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Kondor AX FPGA + ARM Networking Board Targets Base Stations, IoT Gateways and IP Cameras

November 18th, 2015 No comments

Mikro Project, a company based in Zagreb, Croatia, has recently introduced Kondor AX “Advanced System Development Board” combining  Freescale i.MX6Solo processor with Lattice ECP5 FPGA, and targeting “low power applications at the network edge including HetNet (Heterogeneous Networks), Small Cells, Industrial IoT gateways and IP Cameras.”

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Kondor AX development board specifications:

Category Lattice ECP5 LFE5UM-85F-BG756 FPGA Freescale i.MX6 Solo SoC
  • 84.000 LUTs
  • 207 Block RAMs
  • 156 18×18 Multipliers
  • 365 IO pins
  • 4 SERDES channels (In/out)
  • 400 MHz LPDDR3 Memory Support
  • 4 PLLs, 4 DLLs
  • ARM Cortex A9 @ 1 GHz
  • 512 KB L2 cache
  • GPU 3D – Vivante GC880
  • Video Decode: 1080p30 + D1
  • Video Encode: 1080p30 H.264 BP/ Dual 720p encode
Programming options
  • On-board USB JTAG interface
  • 10-pin JTAG header
  • Using i.MX6 processor
Memory & Storage
  • 512MB LPDDR3-1600
  • 800 MHz Clock Rate
  • 1x 32-bit channel
  • 512 MB 32-bit DDR3
  • 64Mbit SPI Flash
  • 8GB eMMC
  • Micro SD Card
Connectivity  and peripherals
  • 2x SFP cages
  • FMC Connector
  • GPIO header
  • GPIO (differential) header
  • 10/100M Ethernet (RMII)
  • UART (using USB JTAG interface)
  • HDMI output
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB serial interface
  • Camera interface
Other peripherals
  • 4x Single color LEDs
  • 4x Dual color LEDs
  • 6x Status LEDs
Boot Options
  • From 64 Mbit on-board SPI Flash memory
  • SPI Slave mode
  • SPI flash
  • eMMC
  • Micro SD card
  • Onboard 100MHz Differential Oscillator
  • Si5338 Clock Generator
  • 24 MHz & 32.76 KHz
On-board Communication Interfaces
  • PCIe x1 interface
  • EIM interface
  • I2C, SPI, UART
Power Supply
  • 12V Input
  • RoHS Compliant
Kondor-AX Board Description and Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

Kondor-AX Board Description and Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

The company provides a Linux BSP for Freescale i.MX 6 Solo processor that includes device drivers, applications/services, libraries, GNU Tools (compilers, linkers, …) and “deployment mechanisms”. The ECP5 FPGA can be programmed over JTAG and SPI using Lattice Diamond Programmer from a computer, or directly with i.MX6 using command line tools. The board documentation including the flyer, a Linux BSP setup guide, and the user’s manuals, as well as tutorials for some demos can be found in the download page.

Typical HetNet Application Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

HetNet Application Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

MikroProjeckt did not provide availability nor pricing information for the board, but I’ve been told the sample price is $1,800 + shipping, with a one week lead-time. More details can be found on MikroProjekt’s Kondor AX product page.

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Freescale Introduces a Coin-sized Single Chip Module (SCM) Based on Freescale i.MX 6Dual

June 24th, 2015 13 comments

As the Freescale Technology Forum 2015 is taking place in Austin, Texas, the company will announce a few new products over the 4-day conference. After the official launch of Freescale i.MX 7 series processors, Freescale unveiled a new product based on their existing i.MX6 platform with “i.MX 6Dual SCM” (Single Chip Module) that integrate a dual core i.MX 6Dual processor with 1 or 2 GB LPDDR2 (PoP), a 16MB NOR flash and a PMIC in a tiny, coin-sized module.

