PICO-ITX board powers industrial AI and machine vision, says Aaeon

Equipped with the 11th generation Intel Core U processors, the PICO-TGU4 is the latest PICO-ITX board from Aaeon. It is intended for industrial artificial intelligence (AI) and machine vision applications.

The 11th generation Intel Core processors (formerly Tiger Lake) are based on Intel’s 10nm microarchitecture, delivering up to 15 to 20 per cent better performance than the previous generation processors. The PICO-TGU4 is available with Intel Core U i3 / i5 / i7 or Intel Celeron processors. All of these processors support data integrity, accuracy and security, including on-board TPM 2.0 and in-band memory error code correction (ECC) with selected models. There is also up to 32Gbyte of on-board LPDDR4x memory, making the PICO-TGU4 capable of deployment in a wide range of embedded and edge computing applications, said Aaeon.

The PICO-TGU4 has two expansion slots which can be used to add functionality to power AI edge applications. The M.2 2280 slot delivers PCIe 4.0 [x4] speeds, for AI accelerator cards such as the AI Core XM2280, as well as providing the throughput needed to support the next generation of AI accelerators. The full-sized Mini Card (mPCIe) slot has support for AI accelerators, wireless modules such as Wi-Fi or LTE, expanded storage with mSATA support and 30-bit digital I/O cards.

The PICO-TGU4 offers a broad I/O layout allowing the board to easily connect to a wide range of sensors and devices or integrate with projects. There are eight USB connections, made up of two USB3.2 Gen 2 type A ports, two USB3.2 Gen 1 headers and four USB2.0 headers. There are also two serial port headers and 8-bit GPIO and I2C/SMBUS connectors.

The PICO-TGU4 also features dual LAN ports, one Intel i225 2.5Gbits per second port for fast LAN connectivity and an Intel i219 port with support for Intel vPro, enabling remote system monitoring. Storage includes both SATA III (6.0Gbits per second) and support for Mini Card mSATA storage. Additionally, there are eDP and HDMI 2.0 ports for 4K 60Hz resolution.

The PICO-TGU4 is backed by Aaeon’s expertise in building compact, rugged solutions to operate in a wide range of industrial and other environments. Aaeon also offers a range of manufacturer and OEM/ODM services, from customising board layouts to helping developers create a board level solution that fits application requirements.

Established in 1992, Aaeon designs and manufactures industrial IoT and AI edge  computing platforms including industrial motherboards and systems, rugged tablets, embedded AI edge systems, uCPE network appliances, and LoRaWAN / WWAN.

The company is an Associate member of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance.


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