We’ve seen a lot of single-board computers in the past few years, ranging from the $35 Raspberry Pi to the significantly more powerful (and much more expensive) Arndale Octa-A board. But most of these little computers have been powered by ARM-based processors.
Now Aaeon has introduced a new single-board PC called the EPC-CV1 which is powered by an Intel Atom N2600 Cedar Trail x86 processor. It’s designed for point-of-sale systems and other specialized commercial and industrial applications, but it could also be an interesting board for someone looking to put together a low-power mini computer with an x86 processor.
The board features a 1.6 GHz dual-core processor and supports up to 2GB of RAM. It has SATA, USB, Serial, and Gigabit Ethernet connectors and support HDMI and VGA output.
While the 3.5W Atom N2600 has integrated graphics that can handle HD video playback, the EPC-CV1 can handle dual-display high-res output thanks to the AMD HD7410M graphics.
The board has 6 USB 2.0 ports, which is about 4-5 times more than you’d expect on a device this size, two mini PCIe expansion slots (one full-sized, and one half sized), analog and digital audio ports, and 2 Ethernet ports.
Another thing that helps this board stand out is support for a range of operating systems including Windows XP, Windows 7, and Linux-based operating systems such as Ubuntu and Fedora.
Unfortunately the Aaeon website doesn’t list a price for the EPC-CV1. You’ll have to contact the company to inquire about pricing.