SCM_i.MX6D Key feature of SCM-i.MX6D module:

  • Freescale i.MX 6Dual application processor with two ARM Cortex A9 core @ 800 MHz and Vivante GPUs (2D/3D)
  • System Memory – 1 or 2 GB LPDDR2 (PoP configuration)
  • Storage – 16 MB SPI NOR (Micron N25Q128A13)
  • Power Supply – Freescale PMIC PF0100
  • Dimensions – 17mm x 14mm x 1.7mm

There are also 109 discrete components on the module. BSPs for Linux and Android will be provided.

Module Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

Module Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

To help with early development, Freescale is also planning to soon launch an SCM-i.MX6D Evaluation Board with the following specs:

  • Module: SCM-i.MX6D with 1GB RAM
  • Storage – eMMC + 2x SD car slots, usable for boot, storage, and WiFi cards
  • Connectivity – 1x GbE port, WiFi (via SD slot)
  • USB – 1x Type A USB port, 1x Micro-AB USB port
  • Audio – Stereo audio codec; microphone input
  • Expansion – 1x Mini-PCIe socket
  • Misc – 1x CAN connector

Optional modules adding HDMI output, LVDS (10.1″ display), WiFi, and others will also become available with the evaluation kit.

SCM i.MX6D Evaluation Board

SCM i.MX6D Evaluation Board

Freescale’s SCM modules are expected to be used in applications ranging from 3D gaming goggles, to “next-generation” IoT drones as well as other IoT products, a medical equipment, and autonomous sensing applications.

The i.MX 6Dual SCM should become available in August 2015 either directly from Freescale, or through Arrow Electronics, and more SCM products are planned for the next two years. Check out SCM-i.MX6D product page for details.

Via Liliputing and LinuxGizmos

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Inforce 6410Plus Qualcomm Single Board Computer Adds GPS, MIPI CSI and DSI Interfaces

June 13th, 2015 No comments

[Update on June 16 with comments from Inforce Computing:

  1. The Inforce 6410Plus is a product/application ready SBC that can be mass-manufactured to be designed-in directly by OEMs into end-products. Of course developers, DIY enthusiasts, and research houses may use it as a development board, but essentially it’s a product ready SBC.
  2. CSI and DSI interfaces – A single 40-pin LSHM MIPI connector on the previous generation product has been replaced with a single 51-pin FI-R MIPI CSI connector. A single connector enables support for 2 cameras/up to 20MP. Similarly, we’ve replaced the LVDS interface with a single 51-pin MIPI-DSI connector that supports two simultaneous displays.


Inforce IFC6410 board is one of the few low cost Qualcomm Snapdragon development boards / SBCs available on the market. Released in 2013, it features a Snapdragon 600 processor (APQ8064) coupled with 2GB RAM, 4GB eMMC, and various connectors. Inforce Computing has now introduced an upgraded version of the board, simply called Inforce 6410Plus, which adds GPS, one extra MIPI CSI interface, two MIPI DSI interfaces, and a few other changes, while keeping the same $143 price tag.

Inforce_6410PlusInforce 6410Plus specifications (Upgrades / changes highlighted in bold):

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (APQ8064) Quad Core Krait 300 processor  @ 1.7GHz + Adreno 320 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB on-board PCDDR3, up to 533MHz
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC + μSD card connector + SATA interface
  • Connectivity:
    • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi (Atheros QCA6234)
    • Bluetooth 4.0 (Atheros QCA6234)
    • 10/100/1000bps Ethernet (Atheros 8151)
  • Video and Audio Interfaces:
    • μHDMI (1080p)
    • LVDS (Not supported anymore)
    • MIPI-CSI2 (4-lane, up to 20MP camera @ 15 fps) +  an extra MIPI-CSI2 interface
    • Dual MIPI-DSI (4 lane) – Primary : up to QWXGA (2048 × 1536), 60 Hz refresh rate; Secondary:  up to QHD (960 × 540), 60 Hz refresh rate
    • HD Audio and Mic-in compact combo jack for headphone and mic-in
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0, 1x micro USB OTG
  • Misc I/O
    • 1x I2C, 1x SPI, 1x UART, UIM, 12x GPIO
    • On-board 34-pin expansion header to connect to Peripheral Abstraction Core (PAC) mezzanine adapter card
  • Debugging – via serial console on 3-pin header
  • Power – 12V/1.5A power supply (Instead of 5V/5A)
  • Dimensions – 10cm x 7cm (Pico-ITX); Thickness: 16mm
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0 to 70 C | Storage: -20 to 80 C
  • Relative Humidity – 5 to 95% non-condensing
Inforce 6410Plus Board Block Diagram

