UP Xtreme i11 SBC runs pre-installed Ubuntu on Tiger Lake

Aaeon introduced the SBC UP Xtreme i11 Linux SBC with Tiger Lake’s 11th generation with DDR4 up to 64GB, 3x M.2, 1GbE and 2.5GbE, 4x USB 3.2 Gen2 and a USB 4.0 type C connector. An integrated PC model is also available.

Last month, Aaeon announced the release of teaser products running on the 11th generation Intel Tiger Lake processors. These are the COM-TGUC6 Compact Type 6 module, the 3.5-inch GENE-TGU6 SBC, the PICO-TGU4 Pico-ITX SBC and the UP Xtreme i11 SBC. Aaeon Technology Europe has now developed the UP Xtreme i11 and the UP Xtreme i11 Edge Compute Enabling Kit in detail. Preliminary orders will be placed in the first quarter. It will be opened in the second quarter of 2021 at secret prices.

UP Xtreme i11 (left) and the reverse display with the optional UP AI Core XM 2280 M.2
module (click on the image to enlarge).

In addition, Aaeon announced support for the software configuration services of Yocto 3.1 Dunfell and Koan Software for the Boxer-8200 series, based on the Nvidia Jetson, including the recently released Jetson Xavier NX, based on the Boxer-8250AI. The systems are already supported by ACLinux 4.9 based on Ubuntu 18.04.

UP Xtreme i11

The UP Xtreme i11 SBC has the same size of 122 x 120 mm as the UP Xtreme that flew at 8. It is based on the second generation of Whiskey Lake, but with a different look and many more advanced features. UP Xtreme was re-released in December 2019 with a slightly different quad-core processor, the Core i7-8665U, which was sold for $799 with 16GB of RAM. The restart coincided with the launch of the UP Xtreme Edge Compute Enabling Kit (UPX Edge), which has been updated with the new UP Xtreme i11 Edge Compute Enabling Kit (see details below). The release of a slightly inferior version of UP Xtreme Lite announced in July is not yet known.

UP Xtreme i11 Edge Compute Enabling Kit, front and rear
(click images to enlarge)

Like the tenth. The 11th generation of Intel Ice Lake processors also uses the 11. Tiger Lake Core processors are designed in 10nm, but have been upgraded with SuperFin technology and Intel Willow Cove microarchitecture. In addition to the significant improvement in processor performance, Tiger Lake offers massive graphics enhancements with Intel Gen12 Iris Xe graphics. The Intel Xe, which is available for most Tiger Lake models, is available in 96 EU countries, compared to 64 for Ice Lake’s Intel Gen11 models. Iris Xe supports 4x 4K simultaneous displays and offers enhanced neural conference communication with Intel DL Boost. Tiger Lake also supports PCIe Gen 4 and Thunderbolt 4 to 40 Gbps (USB 4.0).

The UP Xtreme i11 uses the E-models of Tiger Lake, which were announced after the first launch of Tiger Lake:

  • Core i7-1185G7E – quad-core processor with 1.2 GHz (12W), 1.8 GHz (15W), 2.8 GHz (28W) and 4.4 GHz turbo; 96EU Iris Xe graphics.
  • Core i5-1145G7E – quad-core processor with 1.1 GHz (12 W), 1.5 GHz (15 W), 2.6 GHz (28 W) and 4.1 GHz turbo; 80EU Iris Xe
  • Core i3-1115G4E – Dual core 1,7 GHz (12 W), 2,2 GHz (15 W), 3,0 GHz (28 W) and 3,9 GHz turbo; 48EU Iris Xe.
  • Celeriac 6305E – Double core – other TBA specifications

The Tiger Lake E models are more readily available and have a slightly lower base and turbo frequency than comparable ULP3 models without the E suffix. Although there is no list of similar GRE models that add Intel Time Coordinated Computing (Intel TCC) and functional safety features, the product page refers to functional safety and TCC support, so GRE models may be available on special order.

The UP Xtreme i11 supports up to 64GB DDR4-3200 using dual slots instead of the previously soldered 16GB memory. The STM32 microcontroller has been removed, but the Altera V FPGA continues to control the 40-pin GPIO header.

One of the two GbE ports is now able to work with 2.5 GbE, again with support for Time Sensitive Networks (TSNs). This is the first product Tiger Lake supports for USB 4.0 (Thunderbolt 4), with the exception of the Eurotech CPU-180 COM Express modules. USB 4.0 is available via the C-type port, which also supports DP functionality. Other media features including HDMI, DP, MIPI-DSI/eDP and audio connections

The UP Xtreme i11 also features 4 USB 3.2 Gen2 ports with a transfer rate of 10 Gb/s and 4 USB 3.0 ports with a transfer rate of 5 Gb/s to Xtreme. The 100-pin docking connector has been removed and instead of the previous 2x M.2 plus Mini-PCIe there is now 3x M.2 and a PCIe x4 connector.

