Single board computers (SBCs) with embedded Intel processors are less than Arm-based ones (opens in new tab) designs but latest version (opens in new tab) of Aaeon, whose boards (opens in new tab) we have you covered (opens in new tab) before, ups the ante with Alder Lake (opens in new tab), DDR5 and up to four independent displays. Alder Lake processors are of course among the best processors, although in this case we are dealing with slightly different models.

Known as GENE-ADP6, it targets machine vision and peripheral computing applications, as well as digital signage. However, at just 5.75″ x 4″ (in comparison, the Raspberry Pi 4 measures 3.35″ x 2.25″), it would also make a pretty good small form factor computer if you can find suitable case. The Mini-ITX for reference uses a 6.7 x 6.7 inch form factor.

At the heart of the board is Intel’s 12th generation silicon, ranging from the Celeron 7305E (five cores, five threads, boost up to 4.2 GHz) to the powerful i7-1270PE (12 cores, 16 threads, boost up to 4.5 GHz ). This is supported by dual-channel DDR5-4800, with a capacity of up to 64 GB. It has a UEFI BIOS and TPM2 chip, Iris Xe graphics, an M.2 2280 slot for a PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD, as well as a SATA port. Additional M.2 modules can be used to add Wi-Fi and 5G connectivity.

On the back we find a pair of Ethernet jacks, one 2.5 Gb, the other 1 Gb, along with three USB 3 Type-A ports and one Type-C. USB 2 is accessible via a pin connector on the board itself, while HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4a are also present. Additional screens can be pushed out of the LVDS and Embedded DisplayPort interfaces, allowing it to reach the four-screen target.

Power comes via AT or ATX power supplies, and the board can accept anything from 9 to 36 volts. Software support comes in the form of Windows and Ubuntu 22.04 (opens in new tab). The board is sold at Aaeon Online Store (opens in new tab), but is currently sold out. Also, at the time of writing, it lists an impressive price tag of $9,999/ This is either a bug or some kind of mass pricing. You can receive notifications about stock levels or price drops, or make inquiries about the dashboard at product page (opens in new tab).

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