GENE-WHU6: Compact Board Built for Full-Sized Applications

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

April 09, 2020


GENE-WHU6: Compact Board Built for Full-Sized Applications

The GENE-WHU6 is the latest 3.5" subcompact embedded board from AAEON powered by 8th Generation Intel Core processors with functionality to support industrial or AI applications.

AAEON introduces the GENE-WHU6 subcompact board, powered by 8th Generation Intel Core processors. With a compact size, the board offers full-sized functionality and is able to deliver the flexibility of a desktop system in a compact form factor.

The GENE-WHU6 is powered by 8th Generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 and Celeron processors (formerly Whiskey Lake). The GENE-WHU6 combines this processing power with up to 32GB of DDR4 SODIMM RAM for ideal computing performance.

The GENE-WHU6 provides I/O features, including four USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and up to two COM ports supporting RS-232/422/485. The GENE-WHU6 also offers display ports, featuring HDMI 2.0, VGA, and LVDS. Users can also make use of the GENE-WHU6 with a full-sized mPCIe slot, and two M.2 slots (one 2280 B Key and one 2230 E Key). The GENE-WHU6 supports AI accelerator modules, such as AAEON's Kneron KL520 NPU modules or the AI Core X family featuring Intel Movidius Myriad X.

The GENE-WHU6 is built to power embedded applications and is designed for tough conditions, the GENE-WHU6 features wide voltage input (9-36V) as well as a wide operating temperature range (0°C to 60°C). Combined with its compact 3.5"" form factor, the GENE-WHU6 can be deployed just about anywhere to power applications such as Smart Manufacturing and Intelligent Safety and Security.

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Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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