Inforce 6410Plus Board Block Diagram

The company also claims to have improved heat dissipation, and implemented a fastboot switch for Android to enter into fastboot as recommended by Google. Android 4.4.2 and Ubuntu 14.04 board support packages (BSP) can be provided with the board. There’s no mention about Linaro support, although the older IFC6410 board gets images released monthly and published on the Download page. [Update from Inforce Computing: “The Ubuntu 14.04 BSP is in fact based on a Linaro Linux release, so we do support Linaro.”

You can find more details including software and hardware documentation on Inforce 6410Plus product page, with some links required credentials only available to customers. Inforce Computing will start taking orders on June 15.

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AlphaScale ASM9260 ARM9 Processor Details and Development Board

April 16th, 2015 6 comments

Yesterday, as I wrote a Linux 4.0 Changelog, I noticed a new ARM processor called AlphaScale ASM9260, and I thought it might be interesting to find out more. A Google search would only return results from the Linux kernel mailing list and mirrors, so I checked out the code a bit to find out its an ARM9 processor made by AlphaScale Integrated Circuits Systems, Inc, based in Wuxi, China. The company website does not work, but I found out the processor is sold on Taobao for 38 RMB (~$6), and there’s also a development board (ASM9260DVK) for 498 RMB or about $80, and that’s basically the only two links were I could find any details.

ASM9260T_Block_Diagram AlphaScale ASM9260T is arm ARM926EJS processor clocked at 240 MHz, 16GN I-cache and D-cache, 8KB SRAM, with the following peripherals:

  • 32-bit SDRAM/NOR interface
  • MLC NAND 24-bit ECC
  • 2x USB 2.0 OTG, 2x USB 2.0 PHY
  • 24-bit LCD interface
  • Camera interface
  • 10/100M Ethernet MAC
  • 2x CAN, 10x USART, 2x SPI, 1x SQPI, 32 GPIO, 2x I2C
  • 8x 12-bit ADC, 1x 12-bit DAC
  • 2x 5.1 channels I2S
  • Packages – LQFP216,  LQFP176, or LQFP128

Alphascale_ASM9260_Development_boardThe development board  comes with a 10/100M Ethernet interface (KSZ8051RNL Ethernet PHY), micro and full size USB ports, two UART ports (DB9) for debugging and app?, a CAN port, a camera interface and two audio jacks (WM8731L Audio Codec). It can also support 4.5″, 7″ or 8″ displays, and boot from SPI NOR and NAND. There’s also a 20-pin JTAG interface., and a few unpopulated UART and RS422 headers.

The software development kit description refers to ALPOS ADS1.2 development environment, but I can’t find any details about it, as well as support for Linux 2.6.38, U-boot and GCC cross-toolchain. It might not be exactly using the latest version of Linux, but since the developer who submitted patchsets for ASM9260 has been working on it since August 2014, some company must be serious about improving Linux support for the platform.

The company claims ASM9260 offers a more cost effective solution compared to Samsung S3C2440 and Atmel SAM9G45, partially because it can be used on 2-layer boards, while the competitors require 6-layer boards.

Apart from the two Taobao links listed in introduction, I can’t find any useful links, so in case you are interested in such platform, and need more details, you’d either have to call to +86(0)25 86892412/86462412 (in China) or QQ to 714960297, and you’d probably better speak Mandarin. [Update: There’s a product page in Chinese on Tianjili website].

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Inforce 6501 Micro SOM is a Tiny Module with Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Processor

April 8th, 2015 No comments

Inforce Computing has now launched Inforce 6501 micro system-on-module (SoM) based on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor found on their Inforce 6540 pico-ITX single board computer. The module measures just 50×28 mm, and integrates up to 3 GB RAM, up to 16 GB eMMC, and Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity.


