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Snapdragon 600 based IFC6410 Development Board is Available for $75 For a Limited Time

May 9th, 2014 13 comments

Despite their popularity with tablets and smartphones, I don’t see much developer community around Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and only a few low cost development boards. One of them is Inforce Computing IF6410 pico-ITX board powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (APQ8064) quad core processor with 2GB RAM, 4GB eMMC flash, Gb Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, SATA,  micro HDMI and LVDS video outputs, etc.., that normally sells for just $149.

IFC6410 Single Board Computer (Click to Enlarge)

IFC6410 Single Board Computer (Click to Enlarge)

But the company is having a promotion for $75 with the coupon code “makerfaire” until May 18, or until the 500 units they’ve reserved are sold out. Shipping is not included in the price, and you’ll have to add about $50 for Fedex delivery (It may be cheaper in the US) for a total of about $125, which still probably makes it the cheapest “Cortex A15 class” board that you can get. The board appears to only officially support Android, and if you want to run a Linux distribution you may need to so so within Android (TBC).

Thanks to adem for the tip.

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Phytec phyBOARD WEGA Industrial Pico-ITX SBC Features Texas Instruments Sitara AM335x SoCs

April 22nd, 2014 No comments

Phytec has recently announced phyBOARD WEGA board powered by Texas Instruments AM335x Sitara ARM Processors via their phyCORE-AM335x SoM, which comes with up to 1GB DDR3 SDRAM, and up to 2GB NAND Flash. This single board computer targets industrial HMI (Human Machine Interface) and is suitable for various automation and display applications.

phyBOARD_WEGA-AM335x

PhyBOARD WEGA specifications:

  • SoM – phyCORE-AM335x with:
    • SoC – Texas Instruments Sitara AM355x ARM Cortex-A8 processor @ up to 1GHz, with PowerVR SGX530 GPU
    • System Memory – 256 MB DDR3 RAM (Max: 1GB)
    • Storage – 128 MB NAND Flash (Max: 2GB), optional 8 MB NOR Flash, 4KB EEPROM
  • External Storage – micro SD card slot
  • Connectivity – 2 x 10/100 Ethernet
  • USB – 1 x USB Host, 1 x USB OTG
  • Display I/F – 24bpp TTL
  • Communication Interfaces – 6 x UART, 3 x I2C, 2 x SPI, 1 x CAN
  • Expansion Connectors – 1x ADC(12Bit, 8Channel), GPIOs, JTAG, HDMI
  • Power – 5V DC
  • Dimensions – 100 x 72 mm (Pico-ITX)
phyBOARD WEGA-AM335x Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

phyBOARD WEGA (M335x) Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

Three expansions modules are available for the board:

  • A power module – 12 V – 24 V input voltage, 5 V and 3.3 V output voltage
  • An “evaluation board” with three User LEDs and three switches, one  JTAG interface for AM335x, one RS232 interface (UART 0), and a second expansion socket to connect another expansion board
  • An HDMI adapter – Adding HDMI and audio over I2S

Other accessories are also said to be available, although currently not documented: RGB LCD Adapter + LCD, VGA LCD Adapter, WiFi/BT Module, TTL to RS232 breakout board and  CAN Transceiver breakout board.

Phytec provides BSP for Linux including GCC C/C++ cross development tool chain, Eclipse IDE, PTXdist build system, Bootloader, kernel, file system and source code, and Windows Embedded Compact 7 (WEC7) with Visual Studio 2008 evaluation CD, Platform Builder 7, SDK for application development, Bootloader and runtime Nk.bin image, OSDesign example and binary BSP, with the source available under EULA. Android and Qt BSP are also said to be available but only listed in their product brief. You can access the Linux & WEC7 BSP and associated software & hardware documentation via Phytec FTP server and Wega Documentation page.  The schematics are also available once your purchase a sample. Support is supposedly available via a WiKi (currently empty), Phytec community, or via paid premium support.

Phytec phyBOARD WEGA AM335x is currently available for a discounted sample price of 4900 Rupees (~$81), and $95 for 1k orders. Further information is available on Phytec phyBOARD WEGA page.

