AAEON, a leading developer of advanced IoT solutions, released the UPC-GWS01, the world’s smallest x86-based industrial computer. Just 91mm x 67mm x 55.2mm in size, the system is highly versatile and boasts onboard storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a comprehensive I/O interface.
The UPC-GWS01, which has already won a Computex d&i Award, is built around AAEON’s state-of-the-art UP Core professional maker board. Featuring an Intel Atom quad-core CPU, the SBC delivers low-power-consumption, high-performance specifications and is equipped with 2GB/4GB DDR3L memory and 16GB/32GB/64GB eMMC storage. The board is also fitted with USB3.0 and HDMI ports and has support for Windows 10, Windows 10 IoT Core, Linux, and Android 6.0.
Inside the chassis, the UP Core is paired with a carrier board that gives the system extra functionality. For the standard product, the carrier board adds a LAN port and COM port, but the UPC-GWS01 is more than just a general IPC solution. To maximize its potential as a flexible, large-scale maker platform, AAEON provides potential customers with design guidelines to help them design expansion boards and customized chassis to suit their applications.
With onboard WiFi and Bluetooth, a LAN port, and support for 3G/4G connectivity via an mPCIe slot, the UPC-GWS01 can serve as a flexible and incredibly portable IoT gateway device for smart home and smart retail systems. Its HDMI port and Intel Gen 8 HD 400 GPU, which enables 3D graphics, also make it ideal for digital signage applications.
“The UPC-GWS01’s tiny footprint, I/O interface, and onboard storage, WiFi and Bluetooth make this system the best on the market,” commented Irene Lin, AAEON design manufacturing service product manager. “The fact that AAEON has also released design guidelines to help you customize this maker platform means there’s no need to look anywhere else for a compact IoT Gateway.”