Inforce 6501 specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 (APQ8084) quad core Krait 450 processor up to 2.7 GHz with Adreno 420 GPU, and Hexagon DSP V50 up to 800 MHz
  • System Memory – 2GB to 3GB PoP LPDDR3 @ 800 MHz; 2×64-bit 26.5GB/s memory bus
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC v4.5/v5.0, with options up to 16GB
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.1 & 2×2 dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi (QCA6174), and GPS (QCA1530)
  • Peripherals and I/O via two 100-pin SoM connectors:
    • Video / Display – 1x HDMI 1.4a, 2x MIPI-DSI (4-lane) & touch screen,
    • Audio
      • 4x Line out, 3x Mic-in, 1x headphone out
      • 8-channel 7.1 surround sound, Dolby Digital plus, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD via HDMI
      • On-board WDC9320 audio codec
    • Camera – 2x MIPI-CSI (4-lane)
    • USB – 1x USB 2.0 (host), 1x USB 2.0 (device mode debug), 1x USB 3.0 (host)
    • 1x PCIe, SDC, SLIMBUS
    • JTAG, 8x GPIO, UART via 3-pin RS232, 5x I2C, SPI
  • Video / Image Capabilities
    • 4K Ultra HD video with HEVC (H.265) playback and H.264 capture
    • Dual image signal processors (ISPs) with ~1GP/s throughput and image sensors up to 55 MP
  • Power Supply – +3.3V DC input
  • Dimensions – 50 x 28 mm
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0° C to 70° C; Storage: -20° C to 80° C

Inforce_Micro_SoM_Block_DiagramThe company provides Android 4.4.2 and Ubuntu (Linaro) 14.04 BSPs for the module based on Linux 3.4 kernel, available after board registration on the company’s website. as well as hardware documentation. The product brief can be downloaded freely, but the hardware reference manual also requires board registration.

To speed up development, Inforce SYS6501 development platform can be purchased, and includes the Inforce 6501 Micro SOM, a mini-ITX carrier board, a power supply, micro-USB cable, and an acrylic base.

SYS6501 Carrier Board with 6501 micro SOM

SYS6501 Carrier Board with Inforce 6501 micro SOM

The carrier board has the following key features:

  • Video / Display Output – 1x HDMI v1.4a, 1x eDP (display port), 1x MIPI-DSI connector (4-lane)
  • External Storage – micro SD slot (on back of board)
  • Audio – High Definition 7.1 Audio in/out
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45), antenna connectors for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS
  • Camera – 2x MIPI-CSI connector (4-lane)
  • USB – 1 x USB 2.0 port; 1x USB 3.0 port; 1x USB 3.0 OTG port
  • Expansion
    • 1x Mini PCIe
    • EXP_CON female header for 5x I2C, SPI, 8x GPIOs, …
  • Serial – 1x RS-232
  • Debugging – Serial console, JTAG
  • Sensors – Integrated sensor board that includes 10-axis (Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, pressure) and motion sensors.
  • Misc – Volume and power buttons, DIP switches for boot selection.
  • Power Supply – +12V (5A typ.), ATX power connector, 2x AA batteries, or external battery via 10-pin header
  • Dimensions – 17cm x 17cm (Mini-ITX)
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0° C to 70° C; Storage: -20° C to 80° C

Update: First Revision of the Board, the New Revision Will Be Slightly Different

Inforce 6501 Micro SOM sells for $225 with 2GB RAM and 4GB eMMC, while the development kit now goes for $449. However, Inforce computing is currently running a promotion where you can get the baseboard for free, and you can get a the discount coupon to get the complete kit for $225 by registering online (Company name required). More details should be available on Inforce 6501 Micro System on Module and Inforce 6501 Development Kit pages.

