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UP, the credit card computer board for makers powered by Intel Quad Core Atom X5-8300 1.84GHz, running Linux, Windows 10, and Android
UP, the credit card computer board for makers powered by Intel Quad Core Atom X5-8350 1.92 GHz, running Linux, Windows 10, and Android
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We haven’t seen anything like that on the market. We saw plenty of cost effective boards, often powered by RISC technology, and industrial solutions with a wide range of standard form factors, performance and technology but with high prices and poor or absent community support. We tried to merge the best of the two worlds, makers and industrial market. Maybe we were asking for too much. Or maybe not. We put the best x86 low power consumption and high performance technology available today in the market into a credit card size board and created a community to support it.

The answer is UP.

UP is a credit card size board which merges the benefits of Raspberry Pi2, the standard "de facto" of makers with the high performance and low power consumption of latest tablet technology : the Intel Cherry Trail Atom Quad Core x5-Z8300 64 bits up to 1.84GHz ( http://ark.intel.com/products/87383/Intel-Atom-x5-Z8300-Processor-2M-Cache-up-to-1_84-GHz ). Thanks to the 14nm technology, the CPU is rated at only 2W SDP.

The internal GPU is the new Intel Gen 8 HD with 12 Execution Units up to 500MHz which delivers extremely high 3D graphic performance. At the benchmark section you can find a comparison between the GPU of Atom x5-Z8300 and other platform including the Intel 4th generation of Intel Core i3. You will be astonished by the performances.

UP is equipped with 1GB DDR3L RAM and 16 GB eMMC. UP has 40 GPIO with the same connector and pin definition of Raspberry PI2 leaving the freedom to the makers to build up their shield. UP has 5 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 OTG , 1 x Gbit Ethernet, 1 x DSI port, 1 x Camera ( MIPI ), 1 x HMDI and a RTC. UP has Intel security features needed for professional IoT applications such Intel AES New Instructions and Intel Identity Protection Technology ( https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-advanced-encryption-standard-aes-instructions-set )

UP supports Linux, Windows 10 and Android 5.0 .

The CPU is supported by Android 5.0 Lollipop, Microsoft Windows 10 and we support and enable Linux through our UP Community.  

With a 5-10 dollar housing, UP becomes probably the smallest desktop PC in the world. 

UP has 3 years of longevity. You don't have to worry for your product: you have plenty of time to make it real ! 
UP has a standard industrial PC operating temperature range of 32-104 F / 0-60 Celsius making it flexible for many applications. 
 UP is perfect for makers, for professional makers.
 UP bridges the gap from your hobby and your future business !

 http://www.cpu-monkey.com/en/cpu-intel_atom_x5_z8300-538 *

At the heart of UP will our online UP Community (www.up-community.org). It will comprise of users and developers who will pro-actively support and share knowledge with each other to help bring UP projects to life. We invite all people like you who are the makers and innovators of our new generation to participate in our new community. 

The first members of our UP Community will be software developers from Emutex who created the popular ubilinux distributions for the Intel Edison and Intel Galileo maker platforms. Emutex will create a new ubilinux distribution, based on Ubuntu, for UP and will make it available for download by community members. Emutex will also provide technical support to ubilinux users. 

We openly encourage Android and Windows users to join our UP Community and also play an active role in supporting users of these operating systems. You have the opportunity to play a very influential part in UP’s future ! 

The UP Community will be launched to all users during February 2016. The UP Community will open exclusively in December 2015 to the innovators who bought the first 50 UP samples.

We invite early adopters to give feedback on their user experience and we will consider this valuable feedback as we proceed to the volume production of the UP board. 

 
UP will have its own online shop ( www.up-shop.com ) that will be opened after the end of the Kickstarter campaign. On the UP Shop you will find UP, all the basic accessories but also your products ! The Shop will be the shop of UP community. We want to sell through UP Shop the best UP accessories & shield created by the UP-makers. Become one of our suppliers !  
We hope also in future to be able to sell through the shop all the products powered by UP.

We created UP, the product, the community, the shop to help makers to make their dreams come true. To help them to realize the product and to move to the next level : the mass production.  

UP can be used for mass production since production, design criteria and validation tests follow the industrial standard. UP is produced by Aaeon, industrial embedded company of Asus group.

UP team can access to all the necessary resources to modify UP in according to your requirement or to help you transferring your project to another platform.

We are constantly looking for partners to create accessories and expansions module.  

UP has 40 GPIO with the same connector and pin definition of Raspberry Pi2. We will try to validate existing Raspberry Pi2 expansions and create some new ones. You can be or become one of our suppliers !

With UP, everything is possible. The beauty of IoT is makers' creativity has no limitations. We would like you to share your projects with us in community, and we look forward to seeing more different applications.

Though there is HDMI interface on UP, however, we understand makers would like to build everything, and sometimes it is important to have internal video output. So we provide display kits which comes with display, touch and interface board, you can easily start your tablet or HMI design.
This is 100% industrial standard display kit with high specification, no matter in resolution,brightness or any other features. It is far beyond consumer displays in the market.
 

Just a few days before submitting the project to KICKSTARTER, UP received the support of EnOcean ( https://www.enocean.com/en/home/ ) company leader in energy harvesting wireless technology; EnOcean will support the UP project giving the access to UP users to the Kinetic Design Kit and Smart Home kit. 

