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SBC offers Bay Trail CPUs, three video outputs, dual GbE

Sep 24, 2015 — by Rick Lehrbaum — 1,018 views

Aaeon has added a new Bay Trail model to its 3.5-inch form factor SBC line, featuring three display outputs, dual GbE, dual Mini-PCIe, and soldered-on RAM.

Aaeon’s Linux ready “GENE-BT06” SBC joins its growing 3.5-inch single-board computer family, which includes the similarly Intel Bay Trail-based GENE-BT05, as well as the soon-to-ship, Braswell-based GENE-BSW5.

By now, the 22nm Bay Trail Atom and Celeron processors that Intel rolled out in Q4 of 2013 have become pervasive on single-board computers and computer-on-modules targeting embedded and industrial applications. For example, Bay Trail-based 3.5-inch form-factor SBCs we’ve covered include ADL’s ADLE3800HD, Axiomtek’s CAPA840 and CAPA841, Nexcom’s EBC 355, and the WinSystems SBC35-CC405, and we’ve written up numerous examples of Bay Trail-based COMs. The processors designed into these SBCs and COMs are typically taken from Intel’s “embedded roadmap” that promises long lifecycle and extended temperature operation, with the result that two years down the road we’re still seeing new Bay Trail-based SBCs and COMs hitting the market.

GENE-BT06 top (left) and bottom views
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Aaeon’s GENE-BT06 SBC implements a fairly typical set of features for 3.5-inch SBCs. The board supports the Intel 22nm Bay Trail quad-core, 1.9GHz E3845 and dual-core 1.33GHz E3825 Atom processors, as well as an unspecified Celeron part, and equips the processor with up with either 2GB or 4GB of soldered-on DDR3L SDRAM memory, depending on model.

GENE-BT06 topside details (left) and coastline connectors locations
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The SBC provides three display outputs — VGA, dual-channel 18/24-bit LVDs, and HDMI — which support resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 pixels. An option for a 4/5/8-wire resistive touchscreen controller should prove useful for building HMI subsystems or panel-PCs around the board. As indicated on the coastline connector diagram (above), the HDMI port is only included on an “Advanced” version of the SBC.

GENE-BT06 block diagram
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The GENE-BT06 also offers a 3Gb/s SATA mass storage interface, two gigabit Ethernet ports, as well as multiple USB and COM ports along with 8-bits of GPIO. For modular expansion, there is a pair of mini-PCIe slots; one is full-sized, and the other is half-sized and supports both PCIe and mSATA.

Specifications listed for the GENE-BT06 include:

  • Processor — Intel “Bay Trail” processors:
    • E3845 (4x CPU cores @ 1.9GHz; 10W TDP)
    • E3825 (2x CPU cores @ 1.33GHz; 6W TDP)
    • Celeron (unspecified SKU)
  • RAM — up to 4GB of soldered-on DDR3L 1333/1600 SDRAM
  • Storage — 1x SATA (3.0 Gb/s transfer rate); mSATA on mini-PCIe half-size socket
  • Display — VGA port; optional HDMI port; dual-channel, 18/24-bit LVDS; optional 4/5/8-wire resistive touchscreen controller
  • Networking — 2x gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Other I/O:
    • 3x USB 2.0 ports; 1x USB 3.0 port
    • 4x COM ports (2x RS232; 2x RS232/422/485)
    • AC97 2.3 dual-channel audio with mic-in, line-in, line-out
    • 8-bit GPIO
    • PS/2 port
  • Expansion — 2x Mini-PCIe slots (1x full-size slot; 1x half-size, shared with mSATA)
  • Other features — SIM card socket; watchdog timer; optional TPM
  • Power — 9 to 24V DC input; consumption (typ.) 0.6A @ 12V
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60°C
  • Dimensions — 146 x 101.6mm; 3.5-inch form-factor
  • Operating system — Yocto Linux; Windows 7/8.1/10; VxWorks

Further information

The GENE-BT06 appears to be available now, at an undisclosed price. More information may be found at Aaeon’s GENE-BT06 product page.

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