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Emcraft Systems STM32F7 ARM Cortex M7 SoM and Development Kit Run uClinux

March 11th, 2015 No comments

STMicro announced their STM32F7 MCU family the same as ARM announced their latest ARM Cortex M7 core for high-end micro-controllers last September. Emcraft Systems have now launched a STM32F7 system-on-module with 32MB SDRAM and 16MB NOR flash, and ported uClinux to the platform. The company has also launched a STM32F7 starter kit for evaluation and development. Both target industrial automation, system and power management, wireless networking / sensors and other embedded applications.

STM32F7-SOM-1A Module

STM32F7-SOMSTM32F7 system-on-module specifications:

  • MCU – STMicro STM32F746 Cortex M7 MCU up to 200 MHz with 320KB RAM, 1MB flash in TFBGA-216 package
  • System Memory – 32MB SDRAM
  • Storage – 16MB NOR flash
  • Connectivity – 802.3 Ethernet PHY
  • SoM connectors – 2x 80-pin (0.4mm pitch)
  • Debugging – ARM SWJ-DP combined JTAG and serial wire debug port
  • Misc – Watchdog, RTC, USB and other I/Os via SoM connectors
  • Power – 3.3V DC; Low-power mode with short startup times; Deep-sleep power mode with ultra- low power consumption profiles;
  • Dimensions – 30 mm x 46mm
  • Compliant with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive
STM32F7 Module Block Diagram

STM32F7 Module Block Diagram

The company provides U-boot and uClinux 2.6.33 source code, binary images, and documentation for the module, as well as hardware documentation.

STM32F7 Starter Kit

STM32F7_Starter_KitIn order to quickly get started with the SoM, a starter kit (KIT-STM32F7-EXT) composed of STM32F7 SoM and SOM-BSB-EXT baseboard is also available with the following key features:

The baseboard is 100×70 mm in size and has the following main interfaces:

  • SoM Connectors – For STM32F7 SoM
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
  • USB – 1x mini USB interface using a USB-UART bridge, 1x  mini USB OTG Interface
  • Debugging – mini USB (UART), 20-pin ARM JTAG interface
  • Expansion – Breadboard area with unused STM32F7 signals
  • Misc – User LEDs and push-buttons (reset, user)
  • Power Supply – 5V via mini USB (UART) interface or VCC3 on SoM
  • Dimensions – 100×70 mm

You can watch the demo showcasing fast boot to Qt (4s) and the performance of the system on a Qt based user interface, which is said to have greatly improved over STM32F4 thanks to ART accelerator and L1 cache in STM32F7.

The starter kit can be pre-ordered for $159, and the STM32F7 SoM sells for $27 per unit in 10K+ orders. Software and hardware documentation, and pre-order links are available on Emcraft’s STM32F7 SoM product page.

The company is also getting rid of stock of their older starter kits based on Microsemi SmartFusion (Cortex-M3 + FPGA) and NXP LPC1788 for $49.

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Mixtile LOFT-Q Allwinner A31 Board with SATA Can Now be Purchased for $90

March 4th, 2015 11 comments

Mixtile LOFT-Q and LOFT Kit were unveiled nearly a year ago, the first being a development board based on Allwinner A31 processor with 2GB RAM, 16GB RAM,  SATA connector, Gigabit Ethernet, etc.., while the second is a kit with an enclosure and power supply. The kit does not appear to be available yet, but the board has recently been listed on SeeedStudio for $90.


Mixtile LOFT-Q specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner A31 quad core ARM Cortex-A7 processor with PowerVR SGX544 MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC, SATA III connector for 2.5″ drives, and SD card Slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 up to 1080p60
  • Video Decoding – H.264 4Kx2K video decoding, multi-format FHD video decoding, including Mpeg1/2, Mpeg4 SP/ASP GMC, H.263, H.264,etc
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, 1 S/PDIF, high definition microphone
  • Camera I/F
    • Integrated Parallel & MIPI I/F sensor
    • Integrated powerful ISP, supporting Raw Data CMOS sensor
    • Supports 5M/8M/12M CMOS sensor
    • Supports 8/10/12-bit YUV/Bayer sensor
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000M Ethernet, dual band WiFi 802.11 a/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6234), and Zigbee (NXP JNS168)
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host post
  • Debugging – UART debug connector, JTAG connector
  • Expansion header – 180-pin header with access to I2C, SPI, LCD, MIPI DSI, RGB/LVDS, CSI, MIPI CSI, ADC, CTP, RTP, SPDIF-OUT, SPDIF-IN, GPIO, etc…
  • Sensor – Acceleration sensor, IR receiver
  • Misc- Battery slot for RTC
  • Power – 12V/4A (48W)
  • Dimensions – N/A

