UP Xtreme: A Whiskey Lake-U powered developer board that starts at €249 (~US$282)
The UP Xtreme is here, which you may remember from our coverage in March. Developed by AAEON, an associate company of ASUS, the SBC can blow other Intel-powered developer boards out of the water with its performance. We stress Intel-powered as comparing the UP Xtreme with ARM-powered boards is not always a fair comparison The UP Xtreme measures 120 x 122 mm and can house up to an Intel Core i7-8665U processor and 16 GB of DDR4 RAM. The board is a 64-bit x86 platform, so it will theoretically run practically any OS including Linux distributions or Windows 10.
The developer board has a host of connectors, ports and sensors including four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, two Gigabit RJ-45 ports, a 100-pin docking connector and a 40-pin HAT connector. There are also DisplayPort and HDMI ports along with two M.2 connectors. Currently, there are four SKUs, which AAEON distinguishes by equipping with different CPUs and volumes of RAM. The SKUs are as follows:
|UP Xtreme Celeron||Intel Celeron 4305U||4 GB DDR4||€249 (~US$282)|
|UP Xtreme i3||Intel Core i3-8145U||8 GB DDR4||€419 (~US$475)|
|UP Xtreme i5||Intel Core i5-8365U||8 GB DDR4||€469 (~US$532)|
|UP Xtreme i7||Intel Core i8-8665U||16 GB DDR4||€679 (~US$770)|
AAEON is also offering several kits, which it calls Pro and AI Pro. These kits cost between €50 (~US$57) and €280 (~US$317) more than just buying the UP Xtreme and a 19 V power supply depending on the configuration. The Pro kits adds a 128 GB TLC SSD, an M.2 2230 E key Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module along with a fanless chassis. The chassis comes with a VESA & DIN-RAIL mounting kit. Meanwhile, the AI Pro kit includes everything that the Pro kit does plus an M.2 2280 UP AI Core XM that integrates two Intel Movidius Myriad X vision processing units (VPUs), and a thermal block for the AI Core XM 2280. AAEON has designed the latter to dissipate heat to the chassis.
All UP Xtreme models are available to back on Kickstarter. The campaign currently has reached US$7,898 of its US$11,311 (€10,000) funding goal with 29 days to go. The Celeron board will ship worldwide in September, with AAEON hoping to dispatch the other three SKUs in October.