Intel-Powered AAEON UP Squared Pro Includes Three M.2 Slots for Storage, Comms, or AI Acceleration

With a choice of three processors and up to 8GB of RAM, AAEON is positioning the UP Squared Pro as ideal for edge AI tasks.

Embedded computing specialist AAEON has announced the launch of its latest UP-family single-board computer (SBC), the UP Squared Pro — offering a choice of Intel processors and an impressive three M.2 slots for cellular modems, Wi-Fi radios, and AI accelerators.

Based on the company's earlier UP Squared, the UP Squared Pro comes with the buyer's choice of Intel Celeron N3350, Pentium N4200, or Atom E3950 processors, a physical Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0, up to 8GB of LPDDR4 memory, up to 64GB of eMMC storage, and a 40-pin general-purpose input/output (GPIO) header.

Elsewhere on the board are HDMI, embedded DisplayPort (eDP), and DisplayPort video outputs, two RS232/RS422/RS485 serial ports, a 3.5mm analog audio jack, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 On The Go (OTG) port, three USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A ports, two gigabit Ethernet ports, and one SATA 3.0 connection.

Additional expansion is available in the form of an impressive three M.2 slots, one E-key, one M-key, and one B-key. Using these, the company boasts, you can add storage or wireless connectivity — including 5G cellular — to the UP Squared Pro, or even use it for AI acceleration via add-ons like the company's own AI Core XM 2280 module with its twin Intel Movidius Myriad X accelerators.

"Already, the UP Squared Pro has seen success in powering real-world applications," an AAEON spokesperson claims, "including facial mask detection and an application, which can enforce proper social distancing in enclosed spaces."

AAEON has opened pre-orders for the board, starting at $169 for the Celeron dual-core variant with 2GB of RAM and 32GB eMMC storage, on its website with the promise of shipping the first units before the month is out; a variant dubbed the UPN-EDGE Pro will launch later in the year, the company has confirmed.

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