Thanks to Nanik for the tip

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$69 PhoenixA20 Pico-ITX Board Features Allwinner A20 SoC

November 25th, 2013 17 comments

Anichips Technology, an Shenzhen based electronics design company, has just announced PhoenixA20, a pico-ITX board features AllWinner A20 dual core Cortex A20 SoC with 1GB, 4GB Flash, HDMI and VGA output, Ethernet, and built-in Wi-fi and Bluetooth.
PhoenixA20

PhoenixA20 specifications:

  • SoC- AllWinner A20 dual ARM Cortex-A7 processor @ 1.2 GHz with ARM Mali-400MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 4GB NAND Flash, micro SD card slot (up to 32GB), and SATA
  • Video output – HDMI and VGA connectors. LVDS, RGB and CVBS signals are accessible via the expansion headers
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0 (via AP6210)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Camera Interface – CSI
  • Expansion headers – 3x UART, 2x I2C, 1×I2S, 1xCVBS, 4x TVIN, 2x Line IN,  1x SPDIF, 2x PWM, 2x LRADC, 2x FMIN, 1xHeadphone, 4xTVOUT, MIC, IR, TP

The board supports Android 4.2.2, and Linux 3.3 with source code for Linux, Android, and U-boot available from the company’s github account. Documentation and schematics (PDF format) are also available. There are two directory for English and Chinese documentation, but at the moment don’t bother with the English version (basically empty), and all interesting docs are in the Chinese directory. There’s also a Wiki (short but in English, and with somewhat useful links), and a forum, in Chinese only for now, which could be the place where to find bootable Ubuntu or Android images for the board.

It’s one of the rare boards to come with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in this price category ($69 including shipping), as well as a CSI connector (although it’s unclear if any cam is supported right now). The VGA output may be an advantage too. In theory, you should be able to purchase pico-ITX case for the board, but as noted on linux-sunix mailing list, there are not that many off-the-shelf Pico-ITX cases, so this may not be that much of an advantage.

The board can be purchased on Aliexpress for $69 including shipping via China Post, or on Taobao for 369 CNY (~ $60.50).

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VIA Unveils VAB-820 Pico-ITX Board Powered by Freescale i.MX6 Quad

November 7th, 2013 6 comments

About two weeks ago, VIA announced the VAB-820, which according to the company, is the first ARM based quad core Pico-ITX single board computer (SBC) on the market. A claim that looks to be incorrect by the way. The board is powered by Freescale i.MX6Quad quad core ARM Cortex A9 processor, and comes with 1GB DDR3 SDRAM and 4GB eMMC Flash. This is an industrial board targeting in-vehicle, surveillance and industrial applications, designed to work in an operating temperature range from -20°C ~ 70°, and with a seven years longevity support.

VAB-820 SBC (Click to Enlarge)

VAB-820 SBC (Click to Enlarge)

VAB-820 Specifications:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX 6Quad ARM Cortex-A9 @ 1.0GHz with Vivante GC2000 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3-1066 SDRAM using 128M x16 memory devices
  • Storage – 4MB SPI Serial Flash, 4GB eMMC Flash, and microSD slot (up to 64GB)
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet using Micrel KSZ9031RNX Ethernet transceiver with RGMII support
  • Audio – Freescale SGTL5000 low power stereo codec
  • Video Decoder – ADI ADV7180 10-Bit, 4 x oversampling SDTV video decoder
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 transmitter + Composite output
  • USB – SMSC USB2514 USB 2.0 high speed 4-port hub controllers
  • Onboard I/O
    • COM connector with power supply (supports 8-wire DTE mode)
    • COM/CAN connector with power supply (supports 2-wire RS232 Tx/Rx and 2 FlexCAN Tx/Rx ports)
    • Dual-channel, 18/24-bit LVDS connector
    • RTC battery connector
    • MIPI CSI-2 connector (supports 2 data lanes)
    • SPI master connector (supports 2 SPI slave devices)
    • S-video pin header
    • 2 POE pin headers (support optional PD power board)
    • Front audio pin header for line-in, headphone-out and MIC-in
    • Boot flash select pin header (for SPI or micro SD)
    • Miscellaneous pin header for 1 USB 2.0 host port, 1 USB2.0 OTG port
    • Miscellaneous pin header for 1 I2C pair, 8 GPIOs, system reset button and LEDs for power/WPAN/WLAN/WWAN
    • 12V DC-in power connector
    • Mini PCI-e slot (supports multiple connections and buses including JTAG)
  • Front I/O
    • Micro SD connector
  • Rear I/O
    • HDMI port
    • 2x USB 2.0 ports
    • RJ-45 LAN port (supports optional IEEE802.3at type 2, that’s PoE)
    • Composite RCA jack
  • Watch Dog Timer
  • Operating Temperature – Extended temperature: -20~ 70°C
  • Operating Humidity – 0% ~ 95% (relative humidity ; non-condensing)
  • Form Factor – 8-layer PCB, 10 cm x 7.2 cm (Pico-ITX)

