AAEON’s UP Squared line of single-board computers with Intel Atom chips is getting a spec bump with the introduction of a new UP Squared Pro 7000 with support for up to a 15-watt, 8-core Intel Core i3-N305 processor based on Intel Alder Lake-N architecture.
First introduced in February, the UP Squared Pro 7000 is now available for $249 and up.
The starting price will get you a model with an Intel Processor N50 chip, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of eMMC storage.
But you can also pay extra for an Intel N97, Intel Atom x7425E, or Core i3-N305 chip, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage: a top-of-the-line model will set you back $499, and that doesn’t include the cost of a power supply and WiFi kit, which will add another $16 and $30 to the price, respectively.
All models feature processors based on Intel’s Alder Lake-N architecture. These are basically 12th-gen Intel Core processors that use only Efficiency cores (other 12th-gen chips have a hybrid architecture that pairs Performance cores with Efficiency cores).
While the chips aren’t as powerful as the 12th-gen Core P-series processors available in systems like the UP Xtreme i12, they offer double-digit gains in CPU and graphics performance over previous-gen Intel Atom, Celeron, and Pentium processors. And it’s likely that the UP Squared 7000 will be a lot cheaper than the UP Xtreme i12, which sells for $399 and up.
AAEON says the new board measures 102 x 102mm (about 4″ x 4″) and it will be available with four different processor options:
|Chip||Cores||Threads||Base / Boost freq||L3 Cache||GPU||Power|
|Core i3-N305||8||8||Up to 3.8 GHz||6MB||Intel UHD (32EU / up to 1.25 GHz)||15W|
|Intel Processor N97||4||4||Up to 3.6 GHz||6MB||Intel UHD (24EU / up to 1.2 GHz||12W|
|Atom X7425E||4||4||Up to 3.4 GHz||6MB||Intel UHD (24EU / up to 1 GHz||12W|
|Intel Processor N50||2||2||Up to 3.4 GHz||6MB||Intel UHD (16EU / up to 750 MHz)||6W|
In addition to support for up to 16GB of LPDDR5 memory and 64GB of eMMC storage, the UP Squared Pro 7000 has an M.2 2280 slot with support for PCIe Gen 3 storage and a SATA 3 connector for a hard drive or SSD. There’s also an M.2 2230 E-Key slot for a wireless card and a 40-pin header.
- 1 x HDMI 2.0b
- 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
- 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
- 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
- 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
- 1 x 3.5mm audio combo
- 2 x 2.5 GbE Ethernet
- 2 x RS232/422/485
The system can support up to three displays if you use the HDMI, DisplayPort and USB Type-C ports simultaneously.
With TPM 2.0 security, the UP Squared 7000 should support Windows 11 and most GNU/Linux distributions. But AAEON only lists Windows 10 IOT Enterprise, Windows IoT Core, Ubuntu 22.04 and Yocto 4 as “compatible operating systems,” so it’s possible that those will be the only officially supported options at launch.
And while the computer is a low-power PC designed for fanless operation, there’s also a header that you can use to attach a fan for active cooling.
AAEON will also offer an UP Squared Pro 7000 Edge kit that included a chassis with an integrated heat sink designed for passive cooling, and an Edge Computing Kit that includes the case, heat sink, and a power supply and power cord.
This article was first published February 27. 2023 and most recently updated April 14, 2023 with pricing information.