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AAEON’s PICO-ITX Board Developed for AI and Edge Computing

February 29, 2020 by Asma Arooj

AAEON’s Pico-WHU4 Board is designed as a compact board with the purpose of serving the latest trends of embedded artificial intelligence and edge computing.

AAEON provides a wide range of reliable and high-quality single-board computers (SBCs) for diverse applications. Recently AAEON announced the introduction of the PICO-WHU4 powered by 8th generation Intel® Core processors.

The board which was previously named “Whiskey Lake” is intended for embedded artificial intelligence and edge computing. 


AAEON's PICO-WHU4 board.

A product image provided by AAEON of their Pico-ITX board. Image Credit: AAEON Technology Inc.


A Powerful Solution in a Compact Footprint

The PICO-WHU4 comes in a 100x72-mm Pico-ITX form factor and provides high-performance computing through 8th generation Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 and Celeron® Processors.

Even though it is without board’s audio, RTC (real time clock), and triple display support providing an additional mSATA–ready mini PCIe slot in M.2 socket. PICO-WHU4 has the capacity to power various AI and edge computing applications. 

The board is suitable for use in a wide operating temperature range - from 0°C to 60°c. It can hold up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM. The PICO-WHU4 is designed to address the increasing demands of embedded AI and edge computing by offering an I/O configuration that can combine with virtually every type of embedded system.

The board contains two Ethernet ports, two HDMI ports, and four USB 3.2 Gen-2 ports. It also contains two COM Headers supporting 232/422/485 serial port operations. 


Specifications and Features

The PICO-WHU4 is powered by Intel 8th Gen “Whiskey Lake” UE-series processors with Intel Gen 9.5 HD Graphics (24 EU) and 15W TDP (configurable TDP of 12.5W to 25W). Available options are Core i3/i5/i7. It also provides 16 GB of 2400MHz DDR4 memory and SATA 3.0 power storage. 

The board contains 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports (Realtek 8111G) with WoL for networking. Ports available include two HDMI 1.4b ports for up 3840 x 2160, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 host ports, 2x USB 2.0, SMBUS, I2C, LPC, eSPI, 4-bit DIO. It has several applications in smart retail and smart city infrastructure. 


A side view of the PICO-WHU4 board.

A side view of the PICO-WHU4 board. Image Credit: AAEON Technologies Inc.


Major Benefits 

PICO-WHU4 offers the following benefits in embedded computing division for engineering applications:


Expansion and support

PICO-WHU4 can simply broaden with M.2 E-key 2230 slot providing support for PCIe/USB, including WiFi and Bluetooth. And Mini-PCIe slot (full-size) with USB 3.2 Gen 1/2.0, SATA is also supporting expansion. Custom configuration of PICO-WHU4 provides help to shorten the development times and time to market for new products.


A Complete Turn-Key Solution

The PICO-WHU4 provides a robust turnkey solution that can easily be integrated into existing systems, allowing engineers to simplify design complexity and go to market faster. 


Flexible Design and Suitability

Due to its compact size, the PICO-WHU4 provides design flexibility in a wide range of applications, including space-constrained designs. 

The PICO-WHU4 board from AAEON provides a robust turnkey solution for AI and edge computing applications. A simple embedded solution that allows manufacturers to go to market faster with new products, it also comes in a small footprint, suitable for use in space-constrained device and equipment

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