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Aaeon chooses LoRa over Sigfox for maker board

Steve Rogerson
November 15, 2016

Taiwanese company Aaeon is targeting its UP2 maker board at IoT application, including those using LoRa, but not Sigfox.
Announced at last week’s Electronica show in Munich, the board is using Intel’s latest Apollo Lake processor technology and is for application such as intelligent vending, industrial automation, gaming, digital signage and home automation.
“We have developed an extension for LoRa,” said Fabrizio Del Maffeo (pictured), managing director for Aaeon in Europe. “We could expand for Sigfox, but I don’t see the benefit. You can’t use the board as a Sigfox gateway but you can for LoRa. There are a lot of limitations with Sigfox. I don’t see the benefit of using this with Sigfox.”
Inheriting the 40-pin GP-bus from the first generation of UP, although this time controlled by an Altera FPGA Max 10, UP² is powered by Intel Celeron N3350 dual core up to 2.4GHz or Pentium N4200 quad core up to 2.5GHz processors. There is up to 8Gbyte of RAM LPDDR4 onboard, up to 128Mbyte of eMMC 5.0, more IO ports including three USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, two Gigabit Lan, two HDMI, eDP, Mini PCI-e, Sata mini card, M.2 2230, Sata 3.0, two CSI and additional 60-pin board-to-board expansion (Exhat) with GPIO and other features.
The adoption of the Altera Max 10 gives flexibility to professional makers who need to implement specific features and protocols without loading the CPU.
The UP² ecosystem is already actively developing software and hardware for the upcoming platform in industrial automation, vending, digital signage, IoT, home automation and robotics
“UP²  is a powerful, expandable platform with the latest Intel technology and a set of comprehensive features, which, when put in the hands of professional makers and innovators speed up the development and shorten the product time to market,” said Del Maffeo.
UP² is priced at €89 for the Kickstarter campaign. Mass production based on N3350 and N4200 is scheduled for May 2017. New models based on Intel Atom x5 E3940 quad core and x7 E3950 quad core will be released in June after the official mass production of Intel Atom CPUs.
“We have engineering samples working,” said Del Maffeo.