Preview: UP Core Stackable Carrier Boards

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UP Core is the smallest QuadCore x86 single board computer with stackable expansions. Only 40 grams in weight, it enables your designs. Here is our latest news for this tiny, power packed stackable board!

After getting the engineering sample of UP Core, today we’ve receive the first engineering sample of it’s stackable carrier boards. We are busy processing all the validations right now although we are slightly behind on our schedule regarding the EEPROM and BIOS validation.

Between the actual UP Core board and the carrier board, there is a bridge board which is used to gain space for the connectors on the carrier board. If you don’t have high connectors on your carrier board design, then the bridge board will not be necessary.

We know many of you are keen on creating a carrier board for UP Core, but we advise that you put your foot on the brakes for a little while. Once the validation is done, we will release a design guide. This guide will make sure you take everything into consideration when designing a new carrier board.

As we informed you in our earlier update, the challenge of this project lies in the software. We will need to validate the Linux driver with the EEPROM code, then include the EEPROM code into the BIOS. Once this is done, we can have one universal BIOS with different carrier boards as long as the EEPROM code on a carrier board follows our design guide. The most interesting part also happens to be the most difficult one. We are currently working on the integration between the BIOS and the first EEPROM code, unfortunately with some delays.

To make a conservative estimation, the delivery of UP Core will not happen in September. We will update you once we have a more concrete breakthrough with EEPROM and BIOS as to when we foresee possible delivery dates.

It is not an easy journey, but we persevere! Thanks to your trust and support of the UP team, gradually, we will get there.


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