Kinetic Design Kit : Imagine you can design your own battery-less switch? No problem with the Kinetic Design Kit and a simple 3D printer. The kit offers a nice plug&play Mini Switch reference design and gives new impetus to product developers and engineers for battery-less wireless switch solutions. Developers get an entire system for energy harvesting wireless products powered by kinetic energy including detailed 3D printing data for a fast and easy prototyping. The kit’s core elements are the ECO 200 kinetic energy generator and the PTM 330 wireless module. The pairing is the perfect basis for all applications sending wireless signals by the energy of motion.

Smart Home Kit: The Smart Home Starter Kit offers a speedy, simple and cost-effective approach to battery-less wireless solutions for intelligently connected homes. It includes a variety of energy converters and solar-powered modules as well as end product examples enabling developers to effortlessly create a variety of self-powered wireless sensors. The components are based on the EnOcean technology, which harvests energy directly from its surroundings — from motion, light or differences in temperature. This means that all products enabled by this technology are entirely maintenance-free, requiring no wiring or cabling, and are particularly flexible in implementation. These are core benefits for innovative smart home automation solutions, which meet the tenants’ individual requirements and can be expanded at any time.

EnOcean drivers will be available in UP Community and included in UP We are excited to see what you can create with it!! Be one of the first to access to UP EnOcean Innovation Pack and unleash your creativity!
UP - the perfect gateway for your smart home !
UP - the perfect gateway for your smart home !
BSC, a German company and leader in building automation systems and smart home systems powered by EnOcean technology, will support UP Project giving the chance to UP Community users to download for free the SDK for Smart Home. The SDK is compatible to all EnOcean kit.  

Giving intelligence to your home has never been so simple !

We started our project in June. Since then we teamed up with experts in hardware, mechanical and software engineering as well as product marketing. Our project is now running at full speed. We completed our design specifications and mechanical placement in July. We completed our hardware schematics in September. In parallel, we started work on the Linux OS using an Intel Atom x5 Hardware Development Kit as a prototyping platform.

On October 12th we received our first engineering sample, in hand. Referred to as our “EVT” grade board, everyone was really excited about it. Finally it was something real to touch, and initial board bring-up tests passed. We have been able to boot it up from BIOS and ran some test software.

What we need to do now is to start full integration and test of our Linux OS and ensure that all hardware interfaces and features of the board function properly. In addition, we need to test our board’s compatibility with some popular shields, a LCD/LED display kit and an EnOcean sensor kit .We expect all the hardware and major software issues to be solved in November after which we can start producing our next engineering sample batch – our “DVT” grade boards.

The goal of the DVT stage of our project is to solve all known hardware issues, complete Linux OS bring-up and run all technical tests including environmental tests. Once this work has completed the board will be classified as “ready for market”. We will then prepare our first pilot run of production. We will distribute boards to 50 Kickstarter investors for evaluation. When evaluation has completed we will then announce volume production. We expect this announcement to happen in mid of February.

In parallel to the engineering effort, we will also need to complete establishing our UP Community website and online member support forums. We also need to establish our UP Shop, which will accept orders from buyers world-wide. On the logistical front, we have already talked with some partners who will be able to handle global distribution and shipments. These are all new challenges for us, but we have the experts in place to make this happen and complete the work successfully.

 Check this video! UP is successfully booting, and we are entering BIOS to test some setting. The HDMI and USB function work fine. 


 
AAEON is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of advanced industrial and embedded computing platforms today. With a continuous pursuit of innovation and excellence, AAEON became a member of the ASUS group in 2011. UP is initiated by a group of people in AAEON, who believe makers need an industrial products but also sophisticated support and want to be maker inside AAEON to create this product.

Emutex develops and combines the best of embedded software and systems with communications and networking technology to connect systems and people to the Internet of Things (IoT). By developing Ubilinux for UP, Emutex gives UP more possibilities in applications and will host the community to guide you how to make UP your products.

* A Big thanks to the guys of CPU-Monkeys for the benchmark !

*The "Android" name and the Android logo are property of Google Inc. Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Intel, the Intel logo, Intel Insider, Intel SpeedStep, and Atom are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. All rights reserved. UP Bridge The Gap is Trademark of Aaeon Europe. All Rights reserved.

Risks and challenges

The most important think of UP project is not the board itself but the community around UP.
The board aims to unleash the creativity of the people. The users, the makers are the keys. We want to create an ecosystem around UP with a website, a web community and a web shop accessible to everyone. We want to see where the people creativity will take UP and what people can do with a such powerful tiny board.

We want UP Shop not only to be the reference site for the user to buy UP but a way for the makers and UP community members to sell their solutions. We want to help the innovators to bring the idea to the next level helping them to get customized solutions, to be in touch with ecosystem partners, to find a way together to fund their projects.

The software support is the key and the challenge is to create a strong Linux community able to work on a complex high performances architecture like Intel Cherry Trail Atom X5. We hope to be able to engage the best Linux programmer & makers to help us.
We also hope the community can extend to many other license free operative systems.

We also need the community to help up to improve the product specifications for all the future solutions that we want to launch.
We want all the coming UP solutions to be the fruit of the community creativity and not only of our team. The community must become the new UP Team. We need the contribution of everyone and the challenge is to keep high level of engagement in the community.

UP aims to become an complete independent company but keeping strong link with Aaeon/Asus/Emutex and Intel to continue deliver innovative solutions for maker and to leverage industrial manufacturing capability of Aaeon.
We want this project to succeed to become the reference for all the maker solutions powered by Intel / x86 technology.
We've planned already to work on the next Intel Atom generation ( codename Broxton/Apollo Lake ) to be delivered in late 2016 and continue to release year after year innovative maker solutions but we need your help to make it happens.

But to make all of this comes true we need your support !

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