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.