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Skylake-H Mini-ITX SBC has 4 GbE, 4 USB 3.0, and 3 HD video ports

Sep 4, 2016 — by Rick Lehrbaum — 1,446 views

Kontron’s Linux-friendly “mITX-SKL-H” is based on Intel Skylake-H processors, and offers generous helpings of GbE, HD graphics, SATA 3.0, USB 3.0, and PCIe.

Intel’s 6th Gen Core “Skylake” processors launch last year precipitated a steady stream of announcements by makers of single board computers (SBCs) and computer-on-modules (COMs) aimed at industrial and embedded applications. To date, however, most of the SBC and COM releases we’ve encountered involve the Skylake-Y and -U processors with TDPs in the 4.5W to 15W range, and the subset of Skylake-S processors with 35W TDPs.

Kontron’s mITX-SKL-H
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In conjunction with last year’s “Skylake” debut, Kontron said it would be announcing a Mini-ITX board based on the new 6th Gen Intel processor generation. That board has now been announced as the “mITX-SKL-H,” based on Intel’s “Skylake-H” Xeon, Core, and Celeron processors, with 45W and 35W TDPs. This new board appears to be Kontron’s first Skylake-based SBC, and follows the company’s recently-introduced COMe-cSL6 COM that integrates a range of Intel’s 15W TDP “Skylake-U” processors.

mITX-SKL-H block diagram
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Kontron characterizes the mITX-SKL-H SBC as a “mini powerhouse” that was “designed especially for performance-intensive applications in harsh environments.” The board’s data sheet lists an operating temperature range of 0 to 60°C — which presumably requires a beefy fan like that shown in the board’s photo up above, or some other form of fairly aggressive thermal management. Additionally, Kontron promises seven years of “long-term availability” for its Mini-ITX products, a fairly standard requirement for SBCs and COMs that get designed into industrial or commercial equipment.

In addition to the mITX-SKL-H’s selection of high performance Skylake-H processors, including Xeon, Core, and Celeron options, the SBC is notable for its generous array of I/O and expansion interfaces. The board’s rear-panel coastline I/O includes four GbE ports, a pair each of USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, two DisplayPorts, an optional mini-DisplayPort, and a set of three audio in/out jacks.

Closeup of the mITX-SKL-H’s coastline I/O
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Internally, there are four SATA 3.0 interfaces, optional additional USB 3.0 ports, RS232 and RS422/485 serial ports, and an LVDS option, plus sockets for Mini-PCIe or mSATA and PCIe x16 expansion cards. There’s also an S/PDIF interface somewhere, but we were unable to spot it definitively on the board’s photo (it might be the round connector toward the right edge of the coastline I/O photo).

More Skylake Mini-ITX: Commell’s LV-67S (left) and LV-67T
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Earlier this year competitor Commell launched LV-67S and LV-67T Mini-ITX SBCs that also use Intel’s Skylake processors. The former is based on the socketed Skylake-S processors, while the latter uses the soldered-on (FCBGA1356) Skylake-U processors.

Summary of mITX-SKL-H specs

These specifications listed by Kontron for the mITX-SKL-H:

  • Processor — Intel Skylake-H options:
    • Xeon E3-1505M (2.8GHz / 45W TDP)
    • Core i7-6820EQ (2.8GHz / 45W TDP)
    • Core i5-6440EQ (2.7GHz / 45W TDP)
    • Celeron G3900E (2.4GHz / 35W TDP)
  • Memory — 2x SODIMM sockets for up to 32GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM
  • Storage:
    • 4x SATA 3.0 interfaces
    • mSATA 3.0 SSD support (via mini-PCIe socket)
  • Networking — 4x Gigabit Ethernet interfaces with Intel AMT 9.0 support
  • Video — Intel HD Graphics; supports 3x independent displays:
    • 2x DP
    • 1x mDP or optional 24Bit dual channel LVDS
  • Other I/O:
    • Intel HD Audio (analog in/out, S/PDIF)
    • SPI Fast Interface
    • Serial ports — 1x RS232, 1x RS485/422
    • USB ports — 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0; option for additional 3x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
  • Expansion:
    • 1x mini-PCIe/mSATA socket (with USB 2.0, PCI, SATA, external SIM support)
    • 1x PCIe x16 (Gen 3) slot
    • SIM card slot
    • M.2 (option)
  • Other features — Kontron Embedded Controller; temperature sensor, TPM2.0, hardware security device (option)
  • Power — 12 to 24 VDC input (single supply)
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60°C
  • Dimensions — 170 x 170mm (“Thin Mini-ITX” form factor)
  • Operating systems — Linux, Windows 7/8.1/10/WES7

Further information

The Kontron mITX-SKL-H appears to be immediately available in four standard and three special-order versions, at undisclosed prices. Additional details are available at the company’s mITX-SKL-H product page.

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