199 USD iWave Systems Freescale i.MX508 RainboW-G13S Development Board

iWave Systems has just uploaded a new video of its new Freescale .i.MX508 low cost development board RainboW-G13S Quick Start Board, an alternative to the original Freescale i.MX53 QSB. This board targets the development of eReaders, industrial kiosks, home/industrial/office automation, portable medical devices and appliance control applications.

Freescale i.MX508 Quick Start Board
iWave Systems RainboW G13S QSB

Here are the specifications of this development board:

  • CPU – Freescale i.MX508 processor  (Cortex A8) @ 800MHz
  • System Memory – 256MB LPDDR2
  • Storage – 2/4 GB micro SD card loaded with boot code and Linux, 4MB SPI Flash (optional) and 8 GB eMMC (optional)
  • Connectivity – 10/100Mbps Ethernet
  • USB – Micro USB 2.0 Device port, 2x USB 2.0 Host Type A port
  • Standard SD port for SDIO expansions
  • Video Output – VGA
  • Audio – Audio IN & OUT port
  • Debug Ports –  DB9 Debug Serial port &  JTAG connector
  • Expansion connector port for EPD & LCD expansion.
Freescale i.MX508 Development Board Block Diagram
iWave Systems RainboW-G13S Block Diagram

The company provides Board Support Packages for Linux 2.6.35 and Android 2.3 for the RainboW-GS13. iWave Systems also offers EPD Add-On and LCD Add on Modules. You can watch the video presentation of the board below.

The board is shipped with a 5V power supply, a USB cable, a 2GB SD Card loaded with Linux and a CD ROM with the Linux BSP and documentation.

iWave Systems RainboW-G13S sells for 199 USD and can ordered online. The main advantage of this board compared to the cheaper Freescale i.MX53 QSB (149 USD) is that Freescale i.MX508 features an EPD (Electronic Paper Display) controller for e-Readers, but for other applications Freescale i.MX53 QSB which has more memory and a SATA port is probably a better choice, unless I’m missing something.

You can find more information on iWave Systems Rainbow-G13S page.

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