AAEON’s EPIC-RPS9 Brings 65W 13th Gen Intel Core Socket-Type CPU Support to the 4” EPIC Form Factor

by | Jan 8, 2024


AAEON has released the EPIC-RPS9, the latest addition to its 4″ EPIC Board portfolio, and the smallest SBC to support up to 65W socket-type CPU from the 13th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor platform.

The board is compatible with i3, i5, i7, and i9 CPUs from both the 12th Generation and 13th Generation Intel® Core™ lines, ranging from 35W ~ 65W, which offer up to 24 cores and 32 threads of performance alongside a number of the newest Intel® technologies. While all three of the EPIC-RPS9’s SKUs are 12th/13th Gen Intel® Core™ CPU agnostic, they are differentiated by their chipsets, with models equipped with Intel® R680E, Q670E, or H610E chipsets available.

The board offers up to 64GB of high-speed DDR5 memory via two dual-channel SODIMM slots, with the Intel® R680E SKU supporting ECC. This speed will certainly come in useful given the EPIC-RPS9’s high-speed interfaces, which include a total of four LAN ports, three of which run at 2.5GbE. Enhancing this is real-time performance via Intel® Time Coordinated Computing on the board’s Intel® R680E SKU, making it particularly suited to running applications that rely on time-sensitive task execution.

For internal connectors, AAEON’s intention to direct this towards the industrial sphere is clear, with the board armed with two COM connectors for RS-232/422/485, an 8-bit GPIO, and SMBus. I2C function is also available when running Windows® 10, rather than Ubuntu, and can be changed by BOM.

The EPIC-RPS9 is equipped with a 6-pin DC power connector to provide adequate power budget when it is paired with a 65W CPU, an addition that AAEON have said is to match the potential maximum peak requirement for optimum CPU performance.

Storage comes in the form of a 2.5” HDD for SATA 6Gb/s, as well as an M.2 2280 M-Key (PCIe 4.0 [x4]) for NVMe, along with the choice of using its PCIe 4.0 [x8] slot for additional SSD storage with RAID support. The EPIC-RPS9’s PCIe 4.0 [x8] slot is incredibly versatile, given the board’s extremely high processing capacity, facilitating the integration of AI accelerator modules or graphic capture cards. Meanwhile, Wi-Fi and 4G/5G expansion are available via the EPIC-RPS9’s M.2 3052 B-Key and M.2 2230 E-Key, while there is also an FPC connector (PCIe 3.0 [x2]) for further expansion available.

The EPIC-RPS9 is tailored more towards industrial use, rather than markets such as digital signage or kiosk applications. However, it nonetheless has a well-rounded selection of display interfaces, including HDMI 2.0 and eDP 1.4, both offering 4K at 60Hz, alongside VGA for 1920 x 1080 display resolution. For more information about the EPIC-RPS9, please visit our product page or contact an AAEON representative directly

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