- July 29, 2019
- AAEON Electronics, Inc.
July 29, 2019 – AAEON announced the 2nd Generation of UP modular boards, the UP Core Plus maker board along with the Net Plus and Vision Plus X docking boards. Together these board kits provide developers a way to build a system designed for the needs of their project, whether it’s a networking device, or an AI Edge system.
The UP Core Plus is the 2nd Generation of the UP modular maker board from AAEON. Featuring Intel Apollo Lake processors, the UP Core Plus offers performance over the previous generation. The board can be configured with up to 8 GB of onboard memory, and up to 128 GB onboard eMMC storage. The UP Core Plus also features USB 3.0, DP, and USB OTG connections, as well as support for wireless and Bluetooth connectivity. The UP Core Plus also supports up to four PCI express lanes thanks to the Apollo Lake processors.
While the UP Core Plus has fewer I/O ports than the UP Squared, it offers flexibility thanks to its two 100-pin connectors. With these connectors, users can add-on docking boards that help tailor the board to their applications. AAEON currently offers two boards as part of the UP Core Plus family, the Net Plus and UP Vision Plus X.
The Net Plus docking board expands the I/O support of the UP Core Plus system, with four Intel i211 Gigabit LAN ports, or optional Intel i210 with Time-Sensitive Network (TSN) support. It also features a SATA port for hard drive support, as well as an mPCIe slot which supports a wide range of Mini-Card solutions, including 4G, WiFi, and more. The Net Plus is suitable for developers looking to build a network device, or to connect multiple network devices to the system.
The Vision Plus X board brings the power of AI@Edge to the UP Core Plus. Featuring three Intel Movidius Myriad X VPUs, the Vision Plus X offers a solution to powering AI applications. With a built in mPCIe slot, developers can push the count up to four Intel Myriad X VPUs with the addition of the AI Core X module.
The UP Core Plus from AAEON offers developers flexibility to power their projects. Users can use the UP Core Plus board as a standalone system by itself, or expand with the Net Plus or Vision Plus X boards. AAEON also offers a carrier board design guide available through the UP Community, allowing users to build their own custom board configurations and layouts.