Impulse Embedded offers Aaeon’s Ryzen-based compact Pico-ITX SBC 

Claimed to be the world’s smallest AMD Ryzen Embedded V2000 series single board computer (SBC), the Pico-V2K4 by Aaeon Technology is now available from Impulse Embedded.

The latest Pico-ITX SBC single board computer features the AMD Ryzen V2000 embedded processor family. It measures just 3.94 x 2.84 inches (100 x 72mm) and offers I/O and expansion options in a low TDP (thermal design power) package which offers excellent performance per watt, said Impulse Embedded. The combination of high speed computing power and high performance graphics is suitable for true embedded applications such medical imaging, industrial automation, machine building and digital signage, advised the company.

The V2000 series of embedded processors feature AMD’s Zen2 architecture. Its 7nm die is half the size used in the Ryzen Embedded V1000 series which is already used in digital signage-based applications. The die shrinking process has enabled AMD to squeeze twice the number of cores into the same size chip with no impact on its thermal properties. This is an important consideration in the embedded industry, added Impulse Embedded. For graphic performance, the Ryzen Embedded V2000 series has been upgraded from the Vega compute units to the AMD Radeon compute units. 

The V2000 processors offer flexibility between workload and power demands. They are set to 15W as default but can be increased to 25W for compute-intensive applications or reduced to 10W for temperature or power-restricted applications. The eight-core 16-thread Ryzen V2718 provides a core frequency of 1.70GHz and a max turbo frequency of 4.15GHz. The lower power Ryzen V2516 has six cores and 12-threads with a core frequency of 2.10GHz and a max turbo frequency of 3.95GHz offering similar performance to a 65W 10th Generation Intel Core i5 processor at a fraction of the power, claimed Impulse Embedded.

There is support for up to 16Gbyte of LPDDR4x 3733MHz onboard system memory plus optional onboard 64Gbyte NVMe SSD storage and an M.2 2280 M-key with PCIe Gen 3 x4 and SATA signals and a single SATA III port for additional storage expansion. 

The board comes with two Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports, two high-speed 10Gbps USB3.2 Gen 2 ports, both on the rear I/O panel, one USB3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port plus support for four USB2.0 ports and four COM ports all on headers supporting RS-232/422/485 signals, eight-bit digital I/O is also supported. 

There are two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort which is provided via USB-C, and for a bespoke HMI there is an onboard LVDS/eDP interface for pairing directly to a flat panel LCD. 

As part of its Embedded System Services, Impulse can offer a complete “board to display” pairing service including the LCD of the customer’s choice, a custom display BIOS, touch screen options and interface cables for an all-in-one modular HMI. It can also help with designing and building a fully bespoke HMI system for plugging straight into a device or machine.

Impulse has been working with Aaeon Technology for almost 30 years, delivering embedded boards for a wide range of projects in various industrial markets and applications that demand rugged and long-lifetime platforms. Impulse can configure the PICO-V2K4 SBC to users’ exact specification in their UK-based engineering facility with any choice of storage, peripherals, and embedded operating system. 

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