AAEON Adds Three Gigabit Ethernet Ports, M.2 5G Cellular to Its UP Core Plus, Up Xtreme SBCs

Designed to bring connectivity to IoT projects, the new UP Connect Plus boasts three Ethernet ports and an M.2 slot with micro-SIM.

Embedded computing specialist AAEON has launched a connectivity add-on for its UP Core Plus and UP Xtreme single-board computers, adding three gigabit Ethernet ports, an M.2 B-key socket with micro-SIM slot, and a USB 3.0 Type-A port — though the latter's only functional on the UP Core Plus.

AAEON recently launched the connectivity-heavy UP Squared Pro, a single-board computer that boasts two gigabit Ethernet ports and no fewer than three M.2 slots — designed, the company explained at the time, for the addition of Wi-Fi or other radios, cellular modems, and AI accelerators.

For those running the company's earlier UP Core Plus and Up Xtreme boards, though, the company's announced a little upgrade, brought to our attention by Linux Gizmos — and you can't fault it for networking options.

Dubbed the Connect Plus, the add-on is compatible with the UP Core Plus and UP Xtreme single-board computers and adds three Intel gigabit Ethernet controller-connected network ports, plus an M.2 B-key slot with micro-SIM for cellular modems. On the latter front, AAEON has promised to launch its own 5G modem — however, at the time of writing, availability and pricing weren't yet available.

The board also includes a single two-channel PCI Express switch and a USB 3.0 Type-A port — though the latter, AAEON warns, is functional only on the UP Core Plus and will be deactivated on an UP Xtreme.

AAEON has confirmed two versions of the add-on board: One based on the Intel I211-AT Ethernet controller and one on the I211-IT, the latter offering a wider operating temperature range and Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) support.

The Connect Plus is now available in AAEON's UP Shop, priced at $84 for the standard or $103 for the TSN-enabled variants.

Gareth Halfacree
Freelance journalist, technical author, hacker, tinkerer, erstwhile sysadmin. For hire: freelance@halfacree.co.uk.
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