SATA Connector and Wireless Dongles? are on the Back of Mixtile Board

You won’t find many details on Mixtile Hardare page, but there’s some recently updated documentation and software on Mixtile github account, with various repositories for documentation with a getting started guide, linux and u-boot source code, development tools, and BSPs for Android 4.4.2, Ubuntu Touch, and OpenWRT. What I failed to find however is a clear graphical description of the board and connectors.

Thanks to Embedded_Geek for the tip.
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Gateworks GW5520 Single Board Computer Features Dual Gigabit Ethernet Ports, Two mini PCIe Slots

February 4th, 2015 6 comments

If you need industrial grade ARM Linux boards with lots of Ethernet ports and several mini PCIe slots, you may want to check out Gateworks Ventana boards. The company has now released a smaller member of Ventana family with GW5520 SBC powered by Freescale i.MX6 dual, with two Gigabit Ethernet port, two mini PCIe slots, and support for PoE.

Ventana_GW5520_BoardGateworks Ventana GW5520 SBC specifications:

  • SoC- Freescale i.MX6 Dual Cortex A9 processor @ 800MHz with Vivante Vivante GC2000 / GC355 / GC320 GPUs. Option: i.MX6 Quad
  • System Memory – 512 MB DDR3-800 SDRAM (Up to 2GB RAM as option)
  • Storage – 256 MB Flash (Up to 2GB as option), serial configuration EEPROM
  • Video and Audio Output – HDMI 1.4
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports.
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Expansion
    • 2x Mini-PCIe sockets
    • Optional mini-PCIe socket to supports a mSATA disk drive (i.MX6 Quad only)
    •  I/Os
      • Serial – CAN Bus 2.0B up to 1Mbps, 3x TTL serial ports
      • 4x GPIOs
  • Misc – RTC with battery backup,  voltage & temperature monitor, watchdog timer
  • Power Supply – 8 to 60V DC input voltage; Power via barrel or passive PoE Ethernet; reverse voltage and transient protection
  • Power consumption –  3W @ 25 C (Typical); 16W shared between mini PCIe slots
  • Dimensions – 100 x 70 x 21 mm
  • Operating Temperature – -40 to +85C

The company claims a 81.9 years MTBF at 55°C, but I’m not quite sure how this is computed… OpenWRT, OpenEmbedded Yocto, and Android BSPs are available for the board.. It’s also supported in mainline kernel since Linux 3.18 release. Documentation is available on Ventana boards Wiki.

Based on the block diagram below, they don’t use the GMAC inside i.MX6, and instead connected an external Gigabit Ethernet via PCIe, so they should not be subject to the 470 Mbps known limitation for Gigabit Ethernet on i.MX6 processor. [Update: The company confirmed that, and they measured 940 Mbps on their Ethernet ports]

Ventana GW5520 Block Diagram

Ventana GW5520 Block Diagram

Gateworks also offers  GW5520 Development Kit which includes GW5520 network computer, U-Boot bootloader, OpenWRT Linux Board Support Package, Ethernet, serial, USB, audio and video cables, as well as a passive PoE power injector and a 24V power supply, and a JTAG Programmer.The network board appears to be available now selling for about $400 on Avnet, while the development kit goes for around $500. You can visit Gateworks GW5520 product page for details, including download links to the datasheet and user’s manual.

[Update: I’ve also been informed about GW5510 based on i.MX6 Solo, but smaller (35x70mm), without Ethernet port (a mini PCIe card can be used to add Wi-Fi), and both HDMI in and out.[

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