UP Xtreme i11 detail view
(click image to enlarge)

The M.2 M-Key slot supports NVMe and an optional UP AI Core XM 2280 module with 2 Myriad-X VPUs (see image above). The lock also supports the AI basic module with the next 3rd generation of the AI basic module. This is the second generation of the Keem Bay version of IA Movidius technology, with 10 times the power of the IA and 4.7 times the efficiency of the Myriad X.

The operating temperature range is slightly increased to 0 – 60°C, instead of the 12-60V broadband input there is a 12V DC connection. Aaeon has also added a watchdog timer.

Block diagram UP Xtreme i11 (left) and pre-installed software components
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The UP Xtreme i11 is the first UP card to offer a pre-installed Linux Ubuntu, although it also supports Windows 10 and Yocto 3.0/3.1 (Linux kernel 5.4). Pre-installed software includes Ubuntu 20.04 LTS with Linux Kernel 5.8, OpenVINO, Kubernetes, AWS Greengrass and much more, as shown in the graph above. Android support is no longer on the list. No details about open source support have been released, but the Xtreme i11 is expected to follow the path of previous UP card models that provide community support and extensive documentation that is missing, including full schematics.

The specifications for the UP Xtreme i11 SBC include

  • Processor – Intel Tiger Lake ULP E Core and Celeron 11th generation (see diagram above); Intel Altera MAX 5 FPGA for 40-pin GPIO graphics
  • Memory – up to 64 GB DDR4-3200 on dual sockets with in-band ECC support.
  • Storage :
    • SATA III with SATA performance
    • The NVMe is available via the M.2 M button.
  • Networking – 1GbE and 2.5GbE ports (Intel 1219 and Intel i225) with TSN, WoL and PXE (vPRO with i5 and i7); WiFi/BT and up to 5G available via M.2 slots.
  • Media input/output :
    • HDMI 2.0b connection with 4K and audio
    • DisplayPort with 4K and audio
    • The second PD is available via a C-type USB stick.
    • MIPI-DSI/eDP with 4K
    • Audio I/O connection to the Soundwire codec
    • I2S audio interface
  • Other inputs/outputs :
    • 4x USB 3.2 Gen2 host ports
    • USB 4.0 type C connector with DP support
    • 2x RS232/422/485 (10-pin connectors)
    • HSUART headline
  • Expansion:
    • 40-pin HAT GPIO head.
    • M.2 B/M 2280 with 2x PCIe and NVMe; UP AI Core XM 2280 (2x Myriad-X VPU) optional
    • M.2 E-Key 2230 with optional WiFi-5/6 with BT (via optional Intel AC9260 with antennas)
    • M.2 Wrench B 3052 with bracket LTE/4G/ 5G
    • SIM card slot
    • PCIe x4 interface (additional adapter card required)
  • Other features – RTC with battery; watchdog timer; active cooler; TPM 2.0; 4x LEDs
  • Power supply – 12V DC lockable input (AT/ATX modes); power and reset buttons; power supply; power mode jumper; typical consumption of 32W.
  • Operating temperature – 0-60°C; relative humidity without condensation 0-90%.
  • Dimensions – 122 x 120 mm
  • Operating system – Ubuntu 20.04 LTS pre-installed with Linux 5.8, OpenVINO, etc.; also supports Yocto 3.0/3.1 (Linux 5.4) and Windows 10.

UP Xtreme i11 Recording set for edge calculation

The fanless version of the UP Xtreme i11 has the same look and feel as the UP Xtreme based on UPX Edge and later the UPX-Edge BrainFrame SDK, which adds Myriad X and AOTU.AI based on the intelligent Linux BrainFrame image processing software. The fanless 152 x 124 x 66.5 mm system displays all major ports of the UP Xtreme i11 and expresses two consecutive heads as DB9 ports.

UP Xtreme i11 Edge Compute Enabling Kit Detail View
(click image to enlarge)

Like its predecessor, the UP Xtreme i11 Edge Compute Enabling Kit has a 40-pin GPIO connector via Phoenix. All mentioned options are available for the SBC, including the 5G module. Accommodation services are also available.

Additional information

The UP Xtreme i11 SBC and the UP Xtreme i11 SBC Activation Kit will be available for order in the first quarter of 2021 at a non-specified price. More information can be found in the Aaeon kit announcement and on the SBC products and kits page and the kit purchase page in the Up-Store.

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