Embedded-Oriented Intel® Atom™ Pico-ITX SBC, PICO821, Offering Excellent Performance at Remarkably Low Power for Space-limited and Portable Applications

AXIOMTEK’s PICO821 incorporates energy-saving Intel® Atom™ processor Z500 series and the Intel® System Controller Hub US15W, which offers an excellent balance between high performance and low power consumption

Taipei, Taiwan, August 26, 2009- AXIOMTEK today announced the latest PICO821 Pico-ITX SBC, which supports ultra low power Intel® Atom™ processor Z510 1.10 GHz and Z530 1.60 GHz at 400/533 FSB with the Intel® System Controller Hub US15W.  The PICO821 is an incredibly small 10 x 7.2 cm embedded board based on Pico-ITX form factor, the world's smallest x86 embedded board.  Instead of built-up a full set of I/O connectors soldered onto the board edge, the PICO821 provides internal connectors for COM, Gigabit Ethernet, USB, audio, video and more, which provides embedded developers with flexibility.  This extreme small form factor embedded platform can meet today’s customers’ needs of fanless operation, low-power consumption, compact-size, flexibility and versatile I/O.  Its applications include in-vehicle PCs, in-flight entertainment systems or industrial automation systems, and even ultra portable devices.

“In the new Pico-ITX form factor, the Intel® Atom™ PICO821 provides system developers and OEMs with an ultra compact yet highly integrated platform that enables many new power-efficient applications to be considered,” said Joseph Chou, Product Manager of Embedded Computing Business Unit.  “Moreover, the single board computer provides a full set of internal connectors for COM interface, Gigabit Ethernet, USB, audio, video and more.  We haven’t soldered the I/O connectors onto the board edge, because we consider the designing flexibility for different scales for embedded developers.  This extreme small form factor embedded platform offers an excellent solution for embedded markets such as portable POS, Car PC, entry-level gaming, and in-flight infotainment.

The Intel® System Controller Hub US15W features the Intel® GMA500 graphics engine which utilizes up to 256 MB frame buffer and supports DirectX 9.0E and OpenGL 2.0.  Graphic output is 18/24 bit single-channel LVDS.  Moreover, the Intel® Atom™ processor Z500 series supports SSE3 (Streaming SIMD Extensions 3) that improves performance on multimedia and gaming applications, as well as, Hyper-Threading technology and Intel® Virtualization technology (Intel® Atom™ processor Z530 only), and have low thermal design power (TDP).  In a small rugged form factor, the PICO821 provides a full set of I/O features including one 10/100/1000 LAN, one COM port, four USB 2.0 ports and one USB client port, one PATA-100, one CompactFlash™ Type-II socket, one PS/2 keyboard/mouse, and HD audio.  Additionally, the PICO821 features DDR2 400/533 memory up to 2GB.

This energy-saving, RoHS-compliant embedded board will be available around end of September, 2009. For more product information, please visit global website www.axiomtek.com or contact our sales representative at info@axiomtek.com.tw.

Main Features:

  • PICO ITX small factor – PICO821
  • Ultra low power Intel® Atom™ processor Z510 1.10 GHz and Z530 1.6G GHz
  • Intel® System Controller Hub US15W
  • 1 COM and 5 USB 2.0 (1 client port) supported
  • LVDS LCD supported
  • 1 PATA and 1 CompactFlash™
  • 1 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet
  • +5V only single voltage DC-in supported


AXIOMTEK Co., Ltd. is one of the world's leading designers/manufacturers of PC-based industrial computer products. From its roots as a turnkey systems integrator specializing in data acquisition and control systems, AXIOMTEK has mirrored the PC evolution in various industries by shifting its focus toward the design and manufacture of PC-based industrial automation solutions.

AXIOMTEK was established since 1990. The company has 475 employees in headquarters and over 110 employees in subsidiaries including USA, China, Japan, and Europe. The company has appointed more than 60 distributor partners around the globe. AXIOMTEK offers IPC (Industrial PCs), ECP (Embedded Computing Platforms), PPC (Panel PCs), Medical Panel Computers, Digital Signage & Displays, HMI (Human Machine Interface), DAC (Data Acquisition & Control Cards Solutions), NA (Network Security Appliances), Industrial Networking product lines with more than 400 items.