VAB-820 Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

VAB-820 Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

The company provides board support packages (BSP) for Android 4.2.2 and Embedded Linux 3.0.35
operating systems. A embedded Linux evaluation kit is available for download for the VAB-820 board and  AMOS-820 (VAB-820 board with rugged enclosure). The embedded board comes with a DC-in power cable, an audio cable, a USB cable, and a COM cable (3-wired) for debugging via the console.

Sample units of the VIA VAB-820 Pico-ITX board are available now, and you can visit VIA VAB-820 page.

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VIA Announces $99 Springboard Platform for Android and Linux Development

November 1st, 2013 3 comments

Back in May 2013, VIA unveiled VAB-600 Pico-ITX board powered by WonderMedia WM8950 with an ARM Cortex A9 processor @ 800 MHz and a Mali-400 GPU. At the time they provided a starter kit with a 7″ display. The company has now announced the VIA Springboard Platform based on VAB-600 that is available without Wi-Fi for $99 or with Wi-Fi for $129.

VIA_Springboard_Platform

VIA Springboard Platform Wi-Fi Kit (Click to Enlarge)

Here are the items included in the kits:

  • VAB-600 Pico-ITX board with WM8950, 1GB DDR3 SDRAM, 4GB eMMC Flash memory and microSD slot. See VAB-600 post for detailed specifications.
  • VIA VAB-600-A I/O extender card:
    • 1 x Line-Out jack
    • 1 x Mic-In jack
    • 2 x USB 2.0 A-type ports
    • 1 x Suspend LED power indicator
    • 1 x Power On/Off button
    • 3 x board-to-board connectors
    • 1 x USB board-to-board connector
  • VIA VNT9271 Springboard USB WiFi module (Wi-Fi Kit only) – Supports IEEE 802.11b/g/n standards and 802.11e WiFi Multimedia (WMM). Based on Atheros AR9271 controller chip
  • A/C power adapter
  • 1 x COM cable
  • 1 x USB 2.0 cable
  • 3 year longevity
  • 6 month warrantee

The VAB-600 board supports Android and Linux Software Development Packages which can be downloaded from VIA Springboard website. The Springboard Android Software Development Package features Android version 4.0.3, and includes the kernel and bootloader source codes as well as a Smart ETK comprising a number of APIs, including Watchdog Timer (WDT), GPIO access, COM port access, RTC for auto-power on, and a sample app. The Springboard Linux Software Development Package has a pre-built Debian image, including the kernel and bootloader source codes, as well as a toolchain.

The kits are available now at www.viaspringboard.com for $99 for the base version and $129 for the Wi-Fi kit, plus shipping that seems to be between $25 and $30 to the few countries I’ve tried. That’s not exactly the best performance / price ratio we can get today, but it could be an option if you need at least 3-years guaranteed longevity, or/and some particular features available on the board such as SIM card slot, pico-ITX form factor, etc…

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F&S armStoneA9 is a Pico-ITX Board Powered by Freescale i.MX 6 with up to 4GB RAM

June 19th, 2013 No comments

F&S Elektronik Systeme GmbH has announced the armstoneA9, a pico-ITX board featuring Freescale i.MX 6 Solo/Dual or Quad Cortex A9 processor with up to 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, and 128 MB flash (1GB+ flash optional) that available in both commercial and industrial temperature range.

