansion connector in addition to its standard mini-PCIe slot. Three daughter-board options are available with various I/O mixes, up from two at launch, with one of them providing a SIM slot for wireless expansion.

PICO-BT01 top (left) and bottom views
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Coastline ports include a GbE port, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, and a port that can be used either for DisplayPort or VGA. An LVDS interface and an additional USB interface are on board, along with SATA and mSATA storage. The PICO-BT01 is further equipped with audio and serial interfaces, as well as DIO.

PICO-BT01 edge view showing coastline ports and bottom-mounted heat spreader
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Specifications listed for the PICO-BT01 include:
  • Processor — Intel Atom/Celeron Bay Trail:
    • Atom E3845 (4x cores @ 1.91GHz); 10W TDP
    • Atom E3825 (2x cores @ 1.33GHz); 6W TDP
    • Celeron J1900 (4x cores @ 2.00GHz); 10W TDP
    • Celeron N2807 (2x cores @ 1.16GHz); 4.3W TDP
  • Memory — up to 8GB DDR3L-1066/1333 RAM via 204-pin SODIMM
  • Storage — SATA II; mSATA via mini-PCIe
  • Display:
    • VGA at up to 2048 x 1152 (shared coastline port with DP)
    • DisplayPort at up to 2560 x 1400 (shared coastline port with VGA)
    • 18/24-bit, single-ch. LVDS at up to 1400 x 900
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet port with wake-on LAN
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 3.0 port
    • 2x USB 2.0 (1x port, 1x header)
    • RS-232/422/485
    • RS-232
    • HD line-out
    • DIO (2x in, 2x out)
  • Expansion:
    • Mini-PCIe slot (full size) with mSATA support
    • Axiomtek BIO connector with optional daughter-boards:
      • BIO-ST01-L1U2-A10-01 — LAN, 2W Audio AMP, 2x USB, SMBus
      • BIO-ST01-M1U1-A10-01 — Mini-PCIe, 2W Audio AMP, USB, SMBus
      • BIO-ST02-C4M1-A10-01 — 4x COM, USB, miniPCIe, SIM
  • Other features — Watchdog
  • Power — +12V DC; AT/ATX; 1.14A@+12V typ. consumption with J1900
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60°C or -20 to 70°C (WITAS1); optional heatspreader and heatsink
  • Dimensions — 100 x 72mm; Pico-ITX

PICO-BT01 block diagram
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“We designed the components on the PICO-BT01 like toy bricks, where they can be moved as the client pleases,” stated Ben Hsu, Product Manager of Aaeon’s Embedded Computing Division. “Whether they want the daughterboard to be placed on top of or alongside the main PICO board, we will do it.”

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the newly extended temperature ready PICO-BT01 SBC. More information may be found on Aaeon’s PICO-BT01 product page,

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