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:

ChipCoresThreadsBase / Boost freqL3 CacheGPUPower
Core i3-N30588Up to 3.8 GHz6MBIntel UHD (32EU / up to 1.25 GHz)15W
Intel Processor N9744Up to 3.6 GHz6MBIntel UHD (24EU / up to 1.2 GHz12W
Atom X7425E44Up to 3.4 GHz6MBIntel UHD (24EU / up to 1 GHz12W
Intel Processor N5022Up to 3.4 GHz6MBIntel 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.

Ports include:

  • 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.

via CNX Software and LinuxGizmos

This article was first published February 27. 2023 and most recently updated April 14, 2023 with pricing information. 

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  1. Please explaini, I don’t get it, you can buy a whole laptop with the saem specs for half the price. So I would appreciate an explanation as to why people buy these?

    1. I’d imagine it’s the GPIO and fanless operation, mostly. They probably expect you to use it as a part of something, not as a personal computer.