Aaeon packs power of a Mini-ITX SBC on a four-inch board

Developed for retail and fintech applications, the EPIC-KBS8 is an expandable embedded controller from Aaeon.

It features a sixth/seventh generation Intel Core i socket-type processor and up to 16Gbyte DDR4 SODIMM. Other manufacturers restrict this level of computing power to larger, Mini-ITX boards, points out Aaeon.

The EPIC-KBS8 is designed for retail environments which might include a camera, barcode scanner, cash register, scale, and even a fingerprint detector. To accommodate all these peripherals – and possible future technologies – the EPIC-KBS8 has two USB3.0 ports, up to 10 internal USB2.0 connectors, and six COM connectors. The board also features possible dual LVDS support and the option of an eDP connection.

With its pair of LAN ports, the EPIC-KBS8 is also already being used as a powerful wireless Internet station, and its 0 to 60 degree C operating temperature range means it can be reliably used in the field. SATA, mSATA, and MiniCard slots provide multiple expansion slots, and the board’s CPU socket enables users to quickly and easily upgrade their processor whenever they want.

According to Alicia Wang, Aaeon embedded computing division product manager said: “Not only does the EPIC form factor’s smaller size make it cheaper to produce, but four inch boards can also be used in systems that Mini-ITX SBCs are just too bulky for.”

Established in 1992, Aaeon manufactures professional intelligent IoT computing platforms, including industrial motherboards and systems, industrial displays, rugged tablets, embedded controllers, network appliances and related accessories, as well as integrated solutions.

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