Elkhart Lake for IoT Purposes

Passively-cooled methods discover utility in all kinds of commercial use-cases together with automation, IoT gateways, medical methods, surveillance, and digital signage. Along with avoiding transferring elements, methods meant for industrial use should be constructed to function 24×7 in difficult environmental situations.

Supermicro has methods focusing on this market beneath the Embedded / IoT class in quite a lot of form-factors. Situations with minimal I/O necessities can use the compact chassis with assist for 3.5″ SBCs. The corporate additionally offers passively-cooled chassis configurations for industrial mini-ITX boards.

The Supermicro SYS-E302-12E based mostly on the Intel Atom x6425E embedded SoC is the corporate’s highest performing system within the Elkhart Lake lineup. It’s optimized for industrial automation, digital signage / information visualization, and IoT purposes. The overview beneath takes an in depth take a look at the options and efficiency profile of the system, together with an analysis of the thermal resolution.

Introduction and Product Impressions

Supermicro’s SYS-E302-12E relies on the Tremendous A3SEV-4C-LN4 mini-ITX board. The board is obtainable for buy with an built-in heatsink. Supermicro additionally presents the SYS-E302-12E barebones system based mostly on this board by eradicating the heatsink and mounting the board contained in the CSE-E302iL2 passively-cooled chassis.

Intel’s Tremont microarchitecture for low-cost processors has been out there out there for a couple of years now in Jasper Lake-based methods meant to be used as entry-level PCs. Processors meant for the embedded market (such because the Elkhart Lake SoCs) make it to finish prospects a lot later than their client counterparts – they’ve a protracted life-cycle, and prolonged qualification cycles too. Despite the fact that Elkhart Lake-based client methods are already trickling into the market, those based mostly on embedded SKUs such because the Atom x6425E have gotten broadly out there solely now.

The SYS-E302-12E is marketed as an IoT SuperServer, nevertheless it would not have a separate BMC and in addition doesn’t assist ECC reminiscence. Nonetheless, the embedded SKU formally helps in-band ECC. We have now already evaluated the impacts of in-band ECC on efficiency in our Raptor Lake-P overview. Sadly, the BIOS model at present out there for the SYS-E302-12E would not have the choice to toggle in-band ECC, however Supermicro confirmed that an upcoming launch would allow that possibility.

Supermicro has outfitted the SYS-E302-12E with a variety of I/O interfaces – 4 RS232 COM ports, 4 gigabit LAN ports, six USB 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports. There are three show outputs, and there’s house out there contained in the chassis to put in a 2.5″ SATA drive additionally.

Along with the primary unit, Supermicro provides a lockable 150W (12V @ 12.5A) adapter, AC energy wire, 2.5″ drive caddy, acceptable screws, and cable ties within the package deal.

Our overview pattern included 2x 16 GB DDR4-2666 SODIMMs in addition to a 256 GB InnoDisk M.2 SATA drive. The complete specs of the overview pattern are supplied within the desk beneath.

Supermicro SYS-E302-12E Specs

(as examined)
Processor Intel Atom x6425E

Elkhart Lake 4C/4T, 2.0 – 3.0 GHz

Intel 10, 1.5 MB L2, 12 W
Reminiscence Innodisk M4SI-AGS1O50K-C DDR4-2666 SODIMM

19-19-19-43 @ 2666 MHz

2×16 GB
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics for 10th Gen Intel Processors

(32EU @ 500 MHz)
Disk Drive(s) Innodisk M.2 (S80) 3TE7 DEM28-B56DK1EW1QF

(256 GB; M.2 2280 SATA III;)

(64L 3D TLC; InnoDisk ID301 Controller)
Networking 1x GbE RJ-45 (Intel I210-IT)

3x GbE RJ-45 (Intel EC1000S MAC + Marvell Alaska 88E1512 PHY)
Audio Realtek ALC888S Audio Codec On-board (Non-obligatory Audio Jack, N/A in Overview System)

Audio Bitstreaming Help over HDMI Ports
Video 1x HDMI 2.0b

1x DisplayPort 1.4

1x VGA (by way of eDP from SoC)
Miscellaneous I/O Ports 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Sort-A (Rear)

2x USB 2.0 Sort-A (Rear)

4x USB 2.0 (Entrance)

4x RS-232 COM (Entrance)
Working System Home windows 11 Enterprise (22000.1335)
Pricing (Road Pricing on March 9th, 2022)

US $894 (Barebones)

US $1315 (as configured, no OS)
Full Specs Supermicro SuperServer SYS-E302-12E Specs

The system is obtainable for buy from WiredZone for $894 by producer drop-ship. Supermicro remains to be within the strategy of increasing retail availability.

The SYS-E302-12E is a little bit of a singular system in comparison with the embedded / industrial PCs we’ve reviewed earlier. For starters, it is among the first methods to formally assist in-band ECC. The wealth of community ports and different communication choices isn’t matched by another low-power fanless system we’ve coated earlier. The chassis additionally seems to be an enormous overdesign for a 12W TDP SoC – eager observers may need seen that it’s the identical one which efficiently dealt with a 60W TDP Xeon-D within the SuperServer E302-9D. We will count on the thermal efficiency to be top-notch and permit the system to function in a large temperature vary.

The highest view of the motherboard built-in within the system is present above. The heatsink proven is changed by a stable metallic block that tightly interfaces with the chassis prime utilizing a thermal pad. The M.2 SATA port and SODIMMs are simply accessible, however the x8 PCIe slot isn’t usable within the system (the house meant for the PCIe add-in card is as a substitute allotted to the two.5″ drive tray).

Within the subsequent part, we check out the system setup and supply some evaluation of the platform.