The ASRock IMB-1216: Intel’s Whiskey Lake-U Goes Mini-ITXby Anton Shilov on April 19, 2019 3:45 PM EST
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ASRock has introduced a new Mini-ITX motherboard based on Intel’s Whiskey Lake-U SoCs, which is aimed at embedded applications. The IMB-1216 mainboard is designed for applications like panel PCs, point-of-sales systems, kiosks, and digital signage, but can be used for regular low-power PCs in a Mini-ITX form-factor.
The ASRock IMB-1216 motherboard falls under quite a rare product category, as it brings together a mobile SoC and a desktop form-factor. Such a combination is not completely surprising though. Requirements of modern embedded applications are quite diverse and there are devices that can take advantage of Intel’s dual-core or quad-core Whiskey Lake processors with UHD Graphics 620 and a 15 W TDP as well as flexibility/expandability that Mini-ITX can provide. The motherboard can support up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 memory, an M.2-2280 SSD (PCIe 3.0 x4 or SATA), and up to two SATA 2.5-inch storage devices. Furthermore, it carries an M.2-2230 slot for a CNVi-based 802.11 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth module, and a slot for a 4G/LTE modem.
The IMB-1216 motherboard supports a full set of internal headers that one comes to expect from an embedded system, including eDP, LVDS, VGA, Serial ports, Parallel ports, GPIO, USB 2.0, and so on. It is also equipped with two GbE controllers (Intel I219LM, Realtek RTL8111G), five USB 3.0 ports (one internal), external display outputs (DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, can support up to three displays sumultaneously), two 3.5-mm audio jacks, etc.
When it comes to security and reliability, ASRock says that the motherboard has a header for a TPM module, supports a watchdog time, and can work within a temperature range between 0°C and 60°C. As for compatibility, the motherboard will be able to run various versions of Windows and Linux.
ASRock does not publish pricing of its IMB-1216 motherboard, presumably because pricing of Intel’s Whiskey Lake-U SoCs vary. Intel charges its customers from $107 to $409 per processor when it sells in quantities of 1000 units, so prices of the IMB-1216 will vary greatly depending on the processor it's ordered with.
|Brief Specifications of ASRock's Mini-ITX Motherboard|
|CPU||Intel's 8th Gen Core (Whiskey Lake-U) SoC|
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Memory||Two SO-DIMM slots, up to 32 GB of DDR4|
|Storage||M.2||1 × M.2-2280 SSD with SATA or PCIe 3.0 x4 interface|
|2.5"||2 × SATA HDDs or SSDs|
|Wi-Fi||1 × M.2-2230 CNVi, or USB 2.0 Wi-Fi 802.11 + Bluetooth adapter|
|WWAN||1 × M.2-3042 USB 2.0 slot for 4G modem/SIM|
|Ethernet||Two Gigabit Ethernet with RJ45 connectors (Intel I219LM, Realtek RTL8111G)|
|Display Outputs||Internal||1 × eDP
1 × LVDS
1 × VGA
|External||1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × HDMI 2.0
|Total||3 display outputs can work simultaneously|
|Audio||3.5 mm audio in and audio out (Realtek ALC886?)|
|USB||Internal||1 × USB 3.0 Type-A
3 × USB 2.0 Type-A
|External||4 × USB 3.0 Type-A|
|Additional I/O||1 × TPM header
2 × COM(RS232/422/485)
4 × COM(RS-232)
1 × LPT
8×GPI, 8×GPO connector (shared with LPT) controlled by the Fintek F1866AD-I
|Power||12V DC-in (DC Jack/ 4-pin ATX PWR Con) (Option: +19V~28V)|
|Temperatures||Operating||0ºC – 60ºC|
|Storing||-40ºC – 85°C|
|OS||Windows 10, Linux
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Source: ASRock (via Hermitage Akihabara)
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bolkhov - Saturday, April 20, 2019 - linkAnton, it is not just ITX, it is a THIN mini-ITX.
Despite the same size, thin-ITX differs from regular ITX significantly. The main feature is 12-19V power input instead of regular ATX24+EPS.
BedfordTim - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - linkFor industrial users the 19-28V option is also available and usefully removes the requirement for a separate power supply. This also uses 4 pin latching connector on their other boards rather than the all too insecure barrel connector.
Smell This - Saturday, April 20, 2019 - link~ ~ ~ Y*A*W*N ~ ~ ~
Is this another re-badge of "14nm+++" ?
AshlayW - Sunday, April 21, 2019 - linkYes
Jorgp2 - Sunday, April 21, 2019 - linkMeanwhile Amd is still selling 28nm parts in this form factor.
Smell This - Sunday, April 21, 2019 - linkInteresting that you brought that up.
Transistor density in the AMD Excavator short cell libraries at 28nm LP is comparable to Chipzillah at 14nm, and obviously less than 14nm+ Kaby (with the wider gate pitch associated with a *decrease* in transistor density) . . .
PeachNCream - Monday, April 22, 2019 - linkI do like the use of a 15W TDP CPU, but I have had problems with similarly tiny cooling fans in the past.
rahvin - Monday, April 22, 2019 - linkThis type of application shouldn't have a fan at all. Most of the boards in this product segment are passive.