armStoneA9Here are the specifications of the board:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX 6 Cortex-A9 (Quad-/ Dual-/ Single-Core) @ 800 MHz to 1 GHz with Vivante GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB (standard version) to 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage – 128MB Flash (1GB+ optional), micro-SD Card Slot, and SATA interface
  • Display:
    • up to SVGA (800 x 600, 65536 colors) via RGB
    • up to WUXGA (1920 x 1200, 18Bit/ 24Bit) via 2x LVDS
    • up to FullHD (1920 x 1080, 24Bit) via HDMI
  • Touch Panel – 4-wire, analogue resistive and PCAP-Touch Interface via I2C
  • Interfaces:
    • 1x 10/100/1000MBit Ethernet
    • 3x Serial (2x RS232, 1x TTL 3.3V Level)
    • 1x USB 2.0 Host, 1x USB 2.0 Device
    • 1x CAN 2.0
    • 1x I2C, 1x SPI
    • 1x Audio-Line IN/OUT/MIC
    • 1x miniPCIe
    • Up to 66 digital I/O
  • Power Supply – 5V or 8-14V DC / ±5%, 4W typical power consumption
  • Temperature Range – 0°C – +70°C (commercial) or -25°C – +85°C (industrial)
  • Dimensions – 100mm x 72mm x 15mm
  • Weight – 40g

The company already supports Linux 3.0.35 for the board (uboot, BSP, interface drivers, Qt, Streamer) and Ubuntu, and Windows Embedded Compact 7 (WEC 7) should be available soon with the bootloader, kernel, SDK, and interface drivers. armStoneA9-SKIT is the starter kit for development which includes the board, cables, a micro SD card, and access to the download area of the site with software and documentation.

The standard versions of the board include 1GB RAM, 128MB flash, but the company can provides customized version, for example with 4GB RAM, for order of 100 units or more. I could not find pricing nor availability information for the board. Further details may be found on F&S armStoneA9 page.

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VIA Unveils VAB-600 Pico-ITX Board Powered by WM8950 Processor

May 2nd, 2013 1 comment

VIA Technologies has recently announced the VAB-600 Pico-ITX embedded board featuring WonderMedia WM8950 ARM Cortex A9 SoC clocked at 800MHz. VIA targets in-vehicle infotainment as well as mobile and healthcare applications for the board despite an operating temperature range between 0°C and 60°C.

VIA VAB-600 Pico-ITX Board (Click to Enlarge)

VIA VAB-600 Pico-ITX Board (Click to Enlarge)

Here are the key features of this embedded board:

  • SoC – Wondermedia WM8950 Cortex-A9 @ 800MHz  + Mali-400 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC Flash memory + 512KB SPI Flash for Boot Loader + microSD slot
  • Video Output – Mini HDMI, on-board DVO (Digital Video Output) for TTL or LVDS display
  • Video Codecs – MPEG2 MP@HL, MPEG4, H.264 BP/MP/[email protected], VC-1 SP/MP/AP, VP8 and JPEG/MJPEG.
  • USB –  2x mini USB 2.0 host ports
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet (VT6113), 3G (SIM card slot) and optional WiFi support (VIA VNT9271B6050 WiFi module shared with one USB port)
  • On-board Connectors:
    • 2x COM connectors
    • 1x RTC battery pin header
    • 1x USB 2.0 connector
    • 1x SPI connector for programming SPI Flash ROM
    • 1x Keypad connector
    • 1x CIR connector
    • 1x Front audio pin header for Line-in, Line-out and MIC-in
    • 1x Front panel pin header for system power-on, reset and power LED
    • 4-wire resistive touch screen FPC connector (through VT1603A)
    • 1x pin header for 1 I2C pair and 8 GPIO
    • Optional battery charger connector with Smart Battery function
  • Operating Temperature Range – 0°C to 60°C
  • Operating Humidity – 0% ~ 95% (relative humidity ; non-condensing)
  • Dimensions – 10cm x 7.2cm Pico-ITX form factor

VIA_VAB-600_Block_Diagram

The company provides board support packages (BSPs) for Android 4.0 and/or Embedded Linux (Kernel 3.0.8). Android 4.0 EVK is available for download here, but there’s nothing for Linux yet. Before downloading the file you’ll have to agree to a “Non-Disclosure and Recipient Acknowledgment for Short Term Sample Products Evaluation”, which I find a bit silly for a publicly available file…

VIA also offers a startker kit including VIA VAB-600 Pico-ITX board, VAB-600-A I/O card, VAB-600-C TTL Converter card, a 7” touch screen TTL panel, cables and a 18W AC adapter.

VIA VAB-600 Starter Kit (Click to Enlarge)

VIA VAB-600 Starter Kit (Click to Enlarge)

Sample units of the VIA VAB-600 Pico-ITX board are available now at an undisclosed price. Further information, including the board user’s manual and product brief, is available on VIA’s VAB-600 page.

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